(Contributed by Ilene Sims Yarnell, Versailles, Missouri)
This cemetery is in Cooper County, Missouri. The Bowling Green Congregation of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, was organized September 23, 1821.
In the year 1836, the place of holding camp meetings was changed to what was called, by consent, Pleasant Grove. The name of the congregation was also changed from Bowling Green to Pleasant Grove. Here, the Cumberland Presbyterians erected the first church of the community. It was of logs and stood near the old graveyard. It was built around 1836. For many years the Cumberland Presbyterians annually held their old fashioned camp meetings here, at which large numbers of the citizens were wont to congregate and here many of them would remain for days, or weeks, on the ground in camps and tents, engaged in earnest devotion.
On April 6, 1857 the name of the congregation was changed from Pleasant Gove to Otterville. The town of Otterville was incorporated by an act of the Legislature of Missouri on the 16th day of February 1857. This same year, 1857, the Cumberland Presbyterians, erected the first church in the town of Otterville. It was built by Milton Starke. (Taken from leaflet "One Hundred Twenty Fifth Anniversary, The First Presbyterian Church, Otterville, Missouri 1821-1946)
The cemetery is near the Wm. H. McKnight farm, Otterville, Missouri in Cooper County, Missouri. This cemetery is located northwest of, and in view of the Otterville, Missouri School.
I was told that there were some slaves buried in this cemetery. This cemetery is fenced, has grown up in weeds and trees, and is neglected. Burials in this area at present are made in the newer Odd Fellow Cemetery, north of Otterville, Missouri, Cooper County.
I had been to Otterville, Missouri, several times, but this is the first time I had heard of this cemetery.
I do not know if the plat of this cemetery is in existence or not; but it would be of great benefit, as there were many sunken graves marked only by a rock with no identification. I copied all markers that I could find in the dense brushy and weeks.
Copied Oct. 8, 1960.
Boatright, Susan - Oct. 16, 1831-April 7, 1851; 22 yrs 5 m 27 d
Branner, George Robert -died Dec. 10, 1861; infant son of Tom C. & Lucy Branner, aged 3 m 25 d. Buried with Hogan's
Dawgy, Benjamin J. -1st Sergt. Co. A 113 U. S. O. Inft.; Aged 21 yrs. A tribute of love from the members of his Company
Hogan, Edwin R. - 1859-1946
Hogan, James Otey - July 3, 1933; Missouri Private Bakers & Cooks School OMC
Hogan, Kate - 1852-1953; Wife of Edward Hogan
Hogan, Lenwood T. - Feb. 4, 1934; Missouri Private 1st Cl. 815 Pioneer Infantry
Hogan, Sallie - 1854-1934
Jackson, Herbert E. - 1879-1969; Father, side-by-side with Maggie Clark Jackson
Jackson, Maggie Clark - 1855-1932; Mother, side-by-side with Herbert E. Jackson
Neal, Elizabeth - died May 18, 1868; Wife of Nathan Neal, 61 Yr. 14 M. 14 D.
Neal, Nathan - died March 12, 1860; aged 55 Yr. 6 M.
Parsons, Mildred A. - Nov. 14, 1---; 36 Yr. 8 M. 21 D.; Wife of J. W. Parsons, has an iron fence around this single grave
Porter, Charles - Oct. 29, 1939; Missouri Pvt. 805 Pioneer Infantry
Porter, Mariana - June 15, 1926-Nov. 28, 1958
Porter, Mattie - Aug. 7, 1895-Dec. 16, 1958
Rocker, Jane - 1837-died Jan. 27, 1905
Stephens, Jacob - died Aug. 24, 1869; aged 25 Yrs.; monument purchased from Clay & Hathaway
Talley, M. J. - born Sept. 27, 1830, died ----; wife of C. C. Talley. The bottom of the stone was in the ground, and could not see the date of death
Taylor, Eliza - died Nov. 7, 1868; Wife of Robert M. Taylor, 60 Yr. 8 M. 14 D.
Taylor, Robert - Aug. 16, 1805-March 20, 1858. Stone broken
Tucker, Corp. Henry - no dates; Co. C, 62 U. S. C1D Infantry
Yancy, Arlelia - died April 31, 1907; Mother
Source: "Kansas City Genealogist," Volume 2, Number 1; March 1, 1961: Transcribed by Genealogy Trails Transcription Team
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