Robert McCormick settled at the junction of the old Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and
Muncie Town Trail in 1826. He built a large cabin which was known far and wide as
McCormick's Tavern. He also handled the mail and the Post Office was called
Greenberry. On a beautiful, wooded knoll southwest of his home he found evidences of
an Indian encampment and the grave of an Indian. Here on this knoll in 1830 the baby of
Thomas and Mary Coleman was buried. Later, in 1836 Robert McCormick was buried.
This place is protected by a wire fence and is reasonably free of weeds and briers.
Burials have been made within the past ten years but it is not generally used.
In this cemetery lie William and Celia Payne who were the parents of Capt. David
L. Payne. Capt. Payne was the moving factor in having the Territory of Oklahoma
opened to the public for white settlement. Celia Payne was a daughter of David Lewis
who came to Grant County in November of 1834.
Jane McCormick the daughter of Robert and Ann McCormick was born in 1829.
She married William Roush in March 1841. Their daughter Mary C. married Joel Duling
in 1868 Catherine, the daughter of Robert and Ann McCormick married Joseph Jones
Nov. 26, 1839. Catherine and Joseph are buried in Bethel Cemetery.
This is what the DAR wrote in the 1940's.
Robert McCormick came to the Mississinewa River site in 1826 and entered land
on the 15 August 1829. His delay in entering (purchasing) the land is that there were few
people in the area that was to become Grant County and therefore a contest for land was
highly unlikely. He came from Fayette Co., Ind. (Connersville being the county seat.)
He established McCormicks Tavern near the crossing of the State Road and the Muncie
I visited the McCormick Cemetery, also known as the Fankboner Graveyard, in
May of 1997. It is located in the S.E. 1/4 of the N.E. 1/4 of Sec. 14 Twp. 23 N. Range 8
E. The road address is 7136 Wheeling Pike, Jonesboro, Indiana. It is about 1/4 of a mile
back from the road and access can only be gained by asking at this residence and walking
back. Behind this home is a very deep ravine and a creek which flows into the
Mississinewa River about a 1/2 north of the Wheeling Pike. This creek seems to
originate on this property and appears to be spring-fed. Just south of the creek is an old
logging road, but back in the early days of this area the road could have been the main
buggy road to this cemetery. At the top of the hill is the main gate into the cemetery.
The oldest marked grave that I found was that of Nancy dau of Thomas and Mary
Coleman. She died 6 Sept. 1830 at the tender age of 1y.2m.22d. She is listed on the
same stone with 2 of her siblings. The most recent marked burial was that of Merrell
Steelman, son of Samuel and Blanche Steelman. 1907 - 1923
*Denotes a stone not found at this time.
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Rhoda wife of Henry Barcley died Dec. 18, 1861 aged 39y.1m.13d.
Emma G.D. dau of M. & E.J. Brewer died Aug. 31, 1873 aged 1y.7m.11d.
Abraham died May 26, 1870 aged 64y.5m.15d.
"This body lies beneath the sod
It's gentle spirit rests with God"
Henry M. Nov. 6, 1842 - Jan. 10, 1920
Mary Ann wife of A. Carpenter died Sept. 29, 1882 aged 71y.5m.7d.
Found a footstone with the initials M.A.C.
Pearl 1884 - 1903
"She has gone from us forever
Linger here she might not stay
She has gone to fairer regions
Far away - Far away"
Polly dau of J.H. & S.B. Clark died Sept. 7, 1838 aged 20y.12d.
* Ursula dau of J.H. & S.B. Clark died June 14, 1838 aged 15y.1m.11d.
(There was a stone next to Polly that was upside down and I
could not get it out to check it. It might have been Ursula's.)
Bathsheba dau of Thomas & Mary Coleman died Aug. 1, 1833
Nancy dau of Thomas & Mary Coleman died Sept. 6, 1830
William B. son of Thomas & Mary Coleman died Sept. 7, 1842
All 3 of these children were listed on the same stone, with 3 little
footstones with their initials, all in a row.
Louisa dau of J. & N. Corn died Nov. 15, 1840 aged 17y.10m.1d.
Found a footstone with the initials L.C.
Elizabeth wife of Joseph Estle died Oct. 11, 1857 aged 93y.9m.19d.
Found a footstone with the initials E.E.
Joseph died Oct. 1, 1853 aged 75y.11m.11d.
Ann wife of John Fankboner former wife of R. McCormick
died Jan. 23, 1880 aged 92y.4m.17d. Born in Pa. Sept. 6, 1787
S/S with Robert McCormick
Philander son of Wm. & W.A. Gillett died May 5, 1852 aged 1y.11m.28d.
Albert son of John J. & Bathsheba Heavilin died Sept. 22, 1852
Bathsheba wife of John J. Heavelin died Dec. 9, 1855
Ephraim son of John J. & Bathsheba Heavilin died Sept. 28, 1848
John J. died Nov. 15, 1876 aged 71y.9m.11d.
* Jonathan died July 20, 1863 aged 32y.4m.15d.
James C. son of S.D. & Hannah Kennedy died Mar. 28, 1844
Samuel W. son of S.D. & Hannah Kennedy died Dec. 25, 1848
Basil died May 6, 1866 aged 59y.8d.
Also found footstone with initials B.s.L.
Basil son of B. & S. Lucas died Apr. 25, 1849
Cynthia dau of B. & S. Lucas died Feb. 23, 1850
Also found footstone with initials C.L.
Eliza J. Lucas 1831 - 1907
S/S with E.W. and Mary Lynch
Eliza J. also has a separate stone with only her name on it.
John W. son of B. & S. Lucas died Oct. 22, 1841 aged 3y.2m.24d.
Sarah wife of Basil Lucas died Aug. 19, 1870 aged 61y.7m.12d.
Simpson son of B. & S. Lucas died Oct. 30, 1842 aged 1y.7m.
William A. son of B. & S. Lucas died Feb. 9, 1850 aged 6y.9m.9d.
E.W. 1827 - 1900 "Father"
S/S with Eliza J. Lucas
Mary wife of E.W. Lynch 1833 - 1893 "Mother"
S/S with Eliza J. Lucas
Roy Edward June 8, 1899 - June 16, 1899
Ann wife of John Fankboner former wife of R. McCormick
died Jan. 23, 1880 aged 92y.4m.17d.
born in Pa. Sept. 6, 1787
S/S with Robert
Robert died Aug. 9, 1836 aged 57y.1m.9d.
born in Pa. July 5, 1779
S/S with Ann
Margret A. dau of Geo. W. & Elizabeth McKee died June 13, 1851
Celia wife of Wm. Payne died May 16, 1870 aged 64y.10m.11d.
S/S with Geo. W., Morgan L., W.L. and William
Also found footstone with initials C.P.
Ephraim L. "1st Sgt. Co. K 130 Ind. Inf."
Geo. W. died Mar. 18, 1867 aged 33y.10m.26d.
S/S with Celia, Morgan L., W.L. and William
Morgan L. died June 13, 1855 aged 26y.7m.15d. "Mason"
S/S with Celia, Geo.W., W.L. and William
Also found original stone broken in 3 pieces.
W.L. died Dec. 6, 1869 aged 22y.5m.26d.
S/S with Celia, Geo. W., Morgan L. and William
Wesley E. died July 5, 1873 aged 31y.4m.20d. "Mason"
William died Sept. 10, 1875 aged 70y.8m.1d.
S/S with Celia, Geo. W., Morgan L. and W.L.
John Alexander died Oct. 17, 1838 aged 3y.2m.8d.
Nancy wife of Losmmi Rigdon died Sept. 11, 1839
in the 23 year of her age
"I am at rest. Weep not for me.
From sin and death, I now am free."
(There were more lines to this poem
but they were illigible.)
Amanda E. dau of R.E. & L.J. Rinehart died Jan. 15, 1881
S/S with Julia A.
Julia A. dau of R.E. & L.J. Rinehart died Aug. 15, 1876
S/S with Amanda E.
Daniel W. son of W. & L.A. Sapp died Nov. 23, 1873
Anthony died Sept. 11, 1849 aged 43y.2d.
(Stone was broken in 2 pieces.)
Infant dau of Lemuel & Nancy Sexton died Oct. 1, 1856
aged 7 days
Nancy wife of Lemuel Sexton died July 31, 1863
Arthur W. son of H. & E.A. Simons died Sept. 27, 1865
Infant son of P. & E. Simons born & died Jan. 16, 1841
Infant dau of H. & E.A. Simons born & died Sept. 4, 1858
Jonathan son of H. & P. Simons died Mar. 13, 1853
Martha A. dau of H. & P. Simons died Mar. 21, 1853
Morris T. son of H. & E.A. Simons died Mar. 31, 1865
Phebe wife of Henry Simons died Feb.3, 1852
Also found a footstone with initials P.S.
Ransom son of H. & P. Simons died Feb. 28, 1853
Blanche wife of Samuel Steelman 1886 - 1918
"In my Father's house are many mansions."
Merrill 1907 - 1923
Jonathan died ____ aged _____
(This stone was badly worn and almost illegible.)
Samuel died July 28, 1863 aged 83y.8m.23d.
Tamson wife of Samuel Todd died Apr. 26, 1852 aged 68y.9m.19d.
Tamson now has a new stone which lists her birthdate as July 7, 1784
David died July 22, 1849 aged 34y.5m.24d.
Also found footstone with initials D.W.
Abram C. son of W.H. & Louisa Whybrew died Nov. 18, 1876
S/S with Joseph Mc.
Joseph Mc. son of W.H. & Louisa Whybrew died July 23, 1870
S/S with Abram C.
Louisa wife of W.H. Whybrew died Aug. 18, 1893 aged 61y.22d.
Charles died Feb. 27, 1863 aged 63 years
James son of Charles S. & N. Wright died Jan. 19, 1849
Nancy wife of Charles Wright died Feb. 27, 1863
in the 63 year of her age
(Part of this stone was missing.)
NOTE: I found a couple of footstone's that either didn't match anyone listed or matched
more than one person. J.W. and R.M.P. Also found a piece of a stone which didn't
match anything above with the date of 1852 on it.
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