This cemetery is located behind Stuckey's filling station and Schuler's Restaurant in Henryville, adjacent to the house at 309 N. Francke Road. Click here for a topographical map of the approximate location of the cemetery, courtesy of Topozone.com. There is an open field behind the restaurant and the cemetery, which appears to have been quite large at one time, is on the north end of that field, near a residence.
Jeanne Burke, Gerald Kelley, Thelma Hogue and I visited Little Union Cemetery after the 5/2/98 meeting of the Clark County Cemetery Preservation Committee meeting in Henryville. The grounds were for many years very well tended by the gentleman that lived next door. Many of the graves were decorated with artificial flowers. As might be expected, however, many of the stones are broken and some are clustered around standing stones. There are also several stones along the fence row.
The neighbor (Mr. Fred Smallwood)
died in July 2000 and the cemetery has not been quite as well cared for
since his death. Now (02/2002), it appears that the cemetery is in
danger of being encroached upon by new development.
|The following is taken from Jeanne
Burke's abstract notes entitled, "Some People Known to be Buried at
Little Union Cemetery":
Little Union may have been a community cemetery rather than one established by a particular church. Probably, most of those buried here were related by blood or marriage. Little Union was begun sometime in the 1820's and, although no record of all burials has survived, some evidence of those interred there has been collected from "The Journal of Burritt Guernsey", 1829-1868, tombstone inscriptions, letters, etc.
The following is the index Jeanne has researched. It includes many references to people known or believed to be buried there, but for whom there are no visible stones.
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BIGGS Sasha (age 12) b. ???? d. 03/01/1833 BIGGS "Old Mr. John Biggs" b. ???? d. 01/23/1847 (Died of old age) BIGGS "John Biggs' wife died at 9:00 o'clock at night" b. ???? d. 08/25/1844 BIGGS Harrison Biggs' child died of flux b. ???? d. 08/26/1849 BURKE "Old Mrs. Burke" bur- ied at Little Union 8 Feb. 1842. b. ???? d. 1842 BURKE Baylous Burke on 1840 census of Monroe Township CAIRNS Hannah b. 10/23/1797 d. 11/11/1839? ("Consort of Robert, who departed this life 11/11/1839? aged 39?. She was Hannah Biggs, a daughter of Robert Biggs and his wife, Hannah, who were the first settlers in this area of Clark County. Hannah Biggs, daughter of Robert, was born 23 October 1797; married 10 February 1818 to Robert Cairns (born 4 August 1872 [sic], died 16 October 1863) and died 11 September 1837 (according to family)." CLARK Ichabod b. ???? d. ???? (Jeanne Burke reports that a letter dated 15 March 1995 from Sally B. Pike says Clark was buried at Little Union Cem.) CLEGG "Old Mrs. Clegg was buried 26 March 1849." b. ???? d. 1849 CLEGG Mary, consort of Richard Clegg, age 75 years b. 11/1771 d. 03/06/1846 CLEGG Richard Clegg, age 76 yrs, 5 mos. He "was born in Ireland, a son of Thomas Clegg. Richard Clegg is the father of Mathew Clegg, a pioneer lawyer and Civil War Veteran in Clark County." b. 1776 d. 04/21/1853 CRIST Mr. Crist (no first name); no stone sur- vives at site; infor- mation was obtained by Jeanne Burke by from Barbara Clegg Brown, who visited cemetery in 1970. b. ???? d. ???? CRIST Mrs. Crist (Rachel) b. ???? buried 03/29/1844 GROSS Lauson [or "Lawson"] (Co. B., 74th Indiana Infantry) b. ???? d. 1877 "He was a school teacher in Monroe Twp. and a Civil War Veteran. On 22 July 1860, he married Mariah K. Lewis, a daughter of John K. and Mary (Harrell) Lewis." HUCKLEBERRY Eliza Jane (died of consumption) b. ???? d. 10/12/1845 HUNTER Andrew b. 03/15/1802 d. 06/10/1836 HUNTER Martha b. 04/15/1834 d. 05/16/1835 HUNTER Mary A. b. 04/13/1804 d. 10/20/1847 ("She may have been the daughter of Richard and Mary (Simpson) Clegg, who came to Clark Co. from Ohio Co., Vir- ginia (now West Virginia) after 1810. Mary Clegg and Andrew Hunter were married in Ohio Co., Virginia in 1825. HUNTER "Widow" b. ???? buried 11/29/1846 ("Died of 'dropsy'. May be Mary Hunter, above, but date on stone disagrees with Guernsey's journal.") LEWIS John K. Lewis' child died 20 March 1844. Buried the 23rd. b. ???? d. 03/20/1844 LEWIS John K. Lewis' child died 22 March 1844. b. ???? d. 03/22/1844 LEWIS Mrs. John K. Lewis (Mary Harrell) "dropped dead 10 May 1854. Mr. Lewis was born in 1803 in Pen- nsylvania to John and Martha (Kelly) Lewis." b. ???? d. 1854 McCLURE William McClure's child buried at Little Union on 20 March 1844 b. ???? d. 1844 PUCKETT James (2 weeks old) b. 1846 d. 01/05/1847 PUCKETT Leah b. 05/17/1820 d. 09/17/1871 PUCKETT Mary (conflict between death date on her stone and Mr. Guern- sey's journal) b. ???? d. 02/04/1844 OR 02/24/1844I have no further information on this cemetery. Additional information may be available from the Jeffersonville Township Public Library, 211 East Court Avenue, Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130, telephone: (812) 285-5635.
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