|This is a Winter 2000 photo of McClintick-Sylvester Cemetery
taken from adjacent Interstate 265, after the site had been cleared by:
|This is what McClintick-Sylvester Cemetery looks like today (9/9/2001).
AJ&E Builders disturbed the soil here to within ONE FOOT
of the cemetery fence (installed just last year).
Indiana Code 14-21-1-26.5 makes it ILLEGAL to disturb the soil within 100 feet of a known cemetery for development purposes without a permit from the Department of Natural Resources.
|YOU BE THE JUDGE!!!!
Has the soil within 100 feet of the fence shown here been "disturbed"?
At least one stone (about 3 feet from this particular piece of machinery) has broken since it was repaired 2 years ago.
The unmortared brick fence that was restacked by the Eagle Scout 2 years ago in on the verge of tumbling over.
We believe the tremendous vibration of this machinery is at least partially to blame for this new damage to the cemetery.
|Click here for a "slide show" of selected photos from the restoration of McClintick-Sylvester Cemetery as well as September 2001 photos of the encroachment upon this cemetery to WITHIN ONE FOOT OF THE FENCE by A. J. & E. DEVELOPERS/BUILDERS CO., L.L.C. of Floyds Knobs, Indiana, which is developing a 31-unit Phase Two expansion of Georgia Crossing subdivision.|
McClintick Cemetery is located in the northwest one-quarter of Section 35 on what was the Sylvester farm on Potters Road (now known as Coopers Lane), in the 3200 block, across from Tuckiana Services, near Watson. It is just south of the I-265 overpass. The UTM coordinates are UTM 16 610967E 4245148N (38.3494°N, 85.7301°W). Click here for a topographical map of this site, courtesy of www.TopoZone.com.
Pictured at left is Steve Overton, a Sellersburg Eagle Scout candidate, hard at work on July 31, 1998, cleaning and restoring McClintick/Sylvester Cemetery.
On July 3, 1998, two teams of teenage
volunteers from the National Acteens Convention in nearby Louisville,
Kentucky spent several hours raking and cleaning at McClintick/Sylvester
Cemetery as an off-site community service component of their convention,
which drew together 11,000 teenage girls from around the world.
One team was from the First Baptist Church in Florence, South Carolina and the other from the First Baptist Church in Conway, Texas. Our thanks to these special young women and their adult leaders for their dedication and efforts.
The surnames of the persons known to be buried at this cemetery include:
AIKEN HAWKINS McCLINTICK NELSON SYLVESTER VERNON
Summer of 1997
May 10, 1998 -- Still a lot to do!
There were many fallen trees and the footing was treacherous. The site was completely overgrown and the tree canopy was so dense that it was a very dark and foreboding place.
In June 1997, Jeffersonville Township Trustee Dale Popp was unaware of this cemetery's existence and, since June 1997, has undertaken the challenge of getting this site cleaned.
In the fall of 1997, a crew of "community service probation" workers from Clark Superior Court Judge Stephen Fleece's "Community Service Corp" spent some time at McClintick Cemetery and started the reclamation process by removing some of the trees and brush.
The Clark County Courts' Community Service Corps returned to McClintick/Sylvester Cemetery in May 1998. After working a full day on Saturday, May 9 and half a day on Sunday, May 10, they have removed DOZENS of trees from the site, whacked back the thousands of weeds, briars and brambles and removed a "ton" of debris, branches and weeds.
The Trustee had the stumps cut down and ground out. In addition, he provided a dumpster to facilitate the removal of some of the debris collected during the cleanup.
Eagle Scout candidate Steve Overton coordinated the efforts to restore McClintick/Sylvester Cemetery in 1998.
|With the kind permission of the author, an excerpt from George Stuart's
book, McClintick/McClintock Clans of America, is available in PDF
format at http://McClintick.PDF.
If you have an older version of Adobe Acrobat and are having trouble accessing these files, try installing the newer version from Adobe. The exact URL for downloading your free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader Version 3 is: http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/readstep.html.
If you are researching your McCLINTICK or SYLVESTER
ancestor, I suggest you contact the following family historians who might
share your interest:
The following index was copied by B. Clyde Holmes (year of indexing unknown):
AIKIN John, son of William Akin and Rebecca McClintick; grandson of John McClintick b. 11/02/1800 d. 01/31/1860 (this stone is down, but still legible; birth date could be 1803, not 1808; an Evening News article from May 5, 1884 says birth date is November 2, 1800) AIKIN William (infant) (stone found in 1998) b. 11/27/???? d. 09/28/????
HAWKINS Nelson (Civil War veteran, 49th Reg., Indiana Infantry, Co. D; no dates; not mentioned in 5/5/1884 article, so death date was perhaps AFTER that) [This was one of the ONLY UPRIGHT STONE in this cemetery in the Summer of 1998 before restoration] b. ???? d. ???? McCLINTICK John Provine b. 10/10/1818 d. 05/05/1862 (this stone was down, but still legible) McCLINTICK Martha Espy (or Harrison, per George Stuart) b. ???? d. 08/28/1870 NELSON Mary J. (wife of F. R. Nelson, age 32 yrs, 5 mo., 5 days) b. Unknown d. 12/14/1853 SYLVESTER Caroline McClintick b. 07/30/1815 d. 03/13/1889 (wife of Emery)
"The deceased was a native of this county and was wellknown to its citizens as a woman of sterline qualities. She was the sister of Mrs. Samantha Eagen, mother of E. C. Eagen. She leaves three daughters who are at home. The funeral takes place tomorrow at 2:30 p.m., from the late home, the interment to be at the family burying ground."
SYLVESTER Commodore (infant son b. 09/06/1846 d. 03/08/1847 of Emery Sylvester and Caroline McClintick) SYLVESTER Emery (husband of Caroline McClintick; father of Anna, Charlotte, Caroline, Lane [male], John [per 1860 Census]) b. 03/11/1816 d. 03/03/1885
"He leaves a wife and three daughters and was a brother of William Sylvester, Mrs. Richard Shadham and Mrs. Zach. McClory. The time of the funeral will be announced tomorrow."
SYLVESTER John N. (son of Emery and Caroline) b. 06/06/1850 d. 04/18/1875
"'Twas hard to see one so young, so full of bright anticipation of the future, die.
"'Death laid his hand on the heart that beat so wildly, and stilled its throbbings, e'en as stern winter's hand enchains the rill, and stops its onward course.' QIV VIVE.
"April 28 ."
VERNON Samuel S. (son of John and K. Vernon; born in Tennessee?; Evening News 5/5/1884 article confirms the 4/25/1859 birth date) b. 04/25/1859 d. 06/08/1861
GRAVES OF UNKNOWN PERSONS There are several unmarked graves, about a half dozen marked with only field stones.
|All four of the above Sylvester graves are marked
by a tall granite monument with the names and dates engraved on four sides.
The monument had been toppled by vandals; in this photo, the midsection is to the right of the base, the crown is out of the frame, to the left. Adjacent to the monument are two markers, one saying "Mother", the other saying "Father".
The monument was repaired by Dale Popp, the Jeffersonville Township Trustee, as part of this restoration project.
The following is an excerpt from Baird's History of Clark County, published in 1909, pp. 670-671:
"Indiana was still a territory covered all over with virgin forests when PURDUE SYLVESTER left Wilmington, Delaware, to seek a new home in the wilderness. Following the usual route, across the mountains and down the Ohio reiver, he eventually landed in Clark County, which at that time presented few attractions for the agriculturist. He entered a large tract of land in Jeffersonville township on what subsequently became known as the Hamburg Pike, and here he went through all the rugged experiences incident to pioneer life in that early day.I am advised by Mrs. Edna Bates of Jeffersonville that she was always told that one of these families had a slave who, after the Civil War, declined to leave the family. When the slave (then a free man) died, he was buried here in the family cemetery. Of course, that man's name is unknown at this time but it certainly would be interesting to learn more about this story.
"He married RACHEL SCOTT, whose parents moved in among the first settlers, and owned land on the Middle Road in Utica Township. EMERY SYLVESTER, a child by this union, was born on the paternal farm, about four miles north of Jeffersonville, January 11, 1816, which was the year of the state's admission into the Union.
"He worked on the farm as he grew up but had poor opportunities for education, as schools at that time were few and far between. However, he learned all about farming, as it was carried on in those days, acquired industrious habits, and came to know the value of work as an element of success in life. He remained with his parents until the eighteenth year of his age when in language of the country, he 'struck out for himself.'
"Going up to Jeffersonville he learned the plasterer's trade and followed it for a livelihood for a few years, after which he returned to the farm and continued in agricultural pursuits during the rest of his life. Though he never sought office, his neighbors insisted on electing him a Justice of the Peace and he discharged his official duties so well that he was kept in the same position for twenty years. He was a good citizen who led a quiet, unobtrusive life, paid his debts and enjoyed general esteem in the community where he resided. He died March 3, 1885, without an enemy in the world, and with a consciousness in his last hours that he had done his duty in all the relations of life.
"In 1839, when twenty-three years old, Mr. Sylvester married CAROLINE McCLINTOCK [actually should be McCLINTICK], member of one of the old, esteemed pioneer families of the county. Her grandfather, JOHN McCLINTOCK, came from Ireland, when twelve years of age accompanied by two brothers, one of whom, named SAMUEL McCLINTICK, settled near the Charlestown Pike, north of Jeffersonville.NOTE: Samuel McClintick, John McClintick, William McClintick and Robert McClintick are reported on the 1820 Census for Floyd County, Kentucky. See http://www.bright.net./~kat/floydcen.htm"John prospered after reaching manhood, and when he died was the owner of several hundred acres of farm land in Jeffersonville township. He left a son, known as JOHN McCLINTOCK, JR. [McCLINTICK], who in 1809 married MARY PROVINE, a native of Tennessee, and became one of the county's substantial citizens. He owned a large farm, five miles north of Jeffersonville, on the road that runs from Utica township west to Blackiston's Mill, near Cementville.
A marriage between Jonathan McClintick and Sally Case is reported in Floyd County, Kentucky on October 23, 1818. See http://kahamilton.tripod.com/vitals/floydco.htm#M
"It was his daughter [Caroline McClintick] who became the wife of EMERY SYLVESTER and shared his joys as well as his sorrows, for nearly fifty years. She survived him about four years and passed away March 8, 1889. Six children were born of this union: Mary, Charlotte, Caroline, Emery, John and Commodore C. The last named died in childhood, and both of the other sons passed away in their twentieth years. The three daughters own the home place, consisting of two hundred and fifteen acres of land and have made their residence there since the death of their mother.
"The Sylvesters and McClintocks being among the earliest settlers, have been known in Clark County for over a hundred years, and no families have enjoyed greater esteem. One of the proud recollections cherished by the latest generation of Sylvesters is that the grandfather, JOHN McCLINTOCK, JR. [again should be McCLINTICK], was a soldier with Gen. William Henry Harrison at the celebrated battle of Tippecanoe."
Based on the booklet "The McClintick Linage" (1992), researched by George Stuart of Brookfield, Missouri and found at the Jeffersonville Library, SAMUEL McCLINTICK, the patriarch of the McClintick line, is also buried here at this Clark County cemetery:
McCLINTICK Samuel (married b. about 1758 d. 1838 Rebecca THOMPSON on 04/20/1785; wife Rebecca is presumed buried here as well)According to the History of the Ohio Falls Counties, published 1882, page 405:
"Samuel McClintick, a soldier in the battle of Tippecanoe, built the first brick house in Utica [on Lot Number 19; Clark Co., Indiana], which he occupied till 1823. He sold out and removed to Polk county, Indiana, where he died in 1826. His wife was Nancy Wood, whom he married in 1815."
Mr. Stuart's research indicates that Samuel McClintick died in 1838 and that he is buried at McClintick Cemetery in Clark County, Indiana. That is certainly possible in that Mr. McClintick's son and much of his family remained here in Clark County, which was also the home of his wife's family.
The following entries from the 1820 Census for Clark County, Indiana may be useful to those researching this line:
Mc Clentick, John, Jr. SILVER CREEK TWP Page 017 Mc Clentick, William SILVER CREEK TWP Page 017 Mc Clentrik, Samuel UTICA TWP Page 014 Mc Clintic, John, Sr. CHARLESTOWN TWP Page 048 Mc Clintick, Samuel SILVER CREEK TWP Page 017 Silvester, Emery JEFFERSONVILLE TWP Page 014 Silvester, Perdue SILVER CREEK TWP Page 017 Sylvester, William JEFFERSONVILLE TWP Page 011The following McClintick/Sylvester marriages are listed in the Clark County marriage records index for 1790 through 1850:
McCLINTICK, Caroline SILVESTER, Emery 03 Nov 1839 McCLINTICK, Catherine WORRELL, Thomas 15 Oct 1810 McCLINTICK, Curtis ESPY, Sarah J. 19 Dec 1848 McCLINTICK, Findley SUMNER, Nancy 02 Mar 1831 McCLINTICK, John HARRISON, Martha 02 Sep 1847 McCLINTICK, John T. BROTHERS, Elizabeth 08 Dec 1823 McCLINTICK, Mary SYLVESTER, William 01 Feb 1836 McCLINTICK, Mary Jane NELSON, Francis 23 Dec 1840 McCLINTICK, Matilda ADAMS, James M. 10 Dec 1834 McCLINTICK, Nancy THOMPSON, Benjamin 04 Apr 1814 McCLINTICK, Samantha AKIN, Edward 27 Aug 1840 McCLINTICK, Samuel T. REYNOLDS, Holly 07 Jan 1822 McCLINTICK, Sophia HUTCHISON, Thomas 23 Jul 1846 McCLINTICK, Tabitha GLOSSBRENNER, John 03 Oct 1839 McCLINTICK, William PROVINE, Rebecca 30 May 1811 McCLINTOCK, John PROVINE, Mary 06 Apr 1809 McCLINTOCK, Malinda WHITESELL, Paul 16 Apr 1835 McCLINTOCK, Samuel STACY, Mary 20 May 1826 McCLINTOCK, Susannah WILLIAMS, William 21 Dec 1812 SILVESTER, Emery McCLINTICK, Caroline 03 Nov 1839 SILVESTER, Perdue SCOTT, Rachel 03 Apr 1809 SYLVESTER, Allen PRATHER, Elvira 03 Mar 1849 SYLVESTER, Charlotte TYREL, Benjamin 30 Nov 1829 SYLVESTER, Elias M. SPAULDING, Amanda 22 Feb 1848 SYLVESTER, George BLACKBURN, Phebe Ann 22 Sep 1838 SYLVESTER, Isabella DUSTIN, James B. 11 Feb 1850 SYLVESTER, James HOWARD, Polly 19 May 1827 SYLVESTER, Jane WROUGHTON, John 13 Apr 1843 SYLVESTER, Joel PERRY, Lavena 24 Nov 1834 SYLVESTER, Margaret Ann SPALDING, George W. 23 Feb 1841 SYLVESTER, Rachel SHADBURN, John R. 09 May 1848 SYLVESTER, Rachel SWARTZ, Isaac 27 Mar 1836 SYLVESTER, Sarah COOK, William 14 Feb 1837 SYLVESTER, Unity HOWARD, Thomas 28 Jun 1829 SYLVESTER, William CRAWFORD, Hannah 24 Apr 1844 SYLVESTER, William McCLINTICK, Mary 01 Feb 1836
John Milton Espy, b. 8/3/1810, the 3rd born, brother to Sarah J., married a McClintick (Eliza) on 6/12/1834.
Sarah J. and John Milton Espy, were brother and sister to Isaac H. Espy (married to Ann Sabine) and George N. Espy (married to Hannah Smith) that we also found in the Espy Cemetery.
Additional information on this site may be available from the Jeffersonville Township Public Library, 211 East Court Avenue, Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130, telephone: (812) 285-5635.
E-mail: Dee Pavey
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