Thursday, May 9, 2013


EBENEZER and MACEDONIA Cemeteries were the last two I had started last Fall that I needed to finish.  Morning cemeteries.  I needed a morning that wasn't going to be too dewy.

I took this picture at Ebenezer Cemetery last Fall before the cold set in.

EBENEZER CEMETERY is located on the southwest corner of the intersection of 1100N and Meridian in Union Township, Miami County, Indiana.  Readings were taken by Jean C. and Wendell C. Tombaugh in 1977, 1978 and 1987.  In that work, the rows run north and south, are numbered from east to west, and the stones are read from north to south. These are accessible online at the Fulton County Library site.  Once again I didn't follow the previous reading pattern, I simply went row by row starting from the front to the back, trying not to let the sun prohibit me from deciphering vital information.
This time I chose to take 19 North past Doud's Apple Orchard, and enjoyed the scenery very much.  All I could see everywhere were fields of yellow.  Dandelions! Everywhere Dandelions!. I bet BethAnn's mom would have had enough of them to make quite a few pots of jelly!!! How my mind wanders when I do this!
As I had noted most of the graves at Ebenezer's faced the East so the morning sun helped keep any shadows off those stones but not quite so the ones facing West unfortunately.  Luckily the sun was already high enough in the sky that the problem was minimal.  Hopefully most of the information will be readable and I will be able to use the previous readings as well.
On the South side of the cemetery there was a bird house attached to a tree, not as rustic as the one found at Mount Pleasant Cemetery (Wabash Co) but quaint all the same and I tried myself at some close-ups of leaves etc.  Gotta practice...
Find-a-Grave lists 296 interments at Ebenezer cemetery with 86% accompanied by pictures.  Not sure how up to date this information is as this is still an active cemetery and people are still being buried in there.  Lots of recent stones mixed in with some older ones.  I took a fancy for this one... Why an Anchor?... A quick look up about cemetery art symbolism states that an anchor is used to represent a mariner.  It would make sense if we didn't live in the middle of Farm country and if I had not done a background check that told me that Rebecca KEPLER's husband Jonathan was indeed a farmer...  Some further research indicates that an "Anchor – disguised cross; hope; steadfastness in Christ" - Now, this I can accept as they were Christians.  The Anchor stands out beautifully on the stone...  She died on Christmas Day... I wonder...  Let's make a small detour today...
Sometimes an obituary can reveal a lot about a person too.  Unfortunately the only thing I found that was connected to Rebecca here in terms of news is her son Charles' obituary and she is not even named.

 (Using my subscription to
Victim was Sixty-two Years of Age and a Sufferer of Asthma Which is Supposed to be Cause of Death.
Charles Kepler, for ten years a resident of Fulton county, was found dead  in bed at the home of his brother, Martin Kepler, on Bancroft Ave., this morning, as the result of chronic asthma.  Mr. Kepler was born March-6,1951, in Ohio and has spent most of his life in Miami county, Ind.   For some time he has been making his home with his brother and sister, Martin V. Kepler and Julia Yike in this city and has been a sufferer of asthma for years from which he found but little relief.  For the past week or two the deceased has been troubled considerably by his ailment but yesterday seemed to feel unusually well.  Last evening Mr. Kepler retired as usual and this morning was called to awaken by his brother Martin – sometime before five o'clock.  Not receiving any answer to his repeated calls the brother went to Mr. Kepler's bed and shook the man to arouse him and only then realized that his spirit had departed.
Mr. Kepler was the son of Jonathan Kepler and leaves only brothers and sisters to mourn his demise, Martin V. Kepler, Julia Yike, this city, Mary Bain, Michigan City, Libby Bain, Missouri and Margaret Stopher, Wyoming.  The funeral will be held from Ebenezer church in Miami county, tomorrow.
Rochester Weekly Republican July 3, 1913

So his grave should be there too then... mmm  maybe one of those hard to read ones...  but someone on has a picture of him in their family trees...  I hope the grave will turn up in the Billion Graves indexing! - it has not yet, though...
There really is a story behind everyone of these stones...

I finished taking the pictures at Ebenezer without having to recharge the battery.  That was quite a feat! And so I made my way back, using the GPS to locate Macedonia Cemetery.  I knew it wasn't too far from there, on the East of 16.  It didn't take long to find my way there. 
Also called the "Wooleytown German Baptist", "Dunkard" cemetery, it is located on the west side of 100E between 900N and 1000N. The cemetery sits on a hill on the West side of the road, most graves facing East too.  Some of these old stones however are very hard to read, no matter how the sun shines on them, I'm afraid.

Luckily the lighting was just right for the majority of them, not to say I probably won't have to go back again.  But here again I will very likely use the previous reading done by Judge Tombaugh in 1987 and uploaded on the Fulton County.  These earlier readings can be vital in deciphering the engravings.
One thing I have noticed since I started doing this is that it is sometimes easier to see the words on the digital image than right off the stone in the cemetery.  Maybe it's the lighting.  Some stones are beyond hope unfortunately here too...

As I was taking pictures I noticed a pond South of the cemetery where two swans were swimming...
I could not resist...

Thursday, May 2, 2013

MOYER Cemetery

Later in the day on April 26th I recalled that the MOYER cemetery was an 'afternoon' cemetery ie one with stones mostly facing West.  and I was antsy to go back out.
I hate wasting nice weather sitting in front of a computer screen.
Not that there is not plenty to do there but I must have had Spring fever.
The MOYER cemetery is in Roann, not too far from the Stockdale Mill so again I took my other cameras hoping to take some shots of Indiana Springtime scenery.

The Miami County Genweb page refers us back to Find-a-Grave for a list of people buried in this cemetery.
This cemetery is in very sad shape.
A quick search online for the "Old Niconza Cemetery Miami county Indiana" helped me discover a really nice site: Laurie's Indiana cemeteries covering Allen, Kosciusko, Miami, Switzerland, Wabash and Whitley counties. One of the two cemeteries listed for Miami county is the Old Niconza cemetery. The site includes high quality photos as well and an option to purchase a printed copy for a small fee.  Might well be worth using to compare against some my poorer pictures when indexing them or going over the work of another indexer...
Bad thing, they don't have a better index either...
Once again I started from the front walking in rows from the South to the North.  Buried stones, completely erode stones... It's not that the cemetery is really in bad shape... some of the stones are...
There is a small enclosure within the cemetery with graves inside. They have been knocked down for some time and it is hard to read them.  I hope the pictures help.  Sometimes they do.

I was glad the North Western side of the fence was flattened out  because there was a whole row of stones facing the fence, just a few inches away from it, with a tangle of briars all around them.  I had to climb over the fence to be able to take a picture and I am still not sure how they will be decipherable...

Nobody I knew in this cemetery but the last name is the same as Bruce's cousin Angie's mom.  I wonder how she fits into that family line.  I'll have to ask her some time.
So, it didn't take very long to take this little cemetery...  and to tell you the truth I didn't longer very long after a deer tick fell on my shirt...  Talk about losing it!  I can't stand those suckers!
It gives me the willies just thinking about it!

I shook it off me, jumped back in the car and drove off as fast as I could, stopping off on the Stockdale Mill Bridge for a quick picture... 

The water was very muddy still from all the rain we have had these past few weeks.
It's usually much more scenic, even under less sunshiny skies.  

Same with the Roann Covered Bridge.  There were kids playing under it...  The bridge could use a good coat of paint...  

On my way home I noticed a small cemetery on the side of the road... the East side: the GAMBLE cemetery (Wabash County).  My battery was still sufficiently charged that I should be able to tackle it so I did.  Why not?  It seemed such a waste of gas doing otherwise.

The Gamble cemetery is a well kept, quaint little place, not very many graves, East at the intersection of county roads 400N and 700W. It sits upon a high knoll overlooking a creek.  A listing for this cemetery can also be found on Wabash Co IN Genweb page

More later...

NEW HOPE Cemetery

Having spent quite a bit of time around Seven Pillars, I had New Hope on the top of my to-do list.

Considering it had taken me 4 hours to photograph Gaerter the day before but thinking this cemetery was about half the size, I felt confident I would be home before 10am...  Well...  I ran into the same problem I had the day before.  The battery died about 30 minutes into the session.
I still believe the cold plays a big part in this problem.

I dropped off Michael at school and made my way to 124, observed a heron perched in a tree by Seven Pillars - I didn't know herons perched in trees - and drove up that crazy hill.  I suppose I could have taken another road but I enjoy driving along the Mississinewa.  It is so peaceful and wild.

I parked in the cemetery lawn and noticed a winged friend hopping in the wet morning grass...
What kind of bird was that...  Would it let me take a picture?
Well, he hopped about and flew away and landed on tombstones, which would have made really awesome shots but he didn't stay put long enough or was out of my line of sight So I had to be content with this shot.  As you can guess seeing this picture,  my feet were wet after I left there...

As Debby Beheler notes on the Miami County Genwebpage
"New Hope Cemetery is located northwest of the intersection of county roads 400S and 400E in the southeast corner of section 7, Butler Township , Miami County , Indiana .  It is about 2 miles southwest of the town of Peoria and 5 miles southeast of Peru , Indiana .  The approximately one acre was set aside for a cemetery by pioneer Butler Township resident, Mr. Wiles in 1853 or 1854.
The first person buried in the cemetery was John Noble, who died by suicide on October 17, 1855, at age 35 years, 5 months and 23 days.  Early cemetery trustees were J. Johnson and John Borden."

John Noble's stone is among the 'lost' ones if ever it existed.

I have again taken pictures of all the stones row by row from the front to the back and as Debby says on her page, there are many unreadable and sunken stones in this cemetery.
Find-A-Grave lists 180 people buried there but of course this is only as good as the latest update.  Pictures have also been uploaded there and I strongly recommend using more than one source to decipher the images I have uploaded to Billion Graves, more specifically the hard to read ones.  and you should be able to browse them at least and know how I took them.

Stones don't always face the same way in a cemetery but there usually a majority of them facing one way or the other.  New Hope is a 'morning' cemetery, that is, most stones face East making some of them easier to read when the sun shines on them.  However some stones faced West and for that reason may need to be retaken.

Once again I found stone of people I knew personally: Joe Windsor, my sister-in-law's father...
I always remember picking green beans in his garden when I think of him.   
Then I came across the grave site of James and Barbara Poor.  I wondered what they were doing buried here but really it isn't that far away from their old farm off 124.  They used to be members of the Lions' Club and were well known and well respected around the area.  They died a month apart from each other which was a real shock to everyone who knew them.  He was a stout white haired little old man whose smile could brighten up a room.  He and his wife owned the Poor Farm Country Candy store.  You won't find their obituaries on but you will on the Miami County's webpage .

My battery died just as I was walking back to the car so the timing was perfect.

I drove back by Seven Pillars hoping to catch the heron again but he wasn't there any more but I captures some long awaited Spring colors.  Things are sure turning fast.  It is wonderful to see how one week has brought the green back into the landscape. Hope it stays!

I traded my wet shoes for a pair of sandals until tomorrow...

New Hope pictures were taken April 26, 2012