Tunnelton Cemetery

Tunnelton Cemetery
Tunnelton Road
Tunnelton, Lawrence County, Indiana

Marker for Tunnelton Cemetery
Marker for Tunnelton Cemetery
Entrance to Cemetery
Entrance to Cemetery
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Pictures taken in 2002 by Carolyn J. Burns

Guthrie Township in Lawrence County is comprised of the villages of Buddha, Ft. Ritner, Leesville, Tunnelton, and Pinhook. The Tunnelton Cemetery is located near the village of Tunnelton, so named because it is the town between the two tunnels, the Big Tunnel and the little tunnel. Construction of the tunnels was done in the 1850's. "When railroads were introduced into Lawrence County, the hills presented quite a challenge. Rather than go around one such hill located between Tunnelton and Ft. Ritner, the Ohio & Mississippi Railway made the decision to tunnel through..."

The village of Tunnelton began as a work camp for construction of the tunnels. On October 6, 1856, the first Ohio and Mississippi Train passed through the Big Tunnel with disastrous results. The train stalled halfway through the tunnel with smoke and soot ruining the passengers' clothing, and everyone was forced to walk out of the tunnel. During World War I, a military guard was placed at the Big Tunnel to prevent sabotage. The railroad was a major artery for troop movement from west to east.

Grave stone readings and some pictures for the names Hoopingarner and Newkirk:



HOOPINGARNER

  • Grave Marker of George and Catherine (Reynolds) Hoopingarner
  • Catherine Hoopingarner
    Sep 16, 1825 - Apr 28 1893
  • George Hoopingarner
    Feb 18, 1821 - Jun 14, 1898

    Most writing on grave stone illegible.

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  • E. Hoopingarner
    1861-1937
 
  • Elizabeth Hoopingarner
    Jan 12, 1861 - Jun 5, 1937
    Daughter of George and Katie
 
  • Florence Sallee Hoopingarner
    1867 - 1955
    Wife of Isaac N.
  • Isaac N. Hoopingarner Jan 23, 1863 - May 26, 1932
    Married Oct 6, 1887
 
  • Jacob M. Hoopingarner
    Jan 21, 1855 - Oct 30, 1922
 
  • John M. Hoopingarner
    Aug 4, 1899 - Jul 1932
    Son of Isaac and Florence
 
  • Kent Hoopingarner
    Mar 20, 1892 - Jul 19, 1948
    Ind Sgt 49 Inf WW2
 
  • Lloyd N. Hoopingarner
    1886 - 1948
 
  • Martin L. Hoopingarner
    Nov 22, 1858 - Aug 15, 1884

    Martin Hoopingarner's
    Civil War Service Record:

    • Enlisted as a Private on 08 August 1862
    • Enlisted in Company G, 4th Cavalry Regiment Indiana on 08 August 1862.
    • Mustered out Company G, 4th Cavalry Regiment Indiana on 29 June 1865 in Edgefield, TN
  • Minnie Ellen Goodwin Hoopingarner
    Feb 2, 1873 - Jun 1, 1937
    Wife of Jacob, Married Aug 18, 1900
 
  • Sarah Horner Hoopingarner
    Jun 27, 1848 - Apr 20, 1932
    Wife of Simpson
 
  • Simpson Hoopingarner
    Aug 19, 1832 - Dec 30, 1911
    Co G 4th Indiana Cavalry

    Simpson Hoopingarner's
    Civil War Service Record:

    • Enlisted as a Private on 08 August 1862
    • Enlisted in Company G, 4th Cavalry Regiment Indiana on 08 August 1862.
    • Mustered out Company G, 4th Cavalry Regiment Indiana on 29 June 1865 in Edgefield, TN
  • Thomas H. Hoopingarner
    1849 - 1923
  • William Hoopingarner
    Jan 7, 1833 - Apr 5, 1909

NEWKIRK

  • Elizabeth J. Newkirk
    Aug 12, 1821 - Sep 26, 1878
    Wife of Isaac Newkirk
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  • Isaac Newkirk Apr 20, 1822 - Feb 29, 1892

    Isaac Newkirk's
    Civil War Service Record:

    • Enlisted as a Lieutenant 1st Class on 08 August 1862
    • Commission in Company G, 4th Cavalry Regiment Indiana on 14 August 1862
    • Promoted to Full Captain on 04 March 1863 effective 01 May 1863
    • Mustered out Company G, 4th Cavalry Regiment Indiana on 29 June 1865 in Edgefield, TN