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Eva Hopkins (#47159848)
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Bio Photo I have been delving into genealogy since 1968. I am currently Researcher at the Westchester Twp History Museum in Chesterton. If you find an error or if you want to add information about a person, please contact me. If you should want to contact me via email, I can be reached at
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Kathy in NW Indiana
Date: 24 October 2014

Contact: Debbie Clem

Dedication Honors Portage Township Pioneers

NW Indiana: Brendan Clancy, Portage Township Trustee, invites the public to a Dedication Ceremony in honor of some of Portage Township’s earliest settlers on Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at McCool Cemetery (2700 McCool Road, Portage IN 46368) at 3p.

A beautiful, new memorial has recently been erected at McCool Cemetery to remember those first settlers who are buried at James Shrock Cemetery which was established in 1836 and is located alongside the present day Indiana Toll Road.

The James Shrock Cemetery nearly became obliterated and removed when the Indiana Toll Road was constructed. The original survey plans for the toll road had the roadbed going through the cemetery, however, protests from a local Chesterton resident blocked the obliteration and saved the old cemetery.

Through the years the James Shrock Cemetery has been the recipient of vandalism and mistreatment, leaving many of the head stones broken and missing. Portage Township Cemetery staff have worked to piece the puzzle of broken head stones back together, gather data of pioneers buried at the old cemetery, and have erected a new monument at McCool Cemetery so these early pioneers will not be forgotten.

Join the Portage Township Trustee’s office as they dedicate and pay tribute to some of Portage Township’s earliest settlers. For more information contact McCool Cemetery at 219-763-2717 or
Added by Kathy in NW Indiana on Oct 24, 2014 2:16 PM
Brian Davis
I tryed to email you at got a message back that the email was not a valid address. Is there another ?
Added by Brian Davis on Oct 20, 2014 11:39 AM
Bruce Crawshaw
RE: Charles L Clark 1918-1996
Hi Eva, My mother never mentioned where her parents were buried, but I'm pretty sure they both died in Lake Co., Indiana. You left an obit on Howard Wright Clark's page he was Charlie's brother.
Added by Bruce Crawshaw on Oct 17, 2014 9:56 AM
Bruce Crawshaw
Charles L Clark 1918-1996
Charles' father was Howard Winters Clark 1866-1941, his mother was Emmaline Rachael Crawl 1880-1928 or 29. Charles is (was) my uncle, my mother's brother, and these are their parents. This information you supply is of great help to us ancestry addicts, please keep up the great work.
Added by Bruce Crawshaw on Oct 17, 2014 6:18 AM
Elizabeth Grosset
RE: Daniel Moffat Furnessville Cemetery
His parents are in the Chicago suburbs, I want to say historic Forest Park cemetery.
Added by Elizabeth Grosset on Sep 25, 2014 12:31 PM
Elizabeth Grosset
Daniel Moffat Furnessville Cemetary

Thanks so much for snapping this photo. Daniel was my Dad's first cousin, we didn't know where he was buried.


Added by Elizabeth Grosset on Sep 20, 2014 4:57 PM
Ellen Parks
Chesterton Cemetary Shultz Family
Dear Eva,
Thank you so much for all the work you've done for the families from Chesterton! I have a few pieces of information from my family that will help you connect some people who are related:

1. Augusta Harbrecht Schultz (as spelled on Findagrave--should be Shultz--spelled without the "c". This family dropped the "c" after coming to America.) She is married to Theodore August Shultz, 1877-1936 (often seen as Theodore Shultz "Jr."). He is listed on FindaGrave as Theodore A Shultz and is buried in Chesterton Cemetary. Augusta is the mother of Gladys Alberta Shultz Gschwind (G'Schwind, as the family spelled it). Gladys was born 06 Oct 1904, 10 months before her mother's death. Gladys was raised by an aunt (Phenia R Shultz) in Chicago; she married there, and is buried there. (We are direct descendants.)

2. Theodore August Shultz (1877-1936)-- Augusta is his first wife, married 20 Dec 1903. After she died, he married Edith Michaels (or Michels) LaHayne. Theodore is the son of Theodore Shultz "Sr."

3. Theodore Shultz, Sr. (1834-1929)(though not technically a Sr.)--Johann Friedrich Theodor Schultz (he eventually dropped the "c" and went by Theodore. He was married to Sophia Christina Dorothea Paschen (1834-1910). They came to America in 1865 from Germany.

This should help you connect a few of the headstones!
Added by Ellen Parks on Sep 20, 2014 1:51 PM
Sadie Skellenger
Dear Eva,

Thank you very much for your transfer of my grandaunt Sadie to my managment. It means a lot.

Have a wonderful day.

Lloyd (John Martin)
Added by Lloyd on Sep 09, 2014 4:24 AM
Michelle Willett Pierce
Please stop putting pictures on my pages.
Added by Michelle Willett Pierce on Aug 18, 2014 1:15 AM
RE: Leah LaForce's parents
I doubt the Sederberg history would help with my question, but just in case you may have heard something,I will tell you the story. Lucy LaForce had daughter Leah LaForce (my grandmother) in 1898 (maybe Valparaiso or probably Chicago)and as an unmarried mother, I believe. Later she married Fabian Sederberg and had son Carl and she died not many years later. I met my Uncle Carl and family when I was around 7-8 years old. So Leah and Carl were half brother and sister. My mom stayed in touch with Ruby (Carl's wife) & Carl. My dad died in 1973 before anyone was into genealogy. Many years later when I got interested in genealogy I wrote to Ruby (Carl was very ill at this time)about who was Leah's (his half sister) father. She wrote back that any that would have known were gone, but the rumor she knew was that he was a cousin from the DeWells line. Twenty some years later a hint popped up naming Clarence LaForce DeWells, born 1896 in Chicago to Edward DeWells and Lucy LaForce. I have never found anything else on either Edward or Clarence. No birth certificate on Leah and she died when my dad was about 12 so I never met her. My dad's father was something evil out of a Cinderella story along with his 2nd wife or possibly his second wife along with her evil daughters was the problem, so my dad left his father's house at about 15, so I never met my grandfather either even though he lived in the area to about 78 yrs. of age. If you have any knowledge or hints I would appreciate! Lee
Added by Lee on Aug 08, 2014 7:34 AM
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