Pioneer Cemeteries and Their Stories,

Madison County, Indiana

Smith Cemetery

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aka Funk

Richland Township

Location: east side of Alexandria Pike, south of CR 600N

   Because it is located at the point where Alexandria Pike blends into and becomes SR 9, the Smith Cemetery is one of the most prominent pioneer burial grounds in all of Madison County.  Alexandria Pike seems to have cut into the hill upon which the cemetery rests, making it appear that the Smith is hovering above the busy traffic.  The picture at left shows the cemetery from the junction of the two roads.  The brush and trees along three sides of the cemetery have been removed so that this pioneer graveyard is visible to all who live and travel in the area.  This is one method utilized by the MCCC to protect pioneer cemeteries: expose them to the living so that people know their location, can appreciate their significance, and accept them as part of the beautiful environment around them. 

    According to family genealogist Phyllis Davis, her great-great-great grandfather is buried here in an unmarked grave.  Malachi Relfe was born October 18, 1811, in Pasquotank County, North Carolina, the son of Josiah Relph who was born in 1788.  Malachi married Mary Albertson who was born in 1812 in the nearby Suttons Creek area of Perquimans County, North Carolina.  From records, the couple had a total of seven children.  Sometime after their first, Albertson, was born in 1833, they moved from the east coast to the Midwest since the other six children were all born in Madison County: William in 1837, Pherabe in 1840, Sarah in 1843, Margaret in 1846, Martha in 1849, and Cemantha in 1854.  Malachi died March 5, 1870, according to Phyllis, and while neither he nor his wife is recorded--by some oversight--on the burial list below, his wife does have a stone.  Mary (Albertson) Relfe's stone is on the right in the picture below and shown as a close-up below that.  The Alberstons descend from an Albert Albertson who was born in 1642, probably in New England according to most records.  In the mid 1600s, he moved his family south to the Perquimans-Pasquotank corner of North Carolina.  The stone, on the left below, for Samantha Relfe, who married a grandson of Malachi and Mary, shows that she died June 14, 1860 when she was only eighteen years of age. The Virginia Belfe/Relfe, who is recorded on the burial list as passing away at forty-four years of age on February 28, 1879, was actually a daughter of George Smith, the man who first purchased the land and for whom the cemetery was initially named.  Virginia married Malachi and Mary's son Albertson, thus the reason for the Smiths and Relfes being buried near each other in the oldest section of the cemetery.

 

 

    Close-ups of the square-topped stones in the picture above this row show well preserved markers which seemed to have been carved by the same hand.  All three are from mid 19th century.  George Smith, middle, was born in Virginia in 1799 and is the one who first owned the land upon which the cemetery is located--thus the name.  Samantha, left, and Mary, right, are both from the Relfe family.

Three stones for children are above: left, one stone for "children of T & E Groendyke," and, middle, a prettily shaped, but indecipherable stone.  At right, "Caroline, daughter of George & Margaret Smith died Feb. 1, 1845 7yr. 8mns. 11ds."  Caroline's stone is the oldest legible stone in the cemetery, and therefore, Caroline's death may have been the reason why the Smith family began the cemetery which was utilized throughout the decades by other folks who lived nearby.

These two stones represent the Gripe/Cripe family.  Left is Jacob, son of James and Frances, who died Dec. 17, 1862.  At right, is John's decorated marker.  He died in 1861, possibly in the Civil War, judging by the shield that encapsulates the data.

 

The May stone faces the road and abuts the steep downward slope of the hill.  This makes the data difficult to read (and photograph).

The stone for Andrew Fattig was badly broken.  In mid 20th century, restorers used the only method known at the time to repair the many pieces.  The pieces were laid in a slab of cement flush with the ground.

    While the Smith Cemetery is no longer being used for burials, family genealogists still decorate certain graves.  In the fall of 2008, the white decorative chain and post fence was added by the Richland Township trustee and the MCCC to help frame this very visible pioneer burial site.

 

Names
ID Names Birth Date Death Date Cemetery
475 ALDERMAN, WASHINGTON 8 IND INF CO E   FUNK
618 ALEXANDRIA, ALOA     FUNK
619 ALEXANDRIA, JAMES E.     FUNK
2557 BALLARD, HESTER ANN 24Y. 11M. 24D. FEB. 24, 1871 FUNK
2585 BALLARD, THOMAS P. 1Y. 1M. 29D. MAY 29, 1877 FUNK
3410 BEAL, E. G. 54Y. 10M. 8D. SEP. 27, 1887 FUNK
3412 BEAL, JOHN 76Y. 1M. 23D. MAR. 9, 1876 FUNK
3414 BEAL, NATHAN     FUNK
3417 BEALE, (MRS. EMSLEY) 59Y. MAY 16, 1900 FUNK
3911 BELFE/RELFE VIRGINIA 44Y. 9M. 7D. FEB. 28, 1879 FUNK
5298 BODKIN, MARTHA J. 23Y. 5M. 15D. MAY 10, 1878 FUNK
13554 CRIPE, ANNA 1813 1894 FUNK
13560 CRIPE, FRANCES 60Y. FEB. 4, 1881 FUNK
13559 CRIPE, FRANCES 20Y. 2M. 25D. FEB. 10, 1873 FUNK
13561 CRIPE, JACOB 1841 DEC. 17, 1862 FUNK
13567 CRIPE, RUDOLPH SEP. 3, 1835 OCT. 14, 1878 FUNK
13568 CRIPE, WALTER H. JUL. 3, 1876 SEP. 26, 1900 FUNK
13925 CRYPE, WALTER 23Y. SEP. 20, 1900 FUNK
15274 DAY, EVA 18 18 FUNK
18114 ELLIOTT, GEORGE M. 9M. 29D.   FUNK
18119 ELLIOTT, JEMIMA 24Y. 10M. APR. 7, 1877 FUNK
19238 FATTIC, ANDREW 55Y. 4M. 22D. JUN. 26, 1871 FUNK
19242 FATTIE, (MRS.) 80Y. DEC. 18, 1900 FUNK
21777 FUNK, OLLA ODELLA 7M. 10D. SEP. 14, 1817 FUNK
22819 GILLFILLAN, GILLFILAM, A.J. AUG. 24, 1864   FUNK
24839 GYPEY, _______     FUNK
26742 HARTMAN, WILLIAM H. 26Y. 10M. MAY 18, 1876 FUNK
28291 HICKS, (SON) 21Y. 7M. 5D. JUL. 5, 1868 FUNK
28306 HICKS, DEBORAH 52Y. 1M. 23D. OCT. 13, 1876 FUNK
28690 HINCHMAN, JOHN W. 1839 OCT. 17, 1863 FUNK
32432 JESSUP, _______     FUNK
32465 JESTER, NANCY SEP. 27, 1843 DEC. 6, 1898 FUNK
33355 JONES, MARGARET J. NOV. 11, 1864 AUG. 9, 1887 FUNK
34141 KEIGHER, ADDISON 6M. DEC. 1, 1869 FUNK
34143 KEIGHER, DAVID 1Y. 3M. 11D. MAR. 3, 1892 FUNK
34144 KEIGHER, HANNAH ALICE 2Y. 7M. 15D. JAN. 5, 1868 FUNK
34472 KEMP, (INFANT) 3W. JUN. 14, 1900 FUNK
34912 KINDLE, (INFANT)   JUN. 9, 1898 FUNK
35266 KIRK, SISSELA J. 7Y. 6M. 19D. JAN. 24, 1864 FUNK
35799 KOB, ROSE E. ?M. 7D. SEP. 17, 1864 FUNK
36751 LAWHORN, (INFANT)   DEC. 10, 1903 FUNK
40420 MAY, (INFANT)     FUNK
40422 MAY, AMMA C. 1869 1905 FUNK
40424 MAY, ANNA G. 1869 1905 FUNK
40430 MAY, ELIZABETH NOV. 1, 1831 NOV. 13, 1901 FUNK
40447 MAY, LEWIS MAR. 7, 1863 MAR. 23, 1863 FUNK
40457 MAY, SAMUEL OCT. 31 or 30, 1824 MAR. 11, 1878 FUNK
40458 MAY, SARAH 32Y. 3M. 28D. FEB. 28, 1888 FUNK
40459 MAY, SODIE or SADIE 18 18 FUNK
42002 MCKOWN, CHARLES   1860 FUNK
42003 MCKOWN, EDDY 11M. 1D. AUG. 5, 1864 FUNK
42419 MEAD, ELIZA 22Y. 9M. 1D. DEC. 21, 1877 FUNK
45600 NALDERMAN, WASHINGTON     FUNK
47637 PARKER, ALICE L 39Y. 4M. 17D. JUL. 13, 1885 FUNK
48021 PATTIC, ANDREW 55Y. 4M. 22D. JUN. 26, 1871 FUNK
48759 PETTY, (INFANT)   FEB. 10, 1900 FUNK
49092 PINE, (INFANT)   DEC. 6, 1895 FUNK
50384 RAINES, ISAAC 90Y. MAY 5, 1901 FUNK
50385 RAINES, JOHN WALTER 23Y. 1M. 27D. MAR. 29, 1877 FUNK
51264 RELFE, SAMANTHA JANE or SAMAM 18Y. 7M. 9D. JUN. 14, 1860 FUNK
51265 RELFER, MALICHI 18Y. 18M. 16D. JAN. 17, 1861 FUNK
52471 ROACH, DORCAS     FUNK
57606 SMITH, CAROLINE 7Y. 8M. 11D. FEB. 1, 1845 FUNK
57750 SMITH, EUNICE     FUNK
57790 SMITH, GEORGE 63Y. 1M. 1D. OCT. 12, 1861 FUNK
59331 STANLEY, LEVI     FUNK
59377 STANLEY, ROSETLA or ROSE     FUNK
59388 STANLEY, SARAH     FUNK
62330 THOMAS, JANE 1857 1906 FUNK
67946 WILLIAMS, CHARLES 18 18 FUNK
67970 WILLIAMS, DEHIAH 18 18 FUNK
68033 WILLIAMS, FRED 18__ 18__ FUNK
68681 WILSON, TOMMY 71Y. NOV. 19, 1895 FUNK
68689 WILSON, WILLIAM B. 24Y. 6M. 28D. APR. 7, 1881 FUNK
68691 WILSON, WILLIAM H. 23Y. 7M. 22D. JUN. 11, 1889 or 80 FUNK