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CAPTAINíS CREEK CEMETERY

Submitted by Michael Miller

Twp. 32N, R5E, Sect. 24. This is the relocated cemetery.

* Asterisk Notes An Unmarked Grave

NAME BIRTH DATE DEATH DATE NOTES
Berry, Elijah 8 Dec. 1909 20 Aug 1910 S/O Jacob E. & Jane (Francis)
Berry, Jacob Emery 22 Mar. 1876 1 Apr. 1939 S/O Emory J. & Sarah (Stephens)
Berry, Plimley Jane 16 Aug 1882 15 Jan 1961 S/O Elijah Cactec Francis & Harriet Burns MD: Jacob Emery Berry 2 June 1902
Francis, Chester W. 24 May 1914 5 Apr. 1926 S/O Wm. & Millie (Francis)
Francis, Dovie A. 6 Mar. 1887 5 Aug. 1910 D/O Rev Saml. M. King. Sr. & Sarah A. Stephens MD: Wm Francis on 24 June 1904
Francis, Freddie Earl 10 Mar. 1909 23 Aug.1910 S/O Wm & Dovie (King)
* Francis, James A. 29 Feb 1872 3 Jan. 1920 S/O Lawson G. & Sarah Jane Hassler H/O Martha Rosetta
* Francis, Martha Rosetta 28 Aug 1873 25 Aug. 1926 Martha R Spain md. James A. Francis 5 March 1891
Francis, Millie 25 Dec. 1889 27 Dec. 1979 D/O Henry Arnett & Nancy Ellis MD: Wm Francis on 5 Aug. 1911
Francis, William 27 May 1880 29 Aug 1945 S/O Elijah C. & Harriet (Burns) MD: 1) Dovie A. King 2) Millie Arnett
Jones, Angela M. 23 April 1972 23 April 1972 ďOur Little AngelĒ
* Kemp, Rosa Catherine 14 Mar. 1878 ca. 1895 D/O Rev. Saml. M. King Sr. & Mary (Polly) Ann Stephens MD: George Ellis Kemp 3 June 1894
* King, Alice May 23 Apr. 1886 24 Apr. 1886 D/O Jas.W & Teresa (Sweazy)
King, Anne May 6 Nov. 1908 17 Jan. 1926 D/O Richard D. & Belle (Ragsdale) Anne May King married Lawrence Arnett
* King C. Matt 19 April 1888 19 April 1888 S/O Wm. Robt & Martha A. (Young)
King, Caroline 26 July 1880 26 Sep 1964 D/O Josh Young & Susannah Ashlock Alice Caroline Young md. James Wash. King on 3 Dec 1896
King, Chas. Jefferson 18 Aug. 1885 4 Mar. 1910 S/O Rev. Saml. M. King Sr. & Sarah Amanda Stephens
* King, Eli 27 Jan. 1899 20 Sep. 1899 S/O Jas. W. & Caroline (Young)
* King, Emily Clementine 26 Nov. 1888 5 Jan. 1889 D/O Jas W. & Teresa (Sweazy)
King, Everett Lee 14 Feb. 1890 2 May 1917 S/O Richard D. & Belle (Ragsdale)
* King, Flora 8 Apr. 1904 17 Oct. 1921 D/O Jas. W. & Caroline (Young)
* King, Genevieve June 1920 1921 D/O Matthew C. King & Lessie Skaggs
* King, Henry J. 16 Apr. 1863 9 Dec. 1880 S/O Saml M. Sr. & Mary A.(Stephens)
King, Herbert Lindell 24 Dec 1933 12 Jul.1959 S/O Matthew & Jennie (Graham)
* King, Hermon 13 May 1896 2 Mar 1897 S/O Wm. Robt & Martha A. (Young)
King, Idia Belle 4 July 1871 (7?)- 27 Feb. 1928 *Nee: Turney, raised By a Ragsdale Idia Belle Turney MD. Richard D. King 13 Aug 1896
* King, Infant Dau. 4 Sep1899 10 Sep1899 D/O Saml. M. Jr. & Florence (Francis)
* King, Infant Son 8 May 1887 8 May 1887 S/O Wm. Robt & Martha A. (Young)
* King, Infant Son 13 Sept 1905 13 Sept 1905 S/O Wm. Robt. & Ada Estella (Young)
* King, Jacob M. 9 Jan. 1861 6 Oct. 1865 S/O Saml. M. Sr. & Mary A..
King, Jennie (Virginia)† 22 July 1907 19 July 1933
D/O Crittenden Graham & Helen Skaggs††† MD:† Matthew Charles King on 19 Oct 1925 @ St. Francois Co.
King, Jennie 1903 1936 2nd Wife of Matthew C King (nee Graham)
* King, John Wilson 22 May 1880 22 May 1880 S/O Jas W. & Teresa (Sweazy)
King, Jas Washington 2 Oct 1856 14 Jan 1933 S/O Saml. M. & Mary A. (Stephens) MD: 1)Teresa Sweazy 5 Nov 1876 2) Alice Caroline Young
King, Lessie†Jane 8 Feb 1900 29 July 1921
D/O R. Lee Skaggs & Josephine Graham† MD:† Matthew Charles King on 20 April 1919
King, Lessie L. 1900 ca. 1919 S/O Robt. Lee Skaggs Josephine Graham
* King, Lula† 4 July 1913 25 Mar 1927 D/O Richard King & Belle Turney
King, Mary Ann (Polly) 13 Mar. 1836 8 April 1880 D/O Nathan Stephens & Martha Lucinda Old MD: Samuel Marion King on 25 Oct. 1855
King, Nellie Marie 15 Sept 1916- 25 Apr 1982 Marie Adams wed Matthew King
King, Permelia 28 Nov. 1888 @Brunot, MO. 10 Nov 1908 D/O Wm. Miner & Nancy Jane King MD: Napoleon Levi (Lee) King 26 Sept. 1907
King Richard Daniel 14 Oct. 1873 13 Feb 1962 S/O Saml M. Sr. & Mary Ann (Polly) Stephens MD: 1)Idia Belle Turney 2)Maggie Brewington Adams
King, Richard Edward 26 Nov 1905 25 May 1984 S/O Richard & Belle (Turney)
* King Robert Alfred 7 Jun. 1889 7 Aug. 1889 S/O Wm. Robt & Martha A. (Young)
King, Samuel Marion Sr. 8 July 1835 18 Aug. 1918 S/O Samuel A. King & Mary Ann Fears MD: 1)Mary (Polly) Ann Stephens 2)Sarah Amanda Stephens Berry
King, Sarah Amanda 15 May 1850 8 Apr. 1931 D/O Nathan Stephens & Martha Lucinda Old MD: 1) Emery Berry 24 Feb 1870 2) Samuel M King 22 July 1880
* King, Thomas Jefferson 4 May 1883 16 Apr. 1898 S/O Saml. & Sarah (Stephens)
King, Virgnia A. 22 Oct 1951 12 Nov. 1951
* King, Walter W. 19 Jan. 1896 10 Oct 1897 S/O Saml M Jr & Florence (Francis)
* LaPlant, Infant Dau. ca. 1884 ca. 1884 D/O John M. & Mary Lucinda (King)
* LaPlant, Ulysses ca. 1882 ca. 1882 S/O John M. & Mary Lucinda (King)
Lewis, John C. 27. Aug. 1896 30 Dec. 1974 US ARMY
* Lewis, George No Dates No Marker
Odell, Clara 1880 1946
Odell, L. Loyd 1880 1920
* Stacy, Lee 29 Aug. 1938 age 48 yrs.
Wells, Mary Opal 20 Dec. 1927 24 Apr. 1986 D/O Jess Wells & Rachel (King)
Wells, Reda 28 Feb. 1921 15 Aug. 1935 D/O Jess Wells & Rachel (King)

***NOTES: The location of the Captains Creek Cemetery IS NOT the original location of the cemetery. The cemetery was located in front of the OLD Samuel King house on Captains Creek, which is directly across from the house that was his sonís Lee King.

Let me relate a little family history. Samuel was my 3rd great grandfather, he married Mary Ann (Polly) Stephens, daughter of Nathan Stephen & Martha Lucinda Old, they raised their children on Captainís Creek, in Apr. 1880 Polly died of measles, her dying request was to be buried in the front yard so her young children could remember her & play on her grave. She was NOT the first grave in the original cemetery, but she was buried near the front yard of the home.

In July of 1880, Samuel in need of a wife, wed his dead wifeís widowed sister, Sarah Amanda Stephens Berry, widow of Emery (Also making it DAMN confusing as to future generations as to exactly HOW everyone is actually related.) Samuel & Sarah also had children. In 1907 their oldest son, Uncle LeeKing, married Permelia Minor (Mellie was sister to my great grandfather, Eli Minor), &Lee & Mellieís courtship was one of those long ago romantic stories, when he went away to college he wrote her, & upon his return he wed his childhood sweetheart, Mellie was considered a beautiful woman, & they had a child together, Noah Solomon King.

After Noahís birth Mellie died, & Lee grieved for a number of years, & then married Lottie Ann Young. Sometime BEFORE his second marriage, he decided that the location of the cemetery was ruining or going to ruin his spring, so he decided to relocate the cemetery, he chose a spot behind the church/school, about a mile, & he began the process of digging up the graves & relocating them. The night before he was going to move the first graves, his niece & sister-in-law, Birdie LaPlant Minor, awoke from a terrible dream, she was walking into the Captains Creek Cemetery, & there was nothing but open graves & skeletons laying a strew in the cemetery. Her father told her the next morning upon reciting the dream, that Lee was moving the cemetery & he had told Lee NOT to disturb the graves of his children. That morning when her father told her, was the first that Grandma Birdie had heard about moving the cemetery.

It was during the moving of the cemetery that some strange & very odd things began to happen & some of the hardy old timers involved, were scared to death over what they witnessed. Some of the remains could not be located; time had decayed the remains of

Polly & some of her children & grandchildren buried there, then they went to move the grave of young Charlie King, a handsome young man, who died in his prime, & evidently the body had undergone some form of petrifaction, as the chains around the casket would break, & it finally took SIX team of mules to pull him out of the ground, the casket would come so far up & then it was as if some force was pulling it back down into itís grave.

However the strangest & most frightening thing happened when the moved the grave of his wife, Mellie. Lee was sentimental & still in much grief & anguish over her passing, decided to open the casket to retrieve the one remaining material symbol of their love, her gold wedding band, upon opening the casket, the men were astonished, there was Mellie laying there in life as she had looked in death, beautiful & at peace, then within a moment of the air hitting her remains, her corpse started to blacken, the men who were present, were pretty tough old pioneerís & had seen a lot, but this frightened them, slowly Aunt Mellieís remains blackened & eventually turned to dust. Uncle Lee, retrieved the ring, closed the casket, & reburied her in the new cemetery. He nearly lost his mind over this incident.

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