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Violett Cemetery, Goshen, Indiana

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The cemetery is located in Elkhart Township, Elkhart County, (SE quadrant of the SW quadrant of the NE quadrant of Section 28 Township 36N Range 6E) on the east and west side of Violett Road between Martin Manor Drive and Egbert Drive.

It is named for the pioneer family that first owned the 40 plus acre property. The first known burial at Violett was in 1837, but local lore suggests that a Native American burial ground existed on the property prior to that. Another local legend suggests that the Underground Railroad passed through along the east bank of the Elkhart River. Violett was officially established as a cemetery sometime in the mid- to late 1800’s and passed to the City of Goshen in 1897.

Indiana Cemetery Locations, Volume 1, published by the Indiana Genealogical Society (02 April 2005), gives the primary cemetery name as Violett Cemetery, but it is also known as Waterford Cemetery.

The cemetery is listed in the Cemetery and Burial Grounds Registry of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and in the State Historical Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD) with Cemetery Record Number CR-20-44 (Violett / Waterford).

The Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory (IHSSI) survey number for Violett Cemetery is 039-243-53243 with the dataset compiled in 2004.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) feature ID for the cemetery is 445310 (Violett Cemetery).

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