New Information on Harrah Cemetery/Cemeteries
I recently received an email from Wm. E. Shuman, who indicated that he was raised by the Harrahs and that Wm. Osborn Harrah was his (Mr. Shuman) mother's grandfather.
There was some confusion in my mind about the Harrah Cemetery/(-ies) in Putnam County. Were there two of them? It would appear so as Putnam County Cemetery Board records indicated a Harrah Cemetery in Warren Township and one in Clinton Township. The records I found at the Putnam County Library had a listing in the "green book" that gave a Warren Township location. Additionally there was other notes from Patricia Ewing dated June 1997.
When I prepared the page for the website I lumped all the information together but listed the Ewing reading in red. Mr. Shuman has informed me that the names I showed in black were the graves in Clinton Township, while the information listed in red was from the Warren Township cemetery.
A Harrah family mystery was the location of the grave of Charles Harrah whose estate was probated in Putnam County in the 1850s. A series of letters and a checking of the information given led Mr. Shuman to provide me with the following information:
"By the way Charles died in 1851 while taking a drove of horses up to Milwaukee. He is buried in the Forrest Home Cemetery. No wonder we could not find his tombstone. I have copy of a letter written about 1902 from Mary Jane Brown a daughter of Charles, to my great aunt Cora M. Harrah Axtell, giving the dates of birth and deaths of the heirs of Charles and Sarah B. Harrah, not Sarah D. Harrah. They were first cousins. "
". . . First there was a letter from William B. Brown and his wife Mary D. (Harrah) Brown of Owen County, Indiana written in May 15, 1852 back to Andrew and Mary E. Gray of Rowan Co. , Salisbury, North Carolina. . . . It mentions the death of Charles while he was in Millwaukee, Wisconsin in 1851. The date matches a copy of a family letter written by Mary Jane Brown to my great aunt Cora Myrtle Harrah Axtell about 1902. MJ (Mary Jane) is the daughter of Charles and her husband William is the son of William B. Brown and his wife Mary D. Anyway, I made contact with a fellow in Milwaukee. He advised the date of death cheked out and he (Charles) is buried in the Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was first buried in the Old Milwaukee Cemetery and they closed it out and moved the bodies to Forrest Home. . . . the full date of death is 16 Oct 1851. . . . "
Warren Twp. Putnam Co. , IN.
NW corner SE1/4 Sec. . 24 T13N R4W
Transcribed by Penni Lynch.
The following reading was taken from records located in the Putnam County Library. These are known as the "green books" and were compiled by the Putnam County Historical Society.
BROWN, Mary J. , w/o W. A. Brown, Nov 17, 1822 d. Feb 21, 1902
BROWN, William A. , d. Jan 30, 1898, aged 74y 6m 12d
HARRAH, Amanda, d/o Chas & SB Harrah, d. July 4, 1880*
HARRAH, Charles, d. Oct 4, 1859*
HARRAH, Daniel P. , d. Oct 17, 1864, Aged 43y 10m 12d
HARRAH, Henry D. s/o ? Harrah, d. Feb 27, 1844 age 3y 11m**
HARRAH, James C. , d. July 11, 1831, aged 11y ?m 10d**
HARRAH, Kegia, w/o Samuel Harrah, d. June 16, 1839 aged 39y
HARRAH, Lucinda, w/o Daniel Harrah, d. Feb. 18, 1852
HARRAH, Samuel, d. Mar 17, 1872, aged 75y 2m 3d
HARRAH, Sarah D. , w/o Charles Harrah, d. July 4, 1853, aged 49y 1m 2d
HARRAH, William T. , s/o Jb & AD Harrah, d. Sept 30,1856, aged 1y 3m 24d**
HARRAH, Lucinda E. , d/o DP & L Harrah, d. Sept 25, 1852, aged 7m 12d
HOOD, E. 1892*
HOOD, Sarah E. , w/o Wm P Hood, d. Jan 14,1857, aged 17y 8m 22d**
HOOD, Infant s/o WP & SE Hood, d. Mar 7, 1857, aged 2m 10d**
HOOD, Infant s/o Wp & SE Hood, d. Jan 6, 1850, aged 3d**
McGINNIS, James T. , s/o R & LT McGinnis, d. Aug 18, 1843, aged 19y 1m 14d
McGINNIS, Nancy, d. Dec 15, 1863, aged 33y 7m**
McMAINS, Andrew, d. Mar 13, 1865, aged 80y 11m 13d (New Govt. marker also) Andrew McMains, Pvt 2 Brig 1 Div Pa Mil, War of 1812, Mar 31, 1784
Mar 13, 1865*
McMains, Margaret, d. June 21,1856, aged 58y 2m 29d**
* Theses names were added in 1997 to the reading from 1954.
** These stones were not found ( or were illegible) in 1997 (Included from the 1954 reading).