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Indiana Crenshaw
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Birth: Apr. 13, 1820
Dallas County
Alabama, USA
Death: Apr. 27, 1821
Dallas County
Alabama, USA

"Indiana Crenshaw" actually died unnamed. In Judge Anderson Crenshaw’s family bible, in his handwritten list of his children, the third child was “a daughter born at Cahaba, Alabama on the 13th April 1820 and died (without a name) on the 27 April 1821.”

Indiana Crenshaw's marker was placed in the Cahaba Cemetery by Anderson Crenshaw's sons long after the little girl's death and after their parents' deaths (Anderson died in 1847, and Mary in 1873). The Crenshaw brothers -- Walter Henry, Thomas Chiles, Charles Edward and Frederick William -- thought their parents had named this daughter "Indiana," when in fact she was not yet named when she died. Not naming babies until they were a year or two old was a common practice in the 18th-19th centuries when infant mortality was high.

Sadly for history and for genealogists, Cahaba's "Old Cemetery," with Cahaba's earliest burials, suffered neglect and vandalism over the years. Only a few markers survived by the 1960s, when "Cemetery No. 1" (or the "Old Cemetery"), was first transcribed. The earlier surveys differ in transcription texts, and Indiana's original marker no longer exists, but one survey listed her gravestone as:

"Indiana, only dau. of Anderson and Mary Crenshaw - D. 27 April 1821. aged 1y, 14d."

Cahaba's second burial site, the "New Cemetery," was severely damaged by vandals in June 1960. The Selma Times-Journal reported in a reminder article on June 4, 2007:

<< Forty-seven years ago this month, a vandal entered Old Cahawba’s "New" Cemetery and took a sledgehammer to the beautifully carved tombstones of those at rest. The act was the top story in the June 15, 1960 edition of The Selma Times-Journal. The headline: "Worst Vandalism in History occurs at Old Cahawba." >>
Family links: 
  Anderson Crenshaw (1783 - 1847)
  Mary Chiles Crenshaw (1790 - 1873)
  Walter Henry Crenshaw (1817 - 1878)*
  Thomas Chiles Crenshaw (1818 - 1899)*
  Indiana Crenshaw (1820 - 1821)
  Charles Edward Crenshaw (1821 - 1905)*
  Frederick William Crenshaw (1824 - 1902)*
*Calculated relationship
"Indiana, only daughter of Anderson and Mary Crenshaw / Died 27 April 1821, aged 1 year, 14 days."

In addition to the original marker listed in previous Cahaba cemetery surveys, a commemorative marker was placed in the Crenshaw Family Cemetery in Butler County, Alabama, in the 1990s. A photograph of this commemorative marker is on Indiana Crenshaw's memorial page here.
Old Cahaba Cemetery
Dallas County
Alabama, USA
Maintained by: Annie Crenshaw
Originally Created by: Rick & Kat
Record added: Dec 29, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 82552387
Indiana Crenshaw
Added by: R W Boyd
Indiana Crenshaw
Cemetery Photo
Added by: Bill McKern
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- Tina Burkett
 Added: Jun. 27, 2013
Think of your child then, not as dead, but as living. Not as a flower that has withered, but one that is transplanted and touched by a divine hand. Is blooming in richer colors and sweeter shades than those of earth.
- Elizabeth Shaffer
 Added: May. 9, 2013

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