In the early 1800's, like many families of that time, the David Anders and Elias Jacks families headed west from their native homelands of North Carolina and Virginia. Their journey took them first to Kentucky, then further north and west to Howard County, MO. They finally settled on land made available by the Platte Purchase of 1836. Even before Platte County was organized in 1838, the Anders and Jacks families, along with the Johnson and Ford families, had settled in Rush Creek Valley on land that is now known as Weatherby Lake.
The Anders buried their children beneath a canopy of trees on a small ridge on their farm in an area that would become the family cemetery. Settling the land next to theirs was Catherine's brother, Elias B. Jacks (1801-1870) and his wife, Polly Warden Jacks. Elias and Polly Jacks are believed to have had 15 children, of which only 8 lived to adulthood. In time, the family cemetery would become the final resting place for David and Catherine Elias and Polly Jacks, and members of their immediate and extended families.
The Anders-Jacks Cemetery appears on land ownership maps dating back to 1877, and was probably in use until circa 1905. In a recorded deed dated 1919, the cemetery is described as being "one half acre" in size.
Catharine Emily "Kate" Jacks - b. Jan. 15, 1806 d. Aug. 10, 1880
David - b. May 14, 1800 d. Apr. 22, 1890
Fanny - b. May 16, 1847 d. Aug. 29, 1847
Lucena - b. Aug. 11, 1847 d. Sep. 18, 1849
Martha Elizabeth - b. Mar. 15, 1828 d. Feb. 18, 1842
Richard Marion - b. Sep. 18, 1836 d. Jun. 28, 1840
Elias Barnes "Eli", Sr - b. May 24, 1802 d. Mar. 20, 1870
Baby - b. unknown d. unknown
Mary Polly - b. 1807 d. Dec. 27, 1879