This past August, we ran a feature on the tiny cemetery at the southeast corner of Kessler Boulevard and Keystone Avenue. Its purpose and origins had been something that had intrigued me for ages, though I never acted upon the impulse to pop out of the car and take a peek until this year. Judging by the response, I wasn’t the only one curious about how such a tiny but well groomed grave ended up next to such a highly trafficked intersection. However, as is sometimes the case when one goes trudging through the history of other peoples families, there are other sides to stories, perhaps more factual sides.

One of the main sources for August’s feature was an 1998 Indianapolis Star article by reporter Bill Shaw titled “Last Rights” where Shaw travels to Kokomo to interview then 81 year-old Dorothea Woods Sargent, the driving force behind the marker in question. Dorothea married John Jacob Sargent after his first wife, Henrietta, passed in 1972. While the two were married, John told her of an ancestor of his that fought in the American Revolution. From the Shaw’s article: