This cemetery is somewhere on the property currently belonging to the Setser
family. It could be anywhere in the legal description above. The
property is on the west side of North Washington Street (CR 0) north of 200N.
In 1930, Erasmus Clark, a long-time resident, recalled a cemetery on the
H.E. Jenkins Farm along the old Lebanon road. Jenkins owned that farm
from about 1924 to 1965. According to neighbors, the farm has been arranged
the same since he owned it. Most of it is farmed. A pasture is
to the north of the barns. The cemetery could be in there or could
be plowed over.
The house on the property is over 100 years old. In the crawl space,
being used as footers, are 5 pieces of gravestones. Four are pieces
of tablet stones, most likely headstones but they cannot be read because other
bricks and stones are stacked on top of them. The fifth headstone is
the top piece of a three-part stack stone. It is turned on its side
so the inscription can be read. It is for Beatrice Woodward.
This is most likely what happened with Beatrice: She was buried at
the Gates cemetery in 1880. Her father, William, was buried there in
1888. When her mother died in 1891, Beatrice and William’s graves were
moved to Fairview Cemetery next to her. There is one granite stone there
that has all three names on it. Records for Fairview confirm that all were
interred in 1891.
At the house just south of the Setser property (owned by the Underwood family),
there used to be a few gravestones in a scrap pile behind a shed. They
were illegible at the time and have not been seen for about 30 years. Probably
the stones were removed from the cemetery location at some time and piled
Most likely more graves remain at the Gates cemetery. Mary Gates (widow
of Edward) owned the land to the northwest of the cemetery land in 1878.
Edward died in 1854 but does not appear on any of the cemetery lists for
Hendricks County. He could have been one buried in the cemetery.
All is speculation at this point.
: Original Herb Jenkins Farm (now
: Places where gravestones were found
Original Stack Top in the Crawl
Woodward Family Stone
in Fairview Cemetery