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Farmer Watson Stanley Cemetery
Washington Township
Carroll County
Indiana  USA
Postal Code: 46917

Cemetery notes and/or description:
This cemetery is named after the original homesteader Levi Farmer Sr. who donated the land for his and other family burials. The Watsons had the most numerous burials, and the Stanleys were the landowners in the later years of the cemetery. I am Keith Murphy, and have entered this cemetery into the Find-A-Grave directory of graves October 2012. Levi Farmer Sr. is my 3rd great grandfather. He was the son of Nathaniel C. Farmer, one of only four Revolutionary War veterans buried in Carroll County, and one of 1,394 in the state. Nathaniel, who fought under General George Washington, is buried in Deer Creek Cemetery in Washington Township. I had heard from the Carroll County, IN museum staff that there was an abandoned cemetery in Washington Township where some of my Farmer relatives were buried. I set out on a quest to find what was left of the cemetery, and to learn who was buried there. It is difficult to reach, and is on private land in a woods in the middle of a cornfield. At some time in the past a road ran past it, and has long since been abandoned. The cemetery itself was apparently abandoned in the mid-20th century. There are twenty some stones and a few other reported burials in the cemetery. It was vandalized long ago,and only two stones were found upright.

Levi Farmer Sr. (1790-1854) was the original homesteader of the property on which the cemetery is located. The land was sold to him by the United States and signed by President Andrew Jackson and he was the third settler of Washington Township in October 1829 according to The History of Carroll County Indiana 1882. This cemetery was one of the earliest in Carroll County, with the oldest tombstone engraved December 1834 for the death of a 4 month old baby, and the most recent stone dated 1902. However, newspaper obituaries state that there were burials there as late as 1924, but no stones have yet been found. The cemetery is in a small woods in the middle of a corn field, requiring a 1/4 mile hike and crossing a small stream. If youlook closely you can see one of only two tombstones upright,the rest are flat on the ground.
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Farmer Watson Stanley Cemetery
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