Pioneer Cemeteries and Their Stories,

Madison County, Indiana

Chaplin Cemetery

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aka  Alexandria

Monroe Township

Location: east side of Harrison Street, between Monroe and Jackson streets in Alexandria

    Behind the two and three story homes of an early 20th century housing development in Alexandria is the town's highest knoll and on it hides the Chaplin Cemetery, one of Alexandria's earliest burial grounds.  If one is traveling south on Harrison, he/she may glimpse the sign and the cemetery's location.  Otherwise, if traveling in any other direction on the surrounding roads, the cemetery remains hidden.  Only the immediate neighborhood is aware of the cemetery's presence. 

    Early settlers buried here are Allen Perry, 1790-1860, William Scott,1797-1863, and Stephen Fennimore,1807-1887.  Also included, according to Monroe Township historian Nancy Draper, is John Marsh, who was one of the first settlers to the area and a veteran of the War of 1812.

    An important early developer of Alexandria is interred in an unmarked grave at this location.  David Pickard, who died at age fifty-two, was instrumental in making Alexandria a livable community.  He was originally from Maine and arrived near Alexandria around 1834. He was the first postmaster of the town and was elected in 1836 as the first justice of the peace in the township. Pickard opened the first hotel in 1838 on the corner of Harrison and Berry streets, and he built the first schoolhouse on lot 5, block 8 in 1839. How appropriate that Mr. Pickard is surrounded by residents of the town he helped develop.

    There are not many stones left in this cemetery, especially when compared to the number of names in the list below.  Most of the stones that do remain are from the mid to late 1800s while some of the earliest burials listed were in the 1840s.  Undoubtedly, judging from the proximity of this graveyard to the Alexandria settlement, there were burials at this location even earlier. The last burial here was in the 1940s. 

    The Chaplin is shown on the 1876 Monroe Township plat map as being near the railroad and on the forty acres of farm land owned by J. Chaplin for whom the burial ground is named.                                                      

The Perry family, mentioned above, does have a few stones existing at the Chaplin.  Perry members are listed by historian Samuel Harden as early settlers to Monroe Township.  At left is what remains of Allen Perry's broken marker.  Allen died "June 29, 1860 aged 70 years."  He would, therefore, have been born in the 18th century. Miriah "wife of A. Perry died Oct. 10, 1881 aged 55 years."  Mariah, most likely, was married to a Perry male of the generation following Allen's.   At right John Perry, "1810-1863 Com. 101 Ind. Vol." must have died in the Civil War.  His larger, substantial block as weathered time and circumstances pretty well.

 

Names
ID Names Birth Date Death Date Cemetery
733 ALLEN, ELLEN     CHAPLIN
862 ALLEN, THOMAS     CHAPLIN
1695 ASHENFELIER, AREEIK 30Y. 7M. 27D. DEC. 14, 1865 CHAPLIN
3334 BAXTER, LAVINIA G. or C. SEP. 1804 1881 CHAPLIN
3348 BAXTER, THOMAS DICKERSON DEC. 8, 1834 SEP. 19, 1908 CHAPLIN
3958 BELL, JOHN     CHAPLIN
3968 BELL, MARY     CHAPLIN
4001 BELL, WILLIAM     CHAPLIN
4458 BERTESCHE, (3 INFANTS)     CHAPLIN
4860 BLACK, NEVA     CHAPLIN
7973 BUCK, ALTA L.     CHAPLIN
7976 BUCK, HENRY SEP. 20, 1809 or 28 APR. 8, 1867 CHAPLIN
7980 BUCK, JEMIMA FEB. 5, 1828 SEP. 26, 1905 CHAPLIN
7983 BUCK, MARY     CHAPLIN
7996 BUCK, THOMAS     CHAPLIN
8868 CALLOWAY, (INFANT DAU.)     CHAPLIN
8872 CALLOWAY, JAMES M.     CHAPLIN
8873 CALLOWAY, JOHN     CHAPLIN
8874 CALLOWAY, MARGARET A.     CHAPLIN
10011 CHAFIN, JOHN WESLEY 81Y. AUG. 1, 1947 CHAPLIN
10189 CHAPLIN, BARBARA E. 31Y. or 81Y. FEB. 28, 1873 or 78 CHAPLIN
10198 CHAPLIN, GEORGIE     CHAPLIN
10207 CHAPLIN, LITTLE JIMMIE     CHAPLIN
10217 CHAPLIN, VIRGINIA J.     CHAPLIN
14179 CUNNINGHAM, ROSAL     CHAPLIN
14237 CURRY, MINNIE     CHAPLIN
14385 DAMON, BARBARA E. 81Y. FEB. 28, 1873 CHAPLIN
14442 DANIELS, LOUISA     CHAPLIN
15313 DAY, TABITHAN / TOBITHAN   JAN. 26, 1863 CHAPLIN
17920 EDWARDS, MATTIE     CHAPLIN
19429 FENNIMORE, JANE 70Y. 4M. 17D. JUN. 19, 1878 CHAPLIN
19439 FENNIMORE, STEPHEN 80Y. 9M. 26D. OCT, 16, 1887 CHAPLIN
19465 FERGUSON, CATHERINE     CHAPLIN
19572 FERRIMORE, STEPHAN 80Y. 9M. 26D. OCT. 6, 1887 CHAPLIN
23804 GRANT, GEORGE 81Y. JAN. 5, 1934 CHAPLIN
24989 HAGERTY, MARGARET 34Y. 7M. 7D. MAY 26, 1867 CHAPLIN
25599 HANCOCK, GARLAND 35Y. JUN. 1, 1922 CHAPLIN
27256 HAYS, RHINEHART 77Y. JAN. 22, 1929 CHAPLIN
27430 HECK, ROSETTA 41Y.   CHAPLIN
28321 HICKS, MARGARET     CHAPLIN
28324 HICKS, MARY G.     CHAPLIN
31052 HUNTER, MERTIE     CHAPLIN
31058 HUNTER, ROBERT     CHAPLIN
31984 JACKSON, WILFORD C. 68Y. JUL. 28, 1916 CHAPLIN
32899 JOHNSON, WILLIAM     CHAPLIN
35014 KING, JERUSIA A.     CHAPLIN
35015 KING, JESSIE B.     CHAPLIN
35195 KINYOUN, WILLIAM W. 1M. 7D. FEB. 7, 1867 CHAPLIN
35879 KONYDEEN, WILLIAM W.   FEB. 7, 1867 CHAPLIN
36761 LAWLER, JOSEPH 44Y. OCT. 1, 1910 CHAPLIN
39870 MARSH, ________   1846 CHAPLIN
39879 MARSH, DANIEL   1845 CHAPLIN
39883 MARSH, ELIZA M.     CHAPLIN
39903 MARSH, MARY G.     CHAPLIN
39904 MARSH, MARY J.     CHAPLIN
39915 MARSH, TARLETON     CHAPLIN
40582 MCALLISTER, ALEXANDER     CHAPLIN
40600 MCALLISTER, MARY     CHAPLIN
43126 MILLER, IDA M.     CHAPLIN
43185 MILLER, LELAH S.     CHAPLIN
43223 MILLER, MARY E.     CHAPLIN
43507 MILLSPAUGH, MARTHA     CHAPLIN
45266 MURPHY, JOHN 58Y.   CHAPLIN
45307 MURPHY, WILLIAM     CHAPLIN
46454 NORRIS, IDA F.     CHAPLIN
46480 NORRIS, MELVIN G.     CHAPLIN
46725 O'BRYANT, ELIZABETH     CHAPLIN
46742 O'BRYANT, MARY E.     CHAPLIN
46748 O'BRYANT, SOPHRONIA     CHAPLIN
46749 O'BRYANT, SUSANNAH     CHAPLIN
46917 OLDHAM, WILLIAM 62Y. SEP. 24, 1912 CHAPLIN
48496 PERRY, ALLEN 70Y. JUN. 2 or 28, 1860 CHAPLIN
48497 PERRY, ALLIE BELLE JAN. 16, 1868 MAR. 28, 1937 CHAPLIN
48514 PERRY, DILLA BELLE 3Y. 6M. 13D. JUN. 28, 1866 CHAPLIN
48516 PERRY, ELIZABETH     CHAPLIN
48518 PERRY, ELMYRIA     CHAPLIN
48534 PERRY, JOHN M. 1840 1863 CHAPLIN
48564 PERRY, MIRIAH or MABEAH 55Y. OCT. 10, 1881 CHAPLIN
48583 PERRY, SARAH J.     CHAPLIN
48958 PICKARD, DAVID 52Y   CHAPLIN
49525 PORTER, EMILY F. AUG. 10, 1861 AUG. 17, 1943 CHAPLIN
49543 PORTER, JAMES F. MAR. 17, 1859 MAR. 27, 1931 CHAPLIN
50068 PUGH, ALONZO A.     CHAPLIN
54974 SCOTT, MATILDA J. 29Y. 10M. 4D. SEP. 13, 1866 or 63 CHAPLIN
55035 SCOTT, WILLIAM 6Y. or 66Y. 1M. 18D. MAR. 18, 1862 CHAPLIN
55041 SCOTT, WILLIAM T. 66Y. 1M. 13D. MAR. 18, 1863 CHAPLIN
55043 SCOTT, WILLIANT SEP. 5, 1801 SEP. 26, 1889 CHAPLIN
55053 SCRIBNER, LAVINA     CHAPLIN
56056 SHERMAN, CORA E. or C.   NOV. 27, 1855 CHAPLIN
56058 SHERMAN, EMMA J. 5Y. ?M. 22D. JAN. 20, 1858 or 89 CHAPLIN
56073 SHERMAN, WILLIE N. or M. 7Y. ?M. 16D. DEC. 26, 1888 or 98 CHAPLIN
56761 SIGLER, FRANCIS SEP. 2, 1825   CHAPLIN
56824 SIGLER, RUTH A. JAN. 19, 1834 AUG. 3, 1902 CHAPLIN
56855 SILVAY, WYATT 53Y.   CHAPLIN
57424 SLOAN, ALICE     CHAPLIN
58266 SMITHSON, JOHN 11M. 25D. AUG. 26, 1870 CHAPLIN
58267 SMITHSON, JOHN M. or W. 8Y. 1M. 2D. JUN. 6, 1872 CHAPLIN
58268 SMITHSON, WILLIAM H. 9M. 29D. or 20D. OCT. 10 or 11, 1872 CHAPLIN
60259 STOCKDALE, CHARLOTTE     CHAPLIN
61102 SWAIN, ASA 60Y. NOV. 12, 1912 CHAPLIN
61703 TAYLOR, ALLMON AUG. 3, 1813 1867 CHAPLIN
64196 VAN DUIN, ISAAC 70Y.   CHAPLIN
65139 WALKER, JULIA ANN     CHAPLIN
70045 YEAGER, SONIA JUL. 1930 JUN. 11, 1938 CHAPLIN

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