Friday, June 19, 2015

Lucas Cemetery

Today's Walk Through the Tombstones is at Lucas Cemetery in Bloomington, Indiana.  It is located off of Lucas Lane across from a private residence.




This cemetery is listed as having 298 interments.  I have no history on this cemetery and would love to know more about it.  

There are many small, worn tombstones here as well as a few newer ones.  It is set up on a slight hill and there isn't anywhere to park.  When we visited, it was a cold, gray day on January 11, 2015 and there were not a lot of people out and about, so we were able to pull off the side of the road and park.  Lucas Lane didn't seem to be very traveled, so it wasn't a problem.   From what I have read, there may also be a small group of stones across from this cemetery on the property of the private residence.  I am not sure if those stones are still there as we have not stopped back by that way.



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Our first stop is at the grave of Maggie Pearl McCammon.

Born: 1903
Died: November 18, 1920

She was the daughter of Lawrence Morton McCammon (1878-1938) and Mary E. Deckard McCammon (1878-1962), both of which are buried at Lucas Cemetery.

A lovely star is carved into her headstone.  This generally means divine guidance, but can also be a symbol of an organization.  In this case, I believe that the former is probably more accurate since she was young when she passed.



She had seven siblings:
Infant McCammon (?-?) - buried in Lucas Cemetery, Monroe County, Indiana
Clara Jane McCammon Wisley (1901-2001) - buried in Mount Ebal Cemetery, Monroe County, Indiana
Harley G. McCammon (1903-1920) - buried in Clear Creek Cemetery, Monroe County, Indiana
Infant Daughter McCammon (1903-1975) - buried in Lucas Cemetery, Monroe County, Indiana
Clarence E. McCammon - (1910-1989) - buried in Valhalla Memorial Gardens, Monroe County, Indiana
James Lloyd McCammon - (1918-1990) - buried in Clear Creek Cemetery, Monroe County, Indiana
Infant of Lawrence McCammon (1921-1921) - buried in Lucas Cemetery, Monroe County, Indiana

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This is the headstone for the infant daughter of Lawrence Morton McCammon (1878-1938) and Mary E. Deckard McCammon (1878-1962), both of which are buried at Lucas Cemetery.

Born: November 27, 1907
Died: November 27, 1907

Her headstone is carved in the shape of a tree stump with no branches that has been cut at the top.  It is the symbol of a life cut short.


She had seven siblings:
Infant McCammon (?-?) - buried in Lucas Cemetery, Monroe County, Indiana
Clara Jane McCammon Wisley (1901-2001) - buried in Mount Ebal Cemetery, Monroe County, Indiana
Maggie Pearl McCammon (1903-1920) - buried in Lucas Cemetery, Monroe County, Indiana.
Harley G. McCammon (1903-1920) - buried in Clear Creek Cemetery, Monroe County, Indiana
Clarence E. McCammon - (1910-1989) - buried in Valhalla Memorial Gardens, Monroe County, Indiana
James Lloyd McCammon - (1918-1990) - buried in Clear Creek Cemetery, Monroe County, Indiana
Infant of Lawrence McCammon (1921-1921) - buried in Lucas Cemetery, Monroe County, Indiana

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Here is the grave of Harold Delbert Deckard.

Born: July 23, 1895
Died: October 20, 1899

On the lower portion of the grave it states simply Baby.

Born: March 14, 1893, Monroe County, Indiana
Died: March 16, 1893, Monroe County, Indiana

These are the young children of Peter Deckard (1870-1944) and Lula Alice Hudlin Deckard (1876-1938), both of whom are buried at Lucas Cemetery.

The inscription on the stone reads:

"Children of Pete & Lula A. Deckard"

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This is the stone of William Green Deckard.

Born: January 14, 1868, Smithville, Indiana
Died: May 15, 1901.

He was the son of William Deckard (1836-1908) and Nancy Elizabeth Lucas Deckard (1842-1923), both of whom are buried in Lucas Cemetery.

He never married, so there is no spouse and no children.

His stone is very interesting as it appears to be a cut log on its side, with a parchment of some sort laying over top of it with his name carved into it and some ferns at the bottom.

He had 8 siblings:
Elmira Jane Deckard Allen (1863-1939) - buried in Lucas Cemetery, Monroe County, Indiana
Trucilla Elizabeth Deckard (1866-1881) - buried in Lucas Cemetery, Monroe County, Indiana
Peter Deckard (1870-1944) - buried in Lucas Cemetery, Monroe County, Indiana
Laura Alice Deckard Oldham (1872-1950) - buried in Clear Creek Cemetery, Monroe County, Indiana
John Riley Deckard (1875-1950) - buried in Lucas Cemetery, Monroe County, Indiana
David Oscar Deckard (1877-1952) - buried in Lucas Cemetery, Monroe County, Indiana
Rachel Catherine Deckard (1878-1881) - buried in Lucas Cemetery, Monroe County, Indiana
Reuben Isaac Deckard (1884-1944) - buried in Lucas Cemetery, Monroe County, Indiana

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This is at the grave of Mary Ann Chambers Pennington.

Born: January 5, 1830, Smithville, Indiana
Died: August 10, 1899

She was the daughter of Anthony W. Chambers (1797-1848) and Polly Roseberry Chambers (1805?-1859?).  It looks like it is possible that both of her parents are buried in the Chambers Cemetery, Monroe County, Indiana, but the records are somewhat sketchy. 

Her first marriage was to Andrew Deckard (?-?) whom she married on October 7, 1847.  She was then married to Joseph L. Pennington (1806-1882) whom she married November 16, 1855 in Monroe County, Indiana and is buried beside her in Lucas Cemetery.  

She has what appears to be an open book on the top of her stone.  This usually symbolizes her faith.

She had 3 children with Andrew Deckard:
Mary Jane Deckard (?-?)
Amanda Ellen Deckard Shields (1851-1936) - buried in Knightridge Cemetery in Monroe County, Indiana.
Elizabeth Ann Deckard Pennington (1854-1942) - buried in Norwood Cemetery in Lucas County, Iowa.

She had 6 children with Joseph L. Pennington:
Samuel Pennington (1858-1927) - buried in Knightridge Cemetery, Monroe County, Indiana.
Thomas Abel Pennington (1858-1923) - buried in Shirley Cemetery, Osage County, Missouri.
Sarah F. Pennington Head (1861-1941) - buried in Knightridge Cemetery, Monroe County, Indiana.
George W. Pennington - (1863-1927) - buried in Knightridge Cemetery, Monroe County, Indiana
Andrew Jackson Pennington (1867-1958) - buried in Knightridge Cemetery, Monroe County, Indiana.
Nancy S. Pennington McCune (1869-1953) - buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Monroe County, Indiana.

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Our last stop on the tour today is at the grave of Thomas E. Vaught.  

Born: December 3, 1867
Died: August 25, 1893

They are several other Vaughts buried in Lucas Cemetery but I can't find any familial information at all concerning Thomas.  

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These graves are labelled with nothing more than "Mother" and "Father".  I can't find any mention as to who they might be.  It has been a while since we were last at this particular cemetery, so I can't remember if there were any identifying stones nearby.

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 This grave on the left is very discolored and when we were there I couldn't make out any of the writing on it.  I also can't seem to find that there are any other pictures of this particular marker.  

The grave on the right had been knocked from it's base stone and broken.  I can't find a reference to this grave either.  It is in serious disrepair.  

I hope to be able to get back to the cemetery and look for these markers.  I have a stone cleaning kit now, so maybe I will be able to read them better.

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If you have any information on the graves shown here, or have a photo request, please feel free to email me or leave a comment.

I hope that you have enjoyed your walk through Lucas Cemetery.

Please visit the listing at Find-A-Grave.  


4 comments:

kipf1881 said...

I love cemetaries! Nice blog. Keep up the good work.

Amber said...

Thanks!!

Randy P. Lucas said...

This is my family cemetery. Thank you for these photos.

Amber said...

Randy, you are very welcome. Please let me know if you would like any other photos as I don't live that far away.

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