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Pettis County, Missouri

Brown's Chapel Cemetery

Flat Creek Township: Section 4 or 33 (North). This is mostly a lost cemetery...fewer people than I have fingers can take you to the general area.

Vesta L. Young DeRiso has donated the recording her mother made that appears below. She explains, "My ggg-grandfather, John Brown, was one of the very first settlers in the county, arriving around 1833. He had land in Flat Creek Township. Some part of that land was later called Wingate Farm. When I was a girl, my mother took me to the family cemetery on that land. We went down a dirt road, across a wooden bridge, long gone, and into woods. The farmer met us there. He said many of the graves were gone, and the creek had changed and washed out a lot of them. He would rebury bones as he found them. I don't remember there being any legible grave markers at that time."

"In going through some of my mother's papers, I found this list of the cemetery at Brown's Chapel (the members of which were later incorporated into the New Bethel Methodist Church). I don't know whether it is listed anywhere else under another name, but it should be called Brown's Chapel Cemetery (Wingate Farm). These names and dates were taken from gravestones in 1950, when she went back to the cemetery with her father, George Vest Elliott. There might have been other graves, but these were the only stones legible in 1950."

Mrs. DeRiso quotes her mother: "When John Brown lived in Missouri, he owned a large acreage at Brown Springs. This was the name of his estate. There was nothing there then. Brown's Chapel was built on his land. Later, a narrow gauge railroad crossed his land and a post office named Valda, Missouri, was established. It no longer exists. The spring still flows, however. This is about 8 miles south of Sedalia via R. 65 on a road just north of New Bethel church"

We have two recordings...the earliest, Mrs Young's first, and then Mrs. Carter's which was about 15 years later. As expected, they don't agree except generally on the number of markers, Mrs Carter finding more footmarkers implies a more wintry recording.

Recorded circa 1950 by Mary Frances (Elliott) Young

Anderson, Delilah Funk, wife of Rev. W. R.; died April 1871 - aged 74y

Anderson, Marvin son of Wm. H. and Sara A.; died Oct 16, 1871 - aged 1y & 14d

Anderson, Stella, dau. of W. P. and S. F.; died Nov 16, 1872 - aged 1y, 2 m, & 19 d

Anderson, Rev. Wm.; died July 31, 1871 - aged 77y

Bohon, Lucy Bourne, wife of G. Bohon; died Apr 13, 1857 - aged 27y, with infant, C. B. Bohon

Bourne, John; March 29, 1803 - Sept. 21, 1875

Henry, George N., son of E. N.; May 2, 1819 - Nov 15, 1846

Higgins P. & Higgins, Elizabeth Bourne

Shy, Mary, wife of B. M. Shy; died April 4, 1849 - aged 23y

Unaccounted for footstones (2) --- I. E and N. E.

Recorded circa 1965 by Mrs. J. R. Carter as 'Bourn Cemetery'

Anderson, Delilah; died Oct 26, 1874 - aged 74y

Anderson, Rev. W. R.; died July 31, 1871 - aged 77y, 1m, & 25d

Anderson, Stella, dau of W. P. & S. F.; died Nov 16, 1872 - aged 11y, 2m, & 19d

Anderson, Marvin, son of Wm. H. & Sarah A.; died Oct 16, 1871 - aged 1y & 14d

Bohon, Lucy A., wife of G.; died Apr 13, 1857 - aged 27y & 6m

Bourn, John R.; May 29, 1803 - Sept 21, 1875

Henry, George N., son of E. N. & R.; May 2, 1819 - Nov 15, 1846

Shy, Nancy, wife of B. M.; died Apr 4, 1849 - aged 23y, 3m, & 6d

Unaccounted for footstones (6) ---M.A.B., G.B., M.J.S.,M.E.E., P.H., & E.T.H.