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January 27, 2016

Great thanks for the kindness shown for an unknown settler

(Talk of the Town photo by Jennifer Zartman Romano)BradenGrave116.jpg
When Samuel Braden bought a parcel of land from the US government and came to Whitley County in the fall of 1839, he was among the earliest settlers in the county. I can only imagine what a wild land he discovered here, setting roots for generations of proud residents. Several years ago, I read his obituary, talking about the beauty of his funeral, the likes of which hadn't been seen here before.
Through his will, it was clear that he worried about the future care of his gravesite. He named a caretaker for his gravesite and provided for a financial stipend for this service.
Years passed. Those who knew him passed. His place of eternal sleep on the crest of a hill in Broxon Cemetery fell into disrepair.
Several months ago, under the care of restoration specialist Sherm Keirn and guidance of Jefferson Township trustee Chad Nix, his beautiful stone has been repaired and restored to stand for future generations. My sincere thanks for the care and kindness you have shown to this unknown settler, my great-great-great-great grandfather.