RIKER CEMETERY

Sec. 9-5-11

Shelby Township
Jefferson County, Indiana

July 2003 Survey – done by Robert W. Scott

HISTORY:  By Robert W. Scott
The Ryker family cemetery is in a pasture just off the road, and less than a half mile from Jefferson Presbyterian Church. Within the last three years, the grounds have been cleaned of brush and a fence with a gate erected. There must be other graves here as most of the stones are on the boundaries of the cemetery with a space in the middle (now filling in with trees).

LAST NAMEFIRSTMIDDLEBORNDIEDINSCRIPTION(S)COMMENTS
BeebePatsyA fieldstone with the name roughly carved in. No dates.
Benefiel- - y24 Jul 1845The part of the stone with the other letters is broken away. (This is surely Amy)
ConawayHenry28 Sep 1838In memory of - Aged 38y 12d – Also his son and daughter Hugh and Cyntha AnnCyntha is not an error – it is not Cynthia
RikerSamuel24 Jun 1843
WeatherfordJohn12 Mar 1857Aged ?3y 3m 25d
WeatherfordSarah21 Feb 180926 May 1891W of JohnBob Scott notes: Sarah was John’s second wife
Weatherford *H. N. 12 Mar 1857Age _3y 3m 25d
WeatherfordP. A. Co. H, 10th Indiana CavalryNo dates. This is probably Peter, son of John & Rachel Ryker Weatherford.

COMMENTS:  The cemetery is in a wooded area not far from the Jefferson Presbyterian Church. Take Hwy 421 to SR 62 towards Canaan. Turn left on Flat Bottom Road, then left on Thornton Road. Turn right on Jefferson Road (comes up quickly).

The stone of Samuel Riker is the only example of the original spelling of the Ryker name ever seen in Jefferson County by Robert W. Scott.

* Jackie Rhodes read the same date, but read the name as John. Using chalk, I found H.N. Weatherford and believe this is Harden Weatherford, who was son of John Weatherford and his first wife Rachel Ryker. Harden was a brother to Peter Weatherford, the P.A. Weatherford buried here.

KEY:  SS = Same Stone, W = Wife, S = Son, D = Daughter, y = year(s), m = month(s), d = day(s)