Pioneer Cemeteries and Their Stories,

Madison County, Indiana

Music Cemetery

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aka Musick

Van Buren Township

Location: west side of CR 150E, between CRs 1750N and 1800N

   

    A man who knew the famous frontiersman Daniel Boone is buried here at the Music Cemetery.  According to county historian Samuel Harden, George Moore, 1774-1871, as a boy, spent time with Daniel when the Moore family lived in Kentucky.  George's father was of Daniel's generation and often went hunting with the famous Kentuckian; George would accompany them. 

    As an adult with his own family, George pioneered the land north of Summitville, arriving in 1836.  He helped organize the township and named it after President Van Buren whom he admired.  George served as the township's first trustee.  Before coming to Indiana, George married Sarah Burk, and they had a son Aquilla who was born in 1819.  In the northern Madison County wilderness, Aquilla met Amanda Robb  who was born August 1821 in Kentucky to parents Robert Robb and and his wife Elizabeth Hillis. Robert Robb also made the journey from Kentucky to Van Buren Township.  He is credited with opening the very first store in the area.  He died in 1855.  His early gravestone is listed below.  Aquilla and Amanda were married on June 27, 1839, and eventually had six children: Columbus, May, George, Mary, Elizabeth, and James.  Aquilla was a merchant in Summitville and served many years as its postmaster.  The Moore-Burk-Robb family stayed on the land they homesteaded, and generations contributed to the area's development.  Thirty members of this family are listed as buried in the Music Cemetery.  George Moore died at ninety-seven years old in April of 1871(the date listed below is inaccurate).  He was one of the longest lived pioneers in all of Madison County.

    The Music Cemetery may well be the first burial ground to serve the early settlers in and around Summitville.  With a death date of 1855, Robert Robb's headstone is not the oldest here.  Many earlier than that signify the graves of children, for the death rate among the young was often as high as one out of three.  The earliest legible stones in the Music are incised 1840, one for a son  of Zachariah Robertson  and another for Ellen Stanley who died March 2 of that year.  Later in the same decade, the Stanleys lost several other young members of their family.  The Traders lost two children one year apart, 1848 and '49, and two Steelman siblings died in 1851.  A few early stones for adults are also intact.  Granville Mott was twenty-nine years old when he died on May 9, 1841, and Sarah Musick was seventy-one when she passed away in 1855.  Sarah's circa 1784 birth date would be one of the earliest of those buried here.  On the 1876 plat map for the township, this early pioneer graveyard is indicated on land owned by E. Masic (Music/Musick), undoubtedly a relative of Sarah.

At left is the nicely preserved headstone for "Sarah wife of Richbell Mott died Apr. 8, 1852 aged 42y 7m."  MCCC volunteer Devon Dow took this picture and did some research on Sarah and her family.  Her husband Richbell was born in 1789 and was a veteran of the War of 1812, serving in the 3rd Co., for Rowan County, North Carolina. He may very well be buried here with his wife in an unmarked grave.  The couple can be found on the 1850 census for Liberty Township in Grant County which is on Madison County's northern border.  They had seven children, one of whom was a Granville born in 1833; he too is recorded on the 1850 census.  The Granville Mott listed below as buried in 1841 is undoubtedly a relative and may actually be their son whose death date was misread or inaccurately recorded.

    Another township pioneer buried here with an early birth date was involved in politics. Samuel Fenimore, 1799-1874, wanted to be the first justice of the peace for the township.  The 1880 History of Madison County, Indiana relates why he lost:

"The first election was held... November 1, 1837, and Samuel Fenimore and Hiram Palmer were candidates for Justice of the Peace.  Early in the day, Mr. Fenimore mustered his forces, including three voters besides himself, and the four cast their votes for him.  They waited around until nearly night and had begun to congratulate themselves on their success, when, to their surprise and mortification, Mr. Palmer came forward with four voters, and the five all voted one way; by this time the polls must be closed, so Mr. Palmer was declared duly elected first Justice of Van Buren Township."

Poor Samuel was out-maneuvered at the last minute.  It seems that politics and politicians remain the same in any era.  However, Samuel was not without success.  By 1839, there had developed much travel along the Fort Wayne Trace which ran through Summitville.  Samuel built an addition to his cabin and opened an inn to accommodate travelers who might need a "square meal" or night's lodging. His was the first hotel in the township.

    It should be pointed out that for the election in 1837, there were only nine adult men voting in the township.  This  indicates the very small number of families living near the Music Cemetery in the early 19th century as compared to the number in the early 21st.  Although not indicated on the burial list below, this pioneer graveyard still occasionally serves the residents of the Summitville area.

 

Names
ID Names Birth Date Death Date Cemetery
1731 ASKREN, MARY C. or G. 52Y. 6M. 4D. MAR. 22, 1890 MUSIC
4810 BLACK, (INFANT DAU.)     MUSIC
4839 BLACK, GEORGE W. 1842 APR. 10, 1874 MUSIC
4864 BLACK, SAMUEL 56Y. 12D. JUL. 2, 1874 MUSIC
4867 BLACK, SARAH A. 61Y. 11M. 27D. DEC. 22, 1876 or 75 MUSIC
6495 BREWER, AARON 1817 JUL. 22, 1903 MUSIC
6510 BREWER, ISABELLE A. 1868 1884 or 94 MUSIC
6525 BREWER, REBECCA C. 1834 1864 or 1884 MUSIC
6631 BRIGHT, JESSE JAN. 29, 1891 JUN. 7, 1896 MUSIC
8422 BURWICH, (INFANT SON)   OCT. 17, 1871 or 74 MUSIC
9330 CARPENTER, FLOSSIE APR. 24, 1893 OCT. 7 or 8, 1896 MUSIC
9400 CARPENTER, WILLIE (INFANT) MAY 24, 1891 or 94 MUSIC
9465 CARR, VIRGIL 9M. 24D. JUL. 31, 1893 MUSIC
11250 CLOUD, WALTER E.   JUL. 17, 1891 MUSIC
12959 COX, ANDREW J. 1820 1890 MUSIC
13081 COX, MARY A. 1833 1900 MUSIC
13223 CRAIG, DAUOL 10Y. 8M. 15D. APR. 21, 1882 MUSIC
13504 CREEK, MERNIA I. or J. 2Y. 20D. AUG. 4, 1881 MUSIC
13506 CREEK, SOLOMON T. JUL. 7, 1843 OCT. 13, 1874 MUSIC
14098 CUNNINGHAM, DRUQILLA A. 23Y. 7M. 2D. APR. 22, 1892 or 72 MUSIC
14152 CUNNINGHAM, MARGARET 15Y. 10M. 11D. APR. 29, 1874 MUSIC
14197 CUNNINGHAM, WILLIAM L. 20Y. 4M. 28D. or 29D AUG. 12, 1884 MUSIC
14309 DADER, ABRAHAM 54Y. 7M. 7D. AUG. 6, 1873 MUSIC
14310 DADER, MARTHA 77Y. 2M. 9D. MAY 19, 1872 MUSIC
14769 DAVIS, DAVID S. 1M. 6D. JUN. 9, 1804 MUSIC
15934 DESHON, ABRAHAM FEB. 9, 1816 JAN. 14, 1877 MUSIC
16324 DIPBOYE, JONATHAN SEP. 13, 1819 MAY 15, 1904 MUSIC
16326 DIPBOYE, MARTHA A. 32Y. 3M. 16D. or 6D. AUG. 19, 1892 MUSIC
19204 FARRELL, ROSA BELL 8Y. 11M. 21D. JUN. 23, 1878 MUSIC
19394 FENIMORE, ALANSONA 10M. 2D. DEC. 21, 1870 MUSIC
19401 FENIMORE, MATTHEW S. 18Y. 6M. 17D. NOV. 6, 1857 MUSIC
19403 FENIMORE, SAMUEL 75Y. 1M. 7D. APR. 22, 1874 MUSIC
19406 FENIMORE, STEPHEN E. 3Y. 2M. 1D. JUL. 18, 1871 MUSIC
19425 FENNIMORE, BARBARA 60Y. APR. 23, 1893 MUSIC
19426 FENNIMORE, DRURY H. 36Y. 29D. JUN. 15, 1897 or 95 MUSIC
19432 FENNIMORE, LUCINDA 16Y. 10M. 10D. or 1D SEP. 20, 1876 MUSIC
19431 FENNIMORE, LUCINDA 85Y. JUN. 8, 1898 MUSIC
19435 FENNIMORE, MATTHEW S. 18Y. JAN. 16, 18__ MUSIC
19436 FENNIMORE, NELLIE 2Y. 2M. 27D. or 25D. JAN. 2, 1888 MUSIC
        MUSIC
20630 FOREMAN, ALICE 1860 1926 MUSIC
20632 FOREMAN, ROBERT L. 1857 1918 MUSIC
24351 GRINNINGHAM, DRUZILLA A. 23Y. 7M. 2D. APR. 22, 1872 MUSIC
27186 HAYNES, LUCINDA J. 21Y. 2M. 5D. MAR. 29, 1863 MUSIC
28448 HIGHFIELD, NANCY ANN 41Y. OCT. 19, 1873 MUSIC
28856 HITE, (INFANT SON) 18D. JAN. 20, 1884 MUSIC
28868 HITE, MARY 1M. 17D. MAY 5, 1888 MUSIC
28870 HITE, MARY E. 1Y. 1M. 17D. MAY 5, 1833 or 88 MUSIC
29804 HOPPES, MARTHA J. 1842 or 1843 1890 MUSIC
29810 HOPPES, MARY A. 1839 1902 MUSIC
30923 HUNDLEY, MAGGIE L. 2Y. 24D. FEB. 27, 1878 MUSIC
32072 JAMES, JOHN E. 21Y. ?M. 2D. DEC. 25, 1899 MUSIC
32071 JAMES, JOHN E. 21Y. 6M. 21D. OCT. 25, 1899 MUSIC
32116 JAMES, THOMAS MAY 24, 1805 JAN. 2, 1868 MUSIC
32603 JOHNSON, AQUILA W. 2Y. 13D. JUN. 18, 1851 MUSIC
32604 JOHNSON, AQUILLA 2M. 5D. JUN. 18, 1854 MUSIC
32605 JOHNSON, AQUILLA W. 22M. 15D. JUN. 18, 1854 MUSIC
37715 LEROY, JAMES 8Y. 9M. DEC. 7, 1870 MUSIC
37871 LEWIS, JOHN F. MAR. 7, 1865 JAN. 24, 1870 or 79 MUSIC
39126 LYTLE, GEORGE 11Y. 5 or 7M. 25D. SEP. 1858 MUSIC
39689 MARCH, EMILY E. 32Y. 10M. 26D. APR. 16, 1881 MUSIC
39700 MARE, JAMES R.     MUSIC
39821 MARLEY, JESSE 73Y. 7M. 19D. APR. 10, 1887 MUSIC
39822 MARLEY, JESSE A. 44Y. 8M. or 7M. 17D. AUG. 27, 1888 MUSIC
39829 MARLEY, NANCY     MUSIC
39868 MARSH, (INFANT DAU.)   OCT. 10, 1872 MUSIC
39895 MARSH, JAMES D. 1824 MAR. 6, 1891 MUSIC
39919 MARSH, WILL T. 26Y. 0M. 3D. NOV. 30, 1873 MUSIC
40153 MASON, GEORGE 46Y. or 16Y. 9M. 5D. NOV. 5, 1858 or 50 MUSIC
40175 MASON, SARAH 1842 1903 MUSIC
41262 MCCORMICK, CLENA J. MAY 8, 1882 APR. 2, 1901 MUSIC
41268 MCCORMICK, GLENA J. 4Y. 2M. 1901 MAY 8, 1882 MUSIC
41292 MCCOY, GEORGE W. 22Y. 1M. 18D. SEP. 23, 1872 MUSIC
41299 MCCOY, MORRIS   OCT. 21, 1877 MUSIC
43105 MILLER, HARRIET L. 36Y. 3M. or 8M. 4D. JAN. 12, 1889 or 88 MUSIC
43990 MONTGOMERY, LEORA A. 1Y. 3M. or 8M. 2D. OCT. 5 or 6, 1865 MUSIC
44013 MONTGOMERY, STELLA 5Y. 6M. _D. APR. 21, 1877 MUSIC
44075 MOORE, (INFANT DAU.)   AUG. 1, 1857 MUSIC
44076 MOORE, (INFANT DAU.)   MAR. 3, 1855 MUSIC
44078 MOORE, (INFANT SON)   DEC. 5, 1870 MUSIC
44081 MOORE, (INFANT) 5D. JUL. 1, 1867 MUSIC
44091 MOORE, AMANDA 1821 1906 MUSIC
44090 MOORE, AMANDA 1819 1907 MUSIC
44092 MOORE, AMANDA E. 2M. 12D. MAR. 29, 1871 MUSIC
44105 MOORE, AQUILLA 1819 or 1821 1906 or 1907 MUSIC
44146 MOORE, COLUMBUS W. OCT. 9, 1840 JUN. 27, 1870 MUSIC
44154 MOORE, DAVIS M. 1843 NOV. 19, 1868 MUSIC
44172 MOORE, ELIZABETH 45Y. or 15Y. 4M. 4D. AUG. 27, 1862 MUSIC
44168 MOORE, ELIZABETH 11Y. 2M. 1D. or 4D. OCT. 18, 1862 MUSIC
44179 MOORE, ELIZEBETH 17Y. 2D. AUG. 16, 1867 MUSIC
44187 MOORE, ERASTUS M. 2M. 7D. OCT. 26, 1868 MUSIC
44199 MOORE, FERNANDO G. 18Y. 7M. 28D. OCT. 1 or 4, 1857/54 MUSIC
44206 MOORE, GEORGE H. L.   AUG. 31, 1842 MUSIC
44208 MOORE, GEORGE L. 21Y. 8M. 11D. AUG. 2, 1842 MUSIC
44241 MOORE, JAMES K. 134 IND VOL CO G   MUSIC
44255 MOORE, JOHN A. J. 1836 JUN. 4, 1874 MUSIC
44286 MOORE, M. W.   AUG. 30, 1842 MUSIC
44297 MOORE, MARION OCT. 30, 1890 APR. 18, 1899 MUSIC
44303 MOORE, MARY 28Y. 7M. 22D. SEP. 23, 1865 MUSIC
44306 MOORE, MARY 92Y. 7M. 4D. SEP. 23, 1865 MUSIC
44302 MOORE, MARY 22Y. 7M. 4D. or 14D. SEP. 23, 1865 or 63 MUSIC
44308 MOORE, MARY A. 17Y. 2D. AUG. 16, 1867 MUSIC
44307 MOORE, MARY A. 17Y. 22D. SEP. 23, 1865 MUSIC
44309 MOORE, MARY A. 17Y. 3M. 3D. OCT. 18, 1860 MUSIC
44612 NORRIS, DELLA M. 1878 1932 MUSIC
44718 MORRIS, ROLLIE 4Y. MAY 27, 1883 MUSIC
44911 MOTT, GRANVILLE H. 29Y. 9M. 7D. MAY 9, 1841 MUSIC
44914 MOTT, SARAH 42Y. 7M. APR. 8, 1852 MUSIC
45203 MUOY, MORRIS 59Y. 1M. 15D. OCT. 21, 1877 MUSIC
45386 MUSICK, ABRAM or ABRAHAM 72Y. 9M. 17D. MAY 6, 1885 MUSIC
45391 MUSICK, ELBA 1842 DEC. 1, 1900 MUSIC
45393 MUSICK, ELIZABETH APR. 4, 1801 AUG. 11, 1903 MUSIC
45392 MUSICK, ELIZABETH APR. 4, 1811 AUG. 3, 1902 MUSIC
45399 MUSICK, SARAH 71Y. 9M. 4D. SEP. 8, 1855 MUSIC
45400 MUSICK, SARAH E. 23Y. 2M. 1D. AUG. 2, 1861 MUSIC
48141 PAYNE, MINERVA MAY 22, 1858 MAY 22, 1882 MUSIC
48143 PAYNE, SAMUEL JUN. 4, 1858 or 56 AUG. 10, 1898 or 93 MUSIC
49874 PRICE, HARRY 1835 JUN. 10, 1900 MUSIC
49877 PRICE, HENRY 1835 JUN. 10, 1900 MUSIC
49896 PRICE, MARY A. 54Y. 7M. 7D. APR. 6, 1873 MUSIC
50339 RADER, ABRAHAM 79Y. 3M. 1D. AUG. 6, 1873 MUSIC
50343 RADER, JAMES LEROY 3Y. 9M. DEC. 7, 1870 MUSIC
50344 RADER, MARTHA 77Y. 2M. 9D. AUG. 19, 1872 MUSIC
51585 RIBELIN, CHARLES M. 29Y. 5M. 13D. NOV. 20, 1897 MUSIC
51588 RIBELIN, GEORGE E. 1Y. 11M. 17D. SEP. 1, 1889 MUSIC
51589 RIBELIN, JACOB L. SEP. 14, 1830 MAR. 15, 1905 MUSIC
51592 RIBELIN, SARAH FEB. 17, 1843 AUG. 6, 1919 MUSIC
51593 RIBELIN, SARAH E. 19Y. 2M. 2D. SEP. 27, 1883 or 89 MUSIC
51594 RIBELIN, VIRGINIA L. 14Y. 11M. 7D. MAR. 7, 1879 MUSIC
51686 RICHARDS, (INFANT DAU.)   DEC. 20, 1889 MUSIC
51720 RICHARDS, LONMA E. 4Y. 10M. 15D. JUN. 20, 1889 MUSIC
51728 RICHARDS, SALVANIA 1879 1910 MUSIC
52463 RIVELIN, VIRGINIA L. 14Y. 11M. 7D. MAR. 7, 1879 MUSIC
52496 ROBB, ROBERT   AUG. 31, 1857 or 55 MUSIC
52651 ROBERTSON, AMANDA M. DAU OF ZA     MUSIC
52701 ROBERTSON, SON OF ZACHARIAH &   AUG. 13, 1840 MUSIC
58854 SPENCER, ROGER JUN. 16, 1816 JUN. 27, 1894 MUSIC
58895 SPITZMESSER, EMMET 7Y. 5M. 27D. DEC. 31, 1890 or 95 MUSIC
59175 STANELY, ELIZABETH 36Y. 9M. 4D. SEP. 3, 1869 MUSIC
59176 STANELY, ELLEN E.   MAR. 2, 1840 MUSIC
59177 STANELY, I. E. APR. 29, 1840 APR. 10, 1876 MUSIC
59178 STANELY, M. E. DEC. 18, 1867 AUG. 24 or 2, 1886 MUSIC
59199 STANLEY, (INFANT SON)   MAY 23, 1849 MUSIC
59198 STANLEY, (INFANT SON)   APR. 23, 1849 MUSIC
59215 STANLEY, ANDREW B. SEP. 25, 1851 JUN. 14, 1916 MUSIC
59249 STANLEY, EARNEST R. SEP. 5, 1903 JUL. 27, 1904 MUSIC
59257 STANLEY, ELIZABETH 30Y. APR. 3, 1851 MUSIC
59258 STANLEY, ELIZABETH 34Y. 9M. 4D. SEP. 3, 1851 MUSIC
59263 STANLEY, ELLEN E.   MAR. 2, 1840 MUSIC
59292 STANLEY, HUBBARD MAR. 21, 1840 NOV. 11, 1861 MUSIC
59294 STANLEY, I. E. APR. 1840 APR. 10, 1876 MUSIC
59297 STANLEY, ISAAC E. 34Y or 35Y. 11M. 12D APR. 10, 1876 MUSIC
59300 STANLEY, J. W. AUG. 1873 JUN. 8, 1894 MUSIC
59302 STANLEY, JACOB SEP. 12, 1842 FEB. 20, 1902 MUSIC
59301 STANLEY, JACOB CO. F 153 IND INF   MUSIC
59307 STANLEY, JEHU 54Y. 2M. 11D. JUL. 23, 1869 MUSIC
59308 STANLEY, JEHU F. 34Y. 2M. 4D. JUL. 13, 1869 MUSIC
59335 STANLEY, M. E. DEC. 13, 1867 AUG. 24, 1888 MUSIC
59352 STANLEY, MELVIN C. JUN. 8, 1891 MAY 4, 1892 MUSIC
59362 STANLEY, NANCY MAR. / APR. 16, 1856   MUSIC
59628 STEELMAN, ANN 15D. OCT. 15, 1851 MUSIC
59629 STEELMAN, GEORGE C. 12Y. 2M. 15D. OCT. 15, 1851 MUSIC
60085 STILLMEN, ANN 21Y. 6M. 5D. OCT. 2, 1851 MUSIC
60518 STOUT, JULIA A. 1857 1918 MUSIC
60523 STOUT, NANCY E. FEB. 14, 1850 JUN. 19, 1903 or 06 MUSIC
60526 STOUT, S. H. JUN. 2, 1851 JAN. 31, 1930 MUSIC
60533 STOVER, ELIJAH 1819 NOV. 10, 1862 MUSIC
61625 TAPPAN, (INFANT SON)   SEP. 27 or 7, 1863 MUSIC
61644 TAPPAN, JAMES A. 11M. 6D. AUG. 28, 1870 MUSIC
61648 TAPPAN, LUCINDA F. 23Y. 7M. 2D. AUG. 29, 1881 MUSIC
61651 TAPPAN, MARY JAN. 4, 1836   MUSIC
61655 TAPPAN, QUINTON NOV. 28, 1834 JAN. 7, 1895 MUSIC
61662 TAPPEN/TAPPAN, LUCINDA 23Y. 7M. or 1M. 3D. AUG. 29 or 2, 1881 MUSIC
62052 TERRELL, ANN 8Y. 11M. 21D. JUN. 23, 1878 MUSIC
62054 TERRELL, MARTHA 36Y. JUL. 3, 1904 MUSIC
62056 TERRELL, RALPH F. 2Y. 9M. 9D. SEP. 10, 1903 MUSIC
63298 TRADER, (INFANT)   JUL. 8, 1849 MUSIC
63299 TRADER, JOSEPH 1D. MAY 1, 1848 MUSIC
63367 TRIBBEY, (INFANT DAU.)   MAR. 27, 1858 MUSIC
63860 TUTTLE, HANNAH J. 31Y. 5M. 6D. or 3D. JUL. 4 or 9, 1864 MUSIC
64860 VINSON, W. I. (CPL.) 130 IND INF CO F   MUSIC
64863 VINSON, WILLIAM F.     MUSIC
65590 WARD, AMANDA C. 11Y. 9M. 11D. SEP. 23, 1865 MUSIC
65600 WARD, DAVID E.A. 14Y. 8M. 21D. JUN. 26, 1872 MUSIC
65604 WARD, ELIJAH B. 71Y. 6M. 4D. SEP. 19 or 3, 1874 MUSIC
65605 WARD, ELIZABETH 59Y. 10D. SEP. 13, 1874 MUSIC
65606 WARD, ELIZABETH S. 59 or 57 Y. 10D. SEP. 7, 1860 MUSIC
65610 WARD, FRANCIS T. DEC. 25, 1935 AUG. 26, 1865 MUSIC
65623 WARD, LEWIS S. 49Y. 7M. 2D. FEB. 21, 1874 MUSIC
65645 WARD, SARAH M. 31Y. 10D. SEP. 2, 1860 or 69 MUSIC
66634 WELLINGTON, _______ 58Y. 8M. 4D.   MUSIC
66636 WELLINGTON, ELIZABETH 58Y. 8M. 4D. MAY 4, 1868 or 67 MUSIC
66644 WELLINGTON, WILLIAM 50Y. 11M.or 1M. 22D. JUL. 31, 1858 MUSIC
68012 WILLIAMS, ETHEL M. SEP. 3, 1905 SEP. 25, 1905 MUSIC
68344 WILLIAMSON, FRELEN MAR. 24, 1815 SEP. 9, 1899 MUSIC
68363 WILLIAMSON, LUCINDA FENNIMORE 85Y. JUN. 28, 1898 MUSIC
68800 WINSLOW, WILLIAM 78Y. 20D. NOV. 20, 1894 MUSIC
69766 WRIGHT, HARRIET E. 32Y. 9M. 16D. or 19D MAR. 6 or 12, 1875 MUSIC