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Dockery Cemetery
(McDonald Cemetery)

Richmond Township

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Dockery Cemetery

(originally named McDonald Cemetery)

#2 on RichmondTownship Map





1/4 mile east of Highway 13 at Dockery, Missouri

listed in Thurman Funeral Home Records book

Ray County History 1973, p. 233: This cemetery has an interesting beginning. It was the burying ground of Jeremiah McDonald's slaves. After his death, his widow Polly, deeded the land for cemetery and church purposes in 1872 and was known as the McDonald cemetery until after 1885. When the church ws built, it was changed to Dockery.

Tree Climber Notes v. 3, p. 41: The church at Dockery was called Missouri Valley Baptist Church at first, then a tornado blew the curch away on May 1, 1930. The Baptist, lacking enough money to rebuild, combined with a group of Methodist people in the vicinity and purchased more land, building a church jointly, Baptists holding preaching serv ices first and third Sundays each month, and Methodists second and fourth Sundays, with a joint Sunday School each Sunday attended by members of both denominations.
The northeast corner of the cemetery seems vacant, but it is not - this is where slaves from the Jeremiah MacDonald plantation were buried. The MacDonald plantation originally (about 1836) covered several thousand acres with the Dockery community of today being in the middle of the acreage.

Tree Climber Notes v. 3, p. 41: Copied 1976 by Mrs. Roger McBee and assited by Mrs. Wesley Gill, Mrs. Robert Simmons, and Daniel Sinnons.

Ray REF 929.3 RAY

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photo submitted by: Glenda Ebert

photo submitted by Jennifer Zunker

photo submitted by Sandra Burgess Hanaway

Cynthia Boyer - 2nd wife of John Boyer (my ggggrandfather) b. 28 Jan 1824 and d. 19 Aug 1911 photo submitted by: Glenda Ebert
Jenkins, Minnie E. d/o of E.D. and C. Jenkins - d 1 Nov 1890 - 2 years, 3 months and 2 days. (I didn't know for sure if she's related to anyone in my family - I couldn't match her up, nor her parents initials with any from my database, but decided to send it anyway). photo submitted by: Glenda Ebert


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