Whitley County, Indiana

In October, 2006, Jaleen Bultman-Deardurff visited the gravesites of her CREAGER ancestors and relatives in these cemeteries in Whitley County, Indiana: the Old Cleveland Family Cemetery, the South Whitley Cemetery, and the Nolt Cemetery. Here are a few of her comments. ASH

Courtesy of: JaLeen Bultman-Deardurff
18 October 2006

"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 Bultman-Deardurff
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.

There is also the South Whitley Cemetery which is located within the city limits of South Whitley." This is a present day active cemetery (6,000 graves in mid-1999). "To my knowledge it has never been known as the NEW Cleveland Cemetery. The Cleveland Family Cemetery is not known as the South Whitley Cemetery. They are 2 distinct cemeteries. The two cemeteries are not connected.

I have been to both of them as my great grandfather, Riley Obenchain, was a brother of Susanna Obenchain Creager, wife of Christian Henry Creager. Riley is buried in another cemetery known as the Eberhard Cemetery, Whitley Co., IN. Samuel Obenchain and his wife, Catharine (Flora) Obenchain are buried in the Cleveland Family Cemetery, Whitley Co., IN. My mother was buried at the South Whitley Cemetery in 2001."
(Source: Internet, 25 May 2008, E-mail to ASH: Nancy Obenchain)

Courtesy of: JaLeen Bultman-Deardurff
18 October 2006

Said to be buried here.

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.

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Created: 19 October 2006
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