Old Yellow Creek Cemetery in Harrison Township

This week I’m featuring another old cemetery in Elkhart County. This one is known as the Old Yellow Creek Cemetery and is located on County Road 11, just south of County Road 38 in Harrison Township on the east side of the road. It is one of three cemeteries in the nearby area. As the name implies, Yellow Creek flows not far away. According to the Elkhart County Genealogical Society website, the cemetery was started in the mid-1840s on what was believed to be the David Hoover farm. There was a church on the same plot of land, but eventually it was closed and moved across the road. It was known as the Yellow Creek Mennonite Brethren Church. The oldest known stone in the cemetery belongs to Isaac Berkey, who died in 1845. But there were other deaths before his, though no stones could be found. This cemetery is also known as the Mennonite Brethren Cemetery. The Mennonites and Brethren heavily settled this area.

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Old Yellow Creek Cemetery on CR 11.


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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