Eel River Cemetery in Kosciusko County

I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I believe it bears repeating. The combination of a rural cemetery and church is not so common these days. Many of the churches have closed and the buildings have been removed. But there are a few examples remaining. This one is located in Jackson Township in Kosciusko County on State Road 14, about 2.5 miles from the intersection with State Road 13. It is known as the Eel River Ulrey Memorial Cemetery. Next to the cemetery is a church which I posted about several months ago. It is still an active church. I’m not sure when the cemetery opened but there are burials dating to the 1840s. I do know the church was originally built in 1861 on the Joseph Ulrey farm and this may be where the cemetery derived its name. At that time, the church took care of the cemetery, which was common. In small rural communities, many of the burials were probably church members. Most of the rural cemeteries are now under the care of a township trustee, though I can’t say for sure that is the case with this cemetery.

Eel River Church-SR 14 in Jackson Twp 007

Eel River Cemetery in Jackson Township, Kosciusko 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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