Whitley County Courthouse Clocktower - Photograph by Rebeckah R. Wiseman Index to
Old Settlers Necrology
Whitley County, Indiana

The individuals involved in this project were Beverly Henley, Cindy Keirn, Dorothy Bordner and Becky Wiseman.

These pages are simply a necrology or list of those who died for those people who were considered "Old Settlers" of Whitley County as defined by the Old Settlers Association: "Anyone who was 30 years of age or older who had lived in Whitley County for 30 years or more." The lists were generally published on Old Settlers Day and often included those who lived elsewhere at the time of their death. Some lists included everyone who died while living in Whitley County regardless whether they were "old settlers" or not. In other words, there really wasn't any consistency from one year to the next as to who was or was not included. It depended upon who was compiling the list.

This compilation, which includes more than 22,600 names, is from Whitley County Newspapers and from files in the Whitley County Historical Museum. The Old Settlers Necrology lists were generally published annually on Old Settlers Day. In about half of the years the full date of death was given, while in others only the month and year. In several years there was simply a listing of those who had died since the previous Old Settlers Day with no date or month listed. A range of years given for the date of death (such as "mid 1908-mid 1909") indicates those people where no date was given.

Lists for the following years were not located: 1909, 1931, 1943, 1944, and 1984.

The column heading describes the information included in the listings:
   "Surname, Given Name ~ Date of Death ~ Source Date"

Within the Source Date column are the codes for either the newspaper where the listing was found (CCP = Columbia City Post, PM = Post & Mail) or if it came from the Whitley County Historical Museum (HM). Obtaining these newspapers will simply give you the Necrology listing.

If you would like to obtain an obituary for the individual, check the Online Obituary Index on the Peabody Public Library website to see if an obituary was published in Whitley County Newspapers. You can then contact them to obtain a copy of the obituary. The Peabody Library index includes the years 1911 to the present. For the years prior to 1911, check the Raber Index to see if an obituary was published.

Index to Old Settlers Necrology 1906-2007

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