Eight Square Cemetery, Pine TownshipIndex of Eight Square Cemetery burials . . . .
Eight Square Cemetery is located near the former village of Burdick on 1170
North on the the LaPorte County Line Road, just south of County Road 1200 North.
The cemetery received its name after an octagonal-shaped building erected circa 1840 and used as a church and school until 1914. The structure was torn down in the late 1920s or early 1930s, but the eight cornerstones that served as the buildings foundation still exist. An 1856 deed shows that the 1 1/2 acre parcel was deeded "To the public of Porter and LaPorte counties, as long as it is used as a burying ground." Because of the wording of the deed, there was no clear line of responsibility for the care and maintenance of the cemetery. In the past, the cemetery has been badly neglected and became overgrown. Several civic groups performed major site cleanups. In January 1998, the commissioners of both the LaPorte County and Porter County transferred their respective interests in the cemetery to Porter County's Pine Township. The cemetery, therefore, is now maintained by the Pine Township Trustee's Office.
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Notes: This may be August Barnes as shown in 1931 obituary published in the Vidette-Messenger (Valparaiso) on February 20, 1931
BARNES, Ida L.
Death: February 15, 1881
Notes: 1 year, 1 month, 4 day
BARNES, J. P.
Death: December 28, 1863
Notes: age 54 years, 3 months 13 days
BARNES, John S.
BARNES, Lillian M.
Death: November 2, 1884
Notes: age 5 months, 5 days; other date of death shows August 2, 1884
BARNES, Lousea or Loueza
Notes: wife Augustus
BARNES, Mrs. Sarah Jane (Hall) Claypool
Death: August 1895
Notes: born in North Carolina; died in Porter County, Indiana; unmarked grave; wife of J. P. Barnes
Obituary: Burdick. -- Mrs. Sarah Jane Barnes died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Cain, Thursday morning. Her funeral was held Friday afternoon at the Eight-Square school house. Rev. Weston officiated.
Obituary Source: Chesterton Tribune, Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana; August 16, 1895
Death: May 13, 1892
Notes: Company I 48th Indiana Infantry
Obituary: BURDICK, Ind. -- Philander Barnes died of consumption last Friday. The funeral was held at the home of his sister Mrs. Wm. Cain last Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The services were conducted by Rev. Hayes of Westville, and the remains were interred in what is known as the eight square cemetery. He has been sick for a long time but has suffered little, just wasted slowly away.
Obituary Source: The Tribune, Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana; May 20, 1892; Volume 9, Number 6, Page 8, Column 5
Death: August 26, 1887
Notes: age 23 years, 6 months, 23 days; wife of H. D.
Death: September 4, 1868
Notes: 1st wife of Henry Sr.
Death: August 22, 1866
Notes: age 1 year, 7 months,16 days; daughter of H. & E.
BEDENKOP, Henry Sr.
Death: January 6, 1885
Notes: age 56 years
Death: March 22, 1891
Notes: age 52 years; second wife of Henry Sr.
BOONE, Margaret A.
Notes: interred in row 12
Obituary: Mrs. Robert M. Boone of Pine township, Porter county, whose husband is one of the best known residents of Porter county, passed away this morning after a few weeks' illness of pneumonia. Mrs. Boone was about 58 years old and was a refined and well educated lady who possessed many friends in this city and elsewhere. The news of her death will cause much sadness and Mr. Boone has the sympathy of his many Michigan City friends in his great bereavement. It is expected that the remains will be taken to Chicago for interment. (see follow up). Michigan City Evening News, Monday, Feb, 24, 1902: The funeral of Mrs. Robert M. Boone, whose death THE NEWS chronicled Saturday, will be held Tuesday morning at 10:30 o'clock from the Bull schoolhouse in Pine township, Porter county. The remains will be interred in a neighboring cemetery. A number of friends from this city will attend the obsequies.
Obituary Source: Michigan City Evening News, Michigan City, LaPorte County, Indiana; February 22, 1902
BOONE, Martha E.
Death: January 21, 1878
Notes: age 25 years, 2 months, 28 days
BOONE, R. G.
Death: August 2, 1874
Obituary: Otis Items. R. G. Boone, a farmer living on the old Frame farm, died Sunday morning at the residence of his son in Chicago.
Obituary Source: Porter County Vidette, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; August 7, 1874; Volume 18, Number 32, Page 3, Column 3
BOONE, Robert H.
Notes: another listing shows Robert M.; interred in row 12
Death: March 23, 1869
Notes: 1 month and days worn away
Death: December 9, 1883
BOOTHE, George F.
BOOTHE, George W.
Death: January 5, 1900
Notes: wife of Alfred
Obituary: The funeral of the late Mrs. Rachael Boothe was held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the County Line church, and was largely attended by relatives and friends. The remains were laid to rest in the County Line Cemetery. Mrs. Booth was a highly respected and lovable woman and will be deeply mourned by her many friends and sorrowing children. Mrs. Boothe was a member of the Christian church and Rev. O. Stewart conducted the funeral services. Those from Michigan City, who attended the funeral of Mrs. Boothe were: Mrs. W. O. Leeds, Mrs. B. H. Eddy, Mrs. J. Snook, Mrs. J. Mason, Mrs. C. Doherty, Mr. F. M. Boeckling and Mr. J. Snook.
Obituary Source: unknown, dated January 10, 1900
BROWN, Martha E Miles
Notes: wife H. H. Brown
BURGESS, Orin J.
Death: March 5, 1871
Notes: 6 years, 10 months, 18 days; son of A. & S. should read son of Nelson & Sarah (Powers) Burgess
Notes: may not be buried in Eight Square Cemetery
Obituary: Jackson Township Items. The funeral of a Miss Cotton occurred a few days since. She was a promising young lady; had just received a teacher's license. A post mortem examination was had in her case. Disease ulceration of the bowels.
Obituary Source: Porter County Vidette, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; July 27, 1876; Volume 20, Number 30, Page 3, Column 5
COTTON, Alonzo A.
Notes: wife of William B
COTTON, Guy B.
Notes: son of W. B. & A. M.
COTTON, Guy M.
Death: Jan 18, 1885
Notes: 3 years, 6 months; son of A. A. & P.
Death: August 1, 1908
Notes: daughter of W. B. & A. M.
Notes: wife of Alonzo A.; married September 28, 1877, in Porter County, Indiana; nee Shaner
COTTON, William B.
DRAKE, Helen C.
Death: December 7, 1880
DUGGAN, Debbie M.
Death: January 22, 1992
Notes: nee McCormick
DYSARD, Addie M.
Death: April 27, 1878
Notes: age 21 years, 6 months, 1 day; wife of James T.; James remarried after Addie's death and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Michigan City, LaPorte County, Indiana
DYSARD, Chester A.
Death: February 5, 1907
Notes: son of J. W. & G. A.
FRAME, (Mary) Emma
Death: September 17, 1923
Notes: wife of Lyman Blair Frame
FRAME, Augusta J.
Death: July 13, 1861
Notes: age 39 years, 4 months, 12 days; wife of William G.
FRAME, Edwin [possibly Edward per obituary]
Death: November 29, 1897
Obituary: Burdick. - Edward Frame died at his home at 7642 Drexel ave., Chicago, Nov. 29, age 45 years and 2 months, of cancer of the stomach. The remains were brought to Burdick, and the funeral services held Dec. 3, the services being conducted at the Eight Square school house, Rev. Wright officiating. Deceased was a brother of John and Younger Frame, and leaves a family of a wife and five children.
Obituary Source: The Chesterton Tribune, Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana; December 4, 1897; Volume 14, Number 34, Page 1, Column 5
Notes: wife of Martin V.
FRAME, Ethan S.
Death: January 21, 1879
FRAME, Francis F.
Death: April 23, 1846
Notes: 16 years, 6 months, 3 days
Death: October 1, 1865
Notes: 5 months, 20 days
FRAME, Harriet E.
Notes: wife of John
Death: May 20 1903
FRAME, John Sr.
Death: February 29, 1872
Notes: age 68 years, 2 months
FRAME, Louisa (Weston)
Notes: wife of Younger Frame; mother
FRAME, Louisa or Louise G.
Death: November 16, 1880 or 1883
Notes: date of death may be November 6, 1880
FRAME, Lyman Blair
Death: December 22, 1928
FRAME, Martin infant
Death: August 1884
FRAME, Martin V.
Death: June 4, 1896
Obituary: Burdick. Mr. Martin Frame aged 52 years, died at his home in Chicago, Thursday, June 4th. On Saturday his remains were sent here for burial. The funeral was held in the M. E. church at this place, Rev. Rite, of Chicago, officiating. The deceased leaves a wife, two children and five brothers to mourn his loss. His remains were interred in the Eight Square cemetery.
Obituary Source: The Westchester Tribune, Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana; June 13, 1896; Volume 13, Number 9, Page 8, Column 1
FRAME, Mary Z.
Notes: wife of William; mother
FRAME, Merry J.
Death: October 11, 1858
Notes: 1 year, 4 months, 12 days
FRAME, S. G.
Death: December 22 or 29, 1860
Notes: age 85 years, 4 months, 7 days; wife of John Sr.
Notes: father; obituary in the October 16, 1918, Michigan City News, Michigan City, LaPorte County, Indiana
FRAME, Willie E.
Death: August 14, 1862
Notes: age 11 years, 7 months, 7 days; son of William G. & Augusta
GLASS, Jane E.
Death: January 13, 1870
Notes: 23 years, 6 months, 2 days; wife of John Glass
GOODWIN, Anna V.
Notes: wife of William H.
GOODWIN, John M.
Birth: June 12, 1812
Death: October 22, 1892
Notes: age 80 years, 4 months, 10 days; born at Cuba Lake, New York; physician
Obituary: Obituary 1: BURDICK, Ind. -- Dr. John M. Goodwin died at his home at a quarter past 12 o'clock M., Saturday. Dr. John M. Goodwin was one of the oldest physicians in Porter county, and was born in Tompkins county, New York, June 12, 1812. His parents were Richard and Prudence (Hollister) Goodwin, and his ancestors lived in the early days of this country. His father was a Methodist minister for fifty years, and his mother a survivor of the Wyoming massacres. He began the study of medicine at eighteen years of age and graduated from Geneva Medical College in 1836. He then managed his home affairs until 1842, when he moved to Aurora, Ill. Here he practiced medicine four years and then returned to New York and practiced until 1856. Then he came to Porter county where he has since lived and practiced. He was married August 25, 1841, to Sarah Biggs, and his wife and four children are left to mourn his loss. Louisa, now Mrs. H. E. Kilmer, William, Clayton, and Elizabeth, now Mrs. M. Frame. Four generations of descendents mourn his loss, besides the entire community and neighbors far and near. With a helping hand for all his services as a doctor were often given. For the last few years he has been failing very fast but always looking on the bright side a life few thought him to be so poorly. He was 80 years, 4 months and 10 days old. The most sincere and heartfelt sympathy of the entire community is with the bereaved family. || Obituary 2: TALK OF THE TOWN - Dr. John N. Goodwin died at his home near Otis yesterday. He had practiced in this county for the past thirty-eight years. His funeral occurred Monday, Rev. Virden officiating.
Obituary Source: Obituary 1: The Tribune, Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana; October 28, 1892; Volume 9, Number 29, Page 8, Column 6 || Obituary 2: The Tribune, Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana; October 28, 1892; Volume 9, Number 29, Page 5, Column 3
GOODWIN, Mabel M.
GOODWIN, Sarah B. (Biggs)
Notes: wife of John M.
GOODWIN, William H.
Death: March 7, 1871
Notes: age 45 years, 6 months, 6 days; Civil War Veteran, enlisted in Company A, 113th Illinois Infantry Regiment, mustered our May 27, 1865; 1870 Federal Census shows age of 45 years; widow Sarah remarried a Michael McAulife on April 12, 1877 in Laporte County,
HACKETT OR HACKET, Chauncey
HACKETT OR HACKET, William Henry
Death: September 4, 1862
Notes: age 3 years, 1 month, 25 days; son of S. G. & A. J. or S. C. & A. J.
HADDEN, Robert C.
Death: August 25, 1872
HARMAN, Mary E.
Death: October 20, 1896
Notes: wife of Elias Reynolds Harman; nee Durham; both Elias and Mary were from Sugar Creek, Greene County, Ohio
Death: April 16, 1892
Notes: wife of E. N.
HENRY, Minnie F.
Death: February 3, 1881
Notes: age 3 years, 24 days; daughter of E. & L.
HURLEY, Laurena or Lorena
Notes: obituary published January 14, 1939; nee Swisher
HUTSON, Ben Buford [former slave]
Death: July 20, 1907
Notes: unmarked grave
Obituary: African Buried With Honor - Former slave and one colored resident ? ? of Westville, died, Saturday, July 20. Westville's entire colored population passed away this week in the death of Ben Buford Hutson, a relic of the slave days in the south. He was born in Kentucky and was held by the Buford family, a part of the aristocracy of that section. He was carefully trained and was in many respects an exemplary member of his class, retaining to the close of a long life a diction of language and a probity and dignity of character which reflected credit on Mareo and Misses Buford. Ben's heart never left the south, though he came north about the time of the civil war. For some years he filled position of butler in a Chicago family coming to this vicinity with the Dunlaps at the time they moved to a farm a few miles southwest of Michigan City in the edge of Porter county. The Dunlaps were war refugees from Kentucky and in what was then almost a wilderness they cased to be erected a residence of more than ordinary pretensions. Few private houses in the larger cities were more spacious and ornate in decoration, though financial troubles intervened before the plans were fully consummated. Ben Buford was a part of the debris. He married and led a precarious existence in the vicinity since. The burial took place Friday at the Eight Square Cemetery, funeral services being held in W. Jerome's yard. Appropriate words were spoken by Sylvester Bertram and a choir sang. The casket was heaped with flowers. The Westville Indicator says "Our people did honor to themselves in giving tender and decent burial to one who was a child grown old and whose life lay in much sorrow."
Obituary Source: Michigan City News, Michigan City, LaPorte County, Indiana; July 21, 1907
KILMER, Mrs. [probably Mrs. Henry KILMER]
Death: June 4, 1896
Obituary: Mrs. Kilmer living west of here died Wednesday after an illness of almost a year. She was laid to rest in the Eight Square cemetery by many sorrowing friends. To know her was to love her.
Obituary Source: Daily Herald, December 6, 1894
Death: September 6, 1878
Notes: son of H. W. & A. L.
KILMER, Monte M.
Death: June 20, 1889 or January 20, 1880
Notes: son of H. W. &. A. L.
Notes: Civil War Veteran; S. C. II Indiana Volunteers 1; died at age 21
Death: December 11, 1901
MCCARTY, Fred W. (Alfred W.)
Notes: tombstone tipped over on ground; son of Wiley McCarty
Notes: born October 1, 1853; wife of Alfred; married Alfred in March 17, 1873; daughter of George and Lucinda (Frame) Shanerb; obituary appeared October 26, 1945
MCCORMICK, Vincent A.
Death: February 7, 1865
Notes: age 5 years, 8 days; daughter of A. J. & M.
MOFFIT, Elizabeth C.
Death: March 21, 1961
MOFFIT, Robert Jay
Death: March 13, 1979
Notes: son of Frank & Elizabeth (Harness) Moffitt; Private, US Army, WW II
MOFFITT, Arthur F.
Death: March 22, 1976
Notes: Private First Class, US Army, WW II
MOFFITT, Truman B.
Death: May 13, 1985
Notes: Private First Class, US Army, WW II
Death: February 5, 1865
Notes: daughter of A. J. & M.; age 5 years, 87 days
N. B. W. (beside Weston stones)
Birth: January 2, 1836
Death: December 6, 1888
Notes: 52 years, 11 months; daughter of Jesse and Nancy McCord; widow of Thomas Orange who died in 1864; Thomas enlisted on February 4, 1864, into Company H of the 9th Infantry Regiment at Jackson Centre, Porter County, Indiana. He died November 4, 1864, and was buried in New Albany National Cemetery on November 10, 1864; Thomas and Margaret had four children - Julia, Jesse (male), Mary, and Augusta
PARKER, Branson O.
Death: August 14, 1852
Notes: tombstone broken
PARKER, Emma L.
Death: May 4, 1863
Notes: daughter of of E. D. & I.
Death: June 11, 1866
Notes: age 52 years, 5 months, 1 day; born in New York
REYNOLDS, John Nelson
Death: July 13, 1865
Notes: Enlisted as a Private August 1862, declared residence as Crossing, Indiana, promoted to Corporal in Company K, 73rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry, mustered out on July 1, 1865 in Nashville, Tennessee
REYNOLDS, Mary Loretta
Death: June 16, 1858 (June 29, 1858)
Notes: age 6 years, 5 days; daughter of of Josiah & Elizabeth (Burgess) Reynolds
REYNOLDS, Stephen Gerard
Death: April 6, 1878
Notes: Private, enlisted April 24,1861, in Company A 151st Indiana Volunteers, mustered out July 29, 1861, in Indianapolis, Indiana; died in Otis, LaPorte County, Indiana
SHANER, M. Lucinda
Death: July 15, 1864
Notes: 29 years, 9 months, 12 days; nee Frame; married George W. on January 18, 1854
SHANER, R. V. D.
Death: April 23, 1872
Notes: daughter of G. W. & M. L.
SHELTON, Cora E.
Death: June 23, 1877
Notes: age 2 years; daughter of H. D. & L. G.
SHELTON, John G.
Death: June 12, 1875
Notes: age 3 years; son H. D. & L. G.
Death: March 13, 1871
Notes: no age given
SHOEMAKE, Ermina A. (Boothe)
Death: May 18, 1977
Notes: wife of P. H. Shoemake
Death: February 19, 1899
Notes: may not be buried in Eight Square Cemetery
Obituary: Burdick. Owen Skilly, oldest son of Mrs. Skilly of Otis, died Sunday of typhoid fever. The funeral was held Tuesday from the Eight Square church. He leaves a mother and brother to mourn his loss.
Obituary Source: The Chesterton Tribune, Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana; February 25, 1899; Volume 15, Number 46, Page 5, Column 3
Death: August 21, 1892
Obituary: David Soper, a well know resident of Burdick, died at his home in Burdick, Aug. 21, of consumption. The funeral was held on the the 23rd inst., and the remains buried in Eight Square cemetery, in Jackson township.
Obituary Source: The Tribune, Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana; August 26, 1892; Volume 9, Number 20, Page 1, Column 4
STEVENS, Arthur E.
Death: January 16, 1855
Notes: son of Ethan & Nancy
Death: December 28, 1893
STEVENS, Nancy Frame
Death: May 31, 1894
Notes: wife of Ethan; mother
Notes: son of John & Mary
Death: July 27, 1905
Notes: son of John & Mary
Death: April 28, 1891
Notes: wife of John
STORM, William or Willie
Notes: son of John & Mary
THOMPSON, Andrew J.
Death: May 8, 1857
Notes: age 43 years, 6 months, 1 day
Death: May 21, 1880
Notes: alter 60 libre, 2 mo, 21 torges
Death: August 6, 1870
Notes: Frau Von G. Thorman
UNDERWOOD, Lowell T.
Death: June 3, 1989
Notes: US Navy, Korea
Death: March 1, 1971
Notes: Wetmore Funeral Home marker; body found on shore of Lake Michigan
Death: September 19, 1868
Notes: age 62 years, 6 months, 1 day
Death: June 5, 1888
Notes: age 85 years, 4 months, 5 days; wife of I. Weston
WOLFORD, Andrew M.
WOLFORD, Carole L.
Notes: "They live forever in the hearts of those that loved them."
WOLFORD, Donna Mae
Death: March 10, 1933
Notes: death year should be 1932; obituary published March 14, 1932
WOLFORD, Ethel M.
Notes: mother; nee Moffit
WOLFORD, Gerald F.
Death: December 24, 1984
Notes: nee Atwood
WOLFORD, Henry C.
WOLFORD, Infant Daughter
Death: May 16, 1940
Death: November 2, 1910
WOLFORD, Mary A.
Death: July 28, 1928
Notes: wife of John; mother
WOLFORD, Michael Andrew
Death: December 24, 1972
Notes: "Mike" "He is just away"; son of Gaylen Wolford
Notes: wife of Henry C.; mother
WOLFORD, Warren W.
Death: April 11, 1948
Notes: obituary appeared on April 12, 1948
Eight Square Cemetery data prepared by Deanna West and Steven R. Shook