Haunting Percifield Cemetery— Brown County, Indiana

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— Evel Ogilville


Percifield Cemetery

Washington Township, Brown County, Indiana

(Also known as “the cemetery near Nashville”)

Located on hilltop 400 ft west of Lower Owl Creek Road at point about 1000 ft north of where road ends at North Fork Salt Creek

Family cemetery about 100 feet square recorded (1974) as abandoned and overgrown with brush. Recent clearing/cleaning and number of fieldstones show may actually be quite larger than recorded.

Multiple graves for Heckman and Percifield families, as well as several dozen unmarked graves and some marked only by rough fieldstones. Oldest known burial is from 1878.

Recorded gravestones

• Heckman

On same gravestone:

• Lucy (1850-1878, first wife of Joseph Heckman)

• Atha (1881-1881, twin daughter of Joseph and Maggie)

• Otha (1881-1881, twin daughter of Joseph and Maggie)

• Maggie (1850-1889, second wife of Joseph Heckman)

• Percifield

• George “Pappy” Percifield (1822-1896)

• Graty Percifield (inscribed with “My sweet lost dove”; found near stone that reads “Mother”)

• Sabra Brummett Percifield (1843-1923)

▪ “Three deaths have occurred in the Grover Percifield family within two weeks. His mother, Sabra Percifield died Feb. 7, infant dau, Maxine, died on Feb. 15 and son, Raymond, died on Feb. 17, aged about 3. (Brown County Democrat, 2/22/1923)

• Thomas Percifield (1841-1920; son of Gilbert noted below and Edith Cass; husband of Sabra, father of Grover noted above)

• Samuel Percifield (1834-1899)

▪ “Samuel Percifield formerly a resident of Washington Township; this county, three miles west of Nashville, died at his home in Columbus last Friday at 3 o’clock, after a lingering illness of Bright’s disease; aged 67 years. Mr. Percifield moved from this county to Columbus about six months ago. He was a pioneer citizen and was born on Jackson creek six miles west of Nashville. His wife and twelve children survive him. During the war as a member of Co. H. 82d Indiana Volunteers of the rebellion, he served gallantly in defense of the Union. Remains were brought to this county last Sunday for burial and were laid to rest in the family cemetery, west of Nashville, by the side of his father, Gilbert Percifield, who died thirty-one years ago. The funeral was largely attended.” (Brown County Democrat, 1/20/1899)

• Related family names – daughter married a Heckman

• “Descendants of Gilbert Percifield held a reunion … in honor of Mrs. Nannie Heckman Petty. Aunt Nan is the only survivor of a family of fourteen children. This large family was reared on Owl Creek at the place where the reunion was held. Many of them of buried in the family cemetery on the adjoining hill.” (Brown County Democrat, 7/16/1936)

• Daughter of George Percifield (noted above) and Sally Spires Percifield

• Unknown

• Ota

• T.I.P.

• W.P.

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