Cemetery Photographs
Delaware County

Photographs submitted by: Virginia Fyfe
Indian Jim photograph & history provided by: Shirley Pearson

Rees Cemetery

Perry Township

LOCATION: Perry Twp. - SEC 31
Take Burlington Pike (350-South), east of 300-East
HISTORY: The carved wooden Indian was missing at the time of photos (Oct 2004). See markers of historical significance.

Sorry about the missing C in cemetery! Bad camera angle.




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Old Gravestone and Memorial - James Musco "Indiana Jim"
Inscription Reads
In memory of
Died Nov 17, 1873
Aged 69 years
We dedicate this memorial
from the Reese family-
(Revere, Lewis, Dorothy and Thomas)
Indiana Jim spent many years
with their greatgrandparents

The following historical information on "Indian Jim" contributed by Shirley Pearson:
    This is an excerpt from Haimbaugh's History of Delaware County, Indiana, Vol I,     1924, Pg. 247, and is a recollection of Minus Turner's life here in Delaware County.      Minus Turner is the brother of my gg grandmother.
"At the time of my location here a remnant of Indians frequently passed and repassed. They probably came here to hunt. A man, woman and boy were at that time located in a log hut on the north side of the river, near where the mill-dam is situated. 'Indian Jake' was the father's name, 'Indian Sallie' was the mother's name, and 'Indian Jim' was the son's name. Indian Jim afterward lived with Lewis Reece (sic), six miles above town. He died some eight or nine years ago. Indian Jake died at John Smith's, who lived on the lot where Ben Rich now lives, on Jackson street. The Indians came from the West, and first located somewhere in Ohio. They were perhaps, driven from the band, and came back East. The older ones were very much of the Indian character, wearing blankets, leggings, etc. Indian Jim was much different, and was a very good, industrious Indian, and dressed in citizen's dress. Some of the people here would give them liquor; and many were fined for such offenses, as it was against the law to sell or give liquor to an Indian. Some would purchase whiskey, take a sip from the glass, and then leave it. These Indians always understood this, and would walk up and drink the whisky, thus the law was frequently evaded. These Indians came to my house one very cold night and stood up against the brick wall to warm themselves. We had a good fire, and they felt the heat coming through the brick, and they 'hustled up' making a noise that attracted my attention. I got up and took in the situation at a glance. Seeing they were nearly freezing, I took them in under faithful promise that they would be quiet and 'good Indians'. I permitted them to lie on the floor. In the morning they thanked and laughed, showing that they fully appreciated my hospitality. They said 'good man,' etc., and always afterward held me in highest esteem."
    Shirley's note:
The story came down through my Turner gg grandmother, sister to Minus, who came to Munceytown when it had only 6 log cabins and she was a small girl. She told of how the chief would come to their cabin and sit in a chair quietly observing the family's activities. Later, when they got ready for bed, he would quietly leave.

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