Liberty in Clay County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
“The Old Graveyard” “Mt. Memorial Cemetery”
On July 5th, 1836, Andrew Hixon and wife, Ann, conveyed by Warranty Deed to the "Town of Liberty" Trustees for $30, one acre, "for the purpose of a public burying ground". Used as such before the 1825 settlement of Liberty. "The Old Graveyard", on one of the highest crests in Clay County, became Mt. Memorial, its first cemetery, with its first burial in 1827. As reported by Hon. D.C. Allen in the Jan 28, 1910 Liberty Tribune, the "Hixon" conveyance created in perpetuity, "a charitable trust" based on a Missouri Territorial Legislature's Act. In 1851, Missouri's legislature "chartered" Liberty as a city; passing to it "The Old Graveyard". Nestled within the William Jewell College campus, it contains the "hallowed remains of all of six hundred persons...", white and black alike, some born before the American Revolution. Among early prominent family members who lie here are Liberty's first Mayor, Madison Miller, William Jewell College's first elected Treasurer (in 1849), Edward M. Samuel, and John Baxter, former "Liberty Landing" proprietor and County Sheriff.
Mt. Memorial Cemetery
has been listed in the
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City marker series.
Location. 39° 14.967′ N, 94° 24.755′ W. Marker is in Liberty, Missouri, in Clay County. Marker is at the intersection of Miller Avenue and William Jewell College Drive, on the right when traveling west on Miller Avenue. Click for map. Markers and cemetery are on the William Jewell College campus. Marker is in this post office area: Liberty MO 64068, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mass Grave Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Civil War Memorial (about 400 feet away); Grand River Baptist Church (about 400 feet away); The Trenches On The Hill (about 400 feet away); Goldman-Duckworth House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Frank Hughes Memorial Library (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lightburne Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away); Methodist Episcopal Church Founded 1822 (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Liberty.
Also see . . .
1. Mount Memorial Cemetery National Register Nomination. (Submitted on August 31, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Mount Memorial Cemetery at Find A Grave. (Submitted on August 31, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 318 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.