Moniteau County Missouri
 

Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery listings


 

Located in Section 5, Township 44N, Range 17W in Willow Fork Township south of Tipton and north of Fortuna.

 

From A History of the Lamine Baptist Association of Missouri written in 1971 by Mrs. Farrie L Cole Sr. and others:

"Liberty was one of the early churches of central Missouri, formed prior to 1825 by Brethren Longan and Woods. It was located in what is now Moniteau County, some six miles southwest of Tipton and northwest of Fortuna. It was received into Concord Association in 1825. Early pastors were: T. V. Greer, Chaney, Duncan, Akin, J. K. Godby and William Wood. It was at Liberty Church that the preliminary meeting was held in September of 1872 in preparation for the organization of the Lamine Association.

 

In 1907, Liberty Church was received into Lamine Association. It last reported to that body in 1912. Pastors whose names were reported during that time were: Isaac Riggs and I. Barber. Charles Kumberg was clerk.

 

The meeting house in use in memory of persons now living was a small white frame structure, like most church buildings around the turn of the century. Some of the foundation stones may still be seen (1971), though they have been moved from the exact site. It is known that some Negro people of the neighborhood are buried in the cemetery, which is two or three acres in area."

 

Directions to cemetery: From the Hwy 5 & 50 intersection in Tipton, go south on Hwy 5 for approximately 1 mile, turn right (west) and travel on Rt NN for approximately 1 1/4 miles, then turn left (south) on Liberty Road and the cemetery is approximately 2 miles down the road and on the left side of the road. The old wooden arrow (pictured below) points the way to the cemetery if you are eagle-eyed enough to spot it in the cedar trees!

 

Located here: 38.605019,-92.82274

 

 

The cemetery is located back in a field approximately 50-75 yards off the road (pictured below, left). There are a few stones along and just out from the western edge of the acre plus fenced area with many more along the eastern edge. The eastern edge is overgrown with buck brush and trees (pictured below, right). When Alan Sparks visited this cemetery March 7, 2009, some work had been done to clear the eastern end of the cemetery but the undergrowth still made finding stones hard.

 

 

There are just over 100 burials recorded with the earliest being Thomas Porter in 1845 and the last Louis Baker in 1951.

 

The cemetery was inventoried in 1999 and it can be seen here: Old Liberty Cemetery.

 

 

At left, a view of the cemetery looking east. At right, the flat stones along the west side of the cemetery under the cedar trees.

 

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In the Listing of Willow Fork and Moreau Township cemeteries published by the Moniteau County Historical Society, on page 58 it states:

"A History of the Baptists in Missouri" by R. S. Duncan, 1882, page 246, Liberty, another of the early churches, was formed prior to 1825 by brethren Longan and Woods. Located in what is now Moniteau County. (It was initially located in Morgan County). Its pastors have been T. V. Greer, Chaney, Duncan, Akins, J. K. Godbey and Wm Wood."

 

Since the Old Liberty Church is gone that stood just off the road and to the northwest corner of the cemetery, no one knows where the records are.

Many of the stones in this cemetery are broken and pieces are missing. Some are so worn that lettering cannot be deciphered. Dozens of graves have been marked with unlettered slabs of crude granite. Grave markers are scarce [non-existent] in the middle section.

 

It cannot be known for certain who or how many persons are buried in unmarked graves, for there is no written record of those interred.

 

The cedar trees in the back of the cemetery were put out by Mary Atkeson Charles. She has 3 brothers buried in this cemetery and fought in the Civil War. Some of the gravestones bear inscriptions proving their active participation.

 

Inscriptions were originally copied in 1965 by 3 granddaughters of Mary Atkeson Charles, the daughters of Sam Charles: Rose Wood, Ruth Welty and Omega Hutchison. They have added notes to the listings in hopes of providing clues to researchers.


 

[Unknown] [A] [B] [C] [F] [G] [H] [J] [K] [L] [M] [P] [S] [V]

 


* = Calculated Date based on age; d/o = daughter of; s/o = son of; w/o = wife of; m = married

 

Info from death certificate = the information is from a death certificate and no stone was found for the individual.

Info from news obit = the information is from a newspaper obituary and no stone was found for the individual.

Info from 1883-1894 Moniteau Co Birth & Death Rec = the information is from the county death records and no stone was found for the individual.

 

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Last Name, First Name, Middle, Birth Date, Death Date, Comments

 

Unknown

? ? 1881 -- Cem rec states: A cement base around a lot. Cedar trees planted at the head & dates marked in the cement.
? ? 1861 -- Cem rec states: A cement base around a lot. Cedar trees planted at the head & dates marked in the cement.
? ? 1871 -- Cem rec states: A cement base around a lot. Cedar trees planted at the head & dates marked in the cement.

 

Is this what the cemetery book is referring to?

A


Adair Alfred A -- 1887 Sep * - 1893 Sep 22 -- Aged 6y 3d -- s/o W J & Jane Adair -- Pic 1: Pic 2: Pic 3:
Adair Cynthia Louise -- 1861 Feb 14 - 1928 Jun 07 -- maiden name Hunter; w/o Stephen P Adair -- Pic 1: Pic 2:
Adair Furnace -- 1785 Aug 15 - 1855 Jul 11 -- Cem rec states Note: Soon after 1825 he settled in Morgan Co, MO
Adair Furnace -- 1828 Sep 02 - 1898 Feb 14 -- m 1854 to Nancy Kelly

Adair Ida     -- c/o John & Jane Adair

Adair Infant -- 1880 May 22 - 1880 May 23 -- s/o P E Adair -- Pic 1: Pic 2:
Adair Jane  -- w/o John Adair; No dates; In an unmarked grave; d/o Andrew & Jane Atkinson/Atkeson

Adair John -- Co G 43 En Mo Mil -- Cem rec states His wife, Jane (Atkeson) Adair is buried by his side in an unmarked grave. Also their children
Adair Lucinda Lee  -- Died 1900 Mar 13 -- Aged abt 2y -- d/o Furnace Adair; See obit Mar 15, 1900 Tipton Times Gazette

Adair Lucy -- 1841 Nov * - 1876 Sep 20 -- Aged 34y 10m -- w/o W J Adair -- Pic 1: Pic 2:
Adair Luella  -- c/o John & Jane Adair

Adair Lutherian -- Died 1898 Mar 24 -- Aged 24y -- Info from obit Mar 31, 1898 Tipton Times Gazette; s/o John & Jane Atkeson Adair

Adair Lydia     -- s/o John & Jane Adair

Adair M J -- 1811 Jan 02 - 1881 Sep 19 -- Pic 1: Pic 2:
Adair Mary A -- 1820 Feb 10 - 1891 Aug 18 -- w/o Stephen Adair; See obit Aug 27, 1891 Tipton Times -- Pic 1: Pic 2:
Adair Mary Ann    -- c/o John & Jane Adair

Adair Nancy   -- Died 1904 -- w/o Furnace Adair -- only date on stone -- See picture
Adair Parthena -- 1826 Sep 02 - 1863 May 03 -- w/o John Adair; Cem rec states Note: There were two men by the name of John Adair in this area
Adair Rachael E -- Died 1899 Mar 06 -- Aged abt 35y -- d/o Furnace Adair; See obit Mar 09, 1899 Tipton Times Gazette

Adair Stephen -- 1811 Aug 15 -     -- No death date listed -- Pic 1: Pic 2:
Adair Stephen Phillip -- 1854 Feb 06 - 1928 Sep 16 -- Pic 1: Pic 2:
Adair William J -- 1855 Jan 31 - 1857 Jan 05 -- s/o F & N J Adair
Adair Willie J -- 1876 Sep 13 * - 1876 Oct 04 21d -- s/o M J & Lucy Adair -- Pic 1: Pic 2:
 

Akin Nancy J -- 1822 * - 1887 Apr 23 -- Aged 65y
 

Atkeson Andrew    -- h/o Jane Atkinson -- Info from 1980 history book Atkeson family

Atkeson Elizabeth    -- Aged 18y -- d/o Andrew & Jane Atkeson -- Info from 1980 history book Atkeson family

Atkeson Francis Marion -- 1835 Feb 21   Co H 1st TU Srg Mo HG; In unmarked grave, his wife; Their daughter was Ella (Atkeson) Akins

Atkeson George M -- Co B 2nd Ill L A; No dates on stone -- Pic 1: Pic 2:

            -- Do a search on Atkeson here and it comes up with this man
Atkeson Jane  -- w/o Andrew Atkeson -- Info from 1980 history book Atkeson family

Atkeson Mary -- 1831 Jul 02 - 1906 Nov 13 -- Info from news obit Nov 15 1906 Tipton Times; w/o Francis (Frank) Atkeson; nee Fry

Atkeson Mattie  -- Died 1880 Jan 18 -- Aged 12y 7m 16d -- Info from news obit Jan 22, 1880 Tipton Times

Atkeson Nancy Ann -- 1837 Feb 22 - 1919 Oct 05 -- m 1855 to John Atkeson; maiden name Carpenter -- Pic 1: Pic 2:
Atkeson William Nation -- 1844 - 1862 -- Co B 2nd Ill L A; No death date on stone -- Pic 1: Pic 2:
 

Atkinson Frances Young -- 1811 Dec 15 - 1905 Aug 11 -- w/o T A Atkeson -- Pic 1: Pic 2:
Atkinson John Young -- 1844 Dec 07 - 1911 Jan 06 -- Pic 1: Pic 2:

            -- Stone states Shelby's Brigade CSA

            -- s/o Thomas & Frances Atkeson

            -- Last name spelled Atkinson on stone; Atkeson on death certificate
Atkinson Thomas -- 1813 Jun 01 - 1872 Mar 28 -- Pic 1: Pic 2:

 

B

Baker Louis  -- 1862 Mar 21 - 1951 Aug 18 -- m Mary Hutchison; d/o Joe & Margaret Fisher Hutchison

Baker Mary Frances -- 1866 Mar 14 - 1944 May 29 -- d/o Joe & Margaret Fisher Hutchison -- Death certificate gives 1867 birth year

Baker William E  -- Died 1940 Aug 18 -- Aged 48y -- Missouri Pvt 816 Pioneer Inf; s/o Louis Baker -- Pic 1: Pic 2:


Bardwell Corander -- 1883 Sep 20 - 1885 Nov 20 -- child of O T & S Bardwell
-- Pic 1: Pic 2:
Bardwell Susanna -- 1853 Mar 07 - 1887 Jan 27 -- w/o O T Bardwell
Bardwell Toba -- 1875 Jul 23 - 1878 Mar 13 -- child of O T & S Bardwell -- Pic 1: Pic 2: Pic 3:

Baughman Benjamin F -- 1863 Mar 09 - 1908 Apr 30
-- Pic 1: Pic 2:
Baughman Lucinda -- 1844 Aug 08 - 1920 Feb 12 -- w/o B F Baughman; d/o A & M McDaniel -- Pic 1: Pic 2:

Beamon John -- 1820 * - 1855 Oct 29 -- Aged 35y


C
 

Carpenter James D -- 1845 Jun 01 - 1916 Sep 09 -- Info from death certificate 

Carpenter Thomas P  -- Died 1908 May 07 -- Aged abt 45 -- Info from news obit May 14, 1908 Tipton Times

 

Chism Dorothy May -- 1917 Jun 25 - 1917 Jul 19 -- Info from death certificate


Collier Emma -- 1878 Jul 08 - 1878 Jul 11 d/o J D & M E Collier

Cox Sarah Atkeson -- 1830 May 30 - 1905 Mar 06 -- Aged 74 y 9m 6d -- w/o Wm Cox; d/o Andrew & Jane Atkeson
-- Pic 1: Pic 2:
 

F

Fewel Hiram C J -- Capt Civil War - Co C 7 Mo S M Cav -- Civil war record here -- Pic 1: Pic 2:

Fisher Catherine -- 1850 Mar * - 1858 Dec 08 -- Aged 8y 8m 9d

Fisher Edward L -- 1837 Feb * - 1858 Jan 28 -- Aged 20y 11m 20d s/o J B & E Fisher
Fisher Elizabeth -- 1808 Feb 17 - 1849 Feb 12 -- w/o J B Fisher
Fisher Hannah -- 1828 * - 1908 Jan 20 -- Aged 80y -- See obit Jan 23, 1908 Tipton Times

Fisher John B -- 1803 Feb 15 - 1864 Aug 30
Fisher Rosetta A -- 1870 Apr 14 - 1871 Aug 23 -- d/o L & M Fisher -- Pic 1: Pic 2:
Fisher Thurston -- 1805 Feb 24 - 1863 Apr 21
 

G

Geiser Christena -- 1848 Mar 16 - 1909 Dec 21 -- w/o C Geiser -- Pic 1: Pic 2:
Geiser Christian  -- 1846 Jul 28 - 1923 Aug 27 -- Death date from death certificate


Greer Nancy G -- 1814 Mar 21 - 1873 Mar 04
-- Pic 1: Pic 2: Pic 3:

Greer Thomas V Rev -- 1813 Aug 12 - 1879 Dec 17 -- Pic 1: Pic 2: Pic 3:

            -- Cem rec states One stone. The stone reads: He preached at Freedom. Stone erected by Lamine Baptist Association in 1903.
 

H

Hall Henry -- 1807 * - 1871 Jan 10 -- Aged 64y

Harrison Nancy J -- 1855 May 18 - 1881 Feb 07 -- w/o Asa S Harrison
-- Pic 1: Pic 2:

Hunter Fannie -- 1839 Apr 08 * - 1915 May 13 -- Aged 76y 1m 5d --
w/o William Hunter -- Pic 1: Pic 2:
Hunter John B -- 1863 Sep 18 - 1911 Nov 16 -- Pic 1: Pic 2:
Hunter Sallie A -- 1867 May 29 - 1915 Mar 11 -- m 1889 Feb 24 to John Hunter; maiden name McDaniel -- Pic 1: Pic 2:

The following Hutchison entries have the following explanation in the cemetery records:

The Hutchisons were slaves & their name had been Fisher but at the end of the Civil War they took their master's name, therefore, you will see "Hutchison" on the stones

Hutchison James -- 1869 - 1946 -- Pic 1: Pic 2:
Hutchison Joseph -- No dates
Hutchison Joseph Jr -- No dates
Hutchison Margaret -- 1832 - 1905 Nov 02 -- Pic 1: Pic 2:
Hutchison W E -- No dates
 

J

Jones Nettie   -- Died 1906 Feb 20 -- maiden name Adair
 

K

Kavanaugh Elizabeth W -- 1819 Apr 29 - 1862 May 22 -- w/o C W Kavanaugh
 

L

Louis Charles W -- 1871 Dec 30 - 1897 Jan 01 -- s/o James & Julia Cox Louis; He married Lillie B Charles
-- Pic 1: Pic 2:
Louis James R -- 1824 Oct 06 - 1898 Jan 06 -- Aged 74y
-- Pic 1: Pic 2:
            -- Cem rec lists last name as Lewis; Tombstone reads Louis, James R. He was a member of Rock Spring Church M E;

            -- He owned & operated the general store, blacksmith shop & post office at St Martin in Morgan Co, Mo before 1878
Louis Julia A -- 1849 Aug 04 - 1893 Oct 23 -- Pic 1: Pic 2:
            -- w/o James R Louis; d/o William & Sarah Cox; Cem rec lists last name as Lewis

 

M

Marshall Ellen M -- 1866 Jun 09 - 1927 Jul 15 -- w/o Robert Marshall
-- Pic 1: Pic 2:
Marshall Robert -- 1862 - 1936 Feb 06 -- Refer to Versailles, MO Leader 08 Feb 1936 - Transcribed in Cem rec


McDaniel Audria E -- 1889 Mar 14 - 1889 Dec 26 -- d/o R L & S E McDaniel
McDaniel George -- Died 1866 Jan 13 -- s/o George W & Sarah E McDaniel; No birth date listed

McDaniel George W -- 1833 Nov * - 1865 Jan 17 -- Aged 31y 1m 26d -- h/o Sarah E McDaniel

McDaniel Infant -- s/o George & Sarah E McDaniel; No dates listed
McDaniel L P (Nellie) -- 1834 Mar 07 - 1914 May 15 -- d/o Edmund Snodgrass -- Info from death certificate

McDaniel Mary L -- 1858 Mar 13 - 1866 Aug 31
McDaniel Robert S -- 1829 Apr 25 - 1861 Apr 05
McDaniel William -- 1832 Mar 06 - 1910 Aug 29 -- Aged 78y -- Info from news obit & death certificate

 

P

Porter Elizabeth -- 1822 Aug * - 1858 Apr 02 -- Aged 35y 7m 14d -- w/o W W Porter
Porter Green -- 1805 Sep * - 1893 Oct 28 -- Aged 88y 28d
-- Pic 1: Pic 2:
Porter John -- 1771 Nov * - 1874 Mar 08 -- Aged 102y 3m 22d
Porter John H -- 1852 Aug 03 - 1852 Jul 11 -- s/o W W & Elizabeth Porter
Porter Lucinda -- 1811 Sep * - 1887 Dec 26 -- Aged 76y 3m 2d -- w/o Green Porter
-- Pic 1: Pic 2:
Porter Lucinda G -- 1856 Oct * - 1858 Nov 06 -- Aged 2y 17d -- d/o W W & Elizabeth Porter
Porter Sally -- 1781 * - 1869 Apr 14 -- Aged 88y -- w/o John Porter & grandparents of Earnest Porter
Porter Thomas B -- 1842 May 22 - 1845 Jan 21 -- s/o G L & L Porter; Stone broken off
Porter William R -- 1853 May 03 - 1853 Jul 09 -- s/o W W & Elizabeth Porter
 

S

Snorgrass Floyd F -- 1893 Jan 24 - 1935 Sep 24 -- Pic 1: Pic 2:

            -- Corp 314 AM IN 89 Div; original burial in Maple Hill Cemetery Kansas City KS
Snorgrass Jane -- 1802 Feb 03 - 1876 Dec 07 -- w/o Robert A Snorgrass
Snorgrass Luella -- 1859 Oct 03 - 1923 Mar 07 -- Pic 1: Pic 2:  

            -- w/o Thomas Snorgrass maiden name Hunter; Birth date from death certificate
Snorgrass Robert A -- 1797 Jul * - 1851 Feb 07 -- Aged 53y 7m 2d
Snorgrass Thomas Charles -- 1858 Apr 27 - 1945 Feb 13

Stinson Elizabeth -- Died 1853 Jan 07 -- d/o John H Stinson

V

Venable Evel F -- Died 1854 Jan 23 -- Aged ?y 10m 2d


 

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