|Old Galveston Cemetery|
Also known as: Hansberry Cemetery, Lewis Cemetery, Meeks Cemetery
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
"This is the oldest burial ground in Jackson Township. It is situated about one-half mile southeast of Galveston in the northwest 1/4 Sec. 34.
Daniel C. Flynn enteres this land in 1848 and Thos. H. Hansberry bought it October 27, 1848. On May 12, 1853, Hansberry sells to Wm. Ramsey and in the deed reserved one-half acre as a burial ground - and in all subsequent deeds this reservation has been made, but this burial ground has never been conveyed to any individual, trustee or corportation. It was used as a burial ground years before the land was entered.
This graveyard is located on a knoll on the east side of the road but prior to 1849 the interments were made on the west side of a wagon road and the first burial was the body of Jabob Myers in the winter of 1843 ... and was buried in the woods, about twenty rods west of the present cemetery on the west side of the road. Here also were buried, two of the McCombs family and Sarah, wife of Joseph Walters prior to 1849. Quite a few interments were made here but when Mr. Hansberry bought the land in 1848 or 1849 he set apart the beautiful knoll, the present cemetery site, and some of the persons buried west of the road were removed, but many still seleep in their original forest graves, oblivious to the thread of the plowman.
This graveyard is now enclosed by a wire fence in the midst of an open woodland pasture field, grown up with weeds and wines and sadly neglected as are the majority of the small pioneer burial places in Cass County. It is now seldom used and most of the people in this neighborhood have lots in the new cemetery north of Galveston and many removals have been made, but there are probably two hundred graves remaining."
History of Cass County Indiana
Dr. Jehu Z. Powell
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