Have never seen tombstones like these

It is always fun to find a different cemetery to explore. Even more so when you find very different tombstones than you normally see. This was the case at the Ross Cemetery in Decatur County, Indiana. Three stones were apparently hand inscribed in wet concrete at some late date, with names and birth/death dates. These might be replacement stones.

Hand inscribed name/dates

Two additional hand made “stones”







This cemetery also has other oddities. There are two different granite stones that serve as listings of others interned here, many are family groupings. The back side of one of these also proudly lists military veterans who are resting in this lovely country cemetery.

Lists of burials in Ross Cemetery

A listing of vets buried here

21 year old killed in action 1862









There are many interesting stones at Ross Cemetery. What is fascinating is the range of size and quality of gravestones. Some are large and beautifully made. Others are simply what appear to be just rocks stuck in the ground. Family names are seen across many different stones, and dates of internments start in 1845 and according to a date on gate arches stopped in 1979.

Variety of marker size, quality clearly seen

Another view of the peaceful cemetery

Cemetery entrance gates

The historic Ross Cemetery can be found south of New Point in Decatur County, Indiana. It on the southwest corner of the intersection of E Co. Road 300 South and S Co Road 850 East. The gate is on 300 South and there is parking on the side of the road.


18 thoughts on “Have never seen tombstones like these

    • You could tell these were made laying flat in a frame, then the writing scratched in with a stick, just like kids writing their name in a wet sidewalk. We’d never seen them before. The material looked similar to a Quick-crete type of product.

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    • I don’t know when the hand made stones were made, the oldest graves in this Ross cemetery were 1845. Your relatives were from North Dakota? Quite a lot was happening in the Dakotas in the 1870’s!


  1. Fascinating! We have an old cemetery at the end of our road. They are the families of early settlers and many are children who did not survive a winter. I find the hand carved stones in your post amazing. Never seen anything like them before.


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