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Knoxville Cemetery #11 on Knoxville Township Map Latitude:



DAR Index: located in Knoxville Twp, W. 196th Street, on the north side of the road

1973 Ray County History: The Knoxville Cemetery consisting of approximately 5 acres is located 1/4 miles west of Highway 13 at Knoxville, Missouri.

The north and west part was originally land belonging to Major John Grimes (Major in the Civil War). The center of the cemetery does not bear any stones or markers. The story goes that in the earliest of pioneer days of the county, the settlers, after a burial, leveled the ground and covered the graves with mounds of rocks so they would not be visible to the Indians. In recent years they were removed for mowing purposes.

The earliest monument standing today is that of George Grimes (1772-1844) father of Major Grimes. There are some very unusual stones found there. In 1960 there were 400 grave listings. The cemetery is maintained by donations and a trust fund.

[hand written note in book says "Great Grandfather H. J. Clark buried here 1849" and "George Grimes was Grandma Clark's Grandfather"]

compiled by Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry, Juliette L. Smith and Mrs. Carlton Richardson

v. 2. Cummins, Holder, Kincaid, Knoxville, Linville, McVeigh, Petree, Petty, Rainwater, Sandals [Thomson], Sylar, Teegarden, Van Bebber, Yoakum cemeteries

FHL 977.819 V3e v. 1-2

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Wanda Jean Crank


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