Pioneer Cemeteries and Their Stories,

Madison County, Indiana

Capp-Tucker Cemetery

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aka Tucker

Adams Township

Location: south side of CR 575S, east of CR 350E



    Located on Sly Fork in section 10, the northeast corner of the township, the Capp-Tucker Cemetery was one that gave specific confrontational problems to earlier Madison County Cemetery Commission members.  Esther Dittlinger in the July 1981 Madison County Historical Gazette explained the situation:

        "The man who purchased the surrounding land thought he owned the cemetery.  He had a bulldozer dig out the front part and had many stones moved to the rear.  Family members who had loved ones buried there tried to enter the cemetery, but a dog warned them of danger.  The trustee went out to see...and explained to the owner that he did not own the cemetery.  His [owner's] reply was that if the cemetery was not used for 100 years he could take it over.  Proof was submitted to him that a veteran was buried there less than 100 years ago.  Other family burials have been there since 1900."

The Capp-Tucker Cemetery was soon restored and remains a pivotal success story in the MCCC archives. 



One of the first pioneer families to Adams Township rests at this location.  The Hodson family was originally from North Carolina; they had migrated to Ohio and lived there for a short time.  Brothers Eli, 1805-1880, George, 1802-1876, and Isaiah, 1803-1853, came from Ohio in 1828 with their father, George, Sr., mother, wives, and children. Eli Hodson was elected associate judge in 1846 and county commissioner in 1860.  Historian Harden provides a glimpse into the character of this early official: "Eli was raised a Quaker but later joined the Christian Church.  In his [Eli's] death the county lost one of its best citizens.  In public life he was honest and sincere, a true friend, jovial and well informed on all subjects."  Most of the Hodson family is on record as being buried at the Capp-Tucker Cemetery. 




The Eli Hodson memorial, left, was probably erected around the turn of the 19th century by descendants. This type of metal grave marker was being produced then and was very popular especially with family members who wanted to commemorate an ancestor. 

Eli lived to be "74yrs 4mos 22dys" old. He died February 27, 1880.


    Another early "mover and shaker" to the southern part of the county is also interred here.  Andrew Bray was born in 1804 in North Carolina.  He and his parents left that state and arrived in the southern part of Madison County in 1828, possibly having migrated with the Hodsons.  In 1832, Andrew purchased from William Collins twenty-five acres on the north bank of Fall Creek in Adams Township east of New Columbus in section 17 and began a farming enterprise. Additionally, he opened his first distillery in 1838.  Andrew eventually amassed 740 acres and for some time was considered the wealthiest man in Adams Township.  According to Harden, Mr. Bray often enjoyed flaunting his wealth.  Especially at auctions, Andrew would brag, "Why don't someone buy Andrew Bray?" at which point he would answer his own question with "No one able." Harden also explained that Bray had to keep quite a bit of money at home because Madison County did not have any banks in those early formative years.   As a sign of wealth,  Mr. Bray built in 1856 the first two-story brick home in the southern part of the county.  Federal in style, its size and proportions made this house seem "simply palatial" by Harden's standards. (For a picture, go to the Adams Township history page.)  Besides being a successful farmer and businessman, Andrew Bray was also a community leader.  He was a justice of the peace for Adams Township for thirteen years.  He joined the Christian or White Chapel Church in 1849 and in 1865 attended a sanitary meeting at Anderson where he contributed  substantial funds for improvements.  Andrew Bray died in 1865, leaving behind a wife and two sons Frances M. and Archibald.   His funeral was preached by Elder L.H. Jemison, and Mr. Bray was buried at the Capp-Tucker Cemetery, which is just northeast of the brick home he built and the land he owned.

  Andrew Bray's pillar is center, son John's stone is right, and wife Mary's is left.


     John G. Richardson is from an earlier generation.  He was born in 1796 in North Carolina.  He came to Ohio in 1815 where he met and married Retta Burton.  In 1832, the couple moved to Madison County along Sly Fork.  According to Samuel Harden, John "was a strong, bold pioneer, fond of fun and frolic, and died a boy, though near 100 years of age... [He was] devoted to his family and friends."  John, his wife, and the Richardson family are well represented at the Capp-Tucker.

    Additional patriarchs of pioneering families and later settlers resting here are Jacob Little,1774-1861, Andrew Tucker,1772-1844, James Tucker,1764-1855, and William Judd, 1781-1848.


Above are four stones representing the Tucker family for whom the cemetery was named in part.  The "Tucker family" is listed by Harden as early settlers to Adams Township. Top left is patriarch John Tucker who died in 1845/55 at "90yrs. 1mo. 24ds."  His wife Sarah, top right, died in 1866 at seventy-eight years of age.  These top two stones were done in a soft white marble; the bottom two are in brown granite.  Andrew Tucker, bottom left, died in 1844 at seventy-six years.  That would make his birth year circa 1768. Levice/Lusiva Tucker, bottom right, died at seventy-two years of age in 1843.


The Judd family is also recorded among the histories as pioneer settlers to the southeast corner of Madison County.  Above are the stones for Andrew Jackson Judd, right, who died in 1857 when thirty-six and for John G. Judd, left, who died in 1861 at seventeen.   Left is the stone for Ann, "wife of Perry Judd died Jan. 6, 1847 at 33ys," and right is that for William Judd who died in 1848 at "67ys."


Jacob Little's stone, while blackened with mold, still shows designs that were popular funerary motifs at the time of his death, 1861, the Victorian era.  The willow tree represented sorrow from the living, and the arch referenced the church. While his name is done in bold lettering, the other lines are curved.

Jacob lived to be "87y 7m 26d," which would make his birth year around 1774.

The Cummins family is also represented here. They lost four adolescents, three of whom died within three years of each other.  Joseph Cummins, left, died in 1862, followed by Sarah and Nancy, both of whom died in 1864.  Relative Woodson Cummins, right, lived to be only sixteen when he died 1855.


Below are the stones for the Canaans.  Stylistically from the Edwardian Period, the turn of the 19th century, the stone cylinders became popular when the Victorian up-right tablets went out of fashion and rectangular blocks, closer to the ground, came in.


    The Capp-Tucker shelters the remains of a notable early American veteran.  Reason Sargent (also Rezin Sergeant) was born in 1791 and died in 1869.  He was a soldier in the War of 1812.  He is listed in the American Legion's Cemetery Record of Deceased Veterans He married in 1818 Elizabeth Adams who was born in 1796 and died in 1870.  She was a daughter of Abraham Adams for whom the township is named, and she is buried here next to her husband. 


Someone has obviously been doing her genealogy!  Not only were the Sargent graves decorated, above, but elsewhere was a large note card encased in plastic and held up on a small metal rod.  The descendant's name, address, and ancestry were given on the card, as well as a tribute on the back. 

Family genealogist Peggy Cook agreed to contributed these to our web site as well.  (She can be reached via cyber space at


Another veteran is Joseph Clark who by his headstone's emblem died in the Civil War.  His death date is 1865; Joseph was twenty-six years old.

Below are two vastly different grave markers demonstrating the extremes in 19th century life styles.  The one on the left is not just an inconvenient rock, but a field stone.  Field stones were used when the family could not afford a professionally cut grave marker.  Another possibility is that the marker was needed before there was a stone cutter available in the area.  The latter would indicate a truly early grave.  Generally, a large rectangular slab was chosen from off the farm property.   (For more pictures of these, go to the Jones Cemetery.


In contrast on the right is the elaborate and expensive, for the time, wrought-iron fence defining the grave of one of the Hodson's children.  Wrought-iron was used for fencing in the latter half of the 19th century.  (Another example can be seen on the Otterbein Cemetery page.)


Another interesting marker is that of William B. Rector, 1862-1925, right.  The cross and its insignia indicate that William was a minister.  This gravestone is next to the cemetery sign, as can be seen in the very first picture, and stands rather by itself in the corner facing the gate and away from the other stones.  Anyone entering, then, has to meet this stone first. 

 The minister, it seems, is welcoming visitors at the entrance and guarding his flock.


ID Names Birth Date Death Date Cemetery
3166 BASICKER, CATHERINE 40Y. 2M. 23D. MAR. 23, 1886 CAPP
3167 BASICKER, EZRA OCT. 2, 1843 JAN. 1, 1897 CAPP
3174 BASICKER, RACHEL 45Y. 7M. 7D. APR. 14, 1892 CAPP
3832 BEESON, ELIZABETH 84Y. JAN. 24, 1900 CAPP
6386 BRAY, ANDREW 61Y. 6D. MAR. 26, 1865 CAPP
6401 BRAY, JOHN W. 18Y. 7M. 26D. MAY 11, 1854 CAPP
6405 BRAY, MARY 52Y. 21D. JUL. 22, 1858 CAPP
7784 BRUBAKER, BERRY M. 1851 AUG. 10, 1854 CAPP
9034 CANAAN, ANNIE 1844 19__ CAPP
9035 CANAAN, ISAAC 1805 1883 CAPP
9036 CANAAN, LYDIA 1846 1913 CAPP
9485 CARROLL, BERTHA   AUG. 29, 1883 CAPP
9497 CARROLL, EMELINA W. 22Y. 2M. 15D. FEB. 20, 1885 CAPP
10579 CLARK, BARNEY 1832 1912 CAPP
10656 CLARK, HARRIETT P. 60Y. 6M. 17D. JUL. 1, 1896 CAPP
10677 CLARK, JESSE E. 2Y. 3M. NOV. 11, 1849 CAPP
10688 CLARK, JOSEPH JUL. 26, 1839 FEB. 3, 1865 CAPP
10689 CLARK, JOSEPH 60Y. 6M. 8D. FEB. 3, 1886 CAPP
10767 CLARK, SARAH A. 73Y. 6M. 6D. AUG. 18, 1885 CAPP
10773 CLARK, SELBIA H. 69Y. 7M. 29D. FEB. 10, 1879 CAPP
10963 CLEM, RACHAEL E. 64Y. JUN. 13, 1905 CAPP
12342 COOKMAN, MARTHA J. 1831 APR. 2, 1909 CAPP
14056 CUMMINS, JOSEPH P. 20Y. 10M. 2D. OCT. 2, 1862 CAPP
14066 CUMMINS, NANCY E. 19Y. 7D. MAY 9, 1864 CAPP
14071 CUMMINS, SARAH E. 19Y. 1M. 3D. JAN. 18, 1864 CAPP
14076 CUMMINS, WOODSON 16Y. 5M. 8D. MAY 25, 1855 CAPP
23922 GRAY, MARY E. 9M. 2D. AUG. 4, 1852 CAPP
23949 GRAY, THOMAS 7Y. JAN. 13, 1860 CAPP
29069 HODSON, ABRAHAM D. 1Y. 9M. 25D. SEP. 14, 1862 CAPP
29080 HODSON, ELI, SR. 74Y. 4M. 22D. FEB. 27, 1880 CAPP
29085 HODSON, EMERY M. 11Y. 8M. 25D. SEP. 23, 1851 CAPP
29093 HODSON, GEORGE E. 3Y. 11M. 21D. APR. 18, 1878 CAPP
29092 HODSON, GEORGE E. 74Y. 1M. 2D. MAR. 9, 1876 CAPP
29099 HODSON, ISAIAH 50Y. 1M. 29D. DEC. 19, 1853 CAPP
29103 HODSON, JOHN 1832 1910 CAPP
29111 HODSON, LEWIS M. 20Y. 5M. 10D. APR. 22, 1888 CAPP
29113 HODSON, LYDIA MARGARET 1856 JAN. 15, 1890 CAPP
29114 HODSON, MARTHA A. 21Y. 6M. 13D. APR. 19, 1884 CAPP
29115 HODSON, MARTHA J. 2Y. 2M. 8D. AUG. 1, 1864 CAPP
29117 HODSON, MARY 51Y. 2M. 21D. NOV. 17, 1858 CAPP
29118 HODSON, MARY ALICE 7M. 24D. FEB. 10, 1868 CAPP
29120 HODSON, MARY E. 1839 DEC. 12, 1867 CAPP
29121 HODSON, MARY E. 7Y. 2M. 2D. APR. 2, 1853 CAPP
29123 HODSON, MILES E. 1Y. 4M. 27D. SEP. 15, 1865 CAPP
29124 HODSON, NANCY 40Y. 12D. NOV. 5, 1865 CAPP
29135 HODSON, REASON 4Y. 8M. 23D. OCT. 2, 1868 CAPP
29142 HODSON, SOPHIE C. 7M. 20D. AUG. 16, 1860 CAPP
29764 HOPPES, EMILY 1849 SEP. 25, 1909 CAPP
29827 HOPPES, SARAH 67Y. 2M. 16D. APR. 24, 1895 CAPP
29836 HOPPES, ZILPHA   JAN. 7, 1852 CAPP
30140 HOWARD, JOHN H. 1832 1909 CAPP
30156 HOWARD, MARY E. 36Y. 2M. 19D. JAN. 19, 1870 CAPP
30162 HOWARD, NANCY A. 1845 1915 CAPP
33686 JUDD, ANDREW 36Y. 9M. 22D. NOV. 7, 1874 CAPP
33687 JUDD, ANDREW JACKSON 36Y. 9M. NOV. 7, 1854 CAPP
33688 JUDD, ANNA 33Y. 25D. JAN. 6, 1847 CAPP
33689 JUDD, BENJAMIN 10Y. 5M. 1D. JAN. 8, 1843 ? CAPP
33696 JUDD, ELIZABETH 36Y. 2M. APR. 20, 1837 CAPP
33699 JUDD, FRANCES M. 20Y. 8M. APR. 7, 1854 CAPP
33707 JUDD, JOHN 35Y. 5D. APR. 5, 1840 CAPP
33709 JUDD, JOHN G. 17Y. 4M. 24D. APR. 26, 1861 CAPP
33714 JUDD, MARY 5Y. 4M. 25D. OCT. 25, 1841 CAPP
33720 JUDD, WILLIAM 67Y. 6M. DEC. 18, 1848 CAPP
36527 LANHAM, CATHERINE 70Y. 6M. 17D. FEB. 28, 1873 CAPP
36528 LANHAM, JESSE MAY 24, 1880 MAR. 23, 1906 CAPP
37916 LEWIS, MARIA APR. 8, 1868 DEC. 2, 1891 CAPP
38332 LITTLE, JACOB 87Y. 5M. 26D. OCT. 14, 1861 or 68 CAPP
44595 MORRIS, BATHIAH 1797 MAR. 26, 1863 CAPP
44607 MORRIS, CLEMENTINE 17Y. JUN. 30, 1854 CAPP
49350 POLK, (INFANT)   AUG. 6, 1861 CAPP
49419 POOR, ABRAHAM 1850 1922 CAPP
49422 POOR, ARMETTIE D. 1853 MAY 11, 1911 CAPP
49426 POOR, CASHES 2Y. 10M. 24D. DEC. 25, 1872 CAPP
49451 POOR, MALVA MAY 1885 1895 CAPP
49454 POOR, MARTHA A. 3M. 10D. APR. 13, 1873 CAPP
49456 POOR, MARY E.   OCT. 9, 1872 CAPP
49462 POOR, QUINCY 2Y. 9M. 9D. AUG. 29, 1875 CAPP
49471 POOR, WILLIAM 64Y. 24D. MAR. 16, 1877 CAPP
51759 RICHARDSON, ELIZA 1Y. 1M. NOV. 30, 1860 CAPP
51760 RICHARDSON, ELIZABETH 10M. 16D. AUG. 21, 1842 CAPP
51779 RICHARDSON, JOHN G. 91Y. 11M. 16D. OCT. 9, 1888 CAPP
51788 RICHARDSON, MARGARET J. 30Y. 5M. 17D. SEP. 10, 1866 CAPP
51789 RICHARDSON, MARTHA 3Y. 6M. 21D. SEP. 10, 1865 CAPP
51799 RICHARDSON, RANSOM 58Y. OCT. 17, 1889 CAPP
51807 RICHARDSON, SARAH 49Y. 4M. 13D. JUN. 26, 1892 CAPP
51831 RICHISON, (MRS.) 89Y. FEB. 14, 1897 CAPP
52427 RITTER, CLARA B. DEC. 23, 1869 DEC. 2, 1891 CAPP
54184 SARGENT, ELIZABETH 74Y. 3M. 16D. JAN. 27, 1870 CAPP
54188 SARGENT, REZIN T. 78Y. 9D. APR. 18, 1869 CAPP
63567 TUCKER, ANDREW 76Y. OCT. 7, 1844 CAPP
63602 TUCKER, JAMES M. 1830 AUG. 26, 1855 CAPP
63603 TUCKER, JAMES W. 80Y. 11M. 5D. OCT. 22, 1869 CAPP
63604 TUCKER, JOHN 90Y. 1M. MAY 14, 1855 CAPP
63616 TUCKER, LYDIA 9M. 12D. APR. 17, 1843 CAPP
63626 TUCKER, NANCY 31Y. JUL. 7, 1844 CAPP
63635 TUCKER, SANDFORD 7Y. JUL. 9, 1844 CAPP
63637 TUCKER, SARAH 78Y. 1M. 14D. FEB. 10, 1866 CAPP
63636 TUCKER, SARAH 41Y. 6M. 28D. AUG. 8, 1853 CAPP
64356 VAN WINKLE, MARTHA E. DEC. 2, 1830 AUG. 8, 1876 CAPP
67995 WILLIAMS, ELIZABETH R. FEB. 3, 1836 SEP. 3, 1904 CAPP