Pioneer Cemeteries and Their Stories,

Madison County, Indiana

Moonsville Cemetery

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Richland Township

Location: west side of CR 350E, between CRs 500N and 560N

Looking east from the back of the Moonsville Cemetery, this view shows the earliest stones, now reset (2007), with the newer stones closer to the gate, sign, and road.  While the cemetery was begun in the 1840s, the majority of recorded burials at the Moonsville Cemetery are from the 20th century.  Additionally, this settlers' graveyard is still being used in the 21st century by family members and area residents.  The cemetery is located on what used to be called the Moonsville Pike (CR 350E), a short distance south of  its namesake.

At left, Richland Township early settler George Fountain, died November 8, 1854, at "48y 9m 18d."  His wife Mary's pillar is center; she died March 29, 1875/6, at sixty-four years of age.  At right, an unnamed Fountain family daughter lived only five days in 1865.

    While most of the burials at the Moonsville Cemetery are from the 20th and 21st centuries, there are a number of recorded graves from the first half of the 19th.  This indicates that this ground was used for interment of the dead almost as soon as the village of Moonsville came into existence, 1839.  According to a description within the archives of the Madison County Historical Society, the cemetery accompanied a church "owned and built by the Society of Friends."  The earliest recorded grave is that of six year old Martha Thornburg who died in 1843.  Following her was another female child, three month old Margaret Fidler who died in 1850.  Other early burials were George E. Fountain who died in 1854 at forty-eight years, Jonathan Pence who died in 1855 at eighteen years, Kasander Thornburg who died in 1857 at thirty-nine years, and Matilda Phillips who died in 1858 at thirty years.

    In the fall of 2007, the MCCC, working with the Richland Township Trustee Dick Cleaver, refurbished the old section of the Moonsville Cemetery.  Contractor Larry Brown cleaned the overgrown boundary fence, reset the old stones that had fallen over, and even re-aligned the new ones which needed help.  Most of these pictures were taken after Larry's work was completed.

 

The Thornburgs, another family of early settlers, is also represented here.  Of the five members who interred at this location, father Jonathan's stone, left, states that when he died in 1865 he was "55 years and 20 days."  At right, the 1857 stone of Kasander Thornburg, although difficult to read, is still intact and standing at the original grave site.  Jasper's stone is center; he died August 9, 1862, at eleven years old.

The Pence family were of the same generation as the Fountains and Thornburgs.  At left, "Elizabeth, wife of Joseph Pence died Sept. 14, 1861 aged 45y 6m 20d."  At right, a Pence child, Jonathan, died in 1855. 

Settlers during this time period were tight-knit.  Most probably, the Pences, Fountains, and Thornburgs knew one another, helped each other survive in this forested wilderness, and may have even migrated to Richland Township together.

 

These stones for two young wives speak of the high death toll for females during 19th century.  At left, Matilda Philips died in 1858 when she was thirty; at right, Isabella Burton died in 1872 when she was only twenty-four.

 

The Moonsville Cemetery safeguards its share of veterans.  The shield on the stones, left and right, denotes a Civil War veteran.  John Stout Handy, right, is listed in the Cemetery Record of Deceased Veterans.  As his stone testifies, John served during the Civil War in Indiana's Cavalry, 2nd Regiment, Company H, and lived to be almost eighty-nine years old.  At left, serving in Co. 1 8th Ohio Cavalry, Fountain Plummer's name was obviously derived from the marital union between two members of the Fountain and the Plummer families.

Center is the encircled cross signifying a WW I veteran: "George S. Imel Indiana Pvt. 35 Inf. 18 Div. [died] June 27, 1928."

Names
ID Names Birth Date Death Date Cemetery
371 ADDINTGON, NOLA I. 21Y. JUN. 8, 1919 MOONSVILLE
2840 BARKLE, TIMOTHY J. 1979 1979 MOONSVILLE
3518 BEAVER, EMERSON EARL (INFANT) MAR. 8, 1921 MOONSVILLE
3757 BEEMAN, CORA D. 1887 1939 MOONSVILLE
3775 BEEMAN, HARRIET P. 1900 1965 MOONSVILLE
3794 BEEMAN, LEWIS V. 1899 1960 MOONSVILLE
3810 BEEMAN, ROBERT JOEL 1879 1961 MOONSVILLE
4587 BIDDLE, CATHERINE 1879 1959 MOONSVILLE
4590 BIDDLE, CLARENCE W. 1906 1969 MOONSVILLE
4607 BIDDLE, JAMES W. 1878 1961 MOONSVILLE
5359 BOES, JAMES 1826 1919 MOONSVILLE
6018 BOYER, MARIA J. 58Y. FEB. 1, 1913 MOONSVILLE
8363 BURTON, BERTHA C. 1875 1966 MOONSVILLE
8366 BURTON, BYRAN R. DEC. 8, 1896 AUG. 30, 1954 MOONSVILLE
8380 BURTON, EMMA D. SEP. 10, 1898 FEB. 21, 1967 MOONSVILLE
8381 BURTON, EVELYN DELORIS SEP. 28, 1920 DEC. 18, 1920 MOONSVILLE
8386 BURTON, HERBERT L. 1929 or 1928 1944 MOONSVILLE
8387 BURTON, ISABELLE 24Y. 8M. 9D. MAY 25, 1872 MOONSVILLE
8388 BURTON, ISABELLE F. SEP. 16, 1847 MAY 25, 1872 MOONSVILLE
8389 BURTON, ISHAM W. MAR. 14, 1841 FEB. 2, 1912 MOONSVILLE
8396 BURTON, JOSEPH P. 1867 1948 MOONSVILLE
8406 BURTON, NANCY A. SEP. 28, 1848 MAR. 4, 1912 MOONSVILLE
8413 BURTON, ROSALIE 1869 1948 MOONSVILLE
8414 BURTON, STEPHEN R. 1877 1954 MOONSVILLE
10076 CHAMBERS, DANIEL W. 1859 1937 MOONSVILLE
10082 CHAMBERS, ELLA F. 1865 1933 MOONSVILLE
11088 CLICK, FLORA 19Y. APR. 26, 1913 MOONSVILLE
11089 CLICK, FREDA CATHERINE 1912 MAY 4, 1913 MOONSVILLE
16252 DILLON, BLANCHE A. 1878 1934 MOONSVILLE
16258 DILLON, JAMES R. 1873 1915 MOONSVILLE
16263 DILLON, ROBERT 43Y. SEP. 24, 1915 MOONSVILLE
18160 ELLIS, DELBERT GENE JUN. 3, 1931 SEP. 14, 1953 MOONSVILLE
18205 ELLIS, MARVIN 1910 1953 MOONSVILLE
18231 ELLIS, VIOLETTA 1913 1986 MOONSVILLE
19691 FIDLER, MARGARET J. 3M. 7D. or 2D. MAR. 7, 1850 MOONSVILLE
19876 FISH, DORA B. 1892 1964 MOONSVILLE
19878 FISH, ERNEST O. 1903 1984 MOONSVILLE
19880 FISH, GALENA B. 1914 1916 MOONSVILLE
19882 FISH, HELEN J. 1932 Maybe Death dat   MOONSVILLE
19884 FISH, JOHN D. 1920?   MOONSVILLE
19885 FISH, JOHN E. 1893 1953 MOONSVILLE
19887 FISH, MARGARET A. SEP. 13, 1848 or 46 JAN. 24, 1912 MOONSVILLE
19888 FISH, MARGUERITE 1905 1970 MOONSVILLE
19889 FISH, NORMA GLEE 1926 1926 MOONSVILLE
20868 FOUNTAIN, (INFANT DAU.) JUL. 7, 1865 JUL. 12, 1865 MOONSVILLE
20869 FOUNTAIN, (INFANT DAU.) 5D. JUL. 3, 1865 MOONSVILLE
20870 FOUNTAIN, (INFANT SON)     MOONSVILLE
20873 FOUNTAIN, GENETTIE 1862 1928 MOONSVILLE
20874 FOUNTAIN, GEORGE E. 48Y. 9M. 18D. NOV. 8, 1854 MOONSVILLE
20879 FOUNTAIN, LETETIA 1854 1889 MOONSVILLE
20880 FOUNTAIN, MARY 64Y. 6M. 15D. MAR. 29, 1876 or 75 MOONSVILLE
20881 FOUNTAIN, NATHAN 1848 1905 MOONSVILLE
20882 FOUNTAIN, ODESSIE 1883 1920 MOONSVILLE
20884 FOUNTAIN, SUSAN 30Y./39Y.1M.10D./19D DEC. 19, 1886 MOONSVILLE
20885 FOUNTAIN, WALTER 1878 1937 MOONSVILLE
21670 FULLER, CORENNA 1858 1941 MOONSVILLE
21673 FULLER, DOLPH A. 1879 1967 MOONSVILLE
21697 FULLER, JOHN H. 1855 1913 MOONSVILLE
21703 FULLER, LORAL P. 1904 1924 MOONSVILLE
21714 FULLER, OMIE ANN 1882 1956 MOONSVILLE
22154 GARNER, RONALD D. AUG. 8, 1962 AUG. 12, 1962 MOONSVILLE
24511 GROVE, RICHARD P. 20Y. 5M. 2D. or 19d. APR. 8 or 2, 1861 MOONSVILLE
25573 HANCOCK, (INFANT DAU.)     MOONSVILLE
25590 HANCOCK, ESTHER ANN 1830 1903 MOONSVILLE
25602 HANCOCK, HULDAH 1865 APR. 15, 1923 MOONSVILLE
25611 HANCOCK, JOSEPH T. 1831 NOV. 27, 1911 MOONSVILLE
25625 HANCOCK, ORLEY SHERMAN 9Y. 11M. 10D. SEP. 5, 1892 or 93 MOONSVILLE
25649 HANCOCK, WILLIAM W. 1860 APR. 11, 1923 MOONSVILLE
25676 HANDY, JOHN STOUT JUL. 28, 1839 FEB. 26, 1928 MOONSVILLE
25678 HANDY, LUCINDA 1860 1923 MOONSVILLE
25679 HANDY, LUCINDA A. 1840 1901 MOONSVILLE
26433 HARRISON, ________     MOONSVILLE
31519 IMEL, ANNIE MARIE JUL. 4, 1926 JUL. 6, 1926 MOONSVILLE
31523 IMEL, DORTHY J. JUL. 3, 1927 APR. 24, 1928 MOONSVILLE
31527 IMEL, GEORGE S. NOV. 26, 1897 JUN. 27, 1928 MOONSVILLE
31536 IMEL, ROBERT G. or O. DEC. 30, 1921 SEP. 5, 1928 MOONSVILLE
33959 KAUFFMAN or KAUFMAN, EDWARD E. 1856 1906 MOONSVILLE
33960 KAUFFMAN or KAUFMAN, HENRY E. 83 REG OH CO F   MOONSVILLE
33962 KAUFFMAN, ELIZABETH C. 1828 1923 MOONSVILLE
33978 KAUFMAN, HENRY G.     MOONSVILLE
35823 KOENIGER, FRANK T. SEP. 30, 1896 JUL. 31, 1957 MOONSVILLE
35842 KOENIGER, NELLIE APR. 28, 1897 JAN. 17, 1981 MOONSVILLE
36235 LAMB, CALEB     MOONSVILLE
36255 LAMB, SARAH     MOONSVILLE
36566 LARIMORE, MYRTLE M. 1881 1916 MOONSVILLE
37173 LECKRONE, HAZEL M. JAN. 7, 1903 JAN. 24, 1936 MOONSVILLE
38833 LUCE, G.H. NOV. 3, 1896 NOV. 7, 1896 MOONSVILLE
39023 LYLES, MARY MABBITT OCT. 19, 1886 JAN. 3, 1917 MOONSVILLE
39140 MABBITT, ADA A. 1894 1955 MOONSVILLE
39142 MABBITT, ANTHONY 1895 1952 MOONSVILLE
39143 MABBITT, ARLENA LOIS AUG. 29, 1925 FEB. 4, 1926 MOONSVILLE
39144 MABBITT, CHARLOTTE E. 1915 19__ MOONSVILLE
39148 MABBITT, GEORGE W. 1874 1934 MOONSVILLE
39149 MABBITT, GRACE I. 1898 1933 MOONSVILLE
39150 MABBITT, GRANVILLE 1851 1928 MOONSVILLE
39151 MABBITT, HOMER E. 1885 1958 MOONSVILLE
39153 MABBITT, JESSE P. MAR. 11, 1898 or 90 AUG. 16, 1910 MOONSVILLE
39154 MABBITT, JOHN W. 1892 1964 MOONSVILLE
39155 MABBITT, LULA G. 1892 1969 MOONSVILLE
39156 MABBITT, MADGE M. NOV. 21, 1898 or 88 AUG. 28, 1900 MOONSVILLE
39159 MABBITT, NANNIE 1854 1936 MOONSVILLE
39160 MABBITT, RONALD D. MAY 29, 1939 OCT. 17, 1939 MOONSVILLE
39161 MABBITT, ROY LAVERN 1912 or 1913 1970 MOONSVILLE
39210 MACY, RHODA     MOONSVILLE
41861 MCKEE, ANNA LOUISE   JUL. 10, 1911 MOONSVILLE
41886 MCKEE, LOUISE JUL. 10, 1911   MOONSVILLE
41891 MCKEE, RUTH APR. 22, 1893 JUN. 25, 1911 MOONSVILLE
44585 MORRIS, A. W. 1836 1910 MOONSVILLE
44727 MORRIS, SARAH J. 1851 1927 MOONSVILLE
46251 NOBLE, ANDREW J. 1860 1938 MOONSVILLE
46256 NOBLE, CHARLES FREDRICK 1945?   MOONSVILLE
46257 NOBLE, CLARA P. 1889 19__ MOONSVILLE
46268 NOBLE, FRANK 1887 1948 MOONSVILLE
46269 NOBLE, FRED H. 1889 1941 MOONSVILLE
46287 NOBLE, LEAFY 1894 1982 MOONSVILLE
46300 NOBLE, PAULINE A. or PAULINA A 1858 1945 MOONSVILLE
46870 OHLER, DEBRA LYNN 1967 1967 MOONSVILLE
48315 PENCE, ELIZABETH 45Y. 6M. 20D. SEP. 11 or 14, 1861 MOONSVILLE
48325 PENCE, JONATHAN 18Y. 10M. 16D. JAN. 4 or 14, 1855 MOONSVILLE
48324 PENCE, JONATHAN 3Y. 10M. 11D. JAN. 4, 1855 MOONSVILLE
48890 PHILLIPS, MATILDA 30Y. 8M. 8D. AUG. 30, 1858 MOONSVILLE
48891 PHILLIPS, MATILDA A. 30Y. 8M. 3D. AUG. 30, 1861 MOONSVILLE
49268 PLUMMER, ELLA     MOONSVILLE
49269 PLUMMER, ELVIRA A. 1877 1904 MOONSVILLE
49273 PLUMMER, FOUNT     MOONSVILLE
49274 PLUMMER, FOUNTAIN 8 OH CAL CO I   MOONSVILLE
49275 PLUMMER, FRANK FEB. 25, 1872 APR. 14, 1931 MOONSVILLE
49289 PLUMMER, MARY A. 1848 1916 or 1918 MOONSVILLE
49295 PLUMMER, PHOEBE DEC. 17, 1871   MOONSVILLE
49299 PLUMMER, WILL     MOONSVILLE
51273 REMINGTON, ELSIE 1893 1925 MOONSVILLE
51277 REMINGTON, GLENITA 1919 1921 MOONSVILLE
52002 RIDGWAY, ERNEST A. 1892 19__ MOONSVILLE
52004 RIDGWAY, MANDY M. 1887 1916 MOONSVILLE
53788 RUSSELL, OLA 25Y. OCT. 24, 1916 MOONSVILLE
54924 SCOTT, JOHN R. 38Y. 3M. 3D. AUG. 22, 1868 MOONSVILLE
56411 SHOCKEY, JOSEPH V. JAN. 25, 1898 OCT. 4, 1918 MOONSVILLE
60733 STUBBLEFIELD, WILLIAM H. 1900 1964 MOONSVILLE
61302 SWIFT, (INFANT SON) NOV. 3, 1895 NOV. 7, 1895 MOONSVILLE
61306 SWIFT, BERNICE 1892 1957 MOONSVILLE
61310 SWIFT, DONALD WESLEY JUL. 20, 1923 MAY 25, 1969 MOONSVILLE
61323 SWIFT, OTIS A. (INFANT) 1928 MOONSVILLE
61326 SWIFT, ROBERT W. 1921 1936 or 1938 MOONSVILLE
61329 SWIFT, WESLEY H. 1883 1946 MOONSVILLE
62513 THOMPSON, ELVIRA A. 1877 1904 MOONSVILLE
62641 THORNBURG, JAMES A. 11M. 27D. OCT. 17, 1869 MOONSVILLE
62642 THORNBURG, JASPER 11Y. 1M. or 4M. 19D. AUG. 9, 1862 MOONSVILLE
62645 THORNBURG, JONATHAN 55Y. 20D. SEP. 31, 1869 MOONSVILLE
62646 THORNBURG, KASANDER 39Y. 1D. JAN. 19, 1857 or 37 MOONSVILLE
62650 THORNBURG, MARTHA J. 6Y. 10M. 12D. MAR. 1, 1843 MOONSVILLE
62708 THUMMA, HENRY 1842 1906 MOONSVILLE
62710 THUMMA, JOHN 1835 1909 MOONSVILLE
62711 THUMMA, JOSEPH 52Y. 13D. JAN. 3, 1892 MOONSVILLE
62712 THUMMA, MINERVA 1854 1934 MOONSVILLE
62713 THUMMA, NAN 1852 1906 MOONSVILLE
64607 VERMILLION, JOSEPH A. 1896 1898 MOONSVILLE
68083 WILLIAMS, J. ROY 1909 1970 MOONSVILLE
68137 WILLIAMS, LAVONNE SEP. 13, 1937 SEP. 13, 1937 MOONSVILLE
68234 WILLIAMS, OPAL K. 1914 19__ MOONSVILLE
69698 WRIGHT, (MRS. GARRETT) 42Y. DEC. 9, 1902 MOONSVILLE
69759 WRIGHT, GARRETT     MOONSVILLE
69764 WRIGHT, GOLDIE     MOONSVILLE
69858 WRIGHT, RACHEL     MOONSVILLE