This is an old picture postcard of the church at the Ft. Madison Cemetery.  
Picture from  Patti Sedillo

            The Fort Madison Cemetery is located North of Kirksville on Highway #63 to EE, East 2 miles to cemetery in Polk Township of Adair County, Missouri, northeast of Sublette and consists of approximately four acres.  When the Black Hawk War broke out in 1832, a military force was sent here from Ralls County, Missouri under the command of Captain Richard Matson.  At the site of what is now the Ft. Madison Cemetery a fort was built near the Salt River.  The fort was called Ft. Matson in honor of the commander of the fort.  However, the name was later changed to Ft. Madison, and the church and cemetery took this name.  The fort consisted of a block house enclosed by a palisade, a separate log building, which was used for a magazine and supply storage.  Brush sheds were erected for the horses.

            A stone and plaque now mark the site of Ft. Matson.  The church building which was constructed in the early 1890s is still in good condition and is maintained.  The land on which the cemetery is located was originally owned by the government and later by the Stewart, Crow and Cragg families and possibly others who are today unknown.  The cemetery was incorporated in 1973, and a perpetual care fund was established for permanent maintenance of the cemetery.

            The land was given by Russell Crow.

            The large pine tree was planted more than 100 years ago four trees were brought from along the Platte River in Nebraska to mark the graves of the four Goddard children buried there.  Only one tree remains in 1979 (information was from Mrs. Carl Burton, Kansas City, whose husband is a descendant of the Crow family.)

            Stone inscriptions copied and material submitted by Mrs. Vernon (Zelma) Evans and Mrs. Wallace (Faye) Farmer.

For additional information on the following tombstones contact: Michele

James & Elizabeth Bown
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Fred & Lottie Brenz
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Glen & Leneve Cragg

John N. Cragg

Nelson & Edna Cragg

Thomas & Elsie Cragg

William Cragg
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Willis Crow
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Thomas & Lucy Fitzgerald
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Lester Furnish

Ira & Florence Furnish
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Forest & Etta Hart

James & Daisy Hart

Jessie & Lula Hart

Laurence & Glenn Hart

RW & Maria Hart
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Richard Ladwig
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Freeda Lindquist

Lester Lindquist
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Charles & Jennie Lorton

John E. Lorton

Leslie & Cecil Lorton

Zula Lorton
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Purla Martin
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Mary J. Needham
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Jesse & Sarah (Cragg) Newcum
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These Reynolds tombstone pictures are provided by Gary Reynolds.

1) George and Fannie Reynolds (my great-grandparents and son of Rueben Reynolds of Madison County Illinois)

2) Emma Reynolds (a child of George and Fannie buried right next to them;  b.1866, d. 1902)

3) Alfred & Emma (Brassfield) Reynolds (Alfred was the son of William B. Reynolds Jr. and Ruth (Story) Reynolds)

4) Stanley L. & Corda (Lavonne Samper?) Reynolds (Stanley was the son of Alfred and Emma Reynolds)

5) Roosevelt Reynolds (Roosevelt was also a son of Alfred and Emma Reynolds)

6) Aileen Reynolds (Aileen was the daughter of Stanley L. & Corda (Lavonne?) Reynolds)

Earl L. Tuder

Ernest & Bertha Tuder

Forest E. Tuder

John M. Tuder

Leslie E. Tuder

Zora B. Tuder
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Eddie & Mary Uber
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Russell & Louise Well
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Newton & Minnie Wellborn

James Auther & Emma Cathrine Wellborn

James & Emma Wellborn
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Map of Adair County Cemeteries

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Claudia Minor all rights reserved.