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).
|Beebe||Patsy||A fieldstone with the name roughly carved in. No dates.|
|Benefiel||- - y||24 Jul 1845||The part of the stone with the other letters is broken away. (This is surely Amy)|
|Conaway||Henry||28 Sep 1838||In memory of - Aged 38y 12d – Also his son and daughter Hugh and Cyntha Ann||Cyntha is not an error – it is not Cynthia|
|Riker||Samuel||24 Jun 1843|
|Weatherford||John||12 Mar 1857||Aged ?3y 3m 25d|
|Weatherford||Sarah||21 Feb 1809||26 May 1891||W of John||Bob Scott notes: Sarah was John’s second wife|
|Weatherford *||H.||N.||12 Mar 1857||Age _3y 3m 25d|
|Weatherford||P.||A.||Co. H, 10th Indiana Cavalry||No 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)