Cemeteries and Their Stories,
Madison County, Indiana
Location: west side of CR 200W, between CRs 500W and 575W
As has been mentioned elsewhere, the death rate among children and newborns in the 19th century often reached as high as one out of three or four. The Ooton Cemetery testifies to those statistics. There are eight pioneer graves at this location, all of them children from three pioneer families. From a note in the archives of the Madison County Historical Society, all of these children died of diphtheria, one of the several diseases that often ravaged the early settlers. It should also be noted, that while this burial ground is out in the country and at a distance from the few houses in the area, someone from the 21st century, a distant relative perhaps, always has these graves decorated.
The Ooton has been restored with a gate, sign, and fence to mark the boundaries. The name comes from the family that originally donated the land as a burial site for surrounding farming families. Both a John and Jordan Ooton are listed as early settlers to Lafayette Township.
Once broken and strewn about on the ground, these gravestones now show the metal frames used to keep them together, the new cement foundation, and the resetting of the stones into family groups.
Occasionally, township trustees are asked if there is an empty plot available in a cemetery under their care, and most often there is. Perhaps relatives wish that the recently departed be interred in a pioneer cemetery because the cemetery is near their or the deceased's home or the cemetery contains ancestors of the family. Township trustees and MCCC members are always gratified when county residents take advantage of available space in a pioneer cemetery. In that regard, listed below among the 19th century children at the Ooton is Jerrica Love McDaniel, a 21st century infant.
|ID||Names||Birth Date||Death Date||Cemetery|
|17593||EAST, MARY E.||1859||1860||OOTON|
|25895||HARDCASTLE, DORCAS A.||1865||OOTON|
|25898||HARDCASTLE, GEORGE R.||1872||OOTON|
|25899||HARDCASTLE, JOHN R.||1851||OOTON|
|25900||HARDCASTLE, SARAH S.||1875||OOTON|
|MCDANIEL, JERRICA LOVE||MAY 25, 2001||MAY 25, 2001||OOTON|
|47024||OOTON, (INFANT DAU.)||MAY 15, 1852||MAY 27, 1852||OOTON|
|47025||OOTON, (INFANT DAU.)||MAY 26, 1856||MAY 27, 1856||OOTON|
|47028||OOTON, DAVID||OCT. 7, 1855||DEC. 6, 1856||OOTON|