McClellan Cemetery

The McClellan Township Cemetery (AKA Skinner) is located in Newton County, Indiana, on the east side of the Old Chicago Road, a diagonal road that now leads back into the property of Willow Slough, about 2/10ths mile north of CR 100N. There is a faint trail through the woods leading to the cemetery.

The 1916 Atlas of Newton County shows a handful of people living along this road, which at that time intersected with the Old Vincennes Trail in Illinois. It appears that they were the ones who used the cemetery and that when Oakland Cemetery at Morocco was founded, they started using that burial ground. We do know that some of the bodies were moved to Oakland.

It appears that the burial ground had been in use since the township was organized. The record of its founding is from the Newton County Recorder Miscellaneous Record #3, Page 114.

"Pursuant to notice the legal voters of McClellan Township met at the School House in McClellan Township, and on motion A.J. Ellis was elected Chairman, and on motion C.D. Holmes was elected Secretary. It was moved and carried that its name should be known as McClellan Cemetery; and it was moved and seconded and carried that Alonzo M. Skinner, David S. Corkins, and Corrington D. Holmes were elected Trustees of McClellan Township Cemetery. Held on the 23rd of April 1887 in McClellan Township, Newton County, State of Indiana. C.D. Holmes, Secretary.

I certify that the instrument in writing of which the above is a true copy was recorded on April 30, 1887 at 8 o'clock a.m." Henry P Parsons, Recorder of Newton County, by Andrew Hall, Deputy.

The few stones remaining are listed in alphabetical order since what stones remain are not in any organized rows.
Special thanks to Susie Hall and Beth Bassett for creating, photographing and uploading this page for researchers, 2012.

These stones were in place in Summer of 2009 - Possible burials? Misplaced stones?
unknown    unknown2    unknown3

Name Date of Birth Date of Death Inscription Picture
Betz, Catherine 2 Jul 1885  Wife of L. * Aged 54 Y 7 M Betz Catherine
Betsy Metal Cross (Possible Pet) betsy
Ellis, Toy  26 Apr 1878  Dau of A.J. & S * Aged 1 Month Ellis Toy
Ellis, Infant 12 Feb 1875    Son of of A.J. & S * Aged 4 Days Ellis Infant
Wagner, Sarah E (Rineron) 1867 11 Mar 1903 Dau Jacob/Mary A (McMillian) * ae 36 y 1 m 21 d Wagner Sarah
Wagner, Estella M  July 1902  19 Aug 1902  Dau Morron/? Writnon - ae 1 m Wagner Estella
No Stones
Betz, Infant Daughter 14 May 1906 14 May 1906 Dau A.D./Rosa T (Brandt)
Betz, Infant Son 24 Oct 1907 24 Oct 1907     Son Algie/Rosy (Brandt)
Betz, Lewis  2 Apr 1813 5 Mar 1910 Son Christian - wd-ad 96-11-3
Betz, Russell  26 Jul 1908 26 Jul 1908  Son Algie Dean/Rosa Tobena (Brandt)
Betz, Verlin    26 Apr 1922   27 Apr 1922  Son Algie D/Rose F (Brandt)