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City Cemeteries

City Owned and Maintained Cemeteries.  For information call (573) 634-6410.

(Old) City Cemetery is located at 1000 East McCarty Street and dates back to 1826.  This property was set aside as a graveyard during the early days of Jefferson City and is bounded by Chestnut Street on the west, East McCarty Street on the north, East Miller Street on the south, and includes the Clark Mausoleum.  This cemetery is not active with new burials but has a rich history of interesting residents of Jefferson City who are buried here.

                                   Old City Cemetery/Woodland

 

Woodland Cemetery is located at 1022 East McCarty Street and dates back to 1837.  This property was purchased at a State auction by Israel and Mary Reed, who laid out the cemetery and started selling burial lots and family plots. The cemetery is located between the (Old) City Cemetery and the National Cemetery.  This cemetery is not active with the sale of grave spaces but is still being used by family members for burials in established family plots.  This cemetery also has a section for the State of Missouri where many early State dignitaries are buried including Governor Marmaduke who died in office in 1887.  This cemetery is also rich with history of many of the founding families of Jefferson City.

Longview Cemetery is located at 204 Scotts Station Road and dates back to 1922.  This property was purchased by the City of Jefferson to continue as the City Cemetery when the (Old) City Cemetery became full.  This cemetery is currently active with burials and is also rich with more recent history of Jefferson City.  Grave spaces may be purchased from the City of Jefferson at 320 East McCarty St.

 

                 Longview Cemetery       Longview Cemetery

 

The City of Jefferson is accepting donations for the preservation and restoration of the historic Woodland-Old City Cemeteries.  Funds will be used to support preservation and restoration of grave markers and monuments.  If you would like to give, please fill out the Donation Form and mail along with your check to City of Jefferson / Department of Planning and Protective Services, 320 E. McCarty Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101.

See our Progress!

The City of Jefferson Department of Planning and Protective Services has been actively working on restoring Woodland/Old City Cemetery.  Please view the before and after pictures of our progress in restoring these historic Jefferson City Cemeteries.

Restoration Photos

Records and additional information on these City owned and maintained cemeteries are available at the Department of Planning and Protective Services, City Municipal Building, 320 East McCarty Street.  Calling ahead for an appointment is suggested.

To find additional information regarding individuals buried at Woodland/Old City Cemetery and Longview Cemetery please go to the following website:  www.findagrave.com

Jefferson City National Cemetery resides in Jefferson City but is NOT maintained by the City.

 

The following records are the copying of the inscriptions on the gravestones in Woodland and (Old) City Cemeteries in 1975 as a bicentennial project of the Jane Randolph Jefferson Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Mrs. Ross Geary, Bicentennial Chairman.

 

History of Woodland and (Old) City Cemetery

Index

Woodland - Row 1 thru Row 2a

Woodland - Row 2b thru Row 4a

Woodland - Row 4b thru Row 7a

Woodland - Row 7b thru Row 7c

(Old) City Cemetery - Row A thru Row L

(Old) City Cemetery - Row L thru Row T

(Old) City Cemetery - Row T thru Row Y

(Old) City Cemetery - Row Z thru Row HH

 

Historical Background of our City Owned Cemeteries

Excerpts from Historic Preservation's Cemetery Tour Brochures

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A Few Gravesites of Interest

Information provided by Mark Schreiber

Pictures by Donald Beck

The grave sites selected below represent a small number of the pioneering men and women who helped make our city, state and nation what it is today.  According to Good Speed's 1888 History of Missouri, there were about 31 families living in Jefferson City in November of 1826.  The majority lived in the area where Lohman's Landing and the Governor's Mansion now stand.

Most original settlers of Jefferson City came from Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and the Carolinas.  Many of Jefferson City's pioneer families are buried at Woodland and the Old City cemeteries. The vast majority of the early pioneers were of nearly pure English and African American ancestry.  The influence of German settlers was not seen significantly until the middle to late 1830's.

The City of Jefferson was incorporated on November 7, 1825.  James Dunnica, William Jones, Jesse F. Royston, Josiah Ramsey and Daniel Colgan were named as trustees.  A year later, the State Capitol building was completed by James Dunnica, firmly establishing Jefferson City as the state capitol.  McDaniel Davis established the first distillery here; Daniel Colgan operated the earliest store which was located near the current capitol grounds.  The first issue of the "Jeffersonian Republican" was printed January 24, 1826.  Calvin Gunn and W.F. Dunnica operated the paper.  I.B. Read, who would later found the Woodland Cemetery, opened a store in 1828.  From this small group of early pioneers, the City of Jefferson was formed.  Joshua Chambers, the last of those original pioneers, died in 1878.

As the City of Jefferson grew, so did the need to establish an organized appropriate burial site for residents who died.  Outlot No. 38 was set aside as a graveyard during the early days of the town.  Although now located in the middle of Jefferson City, at the time it was established, "Old City Cemetery" was on the outskirts of the city and stands as a reminder of our early heritage. 

Research compiled by Mark S. Schreiber indicates there are a total of 1,794 burials with markers in the Old City and Woodland Cemeteries.  Of those 437 are children.  Besides a number of state officials and early mayors of Jefferson City, there are 15 pioneer physicians, six sheriffs, eight former chiefs of police, three prison wardens and two known Revolutionary war soldiers buried in the cemeteries.

 

 

THIS AREA IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION

 

 

 

U.S. Government Markers

(rounded top)

 

Markers, initially provided by the U.S. government, generally were of marble, round at the top, and displayed the federal shield with the individual's name and unit of service.

 

 

 

 

Confederate Army Marker

 

 

 

Confederate Army Markers

(pointed top)

Markers provided for those who served with the Confederate Army were also of marble, but were pointed at the top.  They had no federal shield.

 

 

 

Logan Bennett

 

 

 

 

African American Soldiers

In one section of the Old City Cemetery there are located several government markers that are of men who served their country as African American Soldiers. 

 

 

 

 

Unknown Soldier

 

 

 

 

Unknown Soldier

There are a number of smaller post-style markers within the cemtery which only have a number on them.  These are markers of unknown soldiers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G.A.R. Markers

Grand Army of the Republic

 

Some individual families chose to identify a Civil War veteran with a family marker clearly indicating the service of the individual.  A common means of such identification was to have G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) etched into the stone.  Sometimes a likeness of the GAR medal was etched into the stone. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Possibly the oldest marked grave

 

 

Eliza Jane Casey

Died August 12, 1826

 

It is believed the oldest (marked) grave at the cemetery is that of Eliza Jane Casey, the 5-year-old daughter of Harden and Fanny Casey.  Her father operated a horse-drawn grist mill at the northeast corner of High and Madison Streets in 1925.

 

 

 

 

 

Governor Thomas Reynolds

1840 - 1844

 

Governor Thomas Reynolds

 

Thomas Reynolds

March 12, 1796 - February 9, 1844

(from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

 

Thomas Reynolds and his family moved to Missouri in 1828 and settled in Fayette.  Reynolds established a legal practice in Fayette and for a time also served as editor of the Boonslick Democrat newspaper.  Elected to represent Howard County in the Missouri Legislature in 1832, he was quickly named Speaker of the House.  In 1837 Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs nominated Reynolds to be the circuit judge for the 2nd judicial district, a position he held until being elected Missouri's seventh governor in 1840.

Thomas Reynolds presided over a time of great expansion and growth in Missouri.  The Oregon Trail, with its kick-off point in western Missouri, was booming and the economy was beginning to recover in the state and nation from the Panic of 1837.  Regarding the issue of slavery Reynolds believed in each state's right to decide the issue for itself and that abolitionists or others helping slaves escape should face life imprisonment.  Under his leadership fifteen new counties were formed in Missouri.  One issue that Reynolds championed perhaps the hardest was for the elimination of debtor's prisons, which the Missouri General Assembly did in February 1843.

Despite all his success Thomas Reynolds was not a well man, either physically or mentally. The Missouri's Whig party and certain newspapers were particularly harsh in their criticism of Reynolds, his actions and positions as governor.  During breakfast on the morning of February 9, 1844 Reynolds asked a blessing, which was not usual for him.  Following the meal he locked himself in his Executive Mansion office and drew the shutters closed.  Some time later a passerby heard a shot and upon investigation Reynolds was found dead at his desk with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.  On the governors writing table was a sealed message addressed to his friend, Colonel William G. Minor in which he said, "I have labored and discharged my duties faithfully to the public, but this has not protected me from the slanders and abuse which has rendered my life a burden to me . . .I pray to God to forgive them and teach them more charity."

Two years after his burial at Woodlawn Cemetery a large granite shaft was erected at his gravesite.  Reynolds County, Missouri was also named in his honor.  His greatest legacy however, was the public attention paid to the issue of mental illness.

 

 

 

John Sappington Marmaduke

 

John S. Marmaduke

March 14, 1833 - December 28, 1887

(from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

John Sappington Marmaduke was the second son among ten children, Marmaduke was born on his father's plantation near Arrow Rock in Saline County, Missouri.  His father, Meredith Miles Marmaduke was the eighth Governor of Missouri.  His great-grandfather, John Breathitt, had served as the Governor of Kentucky from 1832 - 1834, dying in office.

Marmaduke attended Yale and Harvard Colleges and was a West Point graduate. His illustrious career included being Captain and Colonel of the Missouri State Guard, Brigadier General and Major General of the Confederate Army during the American Civil War.  Born into a political family, he later became the 25th Governor of Missouri from 1884 until his death in 1887.

After the war Marmaduke settled in St. Louis.  He worked briefly for an insurance company, whose ethics he found contrary to his own.  He then edited an agricultural journal and publicly accused the railroads of discriminatory pricing against local farmers.  The governor soon appointed Marmaduke to the State's first Rail Commission.

Marmaduke decided to enter politics, but lost the 1880 Democratic nomination for governor to former Union general Thomas T. Crittenden, who had strong support and financial backing from the railroads.  Undeterred, Marmaduke compaigned four years later for Governor of Missouri at a time when public opinion had changed and railroad reform and regulation became more in vogue.  Marmaduke conducted a campaign which apologetically emphasized his Confederate service, emphasized alleged abuses of Missourians by Union troops during the Civil War, celebrated the activities of pro-Confederate "partisan guerrillas" such as William Clark Quantrill, claimed that the Republican Party in Missouri was a tool of "Carpetbaggers" to oppress "native" Missourians, and made overt appeals to white racism.  Ironically, considering Marmaduke's "Confederate-focused" campaigning, he was elected on a platform (officially) focused on cooperation between former Unionists and Confederates, promising an agenda which would produce a "new Missouri."

He settled potentially crippling railroad strikes in 1885 and 1886.  The following year, Marmaduke pushed laws through the state legislature that finally began regulating the state's railway industry.  Marmaduke also dramatically boosted the state's funding of public schools, with nearly a full third of the annual budget allocated to education.  He never married, and his two nieces served as hostesses at the Governor's Mansion.

Like his great-grandfather, Marmaduke died while serving as governor.  He contracted pneumonia late in 1887 and died in Jefferson City.  He was buried in the City Cemetery. 

 

 

 

 

 

Frederick Buehrle

 

 

Frederick Buehrle

March 4, 1837 - March 25, 1915

Frederick Buehrle was born on March 4, 1837 in Kappel am Rhein, Baden Germany.  He married Anna Maria R. Kieselbach on August 25, 1862.  She died December 16, 1912.  They were married 50 years.  He was a stone mason and builder and several of his houses still exist on Washington Street.  He enlisted in the 5th Missouri Volunteer Infantry, Union, and later became a 2nd Lieutenant of Co. F 5th Missouri Cavalry.  He was shot through the shoulder and right leg at the Battle of Wilson's Creek. Captain James Levi Keown, a Confederate soldier and longtime friend, saw Buehrle fall.  Under extreme fire and at great risk Keown ran onto the battlefield and pulled his friend to safety.  They remained friends for life.  Buehrle also fought at Carthage, Missouri. After the war he was referred to as "Colonel" Buehrle and was geatly loved.  He worked for the U.S. Court and served as the squad leader for cannon salutes at the State Capitol.  Buehrle died March 25, 1915 in Kansas City while attending a GAR convention.  His funeral in Jefferson City was the largest since Governor John S. Marmaduke's in 1888.  More than 2,000 people attended. 

 

Frederick Buehrle

 

 

John Tweedie

 

 

John Tweedie

1838 - 1908

Tweedie was born in Moffat, Dumfries Shire, Scotland.  His family had been shoemakers for generations, and he took up the craft.  He came to America in 1856.  He served during the Civil War and rose to the rank of 1st sergeant.  Tweedie was in the first battle of Bull Run, and later served under General Sherman.  He came to Jefferson City with the Priesmeyer Shoe Company in 1874 when they became established at the Missouri State Penitentiary.

 

 

 

 

General James L. Minor

 

 

 

James L. Minor

June 9, 1813 - June 2, 1897

 

 

 

     General James L. Minor was a lawyer,   Secretary of State Senate, Adjutant General and educator.

 

 

 

Green C Berry

 

 

 

Green C. Berry

September 9, 1931 - December 18, 1881

Green Berry farmed in the area and was Cole County sheriff and Collector for two terms.  On December 18, 1881, a train derailed near Russellville killing Berry and two other men instantly.  The fine brick home of Green Berry still stands near the Moreau River on the road named for him.

 

 

 

Alfred Bayse

 

 

 

Alfred J. Basye

June 2, 1785 - November 10, 1856

Major Alfred J. Basye was born in Virginia of French Hugenot descent.  Settled in Howard County when he was elected State Representative in 1826.  He first came to Jefferson City that year and decided to settle here, bringing with him 60 cattle, 20 horses, and 30 slaves.  He bought the block between Capitol Avenue and High Street and Jackson and Adams.

 

 

Peter G. Glover

 

 

 

 

Peter G. Glover

January 14, 1792 - October 27, 1851

Glover dedicated his life to being a public servant, serving as State Representative, State Senator, State Auditor, Superintendent of Schools, Secretary of State and State Treasurer.

 

 

 

 

M. M. Parsons Family

 

 

M. M. Parsons Family

General M. M. Parsons, CSA, is not buried at Woodland Cemetery, but wife Mary Parsons and infant daughter Josephine are.

 

 

 

 

James McHenry

 

 

 

 

James B. McHenry

McHenry was born October 7, 1800.  He was a building contractor who helped build the second state capitol about 1838.  The family home was located at 215 Stewart Street.  Two daughters are also buried here.

 

 

 

 

John C. Gordon - Revolutionary War

 

John C. Gordon

1761 - 1837

John Gordon was born in 1761.  He was a contractor and businessman who owned the hotel "Rising Sun", which stood across from the Executive Mansion where Ameren Electric is now located.  He died August 4, 1837.

To the left of his tombstone is a special marker that honors John Gordon as fighting in the Revolutionary War.  This was built and placed by an Eagle Scout as a special project.

 

 

 

SAR Recognition

 

 

 

S.A.R.

Sons of the American Revolution

John Gordon was also recognized at his grave site that he fought in the American Revolution by this marker. Since it is in the shadow in the above picture, this picture was taken so it can be viewed better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sally Burr

DOB Unknown - February 1, 1842

She died on February 1, 1842 at the age of 30.  Her death was cased by her husband, Dedimus B. Burr, who placed powdered glass in her medication when she was ill.  He was sentenced to hang and may be buried next to his wife, but was given no headstone.

 

 

 

 

Elias Barcroft

DOB Unknown - August 26, 1851

He died in August 26, 1851 of cholera.  Barcroft was a member of the Missouri Senate and president of the "Tippecanoe Club" among other things.  His wife, Margaret, is buried next to him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Bernard Bruns family

Dr. Bruns was born in Hanover, Germany December 23, 1800.  He was a graduate of the University of Bonn, then studied in Berlin and graduated in medicine in 1829.  In 1835 he founded the town of Westphalia, Missouri, where his house still stands.  He was mayor of Jefferson City in 1864 when he died.

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Tilly

African-American Bill Tilly died on March 18, 1911, at the age of 75.  Inscription on tombstone:  "In memory of Bill Tilly in appreciation of his long and faithful service as camp attendant cook.  Erected by his white friends of Jefferson City and Missouri."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frank Bolton

African-American Civil War soldier who enlisted December 22, 1863 in Jefferson City.  Union, Co. E/65th, U.S.C.T.

 

 

 

Horice A Swift

 

 

 

Horace Augustus Swift

July 1, 1833 - February 24, 1907

Swift was born July 1, 1833 in Ohio.  He came to Jefferson City in 1858, and was elected judge of the Cole County Court.  The Swift home was located on a farm in the west suburbs of Jefferson City in 1900.  Swift served as warden of the Missouri State Penitentiary.  Swift's influence as a contractor greatly contributed to many of the buildings constructed in Jefferson City.  He died February 24, 1907.

 

 

 

 

John A Clay

 

 

 

 

 

John Albert Clay

1858 - 1905

Born in 1858, he would serve as a Corrections Officer at the Missouri State Penitentiary.  On November 24, 1905, one of the most daring escape attempts at the prison took place.  Four convicts using explosives and handguns shot their way to freedom, killing Clay.  They were later apprehended and publicly hung.

 

 

 

Confederate Army Marker

 

 

Joseph H. Green

1842 - 1910

Green had ancestors who served during the Revolution under Benedict Arnold, General Morgan and "Light Horse Harry' Lee.  He served in the Confederate Army.  Wounded at the Battle of Champion Hill; his step-brother was killed.  Green was later captured and exchanged.  After the war, he went to Old Mexico.  In 1867, he came to Jefferson City where he was in real estate and insurance.  His son A.P. Green started the A.P. Green Brick Company, the largest refractory in the world.

 

 

 

 

William C. Young

 

 

 

 

William C. Young

August 12, 1813 - September 19, 1895

Young came to Jefferson City in 1837.  His wife was Nancy F. Dellinger and by trade he was a carpenter/builder.  He served on the staff of the Major General of the Missouri Militia, where he held the rank of Colonel.  Young was a contractor on the 1837 Missouri State Capitol after the first one burned.  As a builder, he became one of the wealthiest men in Cole County.  He built the home of General Thomas L. Price and courthouses in Morgan, Camden and Wright counties.  He was Factor at the state penitentiary and served three times as a judge of the Cole County Court.  He was president of 1st National Bank and Treasurer of Lincoln Institute.  He had a son, R. E. Young, who was a Confederate Civil War surgeon and later practiced medicine in Jefferson City.

 

 

 

Logan Bennett

 

 

 

 

Logan Bennett

DOB unknown - October 15, 1933

 

Bennett enlisted in the Union Army at age 21 and served in Company K of the 65 Regt. U.S. Volunteers known as the "Old Troopers."  He was a businessman who owned several houses in Jefferson City.  Logan Bennett was one of the original founders of Lincoln University and Bennett Hall is named for him.  He also was a part-time caretaker of hte National Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

Alfred M. Lay

 

 

 

 

 

Alfred M. Lay

May 20, 1836 - December 8, 1879

Lay attended private school in Virginia.  He became a lawyer and was admitted to the bar in Jefferson City in 1857.  He was appointed U.S. District Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.  Lay joined the Confederate Army as a Private in 1861.  He was captured and imprisoned in Alton Penitentiary, then later exchanged and promoted to Major.  In 1875 he was elected to the MO Constitutional Convention.  He was elected a U.S. Congressman in 1878 and died before the end of his term.

 

 

 

John G. Leslie

 

John Grant Leslie

June 9, 1864 - December 19, 1945

Farmer, teacher, high school principal, lawyer, newspaper reporter, newspaper editor, game warden, justice of the peace and police judge.  Married Maud Curnutt and lived at 204 Ash Street.  He was the father of Jewell Pratt, a well known Jefferson City teacher.

 

 

 

 

 

Rev George Chambers

 

 

Rev. George Chambers

DOB 1845 - December 16, 1926

Was born in Ireland and came to America in 1861.  Enlisted in the Union Army two years later.  Rev. Chambers served in churches in Brunswick, ND and Pierre, SD.  In 1899, he came to Jefferson City, where he served as Asst. Rector at Grace Episcopal Church.  He lived at 821 E. High Street.  When his wife Louisa Ada died in 1917, he went to Boston to live with a niece.

 

 

 

Ashley Ewing

 

 

Ashley W. Ewing

December 28, 1838 - March 22, 1905

Ewing was from a distinguished family.  He served in the Confederate forces during the Civil War.  Ewing was elected a state representative in 1876 and later served as the mayor of Jefferson City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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