Pioneer Cemeteries and Their Stories,

Madison County, Indiana

Williams Cemetery

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Adams Township

Location: east of CR 250E, north of CR 950S

Family plot destroyed; unknown burials


    From the Madison County Historical Society archives, information was discovered just recently (2012) concerning the history of this destroyed burial area.  While the author or researcher is not given and the source is not included, the following paragraph tells a story of pioneer "necessity":

Thomas Williams (1803-1838), son of Ralph and (probably) Martha--date on his tombstone is somewhat indistinct and the 1838 may be slightly in error.  He lived on the south bank of Lick Creek in Adams Township, where Solon Walker lived from 1866 to 1884 and where Iris Wood is living in 1957, one mile south of present-day Emporia.  He [Thomas] died in "bitter-cold weather" and was buried "thru necessity" in his father's garden, one mile south and a half-mile east of his own home, and an old granite marker stands at the grave.  It is said he was related to the Boram families.  His widow, Rachel, was born about 1803 in Virginia, and some time prior to 1860 moved to Marshall County, Indiana.