Hyde Cemetery, Pleasant TownshipIndex of Hyde Cemetery burials . . . .

The Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society cemetery index for Pleasant Township, Porter County, Indiana, published December 1993, does not include Hyde Cemetery.

Hyde Cemetery is a burial ground that no longer exists and its exact location is unknown. The cemetery was located on Lone Tree Island, which was located at the mouth of Crooked Creek on the Kankakee River. The island's general location was in the southwest quarter of the northeast quarter of Section 36, Township 33 North, Range 6 West in Pleasant Township. When Crooked Creek was straightened in the 1890 and the Kankakee River dredged and straightened into Marble Ditch in the early 1900s, the island was obliterated.

At least seven individuals were interred at Hyde Cemetery: three children of the Hiram Hyde family, an old lady, and three timber thieves. The Hiram Hyde family reportedly settled on Lone Tree Island in the spring of 1833. The Jerry Sherwood family also arrived that spring and settled north of the Kankakee River where Baum’s Bridge is now located.

A column appearing in the September 1, 1965, issue of The Vidette-Messenger states that:

"The Hydes settled on Lone Tree Island. During their period of residence
          there they lost three children by swamp fever [probably diphtheria] and
          they were buried on the island. The Sherwoods had lost their son,
          Jeremiah, previously, and had buried him on the Widow Bonesteel’s farm
          [at Mayville], where she had permitted the location of a community
          cemetery. But the Hyde children couldn’t be taken over the water-covered
          prairie, so the first cemeteries are recorded as 'Widow Bonesteel’s' and
          'Hyde’s Cemetery.'"

Another column concerning timber thieves appearing in the June 28, 1958, issue of The Vidette-Messenger states that:

"The watchers [Jasper County Rangers] let them get going [chopping
          down] on a big oak tree – and three cracks from accurate rifles ended
          their career. Three notorious timber-crooks paid the inevitable penalty.
          No one ever tried to find out who they were or where they came from.
          Nobody searched their clothes for any marks of identification. Nobody

          Hyde’s Cemetery was on Lone Tree Island. Three children and an old lady
          were buried there. So the vigilantes dragged the crooks over to the edge
          of Hyde’s cemetery and dug a somewhat shallow grave and dumped all
          three in it. With them was buried that cache of lumbering tools....

          The ditching machines came, and piled a great heap of muck all over the
          burial site. I don’t know exactly where it was. Everything has changed so
          much since they drained the river flats. If I were to make a guess I’d say
          it was on the old Ault place."

Anonymous. 1990. A Quarter Past One: 125th Anniversary, Kouts, Indiana. Kouts, Indiana: Star Printing. 100 p. [see p. 36]

The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; August 18, 1936; Volume 10, Pages 13-14. Column titled “Kouts High School History of Pleasant township. As Compiled by History Class and Instructors For The Vidette-Messenger.”

The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; June 28, 1958; Volume 31, Number 303, Page 1, Column 1 and Page 2, Column 5. Column titled “Tree Thefts Halted By Fast Action,” by The Stroller (William O. Wallace).

The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; September 1, 1965; Volume 39, Number 50, Page 8, Columns 1-5 (Kouts Centennial Edition). Column titled “Pleasant Township's Early History Vague.”

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Hyde Cemetery data prepared by Steven R. Shook


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