This little family cemetery is located on a farm on Salem Road, beyond the junction of Blue Lick and Henryville Roads.
I visited the site for the first time on 5/2/98 in the company of Jeanne Burke, Thelma Hogue and Gerald Kelley, after our Clark County Cemetery Preservation Committee meeting in Henryville.
We asked permission of the property owner to cross their cow pasture to visit the site and the young man at the house graciously allowed us to do so. We learned that the family has recently been working to remove the trees from within the cemetery and have recently constructed an electric fence to keep the cattle out.
The good news is that, though the majority of the stones here are broken off their bases, few of the markers themselves are broken. The new electric fence should be most useful in protecting this pretty site from grazing cattle.
There are several cultivated rose bushes which were recently planted here, probably by the property owner.
This was once a lovely cemetery and contains the final resting place for several important members of this community. (See index below.)
There was one particular stone that especially caught my eye (see photo at right). It is one of about four stones still standing and intact. The base of Mary Senour Cannon's stone is cut in a diamond or pineapple pattern and the marker itself is a diamond-shaped stone set into the base. It is simply stunning!
Another lovely stone is that of Cynthia Dietz, wife of F. M. Dietz. It features intricate decorative carvings and a carving of two persons' clasped hands. These carved hands are commonly held to represent the sentiment that, in death as in life, the devotion of these two is not destroyed.
The following information was abstracted by Jeanne Burke in 1993:
BYRD Frank M. (husband of Nancy) b. ???? d. 04/04/1896 BYRD Nancy (wife of Frank) b. 12/27/1847 d. 07/03/1893 CANNON Harriett Dietz Cannon (daughter of John & Alice Dietz; wife of Alfred J. Cannon, who is buried in Eastern Cemetery in Jefferson- ville, Indiana) b. ???? d. ???? CANNON Katie Whittin (dau- ghter of Alfred J. & Harriett Dietz Cannon) b. 12/17/1882 d. 05/03/1896 CANNON Mary Ann Senour Cannon (daughter of Philip Senour & Elizabeth Fewell Senour, his wife; wife of Dr. Edward Guise Cannon; she died at her son's home in Memphis, Indiana; see photo above) b. 02/14/1833 d. 06/14/1894 COOMBS Alice Mariah (daugh- ter of Alice & John Dietz; wife of Campbell H. Coombs) b. ???? d. ???? DIETZ Abigail (daughter of John & Sarah Dietz) b. 08/05/1844 d. 05/01/1845 DIETZ Alice Mariah Tuttle Dietz (daughter of Solomon Tuttle; wife of John F. Dietz) b. 08/27/1823 d. 08/02/1899 DIETZ Catharine McDonald Dietz (daughter of Peter McDonald; wife of John Frederick) b. 08/22/1791 d. 10/20/1835 DIETZ Charles (son of John & Alice M., who are buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indiana- polis, Indiana; Charles had no issue) b. ???? d. ???? DIETZ Cynthia A. Bailey Dietz (wife of Francis M. Dietz) b. 07/28/1847 d. 03/15/1875 DIETZ Francis M. (son of John F. & Sarah Lewis Dietz; Francis was shot in a store in Henryville) b. 01/02/1847 d. 09/25/1874 DIETZ G. D. b. ???? d. ???? DIETZ George A. (son of John and Alice M.; Geo. died unmarried) b. 01/11/1843 d. 12/09/1893 DIETZ Grant (son of John F. & Alice M.) b. 11/12/1863 d. 09/02/1887 DIETZ James Noble (son of John & Alice M.) b. ???? d. ???? DIETZ John Dietz, Sr. (age 80 yrs, 9 mos, 10 days; husband of Dorothy Cline; they came from Philadel- phia; parents of John Frederick, who is buried at Mountain Grove Cemetery) b. 1765 d. 11/1845 DIETZ John F. b. 02/21/1820 d. 12/16/???? DIETZ John Franklin (son of John & Alice M.; Civil War Veteran) b. 04/01/1841 d. 01/07/1881 DIETZ John Frederick (Trumpeter in the Battle of Tippecanoe; first wife, Catherine McDonald; second wife, Sarah Lewis)" b. 10/04/1788 d. 03/15/1874 DIETZ Martha (buried in Monroe Twp., Clark County; daughter of John Frederick & Sarah Lewis) b. 1840 d. ???? DIETZ Mary E. (daughter of John & Sarah) b. 05/1842 d. 10/28/1844 DIETZ Sarah Ann (daughter of John & Catharine; wife of Christopher; died at age 24) b. 1822 d. 09/15/1846 DIETZ Sarah Lewis (second wife of John Fred- erick Dietz) b. 04/23/1806 d. 11/05/1873 DIETZ William (son of John & Alice M.) b. 1847 d. 05/06/1861 HEISTAND Infant son of James T. Heistand & Mary Catherine Dietz Hei- stand b. ???? d. 06/06/1899 HEISTAND Mary Catherine (dau- ghter of John & Alice M. Dietz, buried in Fairview Cemetery in New Albany, Indiana) b. ???? d. ???? HUNTER Deanitha Dietz Hunter (daughter of John & Alice Dietz; "see Sellersburg Cemetery, Clark County, Indiana")
I have no further information on this cemetery. Additional information may be available from the Jeffersonville Township Public Library, 211 East Court Avenue, Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130, telephone: (812) 285-5635.
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