(also known as Engle Cemetery)
Indiana Pioneer Cemetery
The White Oak Cemetery located in Section 3 of Jackson Township, Jay County was the final resting place for many of the early
pioneer families that settled the Indian lands that were originally Miami, Potawatomis, Wyandottes, Senecas and Shawnees.
The cemetery was being used for nearly 50 years before the church (Quaker Meeting House) was built nearby. The cemetery served the
area settlers and was not specifically aligned with a particular denomination. The earliest landowner on which the cemetery lies
was most likely John Engle, and that was the reason it was originally named the Engle Cemetery.
White Oak (From Ghost Towns of Jay County p.34 Compliled by Miriam Edmundson 1978)
"In Mrs. DePoy’s report she has it located on the corner of CR 14 and CR 99. I suspect it was on the corner of CR 14 and CR 109, or where there was once a road that extended east from where CR 14 now stops.
In this hamlet there was a grocery store with a post office, a one room school house, and a church with a
cemetery. The church was Orthodox Quaker. As far as I know the school house (abandoned) and
the cemetery are still there."
White Oak Church
White Oak Church (photo circa 1910)
The White Oak Church was Orthodox Quaker (Friends) and was established in 1894 as a meeting house that split off its parent organization in Portland. The church lasted about 66 years and ended in 1963. On some references the White Oak Church is listed as being located in Adams County, however it was always in Jay County. The Adams – Jay County line is just 1750 feet north of the church building. Since 2003 I have been looking for a photo of the church. In December 2009 I received an email from Diane Payne who had visited this website. She asked around her family and found the above photo, probably the only known picture of the church. The photo back has “about 1910” written on it. Thank you to Diane for allowing all of us to step back in time - enjoy the photo!
Note: The vintage automobile in the foreground has been identified as a 1907 Northern produced by Northern Manufacturing
Company in Detroit, Michigan.
Why I researched the White Oak Cemetery
My Jackson Township ancestor, Isaac Shively and family moved to Jackson Township by 1866 (from Smithfield, located in Liberty Township, Delaware County, Indiana). Isaac Shively was a common man who moved to Jay County to raise his family and farm a 40 acre plot of land located 1 mile East of the White Oak Cemetery. While studying Isaac’s family and the surrounding neighbor’s history I made an interesting discovery. Click here.
State of the Cemetery  (August 2003 visit)
When I last visited the cemetery the entrance was not marked and somewhat difficult to find. The lane was thick and overgrown (summer time) and runs about 670ft north where it opens into roughly a 150ft x 150ft clearing in the thick woods. The path was very rough and narrow and barely passable (even with my rental car)!
The cemetery had not been maintained and it was very hard to get a good idea of size, number of graves and how it was laid out. Within the waist high grass and weeds, I found a pile of tombstones and toe stones next to a brush pile.
If you plan to visit the cemetery during the summer time you absolutely have to have mosquito repellant – the “Loblolly skeeters” are nearly the size of bats!
Near the road I searched but could not find any remnants of where the church once stood.
Survey of reading the tombstones  (From Jay County Genealogical Society - Survey Undated)
Veterans shown in red
Earliest recorded burial - April 1846 (James McDowell)
B Barlow, Henry   Co. B 1 Wis H. A. Barnes, Michael   d. January 5, 1882 73y 5m 4d Brown, Benney D.   Infant son of J. D. & C. b. March 7, 1873 d. March 13, 1873 Brown, Catharine Stricklen   Wife of J. Davis born in Madison County Ohio on August 5, 1835; d. March 7, 1900; 66y 7m 7d Brown, J. Davis   Born in Burlington County, NJ on September 8, 1833 d. July 8, 1912 78y 10m Brown, Willie A.   Infant son of J. D. & C, b. March 7, 1873 d. September 12, 1873 C Cookerly, Catharine   Wife of George 1839-1907 Cookerly, Charlie   Son of G. W. & C. d. August 27, 1876 10m 27d Cookerly, George W.   1839-1907 Cookerly, Willie   Son of G. W. & C. d. January 18, 1874 4y 6m 12d D Daily, Ellsworth   Son of A. M. & M. A. d. June 15, 1895 1m 13d Daily, Lepha E.   Daughter of A. M. & M. A. d. June 12, 1897 7m 12d Daily, M .A.   Wife of A. M. d. January 16, 1897 24y 10m 29d Depew, Charles   Son of J. A. & S. J. Depew d. July 22, 1880 26d Depew, John   PVT. Co. B. 71 Ohio Infantry Civil War March 3, 1846 - April 6, 1915 Depew, Sarah   Wife of J. A. Depew d. July 24, 1890 27y 4m 25d Dixon, Henry   Son of J. & M. Dixon d. August 27, 1854 18d Dixon, Lemuel   Son of J. & M. Dixon d. March 18, 1855 ly 9m 23d Dixon, Mary   Wife of John Dixon d. August 19, 1854 22y 8m 84 Downey, Rebecca   Wife of Michel Downey d. July 7, 1864 21y 7m 12d
E Engle, Elizabeth   Daughter of L. & E. Engle d. May 25, 1847 1m 21d Engle, Elizabeth   Daughter of W. & E. A. d. December 17, 1866 7y 8m 4d Engle, Elizabeth   Wife of Lemuel d. October 27, 1869 64y 9m 16d Engle, Emeline   Daughter of Wm. & E. A. d. April 27, 1871 2y 1m 14d Engle, Emly   1841-1904 Engle, Jackson   Son of D. & L. Engle d. August 6, 1855 ly 3m 10d Engle, Jonas   Son of D. & L. Engle d. December 26, 1859 2y 11m 15d Engle, Jonas   Son of L. & E. Engle a member of Co. A. 47 Reg Ind. Inf Vol. Died in the service of his country in St. Louis July 11, 1863 24y 10m 20d Engle, Lemuel   d. March 16, 1867 26y 11m 30d Engle, Lemuel   d. May 13, 1877 67y 2m Engle, Lemuel V.   d. 1859- 1897 (Father) Engle, Mary E.   Daughter of J. D. & L. Engle d. August 6, 1862 ly 7m 3d Engle, Valentine   Son of L. & E. Engle d. October 19, 1851 ly 10m 24d Engle, William   b. 1835 d. ?? Evans, Anna D.   1874- 1927 Evans, Floyd L.   Infant of J. & A. b. August 31, 1905 d. February 24, 1906 Evans, John W.   1873- 1914 Evans, Thurman   Son of John & Anna d. September 23, 1907 10m Evans, Infant   Infant of J. & A. Evans September 9, 1904 1y 1m 4d F Farmer, Jubel H.   d. December 17, 1895 72y 6m 12d Farmer, Mary   d. Wife of J. H. d. April 8, 1899 69y 2m 294 G Garton, Ida B.   Daughter of J. & C. d. February 23, 1882 26y 1md H Haltermon, Dixon   d. December 5, 1881 2y 4m 16d Haltermon, Dixon   d. October 5, 1851 22y 11m 8d Haltermon, E. D.   d. March 10, 1874 2m 22d Haltermon, Elizabeth   Wife of Jackson d. April 1, 1907 58y 3d Haltermon, Henry   d. March 6, 1856 52y 4m 13d Haltermon, Jackson   Co. A. 47th In. Inf. d. January 22, 1881 40y 5m Haltermon, Lorinda   d. November 16, 1881 6y 9m 25d Haltermon, Mary   Wife of Henry d. May 7, 1872 74y 10m 23d Haltermon, O.H.   d. October 5, 1866 1m 26d Haltermon, Pearl M.   Daughter of J. & L. d. January 20, 1901 2m 5d Haltermon, Esther A.   b. July 8, 1889 d. February 20, 1905 Haltermon, Ora V.   b. January 24, 1885 d. August 24, 1904 Husher, William   Son of G. M. & M. E. K Karney, Alice A.   Wife of Charles d. June 26, 1894 21y 1m 24d Karney, Garnet Fay   Daughter of David & Sallie R. d. September 24, 1905 3m 11d Karney, Hazel B.   Daughter of Charles & Alice d. June 27, 1894 9m 24d Karney, Infant   Infant son of Charles & Alice 4. February 7, 1892 Karney, Mary L.   b. April 11, 1903 d. April 12, 1903 Karney, Arthur J.   Son of Noah & Mary d. November 11, 1897 ly 21d Kiser, Estella   Son of Wife of C. 1890-1908 Kiser, Leo D.   Son of Noah & Mary d. July 7, 1900 ly 6m 2d L Landress, Elmo   Son of G. & E. Karney b. August 31, 1904 d. September 4, 1904 Mc McDowell, David   Son of William & Reb d. July 9, 1849 McDowell, Edward   Son of J. & J. d. October 30, 1859 1y 4m 15d McDowell, Jacob M.D.   b. September 8, 1829 d. December 18, 1905 76y 3m 10d McDowell, James   Son of W. & R. McDowell d. April 1, 1846 6y 5m 14d McDowell, Judith Cecil   Wife of Jacob b. March 7, 1837 d. November 14, 1863 26y 8m 7d McDowell, Nancey   Wife of Wm. d. November 1, 1853 McDowell, Rebecca   Wife of Wm. McDowell d. September 11, 1875 69y 10m 12d McDowell, Samuel   Son of Wm. & Rebecca McDowell d. March 4, 1848 McDowell, Samuel   Son of Wm. & N. d. November 1, 1853 4m 1d McDowell, Thurman E.   Son of J. B. & L. M. d. August 9, 1893 7d McDowell, William   d. May 2, 1862 29y 8m 13d McDowell, William   d. December 26, 1862 59y 11m 8d McFarland, Alice E.   Daughter of E. J. & B. E. d. April 21, 1897 27y 4m 28d McFarland, Elias   Co. G 153 Ind. Inf d. June 5, 1884 64y 1m 14d McVoy, Edward   Son of J. & M. d. July 11, 1859 3m McVoy, Henry   Son of J. & M. d. July 12, 1876 14y McVoy, John   d. November 15, 1878 48y McVoy, Martha M.   d. Wife of J. d. March 9, 1874 37y McVoy, Randolph   Son of J. & M. d. January 10, 1872 7y 4m 3d McVoy, William   b. June 5, 1871 d. April 14, 1898 26y 10m 9d M Marton, James H.   Son of H. & C. d. September 15, 1884 21y 11m 11d Miller, Bertie Smith   Son of W. D. & M. E. Miller d. October 13, 1893 2y 3m 11d Miller, Daniel   b. May 20, 1847 d. September 21, 1921 74y 4m 1d Miller, Eliza   Daughter of D. & H. d. May 1, 1855 18y 4m 6d Miller, Emma Ialene   Daughter of Jacob & Mary M. 1919-1920 Miller, Linna L.   Daughter of Daniel & Sarah Miller d. February 1, 1871 1m 23d Miller, Sarah Jane   Wife of Daniel d. September 20, 1905 59y 19d N North, Catharine   b. February 5, 1829 d. April 12, 1890 61y 2m 7d North, Earl V.   Son of H. & F. d. August 27, 1892 4m 24d North, Infant   Infant son of H. & F. d. November 18, 1890 North, Infant   Infant son of H & F. d. August 31, 1879 North, Leroy   Son of H. & F. d. January 1, 1888 7y 5m 18d North, Zachariah   b. February 24, 1829 d. September 29, 1905 76y 7m 5d P Potter, Cora   Wife of Wm. d. December 24, 1903 31y 6d Preston, Dollie A.   Wife of Theodore M. Preston d. May 23, 1897 39y 6m 7d R Rice, Cora M.   Infant daughter of A. & M. A. d. May 29, 1877 Rice, Martha A.   Wife of Alfred & daughter of M. & C. Barnes May 8, 1878 26y 7m 18d S Simmons, Infant   Infant daughter of J. B. & L. d. September 26, 1898 5d Sprunger, Reuben A.   b. January 9, 1917 d. February 12, 1921 Stout, Mary   Daughter of J. & E. d. May 16, 1905 1d Swank, Charles L.   d. September 10, 1894 24y 6m 26d Swank, John   Son of J. & L. 1882 Swank, John   1845-1918 Swank, Lucinda   1843-1931 W Wells, Emma Viola   Wife of Jesse Wells daughter of John A. Depew d. April 7, 1908, 17y 6m 13d Wilson, Flora B.   1875-1897 Wilson, Francis M.   Son of J. & I. d. October 5, 1851 4m 20d Wilson, Luis   b. January 18, 1830 d. November 23, 1899 Wilson, Mary   b. May 14, 1833 d. February 5, 1872 Wilson, Mary C. (Mollie)   1868-1905 Wilson, Rachel A.   Daughter of J. & L d. September 27, 1853 7y 6m 15d Wilson, Rebecca   Daughter of J. & 1. d. September 28, 1850 14y 6m 5d Wilson, Thomas   Son of J. & I. d. September 1, 1850 Z Zent, Eliza Barnes   1854-1937
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copyright 2006 Scot Shively
last update 1 Jan 2010
since 25 Mar 08
last update 1 Jan 2010