This cemetery is located inside the old "Rocket Plant" on the east end of the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant, between Highway 62 and the Ohio River, approximately 1-1/2 miles Northeast of Fourteen-Mile Creek.
In 1979, several stones were badly damaged. In 1997, the site was in terrible condition, completely overgrown.
Tom Gundy contacted me because he had over the years made several unsuccessful attempts to locate the old Meloy Cemetery. He knew roughly where it was, but could not find it. Though I was not able to point him "in the right direction", he was able to track down the current property owner who allowed him to inspect some old maps of the area. Tom and his friend "Spud" Baxter were able to visit the site in June of 1997.
Tom provided the photographs included on this page and reports that the site is in very bad condition. None of the stones are intact.
Tom's observations, combined with a 12/19/1979 index done by Gary Howerton, result in the index below:
G. J. No dates No dates (GILLESPIE?)
GILLESPIE Gawn (age 91 years) b. ???? d. 05/16/1844 [A 1979 reading of this stone indicated the death date as 05/16/1811, but Tom Gundy states it is "1844" in the photo at left, which reads: "IN memory of Gawn Gillespie who died May 1__, 1844, aged 91 years] A stone with the inscription "P. H." appears in the back- ground (no dates); perhaps the footstone of Polly Huckleberry. H. P. No dates No dates (HUCKLEBERRY?) HUCKLEBERRY Polly b. 10/??/1780 d. ??/??/1805
MELOY James, husband of Sarah Gillespie, daughter of William Gillespie and grand- daughter of Gawn Gillespie b. 03/24/1796 d. 02/11/1861 [The index from the Library indicates a birth date of 03/21/1796, but a 1997 reading indi- cates 03/24/1796} MELOY John (brother of James Meloy) b. 02/15/1793 d. ??/??/1861Only a fragment of the stone at left remains in 1997. It reads: ". . . memory . . . ______y Huckleberry, ____nsort of ______ckleberry, ________ of __________ T."]
Tom Gundy's research indicates that the John MELOY listed above (whose Will is dated March 6, 1861) was the son of John MELOY (born before 1765, died before 1830) and Catharine BUCHANAN (born between 1766-1775, died before 1830, daughter of James BUCHANAN, married probably circa 1788 in New Jersey).
Further, Tom advises this family came to Clark County, Indiana from New Jersey, via Pennsylvania and Jefferson Co., Kentucky, about 1815.
On 6/26/97, I received the following information from Tom Gundy concerning his latest efforts to locate Meloy Cemetery.
I met a representative of The Hughes Group, which is the current owner of what was "The Old Rocket Plant" on the east end of the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant. Although we had looked last year without finding the cemetery, I told him that I wanted to try again. We met at the gate on the northeast side of the property. He had gathered some old maps of the property and on a couple of them was a dotted square with what looked like a cross in the center. When we saw this, we had little doubt that it was the cemetery we were looking for.I 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.
We searched in the area indicated on the map. [Click here for a detailed map of the Meloy Cemetery area.] It was highly grown up in brush and trees, but eventually we spotted what looked like a couple of stones. Sure enough, we had located the cemetery (what there was of it!). We cleared some of the brush and found several stones, two of which were readable. There were other fragments of stones, some with words or letters on them. Some stones were blank, either from deteriorating or perhaps footstones. I suspect there were other stones in the area that we did not uncover because there was at least one stone we did not find that had been read in 1979. We did our best to read the stones that were there. The cemetery is in great need of care.
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