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Located on West Main Street in Richmond, Missouri between Sunny Slope Cemetery on the west and Shotwell and Woodland Cemeteries on the east. This newspaper article discusses the proximity of the four cemeteries.

Richmond Cemetery has a separate entrance and exit north off of West Main. See Ray County History, 1973 for a description.

The Richmond City Cemetery was originally a twelve acre apple orchard belonging to William Price Hubbell. Later it was sold to Cornelius Vaughn and his wife Mary, who in turn sold it to a joint stock company for the use of a burial ground. It was purchased for the sum of $537.50, and was to be known as the Richmond City Cemetery. (Record Book 2, page 601) William A. Donaldson, was appointed trustee. Plots were laid out and a circular drive was made to accommodate the horse drawn hearses.

Although old records and obituaries might call this cemetery "City Cemetery" or "Richmond City Cemetery", that is not the correct name. The correct name is "Richmond Cemetery"

Some people now think this cemetery is the Old City Cemetery. That is not correct. The Old City Cemetery is another name for what is now called Pioneer Cemetery (see p. 232 of the 1973 history).

Ray County History 1973, p.232: Richmond Cemetery is where Gov. A. A. King, David Whitmer (one of the three witnesses to the founding of the Book of Mormon), and Bob Ford (the man who killed Jessee James) are buried.

In 1870, the state of Missouri, erected a monument to the seventh governor of the state, Austin A. King, when his body was removed from the family burial ground.

Stones must have been moved from family cemeteries as there are listings many years before its establishment.

Today the cemetery is maintained by donations and a trust fund.

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Newspaper clipping from the late 1800's and probably from the Richmond, Missouri, newspaper.
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1893 - Richmond Conservator

A Fine Monument

John P. Bedwell last Friday set up in Jos. S. Hughes’ lot in the city cemetery the largest and handsomest monument in Ray county. It is of American white marble, and while it only stands 8 feet high, it is very solid and massive. The dimensions are as follows: Stone base 6 feet long, 3 feet wide and 1 foot 2 inches thick; marble base 4 feet long, 2 feet 10 inches wide and 1 food 2 inches thick. On this base is carved the name “Hughes” in handsome raised letters. The die is 4 feet long, 2 feet wide and 2 feet 6 inches thick; the plinth is 4 feet long, 2 feet 4 inches wife and 2 feet thick. Around the edges of the base, the plinth and the cap are beautiful tracings and on the north side of the marble base is the inscription. The completed monument weighs 18,000 pounds and cost $700.

Mr. Bedwell has contracted for a smaller monument of the same design for the grave of the late Judge G.W. Dunn.

He will also put up in the Lexington cemetery, over the grave of the late Col. C.A. Cavanaugh, a fine granite monument.

contributed by Jenna Zunker

This database is compiled from tombstone surveys conducted in 1968 and 1989, records from the Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond, MO, and a walkthrough of the cemetery conducted in August of 2001. Dates of death recorded in Thurman records, and not on the tombstone itself, are denoted by the letter "T" after the date of death. Approximate locations of the burial sites in the Richmond Cemetery may be found at the Ray County Museum in the Ray County Museum Library. The Museum and Library are open Wednesday through Saturday from 12:00 to 4:00 PM. The Museum is located at 901 W. Royle St., in Richmond. Copies of the Thurman death records, which include date of death and burial cemetery, are available for purchase at the Museum Library.

Submitted by: Carter Rogers


photo submitted by Jennifer Zunker

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