|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Now known as the "Collins Cemetery", this pioneer burial ground was located on a beautiful knoll sloping to the west in Washington Township about 1 3/4 mile south of Dudleytown on County Road 730E and about 1/4 mile west. In a 1970 restoration project all the remaining stones and markers were gathered together and placed in a 10' x 10' plot with a fence around it. The cemetery sign is visible from the road when there are no crops growing in the field between it and the road.
According to Thomas Collins who was buried there, an earlier pioneer family who settled there built their log house on this ground. Their young daughter died and was buried under the floor of the home to keep packs of wolves who roamed the area from digging up the freshly dug earth. The spot evolved into the cemetery now named after the Collins family who owned the land.
Some of the stones go back to the 1840s and there were known burials in the 1830s.
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