Monday, May 23, 2011

Annual Cemetery Tour: Eahart-Reed Cemetery

On June 14, the La Porte County Genealogical Society will meet early and in a different location for its annual cemetery tour. All are invited to convene at 6 pm Central time at the Eahart-Reed Cemetery in New Durham Township to visit, view, and learn about the cemetery. The cemetery is located on County Road 350S between 800 and 900W. That's south of Indiana Route 2 between Pinhook and Westville.

The cemetery dates from 1837. Those buried here include members of the Cattron, Eahart, Garwood, Long, and Reed families, as well as two veterans of the War of 1812, B. J. Hayward and Samuel Johnson. More information about the cemetery is available at the web site of the Cemeteries and Research Association of La Porte County ( and at FindAGrave ( And you can learn a little about William Eahart from Jasper Packard's 1876 history of La Porte County on line at Google Books.

The society meets at 7 pm on the second Tuesday of each month at the Swanson Center, weather permitting. The public is welcome at all meetings.

It's not too early to apply for one or more residency certificates for 2011. Our web site has information for those who believe they have La Porte County ancestors (and can prove it!). There's 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). Deadline is July 31. Nominations are also open for Genealogist of the Year, deadline September 30. You can also read or search back issues of the society's newsletter, December 2005 through December 2009, including genealogical and historical information from members' research and abstracting work in local records, on our blog.