Clifford Cemetery, Center TownshipIndex of Clifford Cemetery burials . . . .

The Clifford Cemetery, also referred to as the Old Catholic Cemetery and the Old St. Paul's Catholic Cemetery, is obliterated and neither marked nor visible. The cemetery was located at the intersection of 150 West and 350 North, along the west side of 150 West [just west of the center of Section 15]. The cemetery was named in honor of Patrick T. Clifford on whose farm it was located. The first mass of what would become the St. Paul congregation of Valparaiso also took place on the Clifford farm with Father Strenka reportedly officiating the Mass.

According to information compiled about this cemetery by the Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society:

       "Patrick Clifford arrived in Center Township in 1854 from
        Ireland and settled 2 1/2 miles northwest of Valparaiso - 1876
        map shows cemetery on the Clifford farm.

        In 1936 some of the stones were moved to St. Paul Cemetery
        [Valparaiso] and placed on family plots."

Burials ceased to occur at the Clifford Cemetery when the new St. Paul Cemetery began accepting burials as early as January 27, 1875, with the burial of Catharine D. Clifford. Burial listings provided below include some burials now located in the new St. Paul's Cemetery that are assumed to have been originally located in the Clifford Cemetery.


Location of the Clifford Cemetery as it appeared in
Hardesty's 1876 plat map for Center Township.

At some point in time, it is believed that the Clifford family wished to remove all burials on their land to the St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso [located on Sturdy Road at the intersection with Comeford Road and south of Graceland Cemetery and Maplewood Cemetery]. One rumor is that only individuals buried in Clifford Cemetery whose families paid for disinterment and reburial in the St. Paul Cemetery were removed from the Clifford property; thus, it is highly likely that burials still exist on the Clifford Cemetery site. It has also been claimed that as late as the early 1980s that cemetery tombstones were still located on the Clifford Cemetery site, then owned by John Froberg. John Froberg purchased the property from John B. Clifford in 1940. One rumor is that Froberg gathered any remaining tombstones and buried them on his property.

This enumeration of burials in Clifford Cemetery is based on cross referencing information from published obituaries, an enumeration of burials from St. Paul Catholic Church in Valparaiso, and information contained on the Find A Grave website for St. Paul Cemetery. An assumption was made that individuals with a death date occurring after January 27, 1875, were interred in the new St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso. It is very likely that this enumeration excludes many other individuals that were interred in the Clifford Cemetery.

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BAYER, Mary
Birth: October 6, 1856
Death: December 18, 1862
Notes: Aged 6 years, 2 months, 12 days; son of Philip and Margaret Bayer; Mary Bayer is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. She may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

BUSHORE, Vetal
Birth: April 15, 1799, Canada
Death: November 20, 1870, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana
Notes: Aged 71 years, 7 months, 5 days; married Mary Ann Trahan in Ontario, Quebec, Canada, on January 15, 1821; Vetal Bushore is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery and later disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

CARTER, Frank W.
Birth: August 26, 1858
Death: June 29, 1865
Notes: Aged 6 years, 10 months, 3 days; son of Oliver and Julia Carter; Frank W. Carter is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. He may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

CARVER, Catherine
Birth:
Death: May 1, 1871
Notes: Aged 29 years; daughter of Thomas and Honora Carver; Catherine Carver is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. She may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

CARVER, Honora (McAuliffe)
Birth:
Death: March 22, 1867
Notes: Aged 70 years; wife of Thomas Carver; Honora Carver is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. She may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

CARVER, Honora
Birth:
Death: June 24, 1869
Notes: Aged 18 years; daughter of Thomas and Honora (McAuliffe) Carver; Honora Carver is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. She may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

CARVER, Patrick
Birth:
Death: June 20, 1849
Notes: Aged 21 years; son of Thomas and Honora (McAuliffe) Carver; Patrick Carver is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. He may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

CARVER, Thomas
Birth:
Death: November 1, 1850
Notes: Aged 52 years; Thomas Carver is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. He may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

CHARTIER, Frank W.
Birth: August 15, 1865
Death: December 24, 1866
Notes: Aged 1 year, 4 months, 9 days; son of Jacob and D. L. Chartier; Frank W. Chartier is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. He may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

CLIFFORD, Elizabeth
Birth:
Death: February 1864
Notes: Aged 18 years; daughter of Patrick Dennis Clifford and Mary (Barry) Clifford; Elizabeth Clifford is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. She may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

CLIFFORD, Ellen M.
Birth: October 1860, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana
Death: September 1862
Notes: Aged 1 year, 10 months; killed a railroad crossing; daughter of Patrick Dennis Clifford and Mary (Barry) Clifford; Ellen Clifford is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. She may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

CLIFFORD, Mary (Barry)
Birth: August 30, 1829, Ireland
Death: December 21, 1869, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana
Notes: Aged 40 years, 3 months, 21 days; wife of Patrick Dennis Clifford; Mary (Barry) Clifford is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. She may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

COASH, Florence
Birth: 1835
Death: 1870
Notes: Wife of Lawrence Coash; Florence Coash is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. She may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

CONERTY, Catharine
Birth: July 31, 1858
Death: November 13, 1862
Notes: Aged 4 years, 3 months, 13 days; daughter of Patrick and Catharine Conerty; Catharine Conerty is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. She may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

CONERTY, Mary
Birth: April 15, 1858
Death: March 29, 1865
Notes: Aged 6 years, 11 months, 14 days; daughter of Thomas and Mary Conerty; Mary Conerty is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. She may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

CONERTY, Mary Ann
Birth: February, 9, 1857
Death: May 7, 1863
Notes: Aged 6 years, 2 months, 28 days; daughter of Patrick and Catharine Conerty; Mary Ann Conerty is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. She may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

CRONICAN [1]
Birth:
Death: Before 1875
Notes: An obituary published in the January 30, 1879, issue of the Porter County Vidette states that: "His [William Cronican's] family is widely scattered; the ashes of one reposing beyond the sea, another in New York, and the remaining two lie in the old St. Paul's cemetery." Investigation of the burial records for the "new" St. Paul Cemetery located south of Valparaiso do not show indicate any Cronican burials prior to 1879, which suggests that the two Cronican burials mentioned in William's Cronican's obituary are still located on the Clifford Cemetery site.
Note Source: Porter County Vidette, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; January 30, 1879; Volume 23, Number 5, Page 3, Column 5

CRONICAN [2]
Birth:
Death: Before 1875
Notes: An obituary published in the January 30, 1879, issue of the Porter County Vidette states that: "His [William Cronican's] family is widely scattered; the ashes of one reposing beyond the sea, another in New York, and the remaining two lie in the old St. Paul's cemetery." Investigation of the burial records for the "new" St. Paul Cemetery located south of Valparaiso do not show indicate any Cronican burials prior to 1879, which suggests that the two Cronican burials mentioned in William's Cronican's obituary are still located on the Clifford Cemetery site.
Source of Note: Porter County Vidette, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; January 30, 1879; Volume 23, Number 5, Page 3, Column 5

CRONICAN, William
Birth: 1812
Death: January 20, 1879
Notes: Information published by the Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society states that William Cronican "was buried at Old Catholic Cemetery, but will be buried at the new Catholic Cemetery." No source is provided for the Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society's statement. However, an obituary published for William Cronacan [sic] in the Porter County Vidette on January 23, 1879, states in part that "After the services were over one of the largest processions, composed of Catholics and non-Catholics, that ever passed through the streets of Valparaiso, accompanied the highly respected remains of Mr. Cronacan to St. Paul's new cemetery, where they were consigned to an earthly tomb...." Hence, the published obituary suggests that William Cronican was never interred in the Clifford Cemetery as suggested by information published by the Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society.

DALY, Julia
Birth: Kantork, County Cork, Ireland
Death: December 31, 1873
Notes: Aged 58 years; wife of Daniel Daly; Julia Daly is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. She may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

DALY, Mary Regina
Birth: March 1873
Death: March 31, 1873
Notes: Aged 3 weeks; daughter of Patrick C. and Bridget Daly; Mary Regina Daly is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. She may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

DALY, Maurice
Birth:
Death: September 4, 1873
Notes: Aged 36 years; husband of Margaret (Keene) Daly; Maurice Daly is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. He may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

DUMAS, Charles
Birth:
Death: October 19, 1872
Notes: Aged 11 years, 8 months; son of Moses and Julie Dumas; Charles Dumas is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. He may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

DUMAS, Joseph H.
Birth: April 13, 1869
Death: July 1, 1870
Notes: Aged 1 year, 2 months, 18 days; son of Moses and Rosalie Dumas; Joseph H. Dumas is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. He may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

DYE, Unknown
Birth: May 23, 1844, native of Canada East
Death: October 25, 1865
Notes: Aged 21 year, 5 months, 2 days; ---?--- of Francis and Paulina Dye; ---?--- Dye is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. He may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

FANNING, Michael
Birth:
Death: November 27, 1872
Notes: Aged 52 years; Michael Fanning is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. He may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

FOGERTY, John
Birth: 1800, Tipperary, Ireland
Death: 1870
Notes: Aged 70 years; John Fogerty is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. He may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

FOGERTY, Mirria
Birth:
Death: 1870
Notes: Daughter of John Fogerty; died with her father; Mirria Fogerty is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. She may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

FOX, Mary (O'Reilly)
Birth:
Death: May 14, 1872
Notes: Aged 33 years; Mary (O'Reilly) Fox is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. She may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

FOX, Patrick Bennett
Birth:
Death: February 6, 1874
Notes: Aged 9 years, 8 months; Patrick Bennett Fox is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. He may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

GALIVAN, Elizabeth
Birth:
Death: August 12, 1869
Notes: Aged 29 years; Elizabeth Galivan is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. She may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

HEALY, M. James
Birth: 1831, Balle Aberdeen, County Mayo, Ireland
Death: August 20, 1874
Notes: Aged 43 years; M. James Healy is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. He may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

HOWE, Thomas E.
Birth:
Death: May 20, 1874
Notes: Aged 1 year, 9 months; son of Thomas and Sarah Howe; Thomas E. Howe is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. He may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

HOWE, Willie E.
Birth: November 20, 1866
Death: August 30, 1867
Notes: Aged 9 months, 10 days; son of Thomas and Sarah Howe; Willie E. Howe is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. He may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

LAFORCE, Joseph
Birth: January 27, 1818
Death: August 30, 1874
Notes: Husband of Mary LaForce; Joseph LaForce is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. He may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

LAFORCE, Lillian
Birth: 1870
Death: 1874
Notes: Lillian LaForce is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery and later disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

LECLAIRE, Charles H.
Birth: December 26, 1870
Death: June 3, 1873
Notes: Charles H. LeClaire is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery and later disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

MAHONEY, John
Birth: November 1, 1873
Death: January 13, 1874
Notes: Aged 2 months, 12 days; son of John and Catherine Mahoney; John Mahoney is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. He may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

MAHONEY, Julia
Birth: July 10, 1867
Death: September 4, 1867
Notes: Aged 1 month, 25 days; daughter of John and Catherine Mahoney; Julia Mahoney is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. She may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

MAHONEY, Kate
Birth:
Death: August 25, 1871
Notes: Aged 10 years; daughter of John and Catherine Mahoney; Kate Mahoney is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. She may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

MAHONEY, Mary
Birth:
Death: August 31, 1867
Notes: Aged 4 years; daughter of John and Catherine Mahoney; Mary Mahoney is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. She may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

MORAN, Johanna (Kelleher)
Birth: 1793
Death: 1873
Notes: Johanna Kelleher is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. She may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

MURPHY, Patrick
Birth:
Death: January 17, 1865
Notes: Aged 22 years, 10 months; son of Lawrence and Johanna Murphy; Patrick Murphy is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. He may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

NOEL, Catherine (Leahy)
Birth: February 27, 1838
Death: April 18, 1873
Notes: Wife of Wilfird N. Noel; Catherine (Leahy) Noel is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. She may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

NOEL, Emily
Birth: March 7, 1869
Death: April 2, 1869
Notes: Daughter of Wilfird N. and Catherine Noel; Emily Noel is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. She may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

NOEL, Joseph Edward
Birth: July 12, 1863
Death: August 1, 1863
Notes: Son of Wilfird N. and Catherine (Leahy) Noel; Joseph Edward Noel is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. He may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

NOEL, William Edward
Birth: June 30, 1865
Death: December 13, 1872
Notes: Son of Wilfird N. and Catherine (Leahy) Noel; William Edward Noel is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. He may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

O'BRIEN, Anne Maria (Sullivan)
Birth:
Death: May 5, 1873
Notes: Aged 36 years; wife of Michael J. O'Brien; Anne Maria (Sullivan) O'Brien is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. She may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

O'DONAHUE, Florence
Birth: County Kerry, Ireland
Death: September 24, 1873
Notes: Aged 67 years; Florence O'Donahue is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. She may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

O'FLAHERTY, Mary (Brown)
Birth: 1794
Death: 1864
Notes: Mary (Brown) O'Flaherty is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery and later disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

ORMOND, John B.
Birth: County Waterford, Ireland
Death: September 11, 1871
Notes: John B. Ormond is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. He may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

WALLACE, Tommy
Birth:
Death: May 1, 1873
Notes: Aged 8 years; son of Michael and Ellen Wallace; Tommy Wallace is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery. He may have been disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

WALSH, Eliza
Birth:
Death: February 5, 1861
Notes: Aged 25 years; Eliza Walsh is believed to have been buried in Clifford Cemetery and later disinterred and reburied in St. Paul Cemetery south of Valparaiso.

Clifford Cemetery data prepared by Steven R. Shook

 

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