States: Indiana: Randolph
My husband and I have been researching the Quaker church in Arba and transcribing the church cemetery. We have come to a long row of tombstones, they do not mark individual graves, but they are just all together. My husband's grandfather says that those are the tombstones of the people buried in the "Cholera Pit" and that the tombstones were all placed there, instead of on an individual grave, since victims were just basically thrown in the pit. Can anyone verify that there was a cholera epidemic in Arba? It seems to have happened sometime in the 1850's. I have been unable to find any record of it. The Church's birth and death records from that time are lost. Can anyone help us with this?