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Smith-Black Cemetery Benton Co. Missouri preservation

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Smith-Black Cemetery Benton Co. Missouri preservation

Posted: 7 Jul 2011 1:51PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Smith, Lowery, Teague, Admire, Burton, Dickerson, Jenkins, et.al
The Smith-Black Cemetery located in Southern Benton County, Missouri is once again in danger of being lost. A few years ago a group of concerned descendants formed a committee that raised funds for clearing brush, weeds and other debris, installed fencing and a more permanent monument with family names which included William Boyce Smith, wife, Sarah Ann Lowery along with daughter Ellenora Smith Jenkins and family members. Other names include Admire, Dickerson, Teague, Burton. It is estimated that between 150 and 200 burials took place there from the 1850s to the last one in 1956. Albert Black was the original 1850s owner of the farm on which the cemetery was located. Then the county rerouted the road isolating the cemetery resulting in a forlorn, neglected cemetery.

Once the committe was formed funds were solicited from descendants to pay for regular grass cutting, etc however now the money is running very low so funding is needed. If anyone knows they have ancestors buried there and are willing to help please respond. The necessary legal papers were drawn up and are on file for the incorporation of said committee and the funding. My family tree is "Captain George Sterling Smith" so you can contact me through the message segment.
Thank you
Velma

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