Section 24, Township 4 North, Range 11 East
Milton Township, Jefferson County, Indiana
By Robert W. Scott © Sep 2002.
This is by far the largest cemetery in eastern Jefferson County that is not associated with a church. It probably originated as a Brooks family cemetery. The oldest stones include are for Ann, wife of Humphrey Brooks, died in 1832, daughter, Nancy Neal, who died in 1840, and Humphrey, who died in 1844. The cemetery in the SW1/4 of Section 24 is on the south and west side of the Indian-Kentuck Creek (which curves south at that point). It can be reached from Pleasant Ridge via off Bishop Hill Road (which runs off Pleasant Ridge) or up Bishop Hill Road from up the Indian-Kentuck Creek from Brooksburg and going up the creek, instead of crossing the creek at Bear Bridge. A lane leads to the cemetery. A note by Martin Luther Vernon in the 1920s, recounting Vernon family history, says that the cemetery takes its name from Pliny Joyce who owned it. It more likely takes its name from Pliny's father Franklin Joyce, who owned the property in the 1870s. This cemetery probably developed for two reasons: There was no church in Brooksburg until the Brooksburg Methodist Church was founded in 1891. Several buried here were Brooksburg residents. Many were probably also members of the Home Methodist Church on Dry Fork (no records exist) and that church, which flooded repeatedly, had no suitable site for a cemetery. '
Burials for Humphrey Brooks, his wife, and Mordecai Brooks, were also missed, but were handwritten in the DAR transcriptions and have been verified by Brooks researchers. Notes in parenthesis are facts recorded by the DAR transcriber, but probably not on the stones.
Alley, Thomas, July 10, 1826-Mar. 28, 1905
Alley, Nevada A., 1853-1935
Alley, Harriet, w. of T. Alley, d. Mar. 19, 1863, age 28 yrs. [Per DAR, did not find]
Alley, William, s of T. & H.E. Alley, d. Mar. 24, 1863 [Per DAR, did not find]
Alley, Mary E., dau of Thos. & Harriet E. Alley, Oct. 22, 1859-Jan. 3, 1879
Barnes, Sarah, w of John Barnes, d. Aug. 10, 1845, age 60 yrs.
Barnes, William, s of L. & S.F. Barnes, Apr. 15,1856-Oct. 13, 1856 [stone fallen, broken]
Barnes, Leander, 1831-1872; Sarah F., his wife, 1835-1905
Boyle, David, 1819-1901; Mary E., his wife, 1823-1901; Sumner G., their son, 1960-1906;
Emma, their daughter 1852-1908
Bright, Sarah, June 18, 1819-Apr. 12, 1901; Lorenzo D., Oct. 29, 1812-Aug. 18, 1895.
Bright, T.J., d. Dec. 2, 1862, in the 20th year of his age in defense of his country
Brooks, Mary F., dau. of James & Martha Brooks, d. Dec. 10, 1861, age 9 yrs.
[Per DAR, did not find]
Brooks, inf. Dau of E&L Brooks b. & d., Jan. 11, 1892.
Brooks, Humphrey, d. Apr. 2, 1844,. Age 77 yrs [probably broken stone by his wife’s ]
Brooks, Ann, wife of Humphrey Brooks, , d July 19, 1832, age 77
[Death date is per DAR. Year is now unreadable.]
Comley, David H. d. July 19, 1848 age 29 yrs. [Bro of James, per DAR transcription]
Danner, inf. dau of C.A. & A. Danner, May 14, 1877
[Broken stone next to the Danner stone]
Demaree, James, July 10, 1828-Feb. 1, 1881;
Demaree, Mary, w of James Demaree, Dec. 7, 1825-Apr. 14, 1864
Demaree, James A., June 20, 1856-Nov. 5, 1940;
Alice E., his wife, Jan. 1856-Aug. 26, 1928
Demaree, Mabel, daughter of J&A Demaree, May 2, 1899-Apr. 25, 1900
Demaree, Arno, son of J&ME Demaree, Feb. 12,1878-May 5, 1881.
Demaree, Robert Baikes [?], son of James and MA Demaree, Dec. 21, 1879-July 12, 1880
Demaree, David G., Oct. 30, 1868-Feb. 5, 1909
Demaree, Mabel & George, children if Geo. & Adelia Demaree, 1888-1888
[DAR note calls them twins]
Demaree, Carler, s of A & L. Demaree, Feb. 12, 1890-Nov. 5, 1891
Demaree, inf. s of R.L. & M. Demaree, 1897, age 11 days
Demaree, Martha, dau of Jas. & Mary Ann Demaree, Oct. 2, 1867-Dec. 11, 1867
Demaree, W.W. 1858-1887
Demaree, Emily S., inf. dau of J. & M.A. Demaree, Apr. 13-18, 1864 [stone broken]
Demaree, Mary Ann Boyle, w of James Demaree, Mar. 28, 1846-June 8, 1909
Demaree, Nathaniel, 1832-1884; Mary, 1833-1914.
[When the DAR transcription was made, the transcibers noted there was no stone.
This was erected later. The DAR notes she was wife of Nathaniel Demaree and
daughter of George Rowlinson.]
Demaree, Sarah, d Jan. 20, 1891, age 97 yrs.
[The DAR transcription notes she was wife of Daniel Demaree]
Demaree, Nathaniel, son of N&ME, d. Apr. 11, 186 [7?], aged 2 yrs, 10 mos 5 das.
Elston, Joseph, Mar. 10, 1853- April 14, 1909
Fisher, Benjamin, s of John & Nancy Ann Fisher, Sept. 4, 1897
Gray, Mary E. Mar. 4, 1856-July 2, 1897
Hays, Mary, w of Louis P. Hays, d Oct. 16, 1858 [Per DAR, did not find]
Hays, Alfred, July 5, 1842-Sept. 19, 1879
[Broken stone next to Alfred, some who died age 4 or 6 yrs, 2 mos]
Heath, Martin, d. in Washington City, in defense of his country, Oct. 22, 1863,
age 24 yrs. [Name is missing but place of death is still legible]
Henderson, Letitia, wife of John G. Henderson, d. Oct. 15, 1871,
age 29 yrs 6 mos. 11 das; Lydia A., d. Oct. 17, 1871, aged 20 yrs 19 das,
dau. of Jonah & Ann Sheets. [Letitia was her sister]
Heath, Nellie, dau. B&MA, March [25?]-Aug. 17, 1867
Jackson, Peter, 1814-Apr. 16, 1878; Elsie Huntley, his wife, 1832-July 22,1884
Jackson, Franklin, s of P& E. Jackson, month unreadable, 26, 1864.
aged 5 yrs 5 mos. 16 das
Keel, Elizabeth, w of Peter Keel, d Apr. 89, 1894, age 92 yrs.
[Per DAR, did not find]
Lewis, Elisha, s of H&R. Lewis, July 2, 1846-Mar. 19, 1865
Lewis, Rebecca, w of Howel Lewis, d. May 29, 1862, age 66 yrs
Lewis, Howel, d. Jan.. 23, 1873, age 73 yrs
Lewis, Elijah, s of J.L. (sic?) & R. Lewis, July 1, 1844-Jan. 1, 1847
Lewis, Lydia, dau of A& M.E. Lewis, d. May 20, 1858.
[Unreadable stone in Lewis row, probably is Lydia]
McKay, Jonathan, Feb. 16, 1812-Nov. 21,1886
McKay, Nancy, wife of Jonathan, Dec. 11, 1813-Aug. 13, 1881
[DAR notes she was a Barnes]
McKay, Mary dau of J.&N. McKay, Nov. 11, 1847-Nov. 8, 1853
McKay, Evaline, dau of J.&N. McKay, Feb. 1, 1852-Sept. 8, 1852
[McKay? a marker with B.F. in the McKay row]
McKay, John, s of J&N McKay, June 5, 1850-June 19, 1850
McKay, Amelia 1825-1909; Ophelia, McKay, 1855-1914 [DAR notes say she was a dau.
of John Barnes, m. _____ McKay. Their George m. N ancy Bear.)
McKay, Willard no dates, broken stone
McKay, Tinsley V., s of E&M McKay, Dec 11, 1832-Dec 29, 1858
[Per DAR, did not find. Found a stone marked TMcK]
McKay, Abraham, [Per DAR note, no stone. Father of Jonathan.]
McKay, Mary [Per DAR, which lists her as Mary McCarty w of Abraham McKay, no stone.]
Neal, Jesse June 15, 1795-Oct. 21, 1882
Neal, Nancy, w of Jesse Neal, d. Sept. 3, 1840, in the 39th year of her age
Quail, Robert, 1809-1862; Mary his wife, 1819-1904; Quail, Laura L. 1842-1847;
John -1866 [killed in steamboat explosion per DAR note]; Alexander, 1853-1873;
Montgomery 1841-1899;, Sarah Luella 1857-1917
Rowlinson, M. Oct. 10, 1838-Nov. 18, 1862, at Bowling Green, Ky.,
in defense of his country. [Stone broken and fallen]
Rowlinson, Sarah F., Sept. 3,1840-Sept. 17, 1863
Rowlinson, George McKnight. Feb. 20, 1818-Nov. 10, 1886 [The DAR did not transcribe
his middle name. Downing did and it is correct.]
Rowlinson, Abigail, w of Geo. M. Rowlinson, d. June 29, 1857, age 43
Rowlinson, Adelia d. Sep. 2, 1859, 4 yrs, 6 mos, 8 das.
Rowlinson, James, s of G.B. & E . Rowlinson, Feb. 7, 1874-Mar. 14, 1875
Rowlinson, Calvin R., Jan. 13,1842-Dec.17, 1906; Elizabeth, his wife,
Aug. 8, 1843-Feb. 25,1905
Sample, B.F., Jan. 11, 1829-Dec. 24, 1871
Sample, Lillie S., dau of B.F. & M. Sample, Oct. 29, 1865-Mar. 17, 1886
Sheets, Sylvanus G. Apr. 6, 1849-July 19, 1881; Mary Jane his wife, 1849-1931.
Frankie, their dau., July 10-Sept. 13, 1881
Sheets, Jonah S., Born in Berkeley Co., VA., May 22, 1796, Nov. 19, 1856
Sheets, Ann w of Jonah S. Sheets, b. Stokes Co., N.C., Apr. 18, 1812-Apr. 12, 1878
Sheets, Malisa M, dau of J.S. & A. Sheets, d. Dec. 13, 1874, age 18, 2 mos.
Sheets, William H ., d. May 19, 1869, age 29 yrs, 3rd Ind. Cav.
[very difficult to read]
Sheets, George W., d Sept. 19, 1865, age 33 yrs, 3rd Ind. Cav.
[very difficult to read]
Sheets, Sarah, dau. Jonah & An, d. Nov. 5, 1847, aged 6 mos, 4 das.
Sheets, Frankie, s of S& I Sheets, 1881-1882
Spleen, Maggie, 1853-1932
Steele, Harriet, w of A.W. Steele, Apr. 8, 1838-Dec. 11, 1877
Steele, Allen J. Aug. 7, 1865-June 18, 1861 [Stone broken]
Steele, Portia, dau. of Allen J. Steele, 1880-1881 [Stone broken and fallen]
Stewart, Sarah, wife of J.F., Jan. 17, 1867-Sept. 14 [?], 1891
Swaney, Louisa, w of J. Swaney, 1856-1928; Ruby, their daughter 1893-1908
[Editor’s note: An account in a Madison newspaper notes she burned to death
in Madison after pouring gasoline, instead of kerosene into a stove. Her mother
Louisa was a McKay.]
Thorn, inf. s of Scott W. & M.E. Thorn, b&d Dec.16, 1892 [Per DAR, did not find]
Todd, Mary F., dau of Albert M. & Ruth Todd, d. Aug. 26, 1852, age 10 mos.
[Per DAR, did not find]
Turner, W.S. Apr. 13, 1830-June 13, 1890
Turner, Ann Elizabeth, wife of Wm. S. Turner, Jan. 19, 1836-Apr. 19, 1898.
[DAR notes she is daughter of George Rowlison]
Turner, Minerva Frances, dau of Wm & A.E. Turner, Feb. 11, 1864-June 1, 1879,
age 15 yrs, 3 mos, 20 das [DAR gives dates. I found ages and marker with MFT]
Turner, Elizabeth Mary, dau of Wm. S. & A.E. Turner, Feb. 18, 1862-May 29, 1879
[DAR gives name and dates, I found marker with EMT and no dates]
Turner, William, s of Wm. S. & A.E. Turner, d Apr. 20, 1861, age 3
Turner, Lewis A., Oct. 4, 1869-July 30, 1948
Vernon, Mary. Stone broken and both parts wedged deep in the ground
so I did not find dates.
Walters, Wesley Nov. 12,1875-Sept. 29,1946; Emma Estella, his wife,
Sept. 1867-Feb. 16, 1942
Wolf, Malissa, dau of Adam & Laverne Wolf, Feb. 18, 1875-May 14, 1880