Near Wakarusa in Elkhart County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Established circa 1848
A Historic Cemetery Listed in Indiana's Cemetery and Burial Grounds Registry of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Installed 2009 Indiana Historical Bureau and James G. Hermsen for the Reed, Bull, and Dalrymple Families
Erected 2009 by Indiana Historical Bureau and James G. Hermsen.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana Cemetery Heritage marker series.
Location. 41° 30.49′ N, 85° 58.574′ W. Marker is near Wakarusa, Indiana, in Elkhart County. Marker is on County Road 44 0.3 miles east of County Road 7, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wakarusa IN 46573, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nappanee Furniture (approx. 4.7 miles away); Nappanee Cartoonists (approx. 4.7 miles away); Nappanee World Wars Memorial (approx. 4.8 miles away); Stahly - Nissley - Kuhns Farm (approx. 5 miles away); St. John's Lutheran Church (approx. 6.2 miles away); Brumbaugh Cemetery (approx. 6.6 miles away); New Paris World War II Memorial (approx. 7.7 miles away); Violett Cemetery (approx. 7.8 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Indiana Cemetery Heritage Sign Initiative. A program of the Indiana Historical Bureau to mark cemeteries that are over fifty years old. (Submitted on September 11, 2013.)
2. Bull Cemetery at FindAGrave.com (Submitted on September 18, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
1. Reclaming the Cemetery
Dave Overton wrote an article back in 1978 and was republished in 2006 (Volume 38, Number 2) of the Michiana Searcher about the rural cemetery named Bull in Union Township. In his article he profiled Bull as one of the nearly lost cemeteries of Elkhart County. Now since that reprint, there is an update to Bull Cemetery that needs to be recorded.
Prior to Dave Overtonís reprint, I had been in search for the final resting place of my ancestor, William S. Reed who had married Christianna Wenger. For some time these were only names in a family history booklet my mother kept with her most important papers. About seven years ago while speaking to my cousin; she remembered that William S. Reed was buried in Bull Cemetery. Looking into the Cemeteries of Elkhart County Vol. II, p. 356, we noted that his stone was turned over and was too heavy to lift. My cousinís husband offered to go to Bull Cemetery and together we would try to turn the stone over for verification. But when we got there, the cemetery was gone. All that was left was a pile of stones, mostly broken and crops planted over portion of the cemetery. This discovery began a long journey to reclaiming the cemetery.
This story is not about how the cemetery came to its sad condition. I think in all cases, the same reason exists, and that is the interest and concern for the cemetery and all who may be buried there was lost long before the cemetery itself
My efforts to reclaim the cemetery began long before Mr. Overtonís reprint. When it was published, it gave me all the more reason to continue with the often frustrating efforts of being in Indianapolis, and having to direct all my requests remotely.
The restoration of Bull Cemetery has taken about seven years from my first discovery to the placing of the Historical Marker at the cemetery on August 22, 2009. I am appreciative of the hard work that the local agents performed, including the Union Township Trustee and his board and staff, who had the patience to bear my impatience. There were a lot of steps that needed to be done in a proper and orderly sequence that obviously took time. It has never been truer as in this case, “if it is worth doing, it is worth doing it right.”
Bull Cemetery is now shown on the books of recorded cemeteries both in Elkhart County as well as at the Department of Natural Resources in Indianapolis, who ultimately oversees abandoned cemeteries. The DNR and the Indiana Historical Bureau have been most helpful providing guidance as to how to proceed. Along with the Cemetery being recorded, the full quarter-acre has been reclaimed, fenced in with an attractive white rail, and the broken stones have been reassembled as best as possible in the order in which it was recorded for the 1990 Cemeteries of Elkhart County.
Information about William S. Reed
William S. Reed b. April 8, 1799 in Fauquier County, VA and died May 18, 1874. He married Christianna Wenger, born June 5, 1785 at Edom, Rockingham Co., VA and died December 22, 1850. She is buried at Old Yellow Creek Cemetery, Harrison Township. Together they had five children all who remained in the county:
Abraham I. Reed born July 1, 1818 in Rockingham Co., VA and died March 2, 1897. He is buried at Yellow Creek Frame Cemetery. He married Mericha “Mary” Weaver (1817-1901) and together had 8 children, six of which remained in the county.
Margaret Reed born February 18, 1820 in Rockingham Co., VA and died
Mary Ann Reed born December 15, 1822 in Rockingham Co., VA and died December 11, 1882 in Union Township. She married Peter Blosser (1817-1861). They both are buried at Old Yellow Creek Cemetery. Together they had four children all continued to live in the county.
Harriet Reed born April 5, 1827 in Rockingham Co., VA and died November 21, 1896. She married German immigrant John M. Christophel (1819-1886). They both are buried at Yellow Creek Frame Cemetery. Together they had 8 children, five who remained in the county and three who moved to Kansas, Louisiana, and Tennessee.
Elizabeth J. Reed born March 15, 1829 in Rockingham Co., VA and died May 29, 1908. She married John N. Christophel (1822-1901). They are buried at Yellow Creek Brick Cemetery. Together they had 10 children, all who remained in the county.
William S. Reed married a second time to the widow Mary Ann Guinther born 1811 and died September 30, 1884. She is buried with William at Bull Cemetery. Together they had two children. David Reed born about 1853, of whom we have not found further information. Angeline Reed born December 27, 1856 and died August 28, 1880 is also buried with her parents at Bull Cemetery. She never married.
There are over 450 direct descendants that have been identified of William S. Reed just in the first 5 generations In some lines descendants to the 10th generation have been identified.
James G. Hermsen
August 23, 2009
— Submitted July 15, 2014, by James G. Hermsen of Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 524 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 11, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. 5. submitted on July 15, 2014, by James G. Hermsen of Indianapolis, Indiana.