Moniteau County Missouri

McPherson Family Cemetery listings

Directions to cemetery: Located on Arthur Road on a hill in the middle of a pasture. This cemetery is on private property. Take Hwy 50 to Hwy BB, go south on BB approximately 2.6 miles to Arthur Road. The cemetery will be on the left approximately .9 miles west on Arthur Road.

This cemetery is on private property.  Please ask permission at the house before visiting this cemetery.  Someone at the house will probably have to show the way to the cemetery for anyone to find it anyway.

Alan Sparks visited this cemetery in 2004. He found the cemetery on a hill, unfenced, in the middle of cattle pasture. There is nothing more than stone fragments remaining.

Located in Township 44, Section 2, Range 17.

Located in this area: 38.609108,-92.753728

* = Calculated Date based on age; w/o = wife of

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

McPherson John -- 1809 Oct 01 - 1877 Feb 24 -- Refer to notes below
McPherson Sally -- 1807 Nov * - 1862 Jun 14 -- Aged 54y 7m -- w/o John McPherson; Refer to notes below


The Recordings of Willow Fork and Moreau Township Cemeteries states: Just the two graves at the top of the hill in the middle of a field, with an old board fence. This family cemetery is just northeast of the old homestead. The following notes have been added to these inscriptions to provide a clue to researchers.

Sally McPherson was the daughter of Tunis and Catherine Drake Newkirk, who came to what is now Moniteau County, around 1836, and homesteaded land here.

Sally's siblings were:
Jemima (Mrs Thomas Bowen)
Elizabeth (Mrs Hugh Stewart)
David S
Harrison R

John and Sarah (Sally) McPherson had two daughters and four sons. Harland Drake McPherson is the only name known to Omega Hutchison of Versailles, MO in 1967.


2 mentions of John McPherson's death appear in the Thursday March 1, 1877 California Democrat newspaper


Died -- In this place on Saturday morning, February 24th, Mr. John McPherson, aged 67 years. Mr. McP. was an old resident of this county and a man much esteemed by all who knew him. He was a consistent member of the Christian church for over 30 years. The funeral sermon was preached by Elder Dorsey, of California, to a large and attentive audience, in the Union church at Clarksburg, on Sunday, February 25th.


The second reference:

Uncle John McPherson died at his residence near this place on Saturday morning last. Old John had reached a good old age and for some time past had been quite feeble. He was one of our oldest citizens, highly respected by all and leaves a numerous circle of friends to mourn his loss.


The following information came from a search for John McPherson at and following the WorldConnect link.


  • Name: John McPherson

  • Birth: 2 OCT 1809 in <Bullitt Co., Kentucky>

  • Death: 24 FEB 1877 in Moniteau Co., Missouri

  • Burial: McPherson Family Cemetery, Moniteau Co., Missouri

  • Note:

    The McPherson Family Cemetery was just west of the old log cabin homestead in Willow Fork Twp. Moniteau Co., MO, and the only graves found there in 1967 were John and Sally.

    1860 Census Missouri, Moniteau Co., Twp. 44 Range 16 P.O. Tipton, 20 July 1860, Page 740
    890 John McPherson 50 M W Farmer /400 KY
    Sarah 50 F W KY
    Carolina 21 F W MO
    Harlan 19 M W MO Farm Laborer
    Sarah E. 15 F W MO
    John 12 M W MO
    Vacharl 10 M W MO (the Newkirk geneaolgy has Vacharl as a female)

    1870 Census Missouri, Moniteau, Moreau Twp. P.O. California 2 Sept 1870. Page 427A
    133/143 McPherson, John 61 M W Farmer 10000/500 Ky
    Mary A. 51 F W Keeping House KY

    Father: Joshua McPherson b: 17 JUN 1783 in South Carolina
    Mother: Ellanor

    Marriage 1 Sarah (Sally) Newkirk b: 15 NOV 1808 in Bullitt Co., Kentucky



    1. Caroline McPherson b: ABT 1838 in SE of Tipton, Moniteau Co., Missouri

    2. Harland Drake McPherson b: 26 JAN 1841 in SE of Tipton, Moniteau Co., Missouri

    3. Sarah Ann McPherson b: ABT 1844 in SE of Tipton, Moniteau Co., Missouri

    4. John D. McPherson b: JUL 1848 in SE of Tipton, Moniteau Co., Missouri

    5. Varchal McPherson b: ABT 1850 in SE of Tipton, Moniteau Co., Missouri

    Marriage 2 Mary Ann (Polly) Hickman b: 9 AUG 1812 in Kentucky

  • Name: Sarah (Sally) Newkirk
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 15 NOV 1808 in Bullitt Co., Kentucky

  • Death: 14 JUN 1862 in Moniteau Co., Missouri

  • Burial: McPherson Family Cemetery, Moniteau Co., Missouri

    Father: Tunis NEWKIRK b: 30 APR 1768 in Virginia
    Mother: Catherine DRAKE b: 13 NOV 1775 in Virginia


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