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Miller Cemetery - The Bethel Lutheran Cemetery


The following inventory of Miller Cemetery was done in 1957 by Mrs. Joseph E. Brown and Mrs. W.A. McBride of the Julia Watkins Brass Chapter, N.S.D.A.R., Crown Point, Indiana on August 4, 1957. A copy of the inventory was acquired from the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis. The inventory has a short introduction about the history of Miller with these few comments about the cemetery itself:

"This small cemetery is not listed in Ball's book on Lake County. This is probably because Calumet and North Townships were as yet very sparsely settled in 1872. However, this cemetery contains one very old stone and is a very interesting one.
...It is to be noted that several graves were uncovered and it is reasonable to assume that there may be others covered by the shifting sand."

The cemetery is still active and maintained. If you are interested in burials following 1957 you could contact Bethel Lutheran. In communication with descendants of John Victor Johnson, an early settler in Miller, it was learned that this land was originally owned by that gentleman, who donated the land to Bethel Lutheran Church when he had finished sand mining it.

The Chairman of the Bethel Lutheran (Miller) Cemetery, Verlaine Wright, states the following about the cemetery's history:

"There were only three people buried on the hillside in the early years because the hill was on private land. It was not until 1882 that John V. Johnson deeded a 2-acre parcel of his land to Miller Station for use as a cemetery. From then on, it was used officially as a cemetery. Also, the 1850 census shows a 3-year old John S. Miller living in the area with his parents Samuel and Susan and three siblings."

Surname Given Name Dates Notes
Anderson, Alfred 1855-1932
Annie 1855-1951
Anna F. 1861-1948
Anna Marie 1828-1912
Arthur E. 1864-1952
Hulda Hertina 1871-1952
J. Russell; brother 1886-1954
Magnus 1825-1896
Nels H. 1849-1924 Five lots in family plot; curb inclosed
Victor Gilbert 1864-1904
Arvidson, Hans June 23, 1842 - Mar.24, 1898 Top of stone off base, data may be on other side.
Benn, Thomas 1858-1938
Boman, Minnie; dau. of Bethilda July 18, 1868 - June 10, 1992 Stone is embedded
Carlson, Claus E. 1856-1941
Clinton 1903-1956
Emil P. 1858-1902
Francy 1888-19--
Ida M. 1862-1936
Mary aged 59 years Broken / near Carlson stones
Minnie C.; daughter 1893-1924
Myrtle B. 1882-1903
Robert G.; son 1882-1903
Sophie C.; mother 1859-1929
Carr, Drusilla; mother 1856-1930
Ida 1867-1872
Myrtle; daughter 1890-1907
Robert; father 1848-1902
William Nov. 14, 1815 -
Mar. 8,1870
Climer, Noble V. 1886-1942
Cook, Christine L. Sept. 12, 1848 -
May 6, 1916
W.G. Sept. 27, 1843 -
Aug. 16, 1897
Eshelman, Davi O. Co. 14, 1st W.Va.Inf; Spanish American War
Goutts, Marguerite Nov. 30, 1834 -
Oct. 20, 1897
Hansen, Hans P. Feb. 4, 1865 -
Feb. 11, 1950
Marie E. Dec. 17, 1870 -
Feb. 3, 1952
Hanmer, Maurice Sept. 20, 1890 -
Aug. 23, 1921
Hasselgren, Caroline 1844-1924
Chestine no data
Hokan 1846 - 1923
Sven no data
Hoenscher, August Oct. 10, 1870 -
Nov 25, 1903
family plot is enclosed with a pipe fence, three broken stones, four graves
Jodahl, Elna; wife of N.S. Apr. 23, 1837 -
July 29, 1909
N.S. Sept. 19, 1836 no death date
Johnson, Cecelia 1857-1941
Clara 1896-1910
John Victor 1851-1938
John W. no data; family plot is enclosed
J. Lovisa 1859-1895
Reinhardt 1911-1923
Landers, Nels F. no data; cement curb einclosed
Lange, Hannah May 25, 1817 -
Dec. 23, 1882
John June 27, 1818 -
Mar. 25, 1882
Lindstrom, Lennert M. Mar 10, 1906 -
Apr. 10, 1908
Melloy, Dan 1880-1934
Miller, Elma Nov. 12, 1873 -
May 13, 1902
John S. died July 28, 1851; aged 3 yrs., 7 mos. Oldest stone in the cemetery
North, Mary Ann 1854-1940
Ellen; dau of John and Mary North July 20, 1887 -
May 9, 1907
John A. 1849-1944
Nicholson, Anna; wife of Nicklas 1827-1911
Artie no data
Bertha no data
Francis no data
Grace no data
Nicklas 1862-1902
Roy no data
Nordstrom, Fredrika 1818-1888
Syena 1821-1910
Nicholson, Jennie E. 1858-1897
Nels 1852-1941
Olson, Betty; mother 1867-1894
Carl; brother 1875-1918
Peterson, Emil no data
Waldemar Mar. 12, 1867 -
July 16, 1895
aged 28 yrs., 4 mos.,
4 days
Pockmire, James A. 1868-1904
Quantz, Frederick P. 1882-1934
Skove, Mrs. J.S. June 30, 1891 -
Nov. 12, 1917
Hulda P. 1898-1899 on the Skove lot
Mari P. 1861 - 1895 on the Skove lot
Four other graves on this lot.
Samuel P. 1894 - 1894 on the Skove lot
Trige, Jerd P. 1860 - 1900 on the Skove lot
Snyder, Bernice 1899 - 1899
Swanson, Charley; father Sept. 6, 1820 -
June 20, 1907
Sophia; wife of Charley Sept. 23, 1844 -
Feb. 9, 1922
Snyder, Earl 1902 - 1904
Frank J. 1873 - 1915
Winifred 1882 - 1919
Westergren, Anna Sept. 27, 1835 -
July 26, 1901
John; father 1836 - 1924
Nellie 1874 - 1943
William 1867 - 1956
Wood, August N. 1877 - 1946

Miller Cemetery contained a number of unidentified stones in 1957, when this inventory was done. It's very possible that many of these stones have now been buried. Below is the "unidentified" list as it was compiled in 1957:

  • Old stone; weathered; south of Huldah Anderson
  • Three graves in family plot; one marked with native stone; south of Alfred Anderson
  • Six graves; no stone; north of Eshelman
  • Family plot curb enclosed; immediately to the left of the entrance gates
  • Picket fenced enclosure; no stones; due west of the old John Miller stone
  • "P.E.K." May 21, 1810; Oct. 26, 1891
  • Grave; no marker; due north of Quantz
  • new grave on the Skove lot
  • Three family plots enclosed with cement curbs; due east of Charles Swanson; no data
  • Large family plot north of the drive; six graves; cobble stones enclose plot