"The very old cemetery, simply called the Old Cleveland Cemetery, is out in the middle of nowhere. Peter Creager I and his second wife, Elizabeth, are buried there with other Creager's. Peter's stone was missing and the others were difficult to read, but one clearly said Creager on it. The other headstones are easy to read. I was deeply moved as I stood at these graves. I realized I was walking around on the very ground my ancestors stood."
JaLeen is the author of the The Music Teacher.
Her CREAGER roots and family history inspired her writing.
See JaLeen's story of her visit to Whitley County, Indiana, her book signings, and cemetery photos.
"The Cleveland Family Cemetery is located on a farm south of the town of South Whitley in Whitley Co., IN. The last burial there was in 1924. The Cleveland Family Cemetery has abt. 144 persons buried in it and has basically been abandoned with many of the stones now broken or missing.
Creager, Melissa Jane, died December 25, 1865 at 30y 7m 3d, wife of Peter
Creager. Peter died March 16, 1849, at 52y 7m 6d
Creager. Victora E. died October 25, 1863, aged 11y 6d, dau/o P & M
Melissa (Williamson) Creager was born 22 May 1835 Ohio; died 25 December 1865 Cleveland Twp., Whitley County, Indiana, U.S.A. at 30y 7m 3d. She was the first wife of Peter Creager II. They were the parents of Victoria, Lydia, and Joseph.
Peter Creager II, s/o Peter Creager I and Elizabeth Rike, was born 26 April 1829 Farmersville, Montgomery County, Ohio; married (1) Melissa Williamson; married (2) Margaret Elizabeth Chamberlain.
Victoria E. Creager, dau/o Peter Creager II and Melissa Chamberlain, was born 25 October 1854; died 28 October 1865 according to CREAGER researchers. Dates conflict with cemetery inscription readings. Discrepancy could result from difficulty to read the inscription or family recording errors.