Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Jewell Cemetery State Historic Site



Here's another site we found using Pocket Ranger on our January road trip. Jewell Cemetery is located near Faurot Field in Columbia, MO, on the former estate of George Jewell, and is a Missouri State Historic Site. The most famous of the Jewell family, William Jewell, was a mayor of Columbia.



The Jewell family was not a long-lived bunch, we noticed, even for the mid to late 1800s. Not many of them saw age 50.


You may also notice that this cemetery, while small, is a taphophile's dream. There are a dozen different styles of monument and even more symbols on them. I think this was the most variety I've ever seen in such a small space.



Second most famous here is Charles Henry Hardin, Missouri's 22nd governor, and the reason this, like Governor Dunklin's grave in Herculaneum, MO, is a Missouri State Historic Site. The Missouri State Legislature passed an act in 1967 that mandated that the graves of all past Missouri state governors should be suitably marked and maintained by the park service. Sappington Cemetery (the one in Nelson, MO, not the one in Crestwood, MO) is also part of this group.

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  1. I don't understand why it says no descendants of his can be buried there, but then several are. Or is that just the gate for some special no-Jewells-allowed section of the cemetery?

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    1. We read that wrong at first, too. You should read it as, "No one who is not a husband, wife, or child of a descendant of George Jewell may be buried here." Basically, no strangers. It's a private family cemetery.

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    2. Yeah, I get that but that is not what it says....

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    3. Yes, it does, in 1800s English.

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    4. Beth, I read it a little differently and get the meaning now. Thanks.

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    5. lol, I see it now! If it were modern English it would've said "No one WHO IS not a wife,a child....."

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