Shiloh Meeting House & Cemetery

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Shiloh Winter
Shiloh Summer
Shiloh Fall
Photo by Julie Himsel Williams,
Winter 2002

Photo by Delbert "Junie" Himsel,
Summer 2006

Photo by Steve DuCett,
Fall 2007

 The first Shiloh was on the west edge of the Irish Settlement.They began holding religious services in a log church in 1817.This log Cumberland Presbyterian Church was one-quarter mile southwest of the present Hillsboro Cemetery.  Church services and campgrounds were at this site until 1839 when Shiloh moved to its present site. This location is about a mile and a half southeast of Ireland and two and one half miles west of Jasper. Click here for directions and map. Camp meetings and religious services continued. Here a new set of log camps was built.  With the exception of the camp of Robert Dickson, all camps were but one story.  Dickson's camp was a two story building, which stood at the southeast corner of the four rows of camp buildings.  Among others having camps were: Thomas Payne, James Stewart, Madison Armstrong, David Anderson, Andrew Anderson, John Shandy, Andrew Morgan, Andrew Kelso, Louis Green, Samuel Dillin, Sr., Mordecia Hopkins and many others. 

     Among the ministers who conducted the meetings at the two campgrounds were Reverends William Harris, Alexander Chapman, John Barnett, William Barnett, Finis Ewing, Dr. James Johnson, John M. Berry, Aaron Shelby, David Lowry, Henry Delaney, Hiram Hunter, William Lynn, Thomas Porter, William Long, Alexander Downey and James Ritchey, Sr.

    The camp meetings, as they were known in the early days, came to an end when the 1849 Shiloh Meeting House was erected.  James Stewart was head carpenter for the building of the meeting house.  All the lumber was sawed by water power, but the weather boarding and the finishing lumber was hand planed.  At the time it was built and for many years afterwards, Shiloh was known as one of the finest country churches in the southern part of the state.

    The name Shiloh is a Hebrew word meaning "a quiet place".  It is found frequently in the Bible and is a favorite church name among all denominations.

    Church Services were held on the first Sunday of the month.  Reverand A.J. Strain served as the first minister of Shiloh. He served for 26 years. During his tenure, the Shiloh Cemetery was begun. Rev. E. E. Banta (Bonta) was also one of the early ministers.  The first burial was that of Miss Minerva Edmondson in 1860.  Carter Reynolds, March 28, 1861, was the second burial.  Jane Stewart, who died April 3, 1861, was buried in the third grave.  The first soldiers to be buried at Shiloh were Madison and Ashier Greene, sons of Thomas and Eliza Greene. Madison and Ashier died during the Civil War.  They died in the battle of Shiloh in Corinth, Mississippi.  They were brought back and buried in the same grave.  A list of all known burials in the cemetery is on this website.

    The first hearse seen in Ireland was used for the funeral of Joanna Dillin in 1868. Prior to the year 1888, all burials were made in wood coffins.  At that time, Isaac Alexander, Ireland undertaker, brought two metal caskets to his establishment.  The first person buried at Shiloh in such a casket was Mrs. Phillip (Sadie) Wineinger in 1889.

     Rev. A. J. Strain served as many as 10 churches in the area.  His means of transportation was his horse.  During a week of many rains, he became sick. Rev. Strain developed double pneumonia.  He died on February 2, 1873.  It is documented in the Jasper Courier, that over 1500 people attended the funeral.  The people met in Ireland and followed the procession to Shiloh where he was buried.  It is believed Rev. Strain's influence in educational and religious circles was probably greater than that of any other pioneer in Dubois County. The rural graveyards of indiana are full of the honest, sincere, truthful, loving, God fearing pioneers.  They were indeed the salt of the earth.  The remains of many of the most prominent pioneer families associated with Jasper and the Irish Settlement are at rest at Shiloh.  It is the sacred duty of the present and of the future generations to improve, preserve and beautify this hallowed spot.  These pioneers leave with us the lesson that it is not necessary for people to live in marble halls and speak a language of perfection to have richness of character and hearts that are warm and true.   

     With the passing of Rev. Strain came the passing of regular services at Shiloh.  Services continured to be held at Shiloh more or less regularly until September of 1885.  The congregation had built a new Presbyterian church in the town of Ireland.

    With the congregation moving to Ireland, the cemetery and building did not receive the attention it deserved.  It was not until September of 1927, that this problem was resolved. It was then that the official name of The Shiloh Cemetery Association of Ireland, Indiana was given and the association was formed.  The association was and still is comprised of a board of directors and a slate of officers.  The board set out to beautify and restore the meeting house and cemetery. The cemetery has been maintained throughout the years and remains in excellent shape.  In the Shiloh bylaws it states that the cemetery is open at all times for the burial of the dead, irrespective, of faith, sect or denomination, for the use and benefit of the general public.  Shiloh is a public cemetery and may be used by all beliefs and denominations. Also, if you wish to have a "Pioneer Wedding" at the 1849 Shiloh Meeting House, e-mail  to get the details or for any other questions about the cemetery.


     The first board of directors included: Earl Stewart, President, Theodore Glezen, Vice-President and Dr. Eugene Norman, Secretary/Treasurer. These gentlemen were elected on January 2, 1928.  They voted to meet the first Tuesday night of each month at 7:30pm at the law office of Horace M. Kean in Jasper, Indiana. After meeting for 6 straight months, it was found that the board had progressed the restoration of the church and grounds sufficently that the board voted to meet twice a year or upon call by the President.

     Since the beginning of Shiloh in 1817, Shiloh has held an annual event to honor the dead and especially the veterans.   During the second meeting of the board, it was decided to continue an annual Gathering on Memorial Day.  This tradition holds true yet today. Presently, the secretary sends out over 400 letters to 29 states giving notice each year of the annual event.  The Gatherings draw about 130 persons each year.  The event is held on the Memorial Day week-end Sunday at the Shiloh Meeting House.  The event begins at 1 pm EDT. with a one hour program.  Desserts are served following the program, please bring your own drinks.  If you wish to remember Shiloh with a donation: please send it to, Shiloh, 7154W-150N, Jasper, IN  47546-8957.  Also, please tell other interested "Friends of Shiloh" about this website. If you are interested in having an annual newsletter, please e-mail and we'll put you on the mailing list.

       Shiloh 2015; On May 24, 2015 at 1:00 pm EDT, Shiloh will hold its 198th annual meeting. The meeting will have as it's guest speaker Rev. Larry Van Camp.  Rev. Larry is the minister of the local Shiloh United Methodist Church.  The music will alsobe provided by Shiloh. Courtney Hebbrer, the church choir director, is in charge of the music. A Dessert Festival will be afte the meeting. The public is invited, come and bring a friend to honor the veterans and all who have gone on before.