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Title: Warren County, Indiana Cemetery Inscriptions, Volume II -- Irish Catholic Cemetery, about
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The Irish Catholic Cemetery The Irish Catholic Cemetery is located in the NE ½ of the SW ½ of Sect. 29 –R9W– Steuben Twp., Warren Co., Indiana. It owes its existence, for the most part, to the Catholic Church which once stood at Marshfield in the early days of the town. The Irish did much of the work in building the old Wabash and Erie Canal, and later worked on the Wabash Railroad, which was built through the area in the late 1850s and which brought about the founding of Marshfield. The cemetery, however, is much older than this, as there are graves belonging to the Trimble family which date to 1843 and 1844, which is several years before the time of the Marshfield or the Railroad. The first Irish burial for which there is a stone is not until 1864, which is 20 years after the first Trimble burial. It might be claimed that this should be called the Trimble Cemetery. It is certain that the beautiful arched marker of Will and Carley Trimble is one of the most unusual in the area. I have cut the weeds and grass around it many times and I am always impressed by the beauty and dignity of it, which is all the greater because of its secluded surroundings. It consists of two marble columns joined by a graceful marble arch on which are engraved clasped hands. It has stood for over 100 years, but how much longer it will stand is hard to say, as the arch shows signs of cracking. I hope it may endure many years to come to mark the graves of the young couple. Other stones pain the pictures of tragedy, too. Stone No. 3 shows that two of the Trimble children, brother and sister, died just a day apart. On stone No. 17, we see that Ella and Bridget Shaughnessy, one five years old and the other seven, died just ten days apart. What bright-eyed laughing children they must have been. On stones No. 10 and 11, we find Caty and Ellen, daughters of John and Caty Mariarty, both born in the Parish of Glenbrigh, County Kery, Ireland. They survived the long and dangerous journey to this new land only to die, both on the 15th day of May in 1864. Side by side have the sisters slept now for over one hundred years. A brief story of the life of one of these people might be representative. Thomas Carroll (stone No. 14) was born January 12, 1836 in Ireland, in a cottage on the old Dingley Stage Road. The blue waters of the sea could be seen from the windows of the cottage. His mother was an O’Conner and was the daughter o the local blacksmith, who shod the horses of the English soldiers and was a feeholder, having a grant of twenty acres from the Crown. Famine and hard times came to Ireland. Tom’s mother died and was buried in a crypt near the village church. Tom boarded a sailing ship and came to America, landing in Newfoundland. He soon made his way into the United States and got a job with other Irishmen building the Wabash Railroad and so came to this area, where he married and remained. His father, Thomas Carroll, Sr., later came here, too, and is buried beside him, having lived to the remarkable age of 110 years. In the words of his stone, “May his soul rest in peace, Amen.” And so they sleep, the sons and daughters of the “Auld Sod,” never dreaming one of their countrymen would become one of the most famous presidents of these United States. Hundreds more of the Irish lie buried in unmarked graves along the sides of the old Wabash and Erie Canal. For all of them—the bright eyed children taken with the bloom of youth, the grey-haired patriarch full of years and, for that matter, indeed perhaps for all of us, too, the epitaph on the last stone seems to speak: When I am gone, Forever gone, I’d be remembered yet. Oh, think of me at times, dear One and never quite forget. –Grover William, Jr.

Date: 5/30/1986
Origin: Warren County, Indiana Cemetery Inscriptions
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Record ID: 00003127
Type: Cemetery Record
Source Archive: Jenkins-Knowles
Date Entered: 3/25/2011
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Addie Jernagan

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