Island Cemetery is near Milford

More than once I’ve featured cemeteries. Obviously I feel there is a great deal to be learned about local history from cemeteries. Another example is the Island Cemetery, located southwest of Milford off County Road 1050 North in Jefferson Township. It is one of only two cemeteries in the township. As you can see in the photo, the cemetery was placed on higher ground. There is a drive leading to it from a nearby county road. I remember reading a likely reason it is named Island Cemetery is because this area was very swampy and wet many years ago. Eventually several ditches, some of which were dug by hand, helped drain the wet ground. So the cemetery was essentially an island and surrounded by swampy ground. As I recall, it dates to the 1840s if not sooner based on the dates inscribed on tombstones. The cemetery also has associations with the Primitive Baptist church. There was a Primitive Baptist church on 1050N that was disbanded many years ago. The building no longer stands.


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Island Cemetery in Jefferson Township.


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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