Not every cemetery moves from one county to another, but that's what
Sauktown Cemetery did in 1850. The cemetery did not actually move,
only the boundaries changed when Wills Township was shifted from St.
Joseph County to La Porte County.
On June 8, the La Porte Genealogical Society will meet early (6 pm) to
go on its annual cemetery adventure. This year members and friends
will visit and learn about this old rural cemetery, where the oldest
known burial occurred 172 years ago. John Cuson of the Sauktown
Cemetery Association will be our guide. The cemetery is located on
150N between 875 and 925E, and it is expected to stay put. All are
welcome -- you do not need to be a member to attend!
The society meets at 7 pm on the second Tuesday of every month at the
Swanson Center for Older Adults, 910 State St., La Porte. The public
is welcome at all meetings. For a list of upcoming programs and more
information about the society's activities in awards, research,
publication, and records preservation, visit our web site.
Also at our web site those who believe they have La Porte County
ancestors, and can prove
it, can find information on how to apply for First Families of La
Porte (before December 1840), Pioneer Families (1841-1860), Settler
Families (1861-1880), and Civil War Families (1861-1865).
UPDATE AND CORRECTION 22 May, from Fern Eddy Schultz: Wills Township did not become a part of La Porte County in 1850--it was already in La Porte County. What happened 14 January 1850 was that Sections 22, 23, 26, 27, 34 and 35 of Township 37 North Range 1 West were added to La Porte County from St. Joseph Couunty. Sauktown Cemetery is located in Section 27.