DOWNEY CEMETERY, HARRISON COUNTY, MO


Picture of Downey Cemetery
Picture of Downey Cemetery
Picture of Downey Cemetery
Downey Cemetery
Photographs taken
by Phil Stewart
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enlarged views of the cemetery.



Located on private property in section 32 of Clay Township, northeastern Harrison County. From Interstate 35 at Eagleville, go east on route N to Blythdale. Turn north on route T to route UU. Turn right (east) on route UU to the intersection with route O. Turn left (north) on route O to the first gravel cross road and turn left (west). Follow the gravel road west to the home on the right. The graveyard is on the crest of a hill approximately 300 yards north of this home and 200 yards east of the road. It cannot be seen from the road. It is in very poor condition with only a few stones still visible. It is fenced but is not maintained.


A Short History of the Downey Cemetery:

To call it a "cemetery" is stretching the definition of the word. Technically, it is a "community" or family graveyard which was common in the area through the mid to late 1800s. Information indicates that the first burial was that of James C. Graham who died in 1859 at the age of 23. Twenty to twenty-five burials followed, with the last recorded in 1902. Most of those buried at Downey are members of the Downey family and children of individuals who lived in the area.

NOTE: The following information was gathered and compiled from various sources including Harrison County Census Records, Marriage Records, Death Records, old newspapers of Harrison County, Civil War Service Records and other sources available at the Harrison County Genealogy Library in Bethany, Missouri. The research was conducted and the narrative compiled by Phil Stewart. No claims are made that it is "all inclusive" or 100 percent accurate.

NOTE: Photos on this site are the property of the photographer and/or contributor. Permission gladly given for use of these pictures. However, since you did not take them, please give credit to Phil Stewart and/or the Mercer County website. Thank you.


SURNAMEGIVEN NAMEBIRTH DATEDEATH DATEOTHER INSCRIPTIONEDITOR'S NOTES
CADJEWHarriet Dec 23, 1880Age 3y, 1m, 7dClick on surname for photo of stone.
CADJEW T.May 6, 1809Aug 9, 1861 Given name Thomas
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DeLONGAlexanderMar 3, 1805Jul 17, 1878  Born in Guernsey County, Ohio,
Married Elizabeth Rodman on Oct 16, 1828 in Perry County, Ohio, and was the grandfather of Samuel DeLong who was the second husband of Margaret Downey-Graham.
He was living with one of his children at the time of his death and was brought to the Downey Cemetery for burial.
DeLONG Harriet  ???? 1860 Dau of J. R. & M. DeLong No Birth Date
Stone worn
Death date partially illegible
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DOWNEYMarthaDec 6, 1810Jul 16, 1877  Born in Kentucky
Daughter of John and Margaret (Caldwell) Evans
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DOWNEYSamuelMar 11, 1809Jun 26, 1880  Born in Kentucky
Son of Archibald and Sarah (Cook) Downey, who are buried at the Andover Cemetery, Harrison County
Married Martha Evans in Nicholas County, Kentucky on May 8, 1828 and had the following children:
John, born 1829 in either Kentucky or Indiana
Jane Elizabeth, born Aug 23, 1832 in Boone County, Indiana
Joseph T., born in 1835 in Boone County, Indiana
Barton W., born Jan 9, 1837 in Boone County, Indiana
Samuel Newton, born in 1840 in Boone County, Indiana (also buried at the Downey Cemetery)
Margaret, born Dec 24, 1841 in Boone County, Indiana
David Francis, born 1845 in either Indiana or Ohio
Grace, born 1847
Sarah E., born 1847 in Indiana
Robert M., born Jun 30, 1849 in Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa.
Various county records list Samuel's primary occupation as "Farmer", but he is also identified as a Christian Minister and was elected as the Harrison Co. representative to the State Legislature in 1862, 64, and 66.
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DOWNEYSamuel Newton1840Feb 2, 1863  Fifth child of Samuel and Martha Downey
Born in Boone County, Indiana
Married Catherine Bridges, daughter of Joseph and Nancy (Jones) Bridges on May 12, 1959
Their children were: Cornelia Josephine (born May 1, 1860) and Samuel Guilford (born Dec 2, 1861) both near Akron, Harrison County.
Samuel served in Company D, 23rd Missouri Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War and was a Sargent at the time of his death on Feb 2, 1863.
He died of Typhoid Fever at Jefferson City, Cole County, Missouri.
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GRAHAMJames C.Mar 29, 1836Sep 24, 1859  Died in Clay Township near Akron in Harrison County
Married Margaret Downey, the daughter of Samuel and Martha Downey, in 1859.
Information indicates that James Graham was a school teacher in one of the rural schools of Clay Township and that Margaret was one of his students.
Margaret's father gave the young couple 40 acres of land on which to build a house, but James contracted typhoid and died before the house was completed and within a year of their marriage.
They had no children.
Margaret later married Samuel DeLong and is buried at the Andover Cemetery.
James is believed to be the first person buried in what became the Downey Cemetery.
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JENKINSMartin E.  Apr 9, 1882Son of P. & S. J. Jenkins
Age 7y, 5m, 20d
No Birth Date
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JENKINSWilliam A.  Aug 3, 1864 Age 2y, 17dNo Birth Date
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McGINTYAnnie B.  Feb 23, 1869Age 8m, 22d
Dau of J.H. & N. J. McGinty
No Birth Date
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McGINTY Mary  1873Age 65 yearsNo Birth Date
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PERCELL Viola C.  Oct 23, 1875Age 7m, 22d
Dau of J. E. & M. E. Percell
No Birth Date
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ROBERTS Delila H.    Died at age 1y, 7m
Dau of John and Jane (Downey) Roberts
No Dates
Same stone with Jane Roberts
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ROBERTSJane May 5, 1832 Dec 24, 1879 Age 47 ys, 4 m, 19 ds
Wife of John Roberts
Dau of Samuel and Martha Downey
Died of chronic malaria fever.
Same stone with Delila Roberts
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ROBERTSJohnApr 18, 1826Dec 16, 1902  Born in Decatur County, Indiana
Son of James and Delia (Blount) Roberts
Married Jane Elizabeth Downey (dau of Samuel & Martha Downey) on Sep 27, 1849 in Jefferson County, Iowa and had the following children:
Martha Elizabeth born Feb 1, 1852 in Wapello County, Iowa
Delilah born Dec 7, 1854
Sarah C. born Aug 27, 1857 in Andover, Harrison County, Missouri
Samuel J. born Aug 18, 1859 in Andover, Harrison County, Missouri
Rebecca J. born Mar 10, 1862 in Andover, Harrison County, Missouri
John Newton born Aug 10, 1866 in Andover, Harrison County, Missouri
Mary Charlotte born Jan 31, 1869 in Andover, Harrison County, Missouri
William born Mar 4, 1872 in Andover, Harrison County, Missouri
Alfred E. born May 7, 1874 in Andover, Harrison County, Missouri

John remarried on Jul 4, 1880 to Sarah Jackson.
Probably the last person to be buried in Downey Cemetery
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ROBERTSSarah C.    Died at age 1 year
Dau of John and Jane (Downey) Roberts
No Dates
ROBERTS William M.    Died at age 1 year
Son of John and Jane (Downey) Roberts
No Dates

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