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Marion County, Indiana pioneer cemetery collection

 Collection — Folder: S2676
Identifier: S2676

Scope and Contents

This collection contains information about headstones on three pioneer graves located in Marion County, Indiana "on the high bank of the [White] River, near the road. S.W. of Crown Hill Cemetery." Written down by an unknown author on July 1, 1923, the headstones marked the burial sites of Jonas Hoover (d. 1846), Elizabeth Epler (d. 1852), and Abraham Epler (d. 1859).


  • 1923/07/01

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

A pioneer cemetery in Marion County, Indiana was located at what is now the junction of Cold Spring Road and West 38th Street and contained the graves of Jonas Hoover, Abraham Epler and his daughter Elizabeth. Abraham Epler owned property in the northwest corner of Center Township and Jonas Hoover’s property was just west in the northeast corner of Wayne Township. The Epler's headstones were located close to the road and Hoover’s was located nearby and a little farther off the road. In 1939, a resident in the area sent a letter to the editor of the Indianapolis News regarding the headstones, noting that the Epler's were directly in the way of the construction of West 38th Street and pondered whether the graves would be removed. The present location of these graves is unknown.


Condit, Wright & Hayden. Map of Marion County, Indiana. Cin. O.: Middelton, Wallace & Co., lithos, 1855. Map.

"Old Tombstones." Indianapolis News (IN), May 22, 1939.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/09/26 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/09/26 by Laura Eliason.
Marion County, Indiana pioneer cemetery collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.