Remnant of long ago abandoned cemetery

Just before Christmas last year, I stopped at a friend’s house on CR 800 South, east of State Road 5 and near South Whitley in Cleveland Township, Whitley County. She had told me earlier about finding part of what appears to be a cornerstone for a cemetery. I noticed on the 1916 township plat map a cemetery was shown in this location. At that time, Orville Ulrey owned 159.5 acres of land where the cemetery was located. But there hasn’t been a cemetery there for many years, and I’m not really sure when it was abandoned. Supposedly the graves were dug up and transferred to another cemetery though my friend is not sure that is what really happened. There may be graves still there and no longer marked because the tombstones were plowed over. The Whitley County Genealogical Society web page shows the cemetery was known as the Kreider Cemetery, though it may have actually been the Keiser Cemetery. There is not much information listed on that web page other than the graves were supposedly relocated to somewhere near Tunker. There is really no visible evidence remaining a cemetery once existed there.


Remnant of abandoned cemetery cornerstone in Whitley County.


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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