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The files donated here and presented to you are by the historians for this cemetery; Pat VanDierendonck and Carolyn A. Hunt. This is the older portion of the cemetery.
History Tour of Oak Grove Cemetery - June 2003
Wills Twp., LaPorte County, IN.
by Pat VanDierendonck & Carolyn A. Hunt
1 Oak Grove Cemetery was established in an early day on land that was obtained from a "Cobb." (First name & burial unknown.) Bond was lost. Jacob Miller & Jacob Dawson then met with Shadrick Roysden for the purpose of getting subscriptions for the building of the Oak Grove Church and was shown a paper signed by "Cobb" which indicated that George Dawson, Peter Miller and Mathias Dawson as Trustees for the piece of ground used and occupied and known as the Oak Grove Cemetery. This land was used for cemetery purpose without any special organization until 1896 when it became necessary to enlarge said cemetery.
2 George Dawson was Trustee for piece of ground used and occupied as Oak Grove Cemetery in 1898. He was elected Chairman of meeting for those interested in the burying grounds known as Oak Grove Cemetery December 13, 1897. Born February 5, 1857 March 6, 1943.
3 Benjamin Elijah Miller was Secretary of Oak Grove Cemetery December 13, 1897 when Articles of Association were approved. The Annual Meeting time was chosen and is still being held the first Monday in April. Died June 11, 1930 age 71
4 Irwin Dawson was elected Vice-President of Association. Died September 8, 1949 age 82
4 Alexander Hastings was elected Treasurer. Died April 20, 1921 age 74
4 Leonard Burden was Civil War Veteran Marcy 19, 1844 January 8, 1927
4 Milton Dudley Civil War 1842- 1892
5 Tillman Gilbert was a member of Association whose purpose was to purchase, acquire and hold suitable grounds for the burial of the dead and to establish and forever maintain a Cemetery which shall be cared for according to the rules of the Association. This was approved by the authority of the General Assembly of the State of Indiana. Died February 13, 1947
6 Jacob L. Miller Trustee of the Cemetery when they laid out plots June 30, 1900. Died October 25, 1936 age 75
7 William H. Collom member of the Association on 12-13-1897. Died 1917 age 77
8 Henry Vandelsem Revolutionary War Veteran 1757-1885 Born August 12, 1757 Died March 10, 1835 Oldest known grave in cemetery
8 William Maple War of 1812 1793-1855
9 Daniel Petre Third Oldest known grave died November 1838 at the age of 83.
10 Peter Miller Second Oldest known grave March 6, 1790 September 16, 1838
There are many graves marked as "Unknown."
11 John Martin Fourth Oldest known grave 1831- February 23, 1841
12 John H. Miller 1902-1991 Treasurer of the Corporation from 1947 to 1987.
13 John and Golda Fuller donated $500.00 to purchased to addition to the cemetery. Golda Fuller died September 5, 1953 age 59 John Fuller died July 27, 1971 age 75
14 Kenneth Hunt May 18, 1906 December 4, 1977 was President of the Cemetery from 1947 till his death in 1977.
15 John Hunt was Kenneths father and was trustee 1878-1935
16 George Hunt was Kenneths Grandfather and was trustee 1854-1919
I am the fourth generation of the Hunt family involved with the cemetery.
17 William Evenburg was the first burial in
the Golda Fuller addition on March 25, 1964. He was born on September 2,
From the notes of - Carolyn Hunt, Vice-President
Oak Grove Cemetery
Carrie (Wiltfong) Harness: Carrie was born
Caroline Wiltfong Sources: ID: I34046
Oak Grove Cemetery Old Section
Golda Fuller Addition - newer burials
Restoring Cemetery - Photos from October 24, 2001 Tornado
Oak Grove Obituaries
LaPorte County Cemeteries Page