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Joseph Elliott
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Birth: Feb. 18, 1802
North Carolina, USA
Death: Nov. 19, 1853
Cass County
Indiana, USA

On the Owen Fitch Farm (of 52.65 acres) in the northeast quarter of the northwest quarter of Section One, of Township 28 North, of Range One East, of Second Indiana Principal Meridian, near the extreme northeast corner of Harrison Township in northern Cass County. One mile or more southwest of Fletcher's Lake (which lake is across the line in Fulton county). Nearly ten miles due north of Logansport. 3 miles northeast of Lucerne, 4 miles northwest of Metea. This burial-place is approximately 125 rods east of State Highway 17 (Logansport-to-Culver Road, formerly known as the "Pleasant Grove Pike"); and perhaps about 57 rods south of the County-line road (an east-west road which here separates Cass county [on the south] from Fulton county [on the north].
Formerly carefully fenced and then containing one unusually large and fine old marble slab set in a sturdy stone base, but today ---June 16, 1941 --- merely a part of a cultivated field (corn-field), this little burial-place is at a spot where the land falls away quite markedly to both the SOUTH and the west. Perhaps 20 rods or more south (across field) is the midpoint of the north edge of a small (but rather beautiful-looking) woods.
The old (or original) Joseph Elliott home was almost due north of this burial-place, but its site is likewise now part of a cultivated field.
Cemetery is southwest of the present large two-story frame Owen Fitch farm-home, which house was erected in 1879 (by the Elliotts), and is on the south side of the County-line Road.
West of the west side-yard of this farmhouse, is a small orchard (and grassy plot) inclosed by a wire fence. Immediately west of this (little orchard), and at its northwest corner, there is a wide gate (on south side of County-line Road), from which gate a lane leads southward (along east edge of field) to a second (and similar) gate situated about one-seventh (1/7) of a mile south of said County-line Road. Entering this second gate, one may walk approximately 150 feet south-southwestward to the now unmarked (and unidentifiable) grave of this prominent Harrison township pioneer, JOSEPH ELLIOTT.
A somewhat thorough search (of the major portion of this large farm) located the displaced foot-stone for this grave (it reads simply J.E.); and the present owner of the farm relates that some years ago, there was plowed out of the ground (at this even then, long unmarked grave) a sizable and heavy base in which the original large old slab had formerly stood. This strange-looking (but regular-shaped) stone (with its deep rectangular groove) greatly puzzled the farm-hands, until an "old-timer" living nearby explained to them that there was a grave, and had long been a noteworthy old marble slab (and foot-stone), here. The whereabouts of this foundation was learned by the present reporter (it is on or in a hugh rock-pile on this farm); but the large old marble slab itself, could not be located. The present owner and occupants (and even a grandson of the deceased pioneer) have no idea as to its present whereabouts; though half a century ago, the slab and its grave were carefully fenced and cared for by descendants of the deceased.

JOSEPH ELLIOTT, who had been born on December 18th, 1802, at or very near Hamilton, Ohio; and on February 18th, 1832, had married Miss Martha Lincoln (B.2-(--)-1814; D. 8-25-1890) [understood to have been a very close relative of Abraham Lincoln]: and died, here on his own farm near the extreme northern edge of Cass county, Indiana, on November 19th, 1853, was lovingly laid to rest at this charming spot (south of his pioneer-day home) as a result of a charge which he had expressly laid upon his family. The story is that, one day, while helping dig a grave in a certain cemetery not far from Fletcher's lake, he had been greatly depressed at finding WATER standing in that grave, water into which the casket would necessarily have to be set. Following this experience, Mr. Elliott told his family and friends. "When I die, do not bury me in this cemetery, nor in any other such grave as this one! Either tie a large stone about my body, and sink it in the lake itself; or else bury me at some point that is so high and dry that my remains will be well above the water-level. I wish to be either "all wet" or else "all dry;" I desire no 'half-way measure.'"
Accordingly, when his death occurred (in 1853), he was reverently laid to rest at the highest and most attractive and suitable spot that could be found on all his own large farm. It is said that no other persons (of either his own nor any other family) were ever buried here. But a large and fine marble slab was erected at the grave; a marble foot-stone was also placed; and the grave was enclosed in a fence which was kept in repair for a number of decades [ as long as, and even for years after, the farm remained in the Elliott family's possession.]
Fieldwork for this report was done on June 16, 1941, by Mr. Willard Elliott (a grandson of Joseph) 1430 High Street, Logansport, and R.B. Whitsett, Jr. Secretary, L"Anguille Valley Memorial Association, 500 Front Street, Logansport, Indiana.

Forest Elliott remembers going with his dog "Brownie" south of Don Elliott (owner 1984) house to where Joseph Elliott was buried. They would try to kill groundhogs there. the plot consisted of a large Ash tree and 4-5 barbs around the grave.

Interview with Forest Elliott August 5, 1984 John R. Elliott
Family links: 
  Martha Lincoln Elliott (1814 - 1890)*
   Elizabeth Callaham (____ - 1886)*
  Alfred Elliott (1836 - 1902)*
  Clarissa Jane Elliott Smalley (1837 - 1861)*
  Ambrose Elliott (1840 - 1917)*
  William Elliott (1842 - 1870)*
  Benjamin Franklin Elliott (1843 - 1930)*
  Elias Elliott (1850 - 1932)*
  Joseph Martin Elliott (1853 - 1921)*
*Calculated relationship
Joseph Elliott Gravesite
Cass County
Indiana, USA
Created by: John Elliott
Record added: Jan 19, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64431946


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