County Farm Cemetery

Though a single stone exists to mark the final resting place of many of the residents at the County Farm, it is important that they be remembered.  Here I will post the names of those known to be buried in the field behind the house.  This may take several posts, so leave a comment if you need more info before I have them all posted.

  • Mathias Abbot  1874-1895
  • Ben Alford  1871-1901
  • Infant Algiers 1871-1871
  • Hannah Algiers  1850-1871
  • Joseph Allen  1853-1875
  • Anna Ash  1819-1907
  • August Baker 1859-1936
  • Mary M Barker 1834-1904
  • Perlina Barley 1806-1876
  • Frank Barter 1872-1897
  • Annanias Blackburn  ??-1866
  • John W Boyloyns 1845-1901
  • Perry Brasfield  1842-1885
  • Polina Bratton  1842-1888
  • James Brown  1824-1877
  • John Brown  1829-1892
  • Catharine Burletz  1799-1873
  • Lewis Burletz  1843-1879
  • John Burletz  1818-1885
  • Angeline Butler  1843-1869

More to follow…..

John W Coats

John W Coats is a bit of a mystery. His grave is located at the Daviess County Farm. He was a Confederate Soldier…a member of the 19th Georgia Infantry and a Prisoner of War. According to research, he was captured and supposedly killed at James Island in 1861. However, according to his headstone, he died in 1866.

It is possible that he was a prisoner at Camp Morton in Indianapolis. There were some that escaped and were never recaptured. There were some that were released from the camp and left to find their own way home. Most were exchanged at designated sites far from Daviess County. There are many possibilities as to how he ended up here, but so far there are few facts. If you have any ideas to contribute, then please do so!

I am also working on a transcription of the known burials at the farm. Hopefully, that will be ready to post soon.

Elnora Post

Do you subscribe to the Elnora Post?  It is a charming newspaper with lots of articles referencing the history of the town of Elnora.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you should take a look…lots of great info to be found.  We are great fans and look forward to each issue.

We are glad that we were able to point them in the right direction on the article (Last Civil War Soldier in County)  which appeared in the 12-26 edition!  (A mention of the blog would have been appreciated, though! 🙂 )

Random Fact #2

The town of Elnora, Indiana was founded in 1885.  It is the namesake of Elnora Griffith.  Mrs. Griffith was the wife of an early, prominent merchant in the area.

Homer Capehart and a cornfield

One of the best known historical facts about Daviess County is that it was the home to the 1938 GOP cornfield conference.  On August 26, 1938, Homer Capehart hosted the gathering at his farm in Daviess County, near Washington.  Attended by 50,000 or so people, it was regarded as the revival of the Republican party in Indiana.

In 1944, Mr. Capehart was elected to the 1st of 3 Senate terms.  He died in 1979 in Indianapolis, but will always be remembered for the gathering in his cornfield.

Last Soldier

In 2003, the Sons of Union Veterans embarked on a project to “locate and appropriately mark the final resting place of the last Civil War Soldier buried in each county/parish and in each state of this great country.” 

For Daviess County, that soldier was William McNeeley.  Mr. McNeeley was a member of the 43rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry.  He passed away in May of 1942 and was buried at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Odon.

More info can be found here.

National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places shows 9 listings for Daviess County.  They are as follows:

Magnus J Carnahan House, Thomas Faith House, Glendale River Archaeological Site, Robert C Graham House, Jefferson Elementary School, Prairie Creek Site, Dr. John A Scudder House, Old Union Church and Cemetery and the Washington Commercial Historic District.

One of these listings, the Jefferson School, served as the location for the Daviess County Museum for a time.  It was sold recently and a zoning change was requested.  The change was denied by the planning commission so the future of the building is unknown at this point.  What are your ideas for the perfect use for this historic building?