ADAIR COUNTY, MISSOURI
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 ¼ 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 1890’s
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.
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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
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Thomas & Lucy Fitzgerald
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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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Charles & Jennie Lorton
John E. Lorton
Leslie & Cecil Lorton
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Mary J. Needham
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Jesse & Sarah (Cragg)
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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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