Bits and Pieces
Deedbook A, Page 201
The proprietors of the Town of Louisiana have given and granted for the
public use and benefit all the streets and alleys as laid off according to the
plat of the said Town, the west half of Block 21 for the use of a church,
seminary and public burying ground, the whole right of property to said west
half of said block 21 to be vested in the trusties of the Louisiana School
Society and their successors forever -- the whole of Block 24 granted to the
commissioners of Pike County and their successors forever for the use of the
public buildings and the right of ferriage to the said town is reserved solely
and exclusively to the proper use and benefit of Samuel K. Caldwell one of the
proprietors of the said Town in the same manner as if the said Town had never
been laid off.
NOTE: Page 202 of Book A has a double page layout of the James Jones survey for the original town of Louisiana. 1875 Plat Map of the county shows Louisiana, page 64, and shows the location of Block 21 with west half on Fourth Street between Kentucky and Virginia Streets. The burials at this location apparently removed after 1850 to the lower part of the cemetery now knows as Riverview.
Copied and submitted by Bowen A. Rogers, 1 Oct 2006
First Cemetery, Louisiana, MO
Originally interred in Louisiana Cemetery and re-interred in Riverview Cemetery was Ratliff Boone (1781-1844) of Warrick Co., IN (cousin of Daniel Boone), b. 18 Jan 1781 in Franklin Co., NC. Ratliff came to Pike County in 1836. He fought in the war of 1812, served in numerous congressional offices and was Lt. Governor of Indiana from 1819-1824 with a brief stint as Governor in 1822. He died in Louisiana, Pike Co., MO on 20 Nov 1844.
NOTE: A son of Ratliff Boone, Bailey H., married Elizabeth Caldwell who was the daughter of Samuel K. Caldwell, one of the co-founders of the Town of Louisiana. The will of Ratliff Boone is shown in Pike County Probate, Vol. 3, page 259. The wife of Ratliff Boone was Delilah Bailey. You can read a brief political bio and see a picture of him here.
Submitted by Bowen A. Rogers, 1 Oct 2006
Excerpt from Betty Parry
Written 8 Oct 1845 and proved 15 Oct 1845
"It is my wish that he [John E. Allen Jr., her son-in-law] should carry on the brick yard that I now have in operation until they can make and until a sufficient quantity of brick is made to put a good substantial brick wall around the family burying ground at the end of the garden on the home farm where I now reside and also install monuments to the memory of the deceased members of our family who are interred or buried there. My father [William Nash, Sr.] is buried there, his father [John Allen, Sr.] and mother [Sarah Allen] are buried there and I expect to be buried there myself."
NOTE: The italicized names surrounded by parentheses were added by
the researcher/submitter. William Nash, Sr. died in early 1820's. John
Allen, Sr. died before 17 Nov 1830 and Sarah Allen died before 23 Sept
Researched, copied and submitted by Bowen A. Rogers, 2 Oct 2006
Deedbook Vol. V, Page
Know all men by these presents that Mr. Marshall S. Allen and Delphia
Allen the wife of the said Marshall S. Allen of the County of Pike and
State of Missouri have this day for and in consideration of the sum of
two hundred and fifty dollars to the said Marshall S. Allen in hand paid
by the City of Louisiana granted bargained and sold and by these
presents do grant bargain and sell unto the said City of Louisiana the
following described tract of land situate within the corporate limits of
the said City and in the County and State aforesaid that is to say that
certain parcel of ground described by metes and bounds as following to
wit: Beginning at a post on the west bank of a small branch at a point
ten feet westward from William Klings line and Seventy-five feet
Southward from said Klings Northwest corner, thence South eighty two and
3/4 degrees west five chains to a post thence North Seven and 1/4
degrees West ten chains to a post thence North eighty two and 3/4
degrees East five chains to a post to the point of beginning containing
five acres being a part of the Northwest 1/4 of Section eighteen (18)
township fifty four (54) North Range West including the relinquishment
of the right of way for a road forty feet wide extending from the
Southeast corner of the cemetery Southward along the West line of
William Klings land to the Northeast line of the Louisiana and Frankford
plank road. The above described parcel of land being identical the same
that is now enclosed and occupied by the City of Louisiana as a cemetery
ground this deed of conveyance being made in lieu of a deed made by the
said grantor about the year 1850 to the said City of Louisiana to the
above described premises and which said deed has been lost and never
recorded. To have and to hold the premises hereby conveyed with all the
rights privileges and appwitenances there to belonging or in anywise
appertaining unto the said City of Louisiana and its legal
representatives forever. I the said Marshall S. Allen hereby covenanting
to and with the said City of Louisiana its assigns successors and legal
representatives for the said City and its legal representatives to warrant
and defend the title to the premises hereby conveyed against the claim
of any person whatsoever. In witness there of we have here with
subscribed our names and affixed our Seals the 17th day of February AD
Filed for record 21st February AD 1860
Copied and submitted by Bowen A. Roger, 2 Oct 2006
The stones bearing the oldest death dates I am aware of are:
Mary Stone who died September 1821 aged about 61 years. She was the widow of Samuel Small and a daughter of Joel Shaw, the co-founder of the Town of Louisiana. She was also the mother of Nancy Kelly.
Nancy Kelly died March 22, 1822 aged 27 years 1 month. Nancy Small Kelly was the first wife of Moses Kelly, marrying 15 Mar 1821.
This mother and daughter are buried, according to the placement of the stones, next to each other and are in the large Moses Kelly lot which is raised within a concrete wall of about 8 inches. There are about 16 burials in this lot including Moses Kelly who died 24 Mar 1869. Many of these stones must have come from the old cemetery on 4th Street.
The above is in conflict with the D.A.R. findings in their publication of 1991. It is stated that cemetery records show a Fleece who died 1 April 1813 and probably is shown on an illegible sandstone slab on Lot 307. First, bear in mind this date is 2 days after the report6ed Indian slaying of Robert and James Jordan out of Buffalo Fort. The Town of Louisiana did not then exist. All settlers in the area were in the confines of Buffalo Fort. Second, there was a Sarah Martha Cole who married James Fleece 29 Nov 1857. Her father, husband and two infant children are buried in Riverview Cemetery. Sarah M. Fleece is buried at Fairview Grassy Creek Cemetery. Her stone reads "1838 - 1913" which is 100 years after the date on the Riveriew stone. Two of her adult children are also buried at Fairview.
The second most ancient burial as reported by the D.A.R. is of Thomas J. Baird, taken from a stone in poor condition. It was copied as born 1802 and died 13 Dec 1816, aged 14 years 5 months 4 days. Again the date of 1816 is before Louisiana existed. Pike County Mo. Probate Records contain a will of Thomas J. Baird written 8 Dec 1846 and proved 22 Dec. 1846. With this information at hand, I was able to decipher his stone as follows:
SACRED TO THE
The D.A.R. misread the "4" in two places as a "1". Pike County Missouri People, Places and Pikers (1981) page 307 has a biography of Thomas J. Baird. The other Thomas Baird with a burial date of March 23, 1854 is the grandson of this Thomas Baird and died as a child.
Researched and submitted by Bowen A. Rogers, 2 Oct 2006