BLAND CEMETERY aka STEVENSON CEMETERY
Located in Bigger Township, in section 25, on the old
Pribble or Schuman farm, 1 1/2 to 3 miles southeast from San Jacinto, 7 to
9 miles from Hwy. 50, depending upon different transcriptions. Those
named as making lists of this cemetery are H.L.
Morin in 1969 with a later arrangement done of his list by Bret Caldwell in 1983 and ones done by
Margie Lawson and Robert Williams in 1973
This is a small cemetery but a
difficult one to list as I have at least 5 different transcriptions, ranging from
1969 through 1983, one list is entirely hand written and although not signed
appears to have been done by a relative as more detail is given. Another
list is hand written notes/corrections of the other hand written list
again unsigned. I hope it comes out understandable. All comments are from transcriptions unless they
are in this color purple, then they are mine.
Caril "Willis" Hall 1/19/1871
- 4/13/1876 - child of John Eubank Hall (brother of Frances Hall Bland) and
Eliza A. Bland (daughter of Meridith Bland) inscription - Budded
on Earth to Bloom in Heaven
Merrell/Merrill d. 6/19/1853 Age 5 yr 6 mo
Infant Daughter of John
11/7/1814 - 11/5/1853 or 5
Charter Member of Graham Baptist Church
Matilda H. or M.
(Merrell/Merrill) Condrey 1/11/1841 - 11/4/1899
probably a daughter of John Merrell/Merrill
Elizabeth (Bland) Alexander 1835 -1870
wife of Caleb G. Alexander, only daughter of Rev. Thomas & Patsy
Merrell/Merrill 1780 - 10/22/1831 wife of A. Merrill - probably mother of John
Bland 1/25/1962 - 8/27/1863 18 month old daughter of James
Calvin Bland and Sarah (Burge) Bland
Bland this name only listed on one of the
cemetery lists the one from 1969
John Hall 4/11/1966 -
9/23/1871 son of Thomas E. Hall & Eliza Bland found
by Jane Midtby? &
Robert Bland in 1981 not on other lists.
Russell 5/22/1813 - 9/17/1836 or 39 age
23 years, consort of James Russell
Pearl Bland 5/13/1878 - 9/24/1886 8 years
daughter of James Calvin Bland and his wife Sarah M. (Burge)
Charles J. Bland 12/2/1863 - 8/11/1890 3rd son of James Calvin
Bland and his wife Sarah M. (Burge) Bland -
went out west and was killed
Martha Ellen Bland
8/23/1855 - 3/3/1929 unmarried only daughter
of "Asbury" & Frances Bland
Sarah M. (Burge)
Bland 11/29/1835 - 10/10/1895
James Calvin Bland 1/13/1831
- either 2 or7/19/1896 3rd known son Rev. Thomas
& Martha "Patsy" Bland
Bland two sets of dates given 1804 - 1892 and 1803 - 1891, son
of Captain James Bland of Jefferson County, Indiana
B. F. Bland 1829 -
1862 Benjamin Franklin Bland - Merchant 2nd
known son of Rev. Thomas & "Patsy" Bland
Martha "Patsy" (Bland) Bland 1803 - 1891 wife of
Rev. Thomas Bland
Frances Ann (Hall) Bland 3/1/1829 -
6/6/1860 first wife of Francis Asbury Bland and daughter of John Hall
& Hannah Ewbank Hall of Jennings County.
Bland 10/1/1826 - 9/2/1907 1st son of Rev. Thomas &
Patsy - named by his father the Rev. Thomas Bland after Francis Asbury 1st
Bishop of the M. E. Church, he was known by the family as "Uncle
Jane A. (Hansell) Bland 4/8/1853 - 5 or
9/17/1896 second wife of Francis Asbury Bland
Bland 1853 -1933 known
as "Ben" 3rd son of Asbury & Frances Bland -
Martin Chapman Bland
1858 - 1946 known as "Mart" 4th son of Asbury & Frances
Bland - unmarried
Ralph C. Bland
4/17/1879 - 7/24/1880 3rd son of John Hall & Mary C.
Susan Effie Bland 2/2/1812 -
10/14/1887 1st daughter of John Hall and
Mary C. Bland
Mary Catherine (Hamsel) Bland
4/9/1844 - 11/14/1901
10/12/1875 - 1/9/1876 2nd daughter of John Hall and Mary C.
Graun E. Bland 3/18/1880 -
Burge Co. B. 8th Ind. Inf. Civil
War - probable brother of Sarah M. Burge Bland who married James Calvin
Bland son of Rev. Thomas
King 9/27/1822 -
9/13/1895 wife of Sidney C. King
King 12/6/1804 - 5/22/1866
Hall Bland 1848 - 1924 son of Francis Asbury
Bland & Frances Hall Bland, born in Bigger Township and died at age 76
of pneumonia in Jenings County & was buried in Stephenson Cemetery according
to Death Notice at the Vernon Annex, he was married to Mary Catherine
Earl Sporleder 11/29/1892
-3/30/1893 infant son of Frank & Josephine Bland
Thomas Johnson Bland Co. K 12th Ind.
Inf. Civil War
Benjamin Thomas Bland 1884 -
1892 5th son of J.H. & Mary C. Bland
Earnest E. Bland 5/6/1870 -
11/23/1871 probably, 4th son of J. Calvin & Sarah W.
Benjamin Franklin Bland 1829 - 1862
Merchant 2nd known son of Rev. & Patsy
Permelia Violet Bland 1831 - 1880 (widow of
____Rail) mother of Edmund Rail, wife & then widow of Benjamin Franklin
Bland - may be the small stone with P.B. on it
John Hall, this
could be the marker for John Hall b. 4 April 1789 in Lincolnshire
England & d. July 12, 1848 in Jennings Co. buried in Stevenson cemetery, the
dates were not distinguishabel. His grandson who died at 5 yrs was also buried
in this cemetery.
John Hall, the elder, married Hannah Eubank, born in
Yorkshire Eng., came to America in 1807 & to Ind. 1811, near Guilford, Ind.
They m. in 1820. She is buried in Eastfork Cem, Guliford Ind. They were parents
of - Frances Ann Hall whom Francis Asbury Bland - Thomas Ewbank Hall who m.
Eliza Bland - Rachel Hannah Hall who m. Francis Marion Bland, (s/o Capt.
James) This information from the "Ewbank Book"
latest grave to be found here is that of Lawson Stevenson b.
1789 d. 1835 He was ordained as a Mister of the Regular
Baptist Church, March 1831. United with the church 8 yrs. before in
Jefferson Co. 1825, probably at Middlefork Ind. He was liscensed to preach
the Gospel in 1828 (it is believed he was a Curcuit Rider) & labored
faithfully for the salvation of mankind until he died.
was on his tombstone which had been broken & covered with about 2 inches of
dirt. There are probably more Stephenson graves yet to be found
Lawson married Betsy Merrill, July 24, 1828,
according to Mary Jo Wahlman, this cememtery is also know as the Stephenson
C.I. Bland - (controversy here
so I am listing all comments) possible first child of
Rev. & Patsy Bland. Name engraved on 3rd side of square stone engraved
on two sides with Rev. Thomas Bland and Martha Bland. Date 1825 - C.I.
Bland, only date 1825, was definately not a child of Rev. Thomas &
his wife Martha "Patsy" Bland (nee Bland) as the family bible gives their
marriage as Thursday, Dec. 15, 1825 & their 1st child was born
Oct. 1, 1826 a scant 10 1/2 mo. after their wedding. Who was C. I.
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