Walnut Creek Cemetery



	This old cemetery a little north and a half mile east of Gas City dates back to the
very earliest days of the county.  Silas Parks came to the county in 1835 and in 1837 his
little daughter Caroline died of croup and was buried here.  The History of 1883 names
her and "a son of Isaiah Roberds as being the first deaths and both interred in Walnut
Creek Cemetery.
	Diligent inquiry did not reveal any one who could remember that a church ever
stood here.  A grand daughter of Silas Parks said that she remembered hearing her mother
say that her grandfather preached in a little log church that stood near this cemetery but
she had no knowledge of what ever had happened to it.  Silas Parks was a minister for the
Disciples Church and a man prominent in county affairs.
	Record Book B page 186 in the Grant County Recorder's office says "From John
Adamson to the trustees of C. Church this indenture is made and concluded this
fourteenth day of February, in the year of Our Lord eighteen hundred and thirty eight - by
and between John Adamson and the society stiled (styled) by the name of Christian
Church in said county on Walnut Creek and lying in said county" - then follows a
description of the land - "for the express purpose for burying ground and meeting house. 
Sarah Adamson wife of John Adamson doth hereby relinquish her right of dower to the
above described tract of land."
			Witness:  	William Roberds
					George W. Heltin
	On Page 187 of Record Book S John Troxel and his wife Anna deed "a parcel of
ground" to this same church for the sum of twenty - five cents.  John Adamson received
the sum of one dollar for his land.
	This is what the DAR wrote in the 1940's.
	This cemetery was sometimes referred to in the older history books as the Lower
Walnut Creek Graveyard.  They are one and the same.  The area surrounding this cemetery 
was called Slabtown, but has long since lost that name.  I noted four marked Civil War
Soldiers buried here.    
	The oldest map I have shows there was a church on the east end of the cemetery and 
also school No. 1 was at the nearest crossroads to the east.  I believe this was the one 
they referred to as the Candy School since it was on the land belonging to Jacob Candy.  
To the west of the cemetery was a mill.  All this was in existence long before there was 
a Harrisburg which later became Gas City.  I believe there was once a store and a post 
office also in this area, owned by the Overman family.
	It is located on the south side of North H Street, near the present Mississinewa 
High School.  The creek that flows nearby to the west was once the Lower Walnut 
Creek, hence the name given to this cemetery.  Walnut Creek flows to the north of this 
cemetery.

Walnut Creek Cemetery

* - No stone found as of Oct. 21, 2002 Adamson, John died Oct. 14, 1837 aged 65 years John son of J. & M. Adamson died Feb. 3, 1853 aged 4y.21d. (2 stones found for him. 2nd says John S.) Mary (No dates.) "Mother" Moses (No dates.) "Father" Phebe A. dau of J. & M. Adamson died Oct. 27, 1851 aged 1y.2m. * Sarah wife of John Adamson died June 14, 1855 aged 58y.2m.23d. No stone found Sarah H.wife of Joseph Adamson died Oct. 31, 1843 aged 25y.7m.13d. William son of J. & S. Adamson died Apr. 13, 1842 aged 15y.7m.19d. Andrew, Ellen wife of H.A. Swisher and dau of J.C. Andrew died Dec. 31, 1866 aged 32y.4m.19d. (S/S with Henry & Nancy Swisher) Armstrong, (Armstrongs are on same plot as Ewer family) Charles L. 'FATHER' 1887 - 1954 Mary (Goley) 'MOTHER' 1892 - 1942 Ronald Howard 1927 - ______ Baird, Frank Leslie son of W.R. & S.A. Baird died Sept. 6, 1862 aged 1y.6m.16d. Bassett, Albert J. 1892 - 1973 Margaret Jan. 28, 1918 - ___ no date Marie G. Nov. 2, 1897 - Sept. 12, 1985 Ronald M. Nov. 21, 1921 - June 14, 1992 Bay, Nancy wife of W.E. Bay died Mar. 6, 1870 aged 26y.4m.6d. Berry, Georgia A. 1872 - 1936 Broderick, Cyrus C. son of Robert & Mary Broderick died Nov. 20, 1860 aged 1y.1m.4d. Brumbaugh, * Margaret died Oct. 9, 1855 aged 77y.4m. No stone found Canon, Elizabeth wife of Joshua Canon died Dec. 3, 1850 aged 48y.9m.19d. Cline, Isabell 'MOTHER' 1848 - 1919 (buried next to Goley's w/same color red granite stone) Creason, Maria wife of Willis Creason died Jan. 8, 1845 aged 36y.9m.18d. (stone laying down) Willis died June 4, 1852 aged 39y.2m.20d. (stone down broken 2 pcs.) Day, '1900 Day' family stone -small stones surrounding it are; FATHER, MOTHER, WILLIAM, ALFRED, ELIZABETH, RACHEL Day and Elvira (Rush) 1859-1890 Elvira (Rush) Day 1859 - 1890 Joseph 1869 - 1888 Mary B. 1857 - 1887 Dunwoody, Elizabeth A. dau of A. & J. Dunwoody died July 11, 1845 aged 2y.3m.12d. Entsminger, * Alexander died Jan. 30, 1849 aged 24y.10m.15d. No stone found * Caroline dau of David & Mary Entsminger died Nov. 17, 1860 aged 6y.2m.21d. No stone found David died Nov. 21, 1875 aged 59y.5m.2d. John died Sept. 6, 1873 aged 80y.3m.13d. (S/S Sarah) John E. son of D. & M.A. Entsminger died Nov. 6, 1882 aged 24y.1m.12d. (Masonic symbol) * Levi son of David & Mary Entsminger died Aug. 4, 1871 aged 19y.11m.22d. No stone found * Mary A. wife of D. Entsminger died Feb. 15, 1878 aged 56y.8m.26d. No stone found Melvina wife of D. Entsminger died May 23, 1848 aged 23y.10m.15d. Sarah wife of John Entsminger died Sept. 20, 1857 aged 58y.6m. (S/S John) William "To the memory of" son of John & Sarah Entsminger died Nov. 22, 1847 aged 27 years Evans, Nancy wife of H.A. Swisher and dau of E.J. Evans died July 12, 1877 aged 37y.11m.6d. (S/S with Henry A. & Ellen Swisher) Ewers, Clyde Feb. 4,1902 - Apr. 2, 1902 (also listed on parents stone as 'sons of Nora') Harley Oct. 20, 1891 - Feb. 28, 1904 (also listed on parents stone as 'sons of Nora') John Oct. 24, 1875 - __(no date)__ (S/S as Nora) Nora 'his wife' Nov. 10, 1868 - July 25, 1907 (S/S as John- also has 'sons of Nora' listed as Harley, Ralph, and Clyde) Ralph Sept. 16, 1895 - Dec. 4, 1903 (also listed on parents stone as 'sons of Nora') Fanning, Geo. W. "Co. F 34 Ind. Inf." Henry 1874 - 1949 (stone next to Mary and Geo.W.) Mandy J. dau of G.W. & M. Fanning died Sept. 15, 1863 aged 5m.5d. Mary 1847 - 1918 (stone next to Geo.W.) * Mary M. dau of Jacob & Marinda Fanning died Dec. 6, 1864 aged 1y.11m.11d. No stone found Foster, Blanch R. (Foster) Ritter 1891 - 1940 (S/S Riley E. Ritter) Gaskill, Mary 'Beloved Mother & Gr.mother' Apr. 19, 1912 - Aug. 19, 1996 (Needam-Storey Funeral marker has 'Mary Gaskill Hillman') Gear, Alice M. 1924 - 1982 George, John F. 1843 - 1925 Nance J. 1848 - 1923 Goley, Chester (no last name-buried next to Goley w/same red granite stone) Claude (no last name-buried next to Goley w/same red granite stone) John 1853 - 1917 (S/S Nancy L.) Mary (Goley) Armstrong 'MOTHER' 1892 - 1942 Nancy L. 1863 - 1925 (S/S John) Griffith, Anna E. dau of M.J. & J.N. Griffith died Jan. 8, 1881 aged 9y.2m.2d. Corda H. dau of M.J. & J.N. Griffith died Jan. 5, 1881 aged 1y.2m. Gross, Dora A. (no other info on stone) Hacker, Edna 1889 - 1930 (S/S George) George 1928 - 1931 (S/S Edna) Hamilton, Elizabeth wife of Thomas Hamilton died Nov. 13, 1877 aged 69y.7m.5d. Mary dau of Thomas & Elizabeth Hamilton died June 8, 1862 aged 13y.5m.13d. Thomas son of Edwin & Nancy Hamilton died Feb. 22, 1857 aged 67y.1m.28d. Hardy, Cora May 1887 - 1930 (S/S as Martha J. Hoover) (acquaintance of Ray Hoover remembers visiting these graves after Ray died in 1960's. Ray buried in pauper grave at IOOF (Estates of Serenity) in Marion. Thinks these are wife and daughter of Ray.) Hiatt, Alonzo T. 'DAD' 1871 - 1948 (stone next to Emma C.) Emma C. 1874 - 1948 (stone next to Alonzo) Eliza J. dau of E. & L. Hiatt died Mar. 29, 1841 aged 12m.20d. Elizabeth dau of A. & L. Hiatt died June 4, 1844 aged 2y.4m.3d. Francis son of Wm. & Sarah Hiatt died Nov. 30, 1849 aged 8m.19d. Infant son of Aaron & Sarah Hiatt born & died June 1, 1849 Josiah died Feb. 15, 1852 in his 56th year Lorinda wife of Eli Hiatt died July 17, 1849 aged 29y.6m.11d. Lucinda wife of Aaron Hiatt died Jan. 5, 1847 age 32y.7m.26d. (Stone buried in 2 pcs. dug up & leaned against next stone.) Otis C. 1893 - 1946 Robert son of A. & L. Hiatt died Aug. 22, 1847 aged 9m.19d. Sarah E.J. dau of Wm. & Sarah A. Hiatt died June 15, 1855 aged 7m.6d. Hillman, Collein 'FATHER' 1876 - 1966 (stone next to Ethel) Curtis 1850 - 1904 (S/S Margaret) * Daniel died Aug. 17, 1868 aged 42y.8m.27d. No stone found Elisabeth J. dau of W.R. & E.J. Hillman died June 25, 1875 aged 15 days Elizabeth Jane wife of W.R. Hillman died June 10, 1875 aged 34y.4m.25d. Ethel 'MOTHER' 1880 - 1919 (stone next to Collein) Frank L. 1909 - 1989 Georgina H. 1859 - 1925 (S/S Thomas E.) Lorena (Hunt) Hillman 1900 - 1953 * Louis son of Phineas & Ann Hillman died Sept. 14, 1853 aged 9 months No stone found Margaret (Rush) Hillman 1852 - 1950 (S/S Curtis Hillman) Mary 'Beloved Mother & Gr.mother' Apr. 19, 1912 - Aug. 19, 1996 (Needam-Storey Funeral marker has 'Mary Gaskill Hillman') Mary E. dau of D.H. & S.E. Hillman died Oct. 9, 1871 aged 17y.20d. * Naaman G. son of Abijah & Amantha M. Hillman died Dec. 11, 1856 aged 1y.11m.17d. No stone found Nancy wife of B. Hillman died Jan. 4, 1864 aged 66y.2m.16d. * Nancy Jane dau of D.H. & S.E. Hillman died Oct. 11, 1863 aged 15y.1m.7d. No stone found Rachel dau of B. & N. Hillman died Oct. 29, 1842 aged 11y.5m.21d. Thomas E. 1861 - 1940 (S/S Georgina H.) Horner, Elizabeth wife of John Horner died May 31, 1878 aged 62y.2m.22d. John Sen. died May 12, 1855 aged 66y.5m.28d. Keziah dau of J. & E. Horner died Mar. 14, 1856 aged 22y.10m.26d. Margaret wife of George Horner died Oct. 25, 1854 aged 34y.3m.19d. Sarah wife of John Horner died June 11, 1855 aged 58y. Hoover, Martha J. 1868 - 1914 (S/S as Cora May Hardy-see Cora entry for more info) Horton, Robert died Nov. 14, 1853 aged 56y.11m.12d. Hoziar, Elisabeth wife of Pearson Hoziar died Nov. 14, 1853 aged 57y.7m.14d. Huffman, Armstead son of A. & G. Huffman died Sept. 4, 1842 aged 10m.4d. Hunt, Lorena (Hunt) Hillman 1900 - 1953 Johnson, Carrie M. 1898 - 1964 (S/S Horace A.) Horace A. 1899 - 1973 (S/S Carrie M.) Walter C. June 13, 1951 (lamb on stone-next to Carrie and Horace) Koup, Lida 1862 - 1896 Lelless, Ellen Carol wife of Frank A. Lelless died May 28, 1898 aged 22y.6m.22d. Lindville, Infant dau of J.M.& D.M. Lindville died Sept. 23, 1875 aged 23days (S/S as Infant son) Infant son of J.M. & D.M. Lindville died Sept. 8, 1875 aged 8 days (S/S as Infant dau.) Linville, Elizabeth (Morgan) 'MOTHER' 1866 - 1941 (stone next to Marie Morgan) Malcom, Bulah wife of Samuel Malcom deceased Mar. 8, 1857 aged 46y.2m.12d. Martha R. dau of Samuel & Bulah Malcom deceased June 18, 1853 aged 6y.7m.18d. (top of stone w/names is missing) William son of Samuel & Bulah Malcom deceased Jan. 10, 1853 aged 7y.9m.7d. McGinnis, Bertha 1872 - 1894 Emmett W. 1912 - 1913 Willie 1894 - 1894 Miller, Celina wife of Jeremiah Miller died Feb. 9, 1872 aged __y.__m.19d. Hannah wife of Abraham Miller died Apr. 5, 1879 aged 83y.11m.10d. Mills, Joshua infant son of Joshua & Olive Mills Sept. 11, 1908 - Oct. 9, 1908 Morgan, Marie A. dau of W.A. & L.A. Morgan Sept. 18, 1894 - Nov. 24, 1908 Moore, Ela 'FATHER' June 21, 1871 - Oct. 1, 1917 Nelson, ________ E. Dec. 27, 1862 aged 28y.6m.11d. (top part w/most of first name broken off) Bird E. Feb. 19, 1887 - Dec. 4, 1905 (buried in Nelson family plot-east side cemetery)) * Elisha son of John C. & S.H. Nelson died Jan. 25, 1869 aged 5m.10d. No stone found George W. Apr. 1, 1866 - Dec. 25, 1886 * Jackson died Oct. 27, 1862 aged (DAR noted it was buried to deep to be read in 1940s) No stone found in 2002 * John son of John C. & S.H. Nelson died Jan. 15, 1869 aged 4m.5d. No stone found John C. Sept. 16, 1843 - Oct. 25, 1906 John W. 1869 - 1912 (buried in Nelson family plot next to 2 stones marked; 'Mother' 1839 - 1910 and 'Father' 1836 - __ no date) John W. died Jan. 22, 1914 aged 20y.9m.18d. (Thomas funeral home on plaque on stone) Josie M. 'MOTHER' 1875 - 1950 (stone next to Steve W.) * Lacy A. wife of Jackson died Jan. 1, 1863 aged (stone broken) No stone found Louisa dau of J.W. & C. Nelson died Aug. 25, 1858 aged 4m.2d. Mary L. July 7, 1862 - Feb. 16, 1888 * Milley wife of Noah Nelson died Feb. 4, 1872 aged 65 years No stone found Steve W. 'FATHER' 1870 - 1946 (stone next to Josie M.) Willard Feb. 15, 1873 - Sept. 11, 1875 William died Dec. 7, 1879 aged 72 years William R. Aug. 22, 1860 - May 26, 1885 William R. 1863 - 1913 Newport, Lucina M. dau of R. Newport died Oct. 1, 1860 aged (broken) Olinger, Clara 1852 - 1920 (S/S Philip) Guy 1880 - 1940 Philip 1853 - 1916 (S/S Clara) Oliver, Edmund Apr. 9, 1840 - Feb. 18, 1924 Pvt Co. D 54th IND Regt. Overman, Elisha 1853 - 1937 (S/S with Martha R.) Infant son of A.D. & M.I. Overman died Aug. 29, 1875 aged 3 days Leander July 28, 1882 - Dec. 2, 1882 Martha R. wife of Elisha 1861 - 1886 (S/S with Elisha) William Gray Sept. 27, 1886 - July 5, 1898 Parks, Caroline dau of S. & S. Parks died Oct. 27, 1837 aged 8y.8m.3d. Hannah 'His Wife' Apr. 26, 1850 - Oct. 30, 1921 (S/S Isaac) Isaac Mar. 22, 1840 - Oct. 18, 1808 (S/S Hannah) Leona May 1877 - 1879 Sarah wife of Silas Parks died Jan. 6, 1889 aged 73y.9m.4d. (S/S Silas) Silas died Oct. 27, 1857 aged 51y.2m.5d. (S/S Sarah) Patterson, Andrew died July 20, 1849 aged 48 years * Benjamin S. son of J. & N. Patterson died Apr. 7, 1862 aged 23y.5m.2d. No stone found * Celina wife of Jeremiah Patterson died Feb. 8, 1872 aged 43y.29d. No stone found Harvy son of A. & M. Patterson died Jan. 10, 1857 aged 24y.10m. Infant son of A. & E. Patterson died Oct. 12, 1853 aged 1y.9d. Infant son of Andrew & Mary Patterson died Jan. 26, 1834 aged 28 days John died Sept. 3, 1838 aged 46y.6m.20d. John M.D. son of J. & N. Patterson died Feb. 11, 1842 aged 7m.22d. * Joshua D. son of S. & L. Patterson died July 29, 1850 aged 5m.1d. No stone found Leander son of A. & E. Patterson died Jan. 5, 1856 aged 1y.2m.20d. Mary wife of Andrew Patterson died Jan. 22, 1862 aged 65y.2m.7d. Mary C. dau of A. & M. Patterson died Oct. 10, 1850 aged 10y.6m.25d. Mary E. dau of S. & L. Patterson died Oct. 11, 1853 aged 1y.11d. * Nancy wife of John Patterson died Sept. 9, 1870 aged 76y.7m.6d. No stone found Phebe wife of W.S. Patterson died June 16, 1897 aged 75y.11m.8d. Samuel died May 11, 1869 aged 45y.4m.19d. (top of stone broken off) William A. son of El__ Patterson died Oct. 7, 1866 aged 6y.10m. (stone lying in front of Keziah Horner stone) Pearson, Sarah J. 'His Wife' Oct. 18, 1839 - Jan. 23, 1913 (S/S Shadrach) Shadrach Oct. 6, 1840 - Feb. 19, 1919 (S/S Sarah J.) Phyllis, Velma D. died Sept. 17, 1914 aged 1m.22d. Pierce, Infant dau. of L.D. & M. Pierce died June 9, 1855 Isaac D. son of L.D. & M. Pierce died Nov. 09, 1845 aged 11 days Matilda wife of L.D. Pierce died Sept. 12, 1863 aged 40y.11m.27d. Ritter, Blanch R. (Foster) Ritter 1891 - 1940 (S/S Riley E.) Riley E. 1873 - 1936 (S/S Blanch R.) Roberds, Ann wife of Joseph Roberds died Nov. 27, 1846 aged 77y.9m.10d. Benjamin died Dec. 31, 1841 aged 24y.10m.9d. Phineas "Rev." Sept. 25, 1810 - June 24, 1890 (S/S Sophia) Sophia Jan. 8, 1811 - Nov. 27, 1843 (S/S Phineas) Roser, Clara dau of W.H. & L.A. Roser died Feb. 27, 1900 aged 9y.9m.4d. Lydia A. 1866 - 1940 (S/S William H.) William H. 1858 - 1939 (S/S Lydia A.) Roush, Florence J. dau of Wm. & Jane Roush died Mar. 8, 1876 aged 17y.7m.24d. Infant dau of Wm. & Jane Roush born & died Nov. 5, 1848 Isaac S. son of Wm. & Jane Roush 1844 - Mar. 16, 1863 aged 18y.5m.21d. Pvt 89th Ind. Regt. John died May 15, 1852 aged 74y.1m.12d. Mary wife of John Roush died Jan. 24, 1857 aged 79y.4m.28d. Sarah dau of Wm. & Jane Roush died Oct. 13, 1845 aged 3y.9m.1d. (found 2 stones on Sarah, this one was in NE corner w/Roush family) Sarah Eliza dau of W.& J. Roush died Oct. 1845 aged 3y.9m.12d. (2nd stone next to Henry Fanning stone S. center of cemetery. Both Sarah stones were upright) Rumfelt, Sara K. 1958 - 1997 (Hunt funeral home marker only. NW corner cemetery) Rush, Elvira (Rush) Day 1859 - 1890 Margaret (Rush) Hillman 1852 - 1950 (S/S Curtis Hillman) Sims, Gerald L. Feb. - Aug. 1925 Henry C. 'FATHER' 1854 - 1924 Minnie P. 'MOTHER' 1875 - 1957 (all 3 Sims stones are together) Smith, Betty 1887 - 1919 (S/S as James & infants) Infant 'Albert' 1918 - 1919 (S/S as Betty, James & infant James) Infant 'James' 1914 - 1915 (S/S as Betty, James & infant Albert) James H. 1888 - 19___ (S/S as Betty and infants) Southwick, Steven Austin 2001 (Needem-Storey funeral marker only. NW corner cemetery) Surber, Fred R. 1919 - _____ (S/S M.Wanita) M. Wanita 1921 - 2002 (S/S Fred R.) Swisher, Eliza dau of Henry & Ellen Swisher died Sept. 9, 1861 aged 1y.11m.4d. Ellen wife of H.A. Swisher and dau of J.C. Andrew died Dec. 31, 1866 aged 32y.4m.19d. (S/S with Henry & Nancy) Henry A. died Nov. 14, 1877 aged 42y.1m.9d. (S/S with Ellen & Nancy) John son of H.A. & E. Swisher died Aug. 20, 1879 aged 17y.10m.8d. Malinda wife of John Swisher died Oct. 20, 1888 aged 70y.5m.5d. Nancy wife of H.A. Swisher and dau of E.J. Evans died July 12, 1877 aged 37y.11m.6d. (S/S with Henry A. & Ellen) Trader, Eva A. 1890 - 1963 (S/S George D.) F. Delbert 1952 George D. 1900 - _______ (S/S Eva A.) Herbert G. 'FATHER' 1921 - 1970 (S/S Loraine I.) Loraine I. 'MOTHER' 1925 - 1973 (S/S Herbert G.) Thelma 1922 Troxell, John (Co F 34th IND INF) Jan. 9, 1840 - Jan. 19, 1917 (S/S Milley) Milley 'His Wife' Oct.16, 1843 - Feb. 15, 1915 (S/S John) Vest, Lydia 1976 Voland, Robert W. 1935 - 1935 (stone next to Ronald) Ronald E. 1945 - 1945 (stone next to Robert) Wallace, * Mary dau of B.P. & E.A. Wallace died Apr. 30, 1841 aged 1y.11m.23d. No stone found Wm. Winston son of B.P. & E.A. Wallace died Feb. 11, 1863 aged 21y.11m.6d. Watson, Verlin E. July 14, 1921 - May 7, 1922 Willson, Thomas died Sept. 1, 1840 aged 29y.5m.4d. Winslow, Sarah E. wife of Daniel Winslow died Sept. 13, 1871 aged 42y.8m.27d. Wolf, Levi 1852 - 1915 (S/S Miranda) Miranda 1858 - 1927 (S/S Levi)

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