Robert Yates1838 - 1864 (26 years)
Name Robert Yates Born 1838 Crawford, Indiana Gender Male Died 16 Apr 1864 Person ID I3251 Yatesville History & Genealogy Last Modified 10 Aug 2020
Father Silas W Yates, b. 1810, Kentucky Mother Lavina Bell, b. 1813, Kentucky Married 10 Sep 1829 Crawford, Indiana Family ID F893 Group Sheet | Family Chart
- 1860 United States Federal Census
about Robert Yates
Name: Robert Yates
Age in 1860: 23
Birth Year: abt 1837
Home in 1860: Steele, Daviess, Indiana
Post Office: Washington
Household Members: Name Age
Silas Yates 50
Savina Yates 47
John Yates 24
Robert Yates 23
Emeria Yates 20
Melvina Yates 16
Mary Yates 13
Charity Yates 12
I'm hoping to make contact with someone who can tell me who this Robert Yates is. He's buried in Cincinnati Cemetery, Steele twp. (near Plainville), Daviess County, Indiana. This information is from his tombstone:
Yates, Robert D. Apr. 16, 1864 Age 26y., Son of S. & S. Yates
Thank you in advance for your help,
Date: Thu, 16 May 2002 20:55:16 -0500
Hello Sharon and Rich,
I'm glad to hear from you. I was surprised to hear that flowers have been planted. Those must have appeared since my last visit to the site this past Sunday. The only thing new I saw on Sunday was a "No Trespassing" sign which I assumed was due to my incessant whining to the owners about the cemetery. The owners do intend to plant over the cemetery again this year, weather permitting. Much of the area was under water on Sunday.
The one standing stone is that of George Doolin, my husband's
GG-Grandfather. Two of my husband's GGG-Grandfather's are also buried
there, William Doolin (George's father) and John A. Graham. The cemetery is still there, only the stones were removed. The bulldozed stones were deposited in two areas, one near the railroad tracks along SR 57 and one across CR 1250N in the ravine. We did find John A. Graham's stone, still in good condition, on the ground near the RR tracks.
I have an interment listing for the known burials (46 people). The number of canal workers buried there is unknown, but assumed to be less that 150. As far as I can tell, this small cemetery has always been a family or neighborhood graveyard, and not associated with a church. Most known to be buried there were either related to each other or to the farm owner at the time of their death. The earliest known burial was 1828. The most recent being George Doolin in 1907. I'd be glad to forward the listing to anyone interested. I know this forum isn't the right place for that level of detail.
Rich - There are many people who do care very much about this cemetery. Most that I've talked to didn't know anyone else cared, and most didn't know what to do about it. I've tracked down descendants in Daviess County, IN and as far away as Oregon. Many of the descendants had no idea what had happened to this cemetery. It would be great to see the Washington Times-Herald or the Odon Journal run a story on this cemetery, especially with Memorial Day coming up.
This one is called Cincinnati Cemetery, near Plainville in Steele twp., Daviess Co., IN. I don't know that Cincinnati was actually ever the official name of the cemetery, but that's the only name I've found it referred to by. It was located near the old Cincinnati schoolhouse. The schoolhouse got it's name from the railroad running next to both. The schoolhouse was established about 1897, well after the cemetery (1828).
I finally got the attention from the State of Indiana. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is responsible for pioneer cemeteries. An investigation was conducted, the State determined that the site was indeed a cemetery, and the area was marked. There is no longer farming over the cemetery site. The stones that had been bulldozed are located and partially buried in two different locations on each side of the field. I haven't pushed yet to have the stones returned to the cemetery. But I did see your request for a photo, and I wanted to let you know that a photo probably isn't possible. I would have to cross private property to get photos, and I know that only a few of the stones are actually visible. Crossing private property means I need permission from the farm owner, and he still isn't very happy with me.
Debra Dougherty 2220 Legendary Drive Martinsville, IN 46151
(765) 349-6309 DJD434@RNETINC.NET
- 1860 United States Federal Census