came into being in 1858 when Elder Philip
Shively and his wife Penelope deeded the land to the Church Of Christ to
be used as
a graveyard in the town of New Prospect.
Many people are buried there including at
least three civil war soldiers and Philip Shively himself. Sadly many
buried there are children such as Joseph Woodruff, who was barely two
died. His marker reads, “ Though lost he’s lost to earth alone. Above
be found. Amidst the stars and near the throne. Which babes like him
Most of the stones are from the 1800’s. The cemetery was
used up until at least the early 1900’s
It has been abandoned for many years. Cleaned up then
seemingly forgotten and now rediscovered.
Quite a few stones remain standing even though around 1990
an individual destroyed some of them.
To get to this cemetery you need to take State Road 56 to
French Lick and go through French Lick and West
Then turn left onto State Road 150. Next turn onto County Road 825 W.
onto Upper Sand hill Road. From there you will need to turn left again
stone wall. This takes you onto a private driveway. Up this driveway
see a barn. On the other side of this barn is the cemetery.
So much of our history lies buried in cemeteries such as
Prospect. These people are important to us because without them where
be? Cemeteries are a link to our past. A link that we must protect.
Philip and Penelope Shively donated the land for the church
and cemetery. Deed record book 18, page 423 states "Philip and
Penelope Shively for natural love and affection, warranty deed to trustees of
the Christian Church
of New Prospect: John
Purkhizer, Levi Lane,
and Henry Hall. For purpose of graveyard and church building. North side of
town of New Prospect, at stone marked A, then west 12 roads to stone B, then
north 14 rods to stone C, then east 14 rods to D, then to place of start, 1
acre more or less, part of the SW 1/4 of NE 1/4 of section 27. Also part of the
NW 1/4 of NE 1/4 of section 27, beginning at stone A, then west 6 rods to stone
B, then north 10 rods to stone C, then east 6 rods to stone D, then to
beginning, 1/2 acre more or less."