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I.0.0.F. Cemetery

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Location: 876 S. Park Avenue Alexandria, IN 46001map
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Indiana Cemeteries Team

Also known as Alexandria IOOF Cemetery

IOOF Cemetery

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History

The original graveyard yard had burials from the 1830's and 1840's but is listed as being established in 1850 and was taken over by the International Order of Odd Fellows, or IOOF around 1860, a group devoting themselves to good works. As part of its involvement in the community, IOOF No. 222 purchased land southeast of Alexandria with plans to design a large cemetery. That purchase included the original twenty-five acres that had already been in use as a burial site since there are legible gravestones with death dates preceding 1860 in the oldest section of the present IOOF Cemetery. The IOOF board of trustees had the property landscaped with trees, evergreens, and drives, making the cemetery, according to Forkner in his 1914 history, "one of the prettiest in Madison County."

The cemetery was turned over to the Monroe Township trustee in the mid 1900's and was in need of restoration. The restoration, including the resetting, cleaning, and re-incising of stones, was accomplished by 1990.

Oldest Headstones
Some of the earliest graves, from before the IOOF incorporated the burial ground in 1860, are
Mary Hannah, who was born in April of 1803 and died in 183?;
Beth Hartman, who died August 25, 1831, at eleven months;
Lathrip Delforce, who was born in1816 and died in1836;
A.W. George, who died October, 4, 1839;
Michael Loubes, whose birth and death dates are the same: August 13, 1843;
John Westerfield, who died October 16, 1844, at eleven months and eleven days;
and Sarah Lee, who died April 18, 1849.

Possibly the person with the earliest birthday buried here is Elizabeth Herritage, who died January 14, 1842. She was "82y 3m 10d," making her birth date in 1760. Also born in the 1700s are Eleazer Carver, born November 22, 1788, died October 21, 1873, and his wife Elizabeth Carver, born June 5, 1795, died December 13, 1874.

There are 3,484 burials in this cemetery that have headstones. https://www.cemeteries-madison-co-in.com/PDF/Oddfellows.Names.pdf

Community Events

  • Memorial Day - the IOOF Cemetery always provides a patriotic display with many American Flags through out the Cemetery

Contact Information, Location and Map

Contact
Monroe Township Trustee Office
204 E. Berry Street
Alexandria, Indiana 46001
(765) 724-3634

Address/Location
876 S. Park Avenue
Alexandria, IN 46001
East side of SR 9, between 4th and 5th streets in Alexandria, Indiana

Map I.O.O.F. Cemetery from Google Maps

Additional Information

This page is a work in progress. The goal of this project is to document the lives of those buried in this cemetery. If you have ancestors/relatives or know of someone buried in this cemetery, would like to help photograph and catalog the graves, or if you have historical information and/or photographs for this cemetery, please contact Rhonda Zimmerman. If you are interested in working with either the Global Cemeteries Project or the Cemeteries of the United States Project, please see the following links for information:


Right now this project just has one member, me. I am Rhonda Zimmerman.

Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them, and could use your help.

  1. upload photos
  2. transcribe headstones
  3. create profiles

Will you join me? Please post a comment here on this page, in G2G using the project tag, or send me a private message. Thanks!





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