The DARLAND Family in Washington
Township / Grene Township, Parke County, Indiana
(Ms. Cassidy explained) Concerning the old Todd Cemetery: A pioneer
cemetery located on what is now the William Baird farm. Marsha Berger
located this cemetery in 1980, and I quote from her letter: "We
spent several hours locating the old Todd Cemetery on a rainy afternoon.
We crossed a railroad trestle, climbed a hill, crossed two cattle and hog
lots sinking in ankle-deep in mud, climbed three fences, and thought it
all in vain when we spied one stone in the middle of a hog lot; this stone
was for J. Smock, and beside it, but broken in half, was the tombstone
of Abraham Darland: we rubbed it with railroad chalk and then could
easily read the inscription; his foot stone with the initials A.D. was
also laying there, loose and unbroken. Martha Baird told us that
when they bought the land 32 years before, there were about a dozen stones
standing, but were rough uncut fieldstone simply stuck in the soil, and
the years have taken their toll. It was once a beautiful cemetery,
high on a bluff overlooking the countryside. We were sad when we
left" (Source: "The Dorlandts in America",
from Dorothy Darland who was quoting Marsha Berger's experience.)
|(Ms. Judy Cassidy wrote) Abraham is on the tax lists for Mercer
County (Kentucky) in 1819 but it appears once he married he, his brother
Isaac and their wives left for Indiana. In the fall of 1822 (*possibly
an error - could be 1821) there were twelve families including the
Darlan's and the Smocks who arrived in Washington Township, Parke County,
Indiana from Kentucky.
(John E. Darland said the township was named Green Twp., Parke Co.,
(Ms. Cassidy cited the 'Parke Co., IN History, Vol. I, page 419, Green
Twp.') "In the fall of 1821 there came from Kentucky
five (5) families among them Abraham Durlin to settle on the west bank
of the north branch of the Little Raccoon, south of the railroad crossing
at Guion." "This was the first settelment of the township."
"The first cabin built was Abraham Durlin's."
(Ms. Cassidy continued) Isaac had one patent, Abraham had one and
Lambert had three right near each other in Washington Township. Todd Cemetery
is right on the boarder of Green and Washington near their homes. Rt. 236
runs along their property lines dividing some on the north and some on
the south. Supposedly they lived along Moon Creek.