Ray County Cemetery Cemetery

Name of Cemetery Ray County Cemetery
Township Richmond Twp
Cemetery # #836
Alternate Names Potter's Field Cemetery, Ray County Poor House, Pauper's Cemetery, County Home Cemetery
Latitude/Longitude Latitude: 39°16'16.45"N; Longitude: 93°59'26.86"W
Township/Range/Section T52/R28/S36
Cemetery Still in Use No
Size of Cemetery about 32 known burials
Condition fenced
Range of Burial Dates
list of names on memorial does not include dates, so there may be older or more recent burials than these Oldest Known Burial Gibson, John
b. 1840 d. January 5, 1910
Last Known Burial Carrie Vanderpool
b. March 12, 1891, d. March 14, 1960
Visited yet? CC - yes................ JZ - yes...........anyone else - yes
Most recent directions

Potter's field is behind the museum, southwest area behind the track

1973 Ray County History; p. 230 #x, name Twp
1973 Ray County History; p. 232-233 In 1909 the County Court, set aside an acre of land on what is known as the County Home site on West Royale Street, for a paupers cemetery. As the years went by it grew up in trees and brush-forgotten. In 1969 Mr. Norman Miller, an employee for the Missouri Public Service became interested in the cemetery. Through the help of some town merchants who donated seed, lime and fertilizer and Mr. Allen Moyer who prepared the ground, Mr. Miller began his project. At his own expense built, painted and set a white picket fence at the entrance. He keeps the cemetery mowed in the summer.

This year 1973, the Aquarius 4H Club had a stand at the Ray County Fair to raise money to put a wire fence around the remaining three sides, under the supervision of Mr. Miller.

There are graves every three feet in the cemetery. Efforts have been made to locate records of persons buried there. A few have been found. There are two whole stones left. Others have been destroyed throughout the years.

Through the respect and efforts of Mr. Miller, the potter's field is being restored. He also takes care of the cemetery on West Lexington Street free gratis. He deserves "An award of Merit".

Big Black Cemetery Binder

Located on West Royle Street, Richmond, Missouri, back of what was once "The Old County Home". It is now a recreational center and Ray County Museum. The monument in Potter's Field was put up as an Eagle Scout project, September 13, 1979, by Kevin Pemberlin, Richmond, Missouri, Troop 465.



DAR Index:

located on Ray County Fairgrounds

LS info xxx
Other Comments another Potter's Field is located outside of Lawson near Taylor Cemetery
Plat Maps year marked? who's land?
T52/R28/S36 Original Land Grants
1877 yes/no


1914 yes/no city of Richmond
1930 yes/no city of Richmond
1959 yes/no city of Richmond
1970 yes/no city of Richmond


yes/no city of Richmond
1990 yes/no city of Richmond
1997 yes/no city of Richmond
2005 yes/no city of Richmond
Transcriptions online:
GTT online
Ray County Archives
Other Online Link
Compilations xxxx
Library References
Genealogical Library - Ray County Museum
Ray County Library - Richmond

Ray REF 929.3 RAY

Mid-Continent Library
Family History Library (FHL)
Lookups xxxx
Ray County Cemetery Project Volunteers

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