Robert McCormick settled at the junction of the old Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and Muncie Town Trail in 1826. He built a large cabin which was known far and wide as McCormick's Tavern. He also handled the mail and the Post Office was called Greenberry. On a beautiful, wooded knoll southwest of his home he found evidences of an Indian encampment and the grave of an Indian. Here on this knoll in 1830 the baby of Thomas and Mary Coleman was buried. Later, in 1836 Robert McCormick was buried. This place is protected by a wire fence and is reasonably free of weeds and briers. Burials have been made within the past ten years but it is not generally used. In this cemetery lie William and Celia Payne who were the parents of Capt. David L. Payne. Capt. Payne was the moving factor in having the Territory of Oklahoma opened to the public for white settlement. Celia Payne was a daughter of David Lewis who came to Grant County in November of 1834. Jane McCormick the daughter of Robert and Ann McCormick was born in 1829. She married William Roush in March 1841. Their daughter Mary C. married Joel Duling in 1868 Catherine, the daughter of Robert and Ann McCormick married Joseph Jones Nov. 26, 1839. Catherine and Joseph are buried in Bethel Cemetery. This is what the DAR wrote in the 1940's. Robert McCormick came to the Mississinewa River site in 1826 and entered land on the 15 August 1829. His delay in entering (purchasing) the land is that there were few people in the area that was to become Grant County and therefore a contest for land was highly unlikely. He came from Fayette Co., Ind. (Connersville being the county seat.) He established McCormicks Tavern near the crossing of the State Road and the Muncie Pike. I visited the McCormick Cemetery, also known as the Fankboner Graveyard, in May of 1997. It is located in the S.E. 1/4 of the N.E. 1/4 of Sec. 14 Twp. 23 N. Range 8 E. The road address is 7136 Wheeling Pike, Jonesboro, Indiana. It is about 1/4 of a mile back from the road and access can only be gained by asking at this residence and walking back. Behind this home is a very deep ravine and a creek which flows into the Mississinewa River about a 1/2 north of the Wheeling Pike. This creek seems to originate on this property and appears to be spring-fed. Just south of the creek is an old logging road, but back in the early days of this area the road could have been the main buggy road to this cemetery. At the top of the hill is the main gate into the cemetery. The oldest marked grave that I found was that of Nancy dau of Thomas and Mary Coleman. She died 6 Sept. 1830 at the tender age of 1y.2m.22d. She is listed on the same stone with 2 of her siblings. The most recent marked burial was that of Merrell Steelman, son of Samuel and Blanche Steelman. 1907 - 1923 *Denotes a stone not found at this time.
Barcley, Rhoda wife of Henry Barcley died Dec. 18, 1861 aged 39y.1m.13d. Brewer, Emma G.D. dau of M. & E.J. Brewer died Aug. 31, 1873 aged 1y.7m.11d. Carpenter, Abraham died May 26, 1870 aged 64y.5m.15d. "This body lies beneath the sod It's gentle spirit rests with God" Henry M. Nov. 6, 1842 - Jan. 10, 1920 "At Rest" Mary Ann wife of A. Carpenter died Sept. 29, 1882 aged 71y.5m.7d. Found a footstone with the initials M.A.C. Pearl 1884 - 1903 "She has gone from us forever Linger here she might not stay She has gone to fairer regions Far away - Far away" Clark, Polly dau of J.H. & S.B. Clark died Sept. 7, 1838 aged 20y.12d. * Ursula dau of J.H. & S.B. Clark died June 14, 1838 aged 15y.1m.11d. (There was a stone next to Polly that was upside down and I could not get it out to check it. It might have been Ursula's.) Coleman, Bathsheba dau of Thomas & Mary Coleman died Aug. 1, 1833 aged 1y.7d. Nancy dau of Thomas & Mary Coleman died Sept. 6, 1830 aged 1y.2m.22d. William B. son of Thomas & Mary Coleman died Sept. 7, 1842 aged 5m.2d. All 3 of these children were listed on the same stone, with 3 little footstones with their initials, all in a row. Corn, Louisa dau of J. & N. Corn died Nov. 15, 1840 aged 17y.10m.1d. Found a footstone with the initials L.C. Estle, Elizabeth wife of Joseph Estle died Oct. 11, 1857 aged 93y.9m.19d. Found a footstone with the initials E.E. Joseph died Oct. 1, 1853 aged 75y.11m.11d. Fankboner, Ann wife of John Fankboner former wife of R. McCormick died Jan. 23, 1880 aged 92y.4m.17d. Born in Pa. Sept. 6, 1787 S/S with Robert McCormick Gillett, Philander son of Wm. & W.A. Gillett died May 5, 1852 aged 1y.11m.28d. Heavilin, Albert son of John J. & Bathsheba Heavilin died Sept. 22, 1852 aged 19y.1m.3d. Bathsheba wife of John J. Heavelin died Dec. 9, 1855 aged 63y.3m.6d. Ephraim son of John J. & Bathsheba Heavilin died Sept. 28, 1848 aged 21y.2m.29d. John J. died Nov. 15, 1876 aged 71y.9m.11d. * Jonathan died July 20, 1863 aged 32y.4m.15d. Kennedy, James C. son of S.D. & Hannah Kennedy died Mar. 28, 1844 aged 4y.9m.29d. Samuel W. son of S.D. & Hannah Kennedy died Dec. 25, 1848 aged 11m.20d, Lucas, Basil died May 6, 1866 aged 59y.8d. Also found footstone with initials B.s.L. Basil son of B. & S. Lucas died Apr. 25, 1849 aged 4m.28d. Cynthia dau of B. & S. Lucas died Feb. 23, 1850 aged 3y.11m.2d. Also found footstone with initials C.L. Eliza J. Lucas 1831 - 1907 S/S with E.W. and Mary Lynch Eliza J. also has a separate stone with only her name on it. John W. son of B. & S. Lucas died Oct. 22, 1841 aged 3y.2m.24d. Sarah wife of Basil Lucas died Aug. 19, 1870 aged 61y.7m.12d. Simpson son of B. & S. Lucas died Oct. 30, 1842 aged 1y.7m. William A. son of B. & S. Lucas died Feb. 9, 1850 aged 6y.9m.9d. Lynch, E.W. 1827 - 1900 "Father" S/S with Eliza J. Lucas Mary wife of E.W. Lynch 1833 - 1893 "Mother" S/S with Eliza J. Lucas Roy Edward June 8, 1899 - June 16, 1899 McCormick, Ann wife of John Fankboner former wife of R. McCormick died Jan. 23, 1880 aged 92y.4m.17d. born in Pa. Sept. 6, 1787 S/S with Robert Robert died Aug. 9, 1836 aged 57y.1m.9d. born in Pa. July 5, 1779 S/S with Ann McKee, Margret A. dau of Geo. W. & Elizabeth McKee died June 13, 1851 aged 14y.1m.18d. Payne, Celia wife of Wm. Payne died May 16, 1870 aged 64y.10m.11d. S/S with Geo. W., Morgan L., W.L. and William Also found footstone with initials C.P. Ephraim L. "1st Sgt. Co. K 130 Ind. Inf." Geo. W. died Mar. 18, 1867 aged 33y.10m.26d. S/S with Celia, Morgan L., W.L. and William Morgan L. died June 13, 1855 aged 26y.7m.15d. "Mason" S/S with Celia, Geo.W., W.L. and William Also found original stone broken in 3 pieces. W.L. died Dec. 6, 1869 aged 22y.5m.26d. S/S with Celia, Geo. W., Morgan L. and William Wesley E. died July 5, 1873 aged 31y.4m.20d. "Mason" William died Sept. 10, 1875 aged 70y.8m.1d. S/S with Celia, Geo. W., Morgan L. and W.L. Rigdon, John Alexander died Oct. 17, 1838 aged 3y.2m.8d. Nancy wife of Losmmi Rigdon died Sept. 11, 1839 in the 23 year of her age "I am at rest. Weep not for me. From sin and death, I now am free." (There were more lines to this poem but they were illigible.) Rinehart, Amanda E. dau of R.E. & L.J. Rinehart died Jan. 15, 1881 aged 2y.4m.27d. S/S with Julia A. Julia A. dau of R.E. & L.J. Rinehart died Aug. 15, 1876 aged 1m.11d. S/S with Amanda E. Sapp, Daniel W. son of W. & L.A. Sapp died Nov. 23, 1873 aged 4m.5d. Seiter, Anthony died Sept. 11, 1849 aged 43y.2d. (Stone was broken in 2 pieces.) Sexton, Infant dau of Lemuel & Nancy Sexton died Oct. 1, 1856 aged 7 days Nancy wife of Lemuel Sexton died July 31, 1863 aged 27y.6m.28d. Simons, Arthur W. son of H. & E.A. Simons died Sept. 27, 1865 aged 1y.4m.9d. Infant son of P. & E. Simons born & died Jan. 16, 1841 Infant dau of H. & E.A. Simons born & died Sept. 4, 1858 Simons, Jonathan son of H. & P. Simons died Mar. 13, 1853 aged 6y.2m.9d. Martha A. dau of H. & P. Simons died Mar. 21, 1853 aged 1y.1m.28d. Morris T. son of H. & E.A. Simons died Mar. 31, 1865 aged 6y.4m.19d. Phebe wife of Henry Simons died Feb.3, 1852 aged 31y.4m.19d. Also found a footstone with initials P.S. Ransom son of H. & P. Simons died Feb. 28, 1853 aged 1y.10m.7d. Steelman, Blanche wife of Samuel Steelman 1886 - 1918 "In my Father's house are many mansions." Merrill 1907 - 1923 Todd, Jonathan died ____ aged _____ (This stone was badly worn and almost illegible.) Samuel died July 28, 1863 aged 83y.8m.23d. Tamson wife of Samuel Todd died Apr. 26, 1852 aged 68y.9m.19d. Tamson now has a new stone which lists her birthdate as July 7, 1784 Weesner, David died July 22, 1849 aged 34y.5m.24d. Also found footstone with initials D.W. Whybrew, Abram C. son of W.H. & Louisa Whybrew died Nov. 18, 1876 aged 15y.10m.16d. S/S with Joseph Mc. Joseph Mc. son of W.H. & Louisa Whybrew died July 23, 1870 aged 6m.4d. S/S with Abram C. Louisa wife of W.H. Whybrew died Aug. 18, 1893 aged 61y.22d. Wright, Charles died Feb. 27, 1863 aged 63 years James son of Charles S. & N. Wright died Jan. 19, 1849 aged 10y.9m.18d. Nancy wife of Charles Wright died Feb. 27, 1863 in the 63 year of her age (Part of this stone was missing.) NOTE: I found a couple of footstone's that either didn't match anyone listed or matched more than one person. J.W. and R.M.P. Also found a piece of a stone which didn't match anything above with the date of 1852 on it.
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