Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sappington Cemetery

It's the middle of January and unseasonably warm this week, but I could still use some color in my life. I stopped here back in the fall to take some pictures so that I could tell my father in law that yes, I am positive, there is a Revolutionary War soldier buried at Sappington Cemetery.

There are a few, in fact, in this tiny cemetery of 105 burials, including Sgt John Sappington, who was a personal bodyguard to George Washington.

I was surprised to find that this cemetery, located in St Louis County, is older than most of the City cemeteries still in existence. Established in 1811, many of the burials are veterans of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican-American War, and Civil War.

There's not a lot to be found online about the history of Sappington Cemetery. I assume it was a family burial ground since there are so many Sappingtons, but I don't know if the rest are family or if it was open to other burials at some point.

The City of Crestwood and Daughters of the American Revolution maintain the cemetery. If you want to see more, you can find Sappington Cemetery On Watson Rd next to the office building at 9111 Watson Rd. If anyone has any historical background on this cemetery, I would love to hear it!

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