"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 at the South Whitley Cemetery and Nolt Cemetery 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.
1. Appears to read: "Infant of C. H. & S. A. Creager".
[Note: South Whitley Cemetery lists: Creager Infant — children of CH & SA — South Whitley-U-17-9]
2. Stone too dark and digitally lightening did not produce a clear reading.
[Note: South Whitley Cemetery lists: Creager, Martha E. — died June 21 1855 aged 2 months 29 days - daughter of CH & Susanah — South Whitley-U-17-8]
3. Small stone lower in the soil is unreadable.
[Note: Appears to indicate perhaps another child's stone. ASH]
4. "Susanah (sic), wife of, C. H. Creager, 1864 at 40y 13d", 1st wife of Christian.
5. Christian H. Creager and his 2nd wife Elizabeth Rike
6. Laura A. Creager Cline 1872-1924
Laura's husband is given elsewhere a John Cotton, but her gravestone shows her married name to be Cline. She was Laura Arminta Creager, dau/o Christian Henry and Elizabeth Banfill, born 13 Nov 1872 & died 9 April 1924.
7. Noah Fletcher, son of A. J. & E. Fletcher
[Note: Is young Noah Fletcher somehow related to the CREAGER family as his stone appears in the grouping next to the Creager plot, or is it just a FLETCHER plot next to the CREAGER plot? ASH]
[Note: South Whitley Cemetery Webpage lists these two Fletchers and young Noah.]
Fletcher Elcana — Corpl Co E 44th Ind Inf — South Whitley-U-17-1
Fletcher Noah — Co E 44 Ind Inf — South Whitley-W-7-43
Fletcher Noah — died January 22 1868 - son of AJ & E — South Whitley-U-17-3]