The above was written by the DAR in the 1940's.
Recently there was an article written in the paper about the Conner Cemetery. I am including information from this article as well as what I found when I visited the site in June of 1994. This cemetery is now located in a subdivision called Avondale. Located in the S.W. 1/4 of the N.E. 1/4 of Section 24 in Pleasant Twp. 25 R.7 E. The street address is 1515 N. Michael Drive. The cemetery is located in the rear of this residence. The stone wall is gone now, as well as the original stones that marked the graves. One could only guess now exactly where they were. One stone marks the graves of four people who are buried here. The newspaper article says there are six people, all members of the Connor family, but only four names are on the stone.
"David Connor was the first white man in Grant County. He built a small house in this area and had Conner's Trading Post along the river, where he traded with the Indians. He'd take the furs to Fort Wayne. The big legend is that he never gave any of his money away. He's said to have taken it and buried it somewhere."
"People would come out and dig for the money, but it apparently was never found. In addition to his trading post, Conner also built a grain mill along the Mississinewa River about three miles northwest of where he is buried. He took a heavily forested area and built a dam out of stone and earth." This second mill would have been the one close to the area of the Mississinewa Battlefield. This also has been changed so much as to hardly be able to recognize it as a mill site. There was a bridge here that went across the river into Jalapa. These pioneers were remarkable people. Not many people today could stand the hardships, toil, and disease these people went through.
Conner, David Aug. 9, 1771 - Aug. 9, 1844 David son of J. & M. Conner Nov. 18, 1848 - Nov. 19, 1848 NOTE: These two are on the east face of the stone. Jeptha Sep. 20, 1826 - Aug. 6, 1900 Margaret E. wife of J. Conner Mar. 18, 1829 - June 15, 1899 NOTE: These two are on the west face of the stone.
...Original page by Sheila D. WatsonReturn to Cemetery Listings Page