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.