Old City Cemetery

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Old City Cemetery

Also known as Mulberry Street Cemetery

Location
300 Mulberry Street
Jeffersonville, Clark County, Indiana, 47130 USA
Memorials 35 added (6% photographed)

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The following is excerpted from page 447 of History of the Ohio Falls Counties, published in 1882:" The first general burying-ground known (in Jeffersonville) was located on the river front Spring and Pearl Streets. It was between Front Street and the (Ohio) river, for, strange as it may seem to the people of to-day, there were reserved between Front Street and the river a row of lots fronting nearly the entire original plat of the town. Next adjoining the river, and on the bank, was Water Street, which is still accessible would be not far from the present ferry wharf-boat at low water. The river encroached so rapidly on the bank at this point that it was thought best to grade down the bluff and pave the levee. The contact for this grading was let to Mr. J.H. McCampbell, who prosecuted the work to completion. Many bodies were found buried during the grading, the hard walnut cases having withstood the action of the soil through some forty years. The remains were carefully gathered together and moved to the old cemetery between Market and Maple Streets, west of Mulberry, Where they were again buried, the city procuring an appropriate monument, which was placed at the spot." The city's first "official" cemetery, laid out in 1802, contains several hundred burials. No records were kept for the burials and no abstract of stones was ever done and there have been no stones for at least one hundred years. One can reasonably conclude that those buried here were the early residents of Fort Finney/Steuben and of Jeffrersonville who died between 1787 and 1838, the year Walnut Ridge Cemetery was established north of the city. In 1849, Chestnut Grove Cemetery (later known as Eastern Cemetery) was opened east of Jeffersonville on Graham Street. The Old City Cemetery continued to be used until 1862. Floods and vandals have removed the few stones and a playground and ballpark cover the site, which is on Mulberry Street at the foot of Chestnut Street. The listing of burials comes from written sources, such as family letters, newspapers, early probate records,and other publications. All of this info both in this bio and in the burial information is due to the hard work and dedication of Jeanne Burke, our Clark County Historian.

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GPS Coordinates: 38.27062, -85.74298

  • Added: 11 Sep 2008
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2275824