This cemetery is on the east side of 475E, about halfway between 150N
and 200N. There is a patch of lilies that mark the spot, but otherwise
no visible signs. Use a GPS unit.
N39°47.138’ W86°26.560’ or
This cemetery was near the fence that used to border the road before it
was widened. In the late 1940s or early 1950s, the landowner decided that
the graves were old enough that they could be plowed over. The headstones
were placed against the fence. In about 1971, the road was widened and the
fence torn down. The graves are still located along the edge of the field
(or in the ditch).
We now know that the highway supervisor took the stones to his house and
made a sidewalk out of them. A few years ago, when the sidewalk was being
torn out, a man rescued the stones from being thrown away and took them
to his home in New Winchester and placed them in the flower beds. They were
thus kept safe. Recently they were recognized as the missing headstones from
the Crafton Cemetery. The stones were repaired and set in a memorial area
in nearby Abner's Creek Cemetery
where they will be marked with a plaque. A sign will be placed at the actual
location of the graves.
The graves are:
Amanda, wife of Anthony Crafton, died Dec 27, 1861, Aged 36y 4m 7d
Dollie, daughter of A & A, died Oct 8, 1864, Aged 14y 9m 7d
Another headstone found as sidewalk and now residing in a New Winchester
Abraham M., son of A.E. & N. Marsh, died June 24, 1868, Aged 19y 6m
Many attempts have been made to find the location of this grave, but so
far it is unknown.
The Crafton Cemetery is linked to
, where there are biographies and headstone photos.
also has a biography, but unknown burial location.