Pinhook Cemetery
New Durham Twp
LaPorte County

Fence Row Pinhook Church and Cemetery Pinhook Cemetery Sign
More Wozniak small sign Pinhook More cemetery Wozniak View of FEnce line at Pinhook

Site Updated December 28, 2012

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Starting on Memorial Day weekend 2012, Russell Hapke went out and photographed all visible stones in the cemetery. Some of the older ones read several decades ago, have become illegible due to weathering. There was also evidence of a few stones broke off at the base and no longer in existance. They are indicated with a no under photo available collumn. Russ also took photos of many of family burial lots and rows
so those who may visit the cemetery at a later date, will have a visual aid of where to look for these final resting places of our loved ones. This was a huge undertaking.

An aerial map at the bottom of the page shows an overview with all five photographed areas - broken down into photographed sections:
OS=Oldest section located North and East side of church.
TR=Triangle shape burial area between middle section and Hwy 2
FE=Fence row area by agricultural field and North of Middle Section 
MS1=Middle Section = inside loop starting at  West to East ending by tree group (inside loop shown on map)
MS2=Middle Section = inside loop starting by Old Well going East to Wozniak Rd  (inside loop shown on map)

Brief History

Pinhook Cemetery sits on the corner of State Road Hwy 2 and North Wozniak Road with entrances off of both roards.
This quaint cemetery gives the impression of stepping back in time; with the historic Pinhook Methodist Church meticulously brought back to all its past glory.
Around 1987 Julia Alt and Phyllis Marks, along with their husbands Vernon and Tom, spearheaded a drive to restore the Pinhook Church and an open house was held on Memorial Day in 1987 so people could see the deteriorated condition and discuss plans for renovation.  Then in 1988 another open house was hosted to show the restoration in progress. In 1989 a Renovation Celebration took place, again on Memorial Day. The church sits adjacent to the cemetery where many of the settlers of the Pinhook area are buried. The oldest portion of the cemetery is directly behind and also  East side of the church.  There was once an Indian trail positioned next to Pinhook Cemetery. Familiar surnames such as Herrold, Miller, Welch and Norris along with other families are among the burials.

Levi Garwood donated the land for the construction of Pinhook Community Methodist Church in 1846.
In earlier readings, the oldest burial per stone record appears to be Ugene Davis, age 3 mo. 12 da., he died May 6, 1850.
The Pinhook Church which was built as a Methodist Church in 1847 but has served several different denominations including
 a Baptist congregation. It later moved to a new church just two miles west on Indiana 2 at its junction with US 421 in the mid 1960's.

Then a few years later the small little white church was used by a small informal group that called itself the Pinhook Community Church.
When no one seemed to want it for a church anymore, the national Methodist confederation deeded the church to the Pinhook Cemetery Board in 1968. The cemetery is kept in immaculate condition as far as mowing and keeping debris clear of graves along with improvements.

Veterans - Pinhook Cemetery
War of 1812 - John Glass see burial listing. Civil War = 20 burials; WW I = 18 burials, WW II = 20 burials, Vietnam = 1 burial Korean War = 2 burials as of this reading done in the 1990's. And as of 2012 more veteran burials  have occurred  from  WWII and later conflicts.

Pinhook Burials A to M Surnames

Pinhook Burials N to Z Surnames & Later Supplement


Map From Google Earth site

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