HARRISON COUNTY HOME and FARM CEMETERY, HARRISON COUNTY, MO


As was the case with most counties during the 1800s, Harrison County operated a "County Poor Farm", which was also known as the "asylum" through the late 1800s. It was closed in 1902 when the new County Home was built just west of Bethany. The old County Poor Farm was located approximately three miles south of Ridgeway on blacktop T. In 1902, Harrison County opened a new, more modern facility just across the Big Creek Bridge on west Main Street, just outside the city limits of Bethany. As was also the case with other facilities of this nature at the time, the County Farm (as it was known) was used to house a wide range of individuals including the poor, homeless, the mentally ill and others who were made a ward of the county. This facility was in operation until about 1960.

The two facilities had adjacent cemeteries. Unfortunately, the records from the old "Poor Farm" were transfered to the new "County Farm" in 1902, and burial records were later mixed together. As a rule, any burials before 1902 would be at the old facility near Ridgeway. After 1902, they were most likely buried at the new County Farm near Bethany. Neither cemetery now exists. Only one grave... that of William Loy...was ever marked by an actual tombstone. Most were marked at the time by a pile of rocks or a board. These are long gone. Both areas are now cultivated fields. It should also be noted that records indicate approximately 55 burials at the County Farm west of Bethany. The number of burials near Ridgeway is unknown. The following list contains 90 names. The bodies of some individuals were claimed by relatives and friends and buried elsewhere. These individuals (when known) have not been listed here. Others identified may in fact be buried elsewhere. Those with little or no information, other than "Died at County Farm" may be buried elsewhere, but this could not be confirmed.


SURNAMEGIVEN NAMEBIRTH DATEDEATH DATEOTHER INSCRIPTIONEDITOR'S NOTES
UNKNOWN     Name unknown
Dates unknown
Records show an unidentified 9 year old girl was buried at the County Farm
ARNOLD James E.  March 12, 1909 No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
BAILEY Edward M. Aug 6, 1857 August 27, 1950  Died at County Farm
BART "Doc"    No Dates
Civil War Vet
4th NY Artillary
BOYLE William L.  November 28, 1916 No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
BRATCHER Fannie  Sep 6, 1841 No Birth Date
Age 82 Years
Died at County Farm
BRIDGES Joseph 1805   Died bef 1880
Mexican War Veteran
Died at County Farm
BUIS Sam  January 29, 1919 No Birth Date
Age 58 Years
BUTLER Thomas  April 18, 1948 No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
CARSON Albert  November 02, 1909 No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
There is a William Albert Carson buried at Monson Cemetery
CHAPMAN Walter   May 15, 1930 No Birth Date
Age 78 Years
Died and buried at County Home
CREWS James    Dates unknown
Died at County Farm
CROOK Ed  January 08, 1933 No Birth Date
Age 79 Years
Died at County Farm
DAVIDSON Lou  November 16, 1918 No Birth Date
Died in St Joseph
DELAND Emma  February 14, 1908 No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
DELAND Mary   Dates unknown
DRISCOL William  April 17, 1905 No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
ESTES Anna Mar 17, 1885 June 24, 1953  Died and buried at County Farm
FISH Calloway  July 14, 1938 No Birth Date
Age 88 Years
Listed in 1920 Census of Harrison County as 68 years old, living with a nephew
FLEMING Buel    Dates unknown
Died and buried at County Farm
Son of John & Azibah Fleming
FOX Rhoda  February 19, 1924  No Birth Date
Age 78 Years
Born in Indiana
Buried at County Home Cemetery
FROST James Dewey   Dates unknown
Died at County Farm
GINN George    Dates unknown
Died at County Farm
GREEN Mary January 19, 1952 January 28, 1952  Born and died at County Farm
May be buried there
GREEN William Cecil January 19, 1952 January 28, 1952  Born and died at County Farm
May be buried there
HARROCK William    Dates unknown
Died at County Farm
HART Peter  July 17, 1910 No Birth Date
Age 76 Years
Died and buried at County Home
HENRY Sam Nov 3, 1880 December 11, 1956  Buried at County Home Cemetery
HOPKINS Lydia  August 13, 1915 No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
HULSE Ann    Dates unknown
Died at County Farm
HUTCHINS Solomon  March 28, 1903 No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
JONES Mary    Dates unknown
Died at County Farm
JONES Stella  January 21, 1920 No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
JONES Thomas    Dates unknown
Died at County Farm
LaFROSS Martha J.  September 14, 1905  No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
LEONARD Nancy J.  February 06, 1908 No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
LOY William H. Jan 30, 1857 Feb 20. 1919  Died and buried at County Farm
MAAK August  Nov 5, 1883 No Birth Date
Age 22 Years
Died at County Farm
MALONE John  February 20, 1936 No Birth Date
Age 89 Years
Died and buried at County Farm
MARTIN Jane No  March 15, 1921 No Birth Date
Age 76 Years
Died at County Farm
McELFISH William    Dates unknown
Died at County Farm
McGEORGE Samuel Caughey Sep 5, 1825 March 19, 1901  Died and buried at County Home
Son of John & Elizabeth (Caughey) McGeorge
McGHEE Mary E.  July 29, 1909 No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
MILLER Jacob  Feb 25, 1884 Birth Date unknown
Age 47 Years
Died and buried at County Farm
Born in Indiana
MONTGOMERY George  June 10, 1926 No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
MOON John    Dates unknown
Died at County Farm
MOORE Aca  May 14, 1921  Name may be Asa
No Birth Date
Age 84 Years
Died and buried at County Home
MULL Sarah  May 21, 1945  No Birth Date
Age about 71 Years
Died and buried at County Home
MURRARY George  February 15, 1920 No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
NEEL Reuben Oscar  October 16, 1918 No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
NICHOLSON Henry    Dates unknown
Died at County Farm
PAYNE Jack  March 31, 1921 No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
PONAHVE Henry    Dates unknown
Died at County Farm
Surname may be misspelled
POOL Joel N.    Born abt 1811
Death Date unknown
Died at County Farm
Listed as "inmate" of Poor House in 1880 Census of Harrison County, 69 years old, born in Connecticut
RAY Louisa    Dates unknown
Died at County Farm
RAY Maria  October 25, 1939 No Birth Date
Age 83 Years
Died at County Farm
ROBB W. C.  April 21, 1928 No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
ROBINSON Elizabeth    Dates unknown
Died at County Farm
ROBISON Sima    Dates unknown
Died at County Farm
RODGERS Charles  March 08, 1909 No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
SALMON Mahala  1911 No Birth Date
Age 59 Years
Died at County Farm
SALMON Mary E.  February 26, 1910 No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
SCOTT Willie Fay  February 20, 1915 No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
SHAFFER Thomas    Dates unknown
Died at County Farm
SHAW Margaret    Dates unknown
Died at County Farm
SHELKELT Alonzo    Dates unknown
Died at County Farm
Surname may be misspelled
SHUMARD Frank  January 08, 1910 Birth Date unknown
Died at County Farm
May be Francis Asbury Shumard
If so, he is buried at Morris Chapel, Harrison County
SILKWOOD Kate     Dates unknown
Died at County Farm
SIMPSON William    Dates unknown
Died at County Farm
SKINNER David 1856 September 13, 1926  Died at County Farm
Son of Lot & Martha (Wilson) Skinner
Born in Indiana
SLATTEN Jane  September 01, 1914  No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
SMALL Clarence 1876 October 23, 1951  Died and buried at County Farm
SMITH Sam Henry  December 12, 1956 No Birth Date
Age 74 Years
Died at County Farm
Son of Roy & Dena Smith
STANTON Lou  Summer, 1905 No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
STONER Eli     No Birth Date
Died Spring, 1899
Died at County Farm
SURPLUS James  1916 No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
SUTTON James T. Nov 30, 1847 April 12, 1923  Died and buried at County Farm
TATE Morgan    Dates unknown
Died and buried at County Farm
Son of Franklin & Rachel Tate
TAYLOR Edward R.  December 27, 1918 No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
TAYLOR Jacob  March 15, 1927  No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
TAYLOR Nimrod  February 1906 No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
TENHULZEN
Wilbur Anthony
  November 01, 1936 No Birth Date
Age 83 Years
Died and buried at County Home Cemetery
WEST Thomas    Dates unknown
Died at County Farm
WEYDELIN Carl Sep 11, 1844 February 17, 1920 Died at County Farm
Surname spelled Waydelin in 1920 Census of the County Farm, Weydelin in the burial records, and Waydeline in the funeral home record
Born in Germany
WHEELER Hiram S.  August 09, 1918 No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
May be the Hiram Wheeler buried at the Dale Cemetery, Harrison County
WHITE Ira 1886 October 29, 1956  Died and buried at County Farm
Son of John & Margaret (Franklin) White
WILLIAMS John    Dates unknown
Died at County Farm
WILLIAMS Nancy  July 14, 1921 No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
WILSON John  July 22, 1905 No Birth Date
Died at County Farm
WINNINGHAM Sarah    Died at County Farm
May have been the wife of Francis Winningham
Dau of Jesse & Sarah Woodward
Born 1850
Died 1912

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