Cemeteries and Their Stories,
Madison County, Indiana
Pipe Creek Township
Location: east side of CR 600W, between CRs 1000N and 1100N
Once an isolated spot on a settler's farm, the Welborn is now visible to the surrounding Pipe Creek rural community. The Welborn is also fortunate. It, as the picture shows, is in the middle of several farmers' fields. While many land owners have respect for the past, others do not. The Welborn has not been plowed under as a few other cemeteries in the county have. The picture also shows the access lane from CR 600W.
Jackson Dwiggins' simplistic Victorian gravestone, to the right, shows the iron staples once used to make repairs. Because of the corrosion involved as time passes, staples are no longer used. Aluminum frames are now preferred for gravestone repairs.
One of the oldest settlers to the area is buried here, Van Simson, 1800-1874. A possible relative, Magnus Samison, has a stone shown at left.
Civil War veterans' government markers are common throughout the rural pioneer cemeteries. Jacob Stam's at left is in good condition. Leonard Ingram's marker is surprisingly crisp and, although not of government issue, indicates that he was a casualty in the war between the states. Even the poem at the bottom is legible.
These two stones are of interest for different reasons. The one on the left has been handmade perhaps because the family could not afford a professionally carved marker. The well preserved stone on the right is for Hannah Welborn who died August 1, 1872, at "76Y 3M 24D" which makes her birthday around 1796.
In the spring of 2008, the MCCC undertook a cleanup of the Welborn: a resetting of downed stones and fencing gating the perimeter. Michael Fox's pillared marker, right, was one of those reset. Perhaps the face had been buried in the ground when the reading of the stones for the burial list was done in the mid 1960s. This would account for his omission from the list. Michael Fox "died Nov. 16, 1876 aged 63 yrs..."
Many stone pieces were found that could not be attributed to each other or to an existing stone. To solve this dilemma, contractor Larry Brown affixed them to cement in their own memorial, at left, in a neutral part of the cemetery.
This must be the top part of Eliza Johnson's broken stone. "Eliza" is the only word left, and on the burial list below the only Eliza represented has the last name of Johnson. At least her stone was complete when the transcription was done. Eliza died January 13, 1863, when she was "38Y 1M 3D" old. Her stone must have had a unique appearance since the flower, denoting love for the departed, is not a single rose, the sleeved arm and hand offering the flower/s is very detailed and may be resting on the bible, and the rounded top is decorated with a leaf motif.
This old family cemetery was used for burials into the 1940s.
|ID||Names||Birth Date||Death Date||Cemetery|
|2239||BAKER, CHARLIE V.||4M. 9D.||SEP. 7, 1884||WELBORN|
|17389||DWIGGINS, JAMES||JAN. 2, 1860||WELBORN|
|18680||ETCHISON, FANNIE||____. 22, 18__||WELBORN|
|18781||ETCHISON, ROBERT||1858||JUN. 8, 1905||WELBORN|
|18798||ETCHISON, WILLIAM||IN MEMORY||WELBORN|
|23393||GOODMAN, CICEL||21D.||OCT. 17, 1882||WELBORN|
|23397||GOODMAN, HANNAH E.||30Y. 3M. 28D.||NOV. 10, 1892||WELBORN|
|23398||GOODMAN, HARRY V.||10M. 11D.||NOV. 10, 1891||WELBORN|
|30218||HOWERTON, KENNETH||2Y. 1M. 21D.||JUL. 9, 1890||WELBORN|
|31577||INGRAM, LEONARD||18Y. 11M. 18D.||OCT. 12, 1864||WELBORN|
|32656||JOHNSON, ELIZA||38Y. 1M. 3D.||JAN. 13, 1863||WELBORN|
|39214||MADBITT, ELLENORA||JUL. 1866||WELBORN|
|39284||MAGNI, SAMISON||34Y. 6M. 27D.||APR. 8, 1881||WELBORN|
|40897||MCCLELAN, ROBERT||3M. 1D.||SEP. 13, 1865||WELBORN|
|57133||SIMSON, VAN||74Y. 1M.||APR. 7, 1874||WELBORN|
|59151||STAM, JACOB||JUL. 6, 1838||MAR. 19, 1903||WELBORN|
|59158||STAMM, GEORGE W.||OCT. 8, 1876||JAN. 5, 1909||WELBORN|
|59167||STAMM, MARY E.||MAR. 8, 1886||DEC. 18, 1897||WELBORN|
|66043||WAYMIRE, MARTIN V.||MAR. 29, 1849||MAY 21, 1924||WELBORN|
|66505||WELBORN, FRANK||JAN. 18, 1870||AUG. 31, 1941||WELBORN|
|66508||WELBORN, GILBERT||JUN. 5, 1909||WELBORN|
|66510||WELBORN, HANNAH||76Y. 3M. 24D.||AUG. 1, 1872||WELBORN|
|66514||WELBORN, JESSIE||AUG. 13, 1882||APR. 1885||WELBORN|
|66516||WELBORN, JOHN F.||62Y. 2M. 2D.||NOV. 9, 1892||WELBORN|
|66518||WELBORN, LEWIS||MAY 22, 1817||SEP. 2, 1890||WELBORN|
|66520||WELBORN, MARY I.||36Y. 9M. 8D.||NOV. 16, 1876||WELBORN|
|66521||WELBORN, MARY J.||OCT. 12, 1856||SEP. 29, 1922||WELBORN|
|66531||WELBORN, SARAH F.||29Y. 1M. 10D.||OCT. 11, 1869||WELBORN|
|66536||WELBORN, WILLIAM J.||NOV. 23, 1839||NOV. 23, 1914||WELBORN|
|67396||WHITEMAN, BELLE S.||JUL. 15, 1867||MAY 13, 1939||WELBORN|
|67399||WHITEMAN, FLORA E.||4M. 22D.||NOV. 30, 1888||WELBORN|
|67417||WHITEMAN, SAMUEL A.||28Y. 11M. 28D.||MAY 9, 1890||WELBORN|
|69318||WOOD, EMMA C.||DEC. 29, 1877||JUL. 27, 1902||WELBORN|