Eel River Township, Hendricks County, Indiana
SE ¼ of the SW ¼ of Sec 5, T16N R2W
Visited July 7, 2005 and December 29, 2008
You may want to use a GPS unit to find this cemetery. From SR 236, take
725W south then west when it turns. Stop before it turns south again and
park at the gated barn drive (notify the family in the house to the south
that you will be going to the cemetery). Go through the gate and follow
the drive west. When it ends walk north along the fence line then west along
the fence line until you get to the woods. Walk southwest down the hill,
across the small creek and back up to the next ridge. The cemetery
stretches along this north-south ridge. Note: It is best to visit this
cemetery in the winter, though even then the thorn bushes are very thick.
There are also some large grave depressions so walk carefully.
NW: N39°51.088’ W86°40.045’
SE: N39°51.056’ W86°40.013’
Sign is at N39°51.056' W86°40.039'
N39°51.072’ W86°40.029’ or
This cemetery is not fenced and is currently in thick thorn bushes. It
was cleaned out in the 1990s by family in California. All of the trees
and undergrowth were removed and the stones were photographed. After
that time, the cemetery was not mowed so the thorn bushes grew back out
of control. It is apparent that this used to be a large, well-kept
cemetery a hundred years ago. There are many large stack stones and
ornately carved tablets, most of which have fallen and are sinking into the
ground. Burials are clustered in families, most of whom were somehow
related to the Fleeces.
Gravestones were found for 39 people. See
for individual photos and biographies.