Sunday, May 31, 2009

BlackSheep Sunday: Frank, brother of Jesse James

Alexander Franklin "Frank" James, brother of the famed Jesse James, maintains a low profile even after death. Frank served the Confederacy in the Civil War, joined Quantrill's Raiders guerilla army, was member of the James-Younger gang and credited with many robberies.

Alexander F.
1843 - 1915
Ann Ralston
1853 - 1944

Frank's peaceful view at the top of the hill now overlooks a new skate park.

Frank and his wife rest in the Hill family cemetery in Hill Park in Independence, Missouri.

This cemetery contains Adam Hill and some of his descendants. Frank's wife, Ann Ralston James, was Adam Hill's granddaughter through her mother, Mary Catherine Hill Ralston. Now maintained by Jackson County (MO) Parks and Recreation.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Kansas Korean War Memorial

The Kansas Korean War Memorial, located at 119th and Lowell Streets in Overland Park, Johnson Co., Kansas honors those Kansans who served the Korean War. Also include pavers to honor veterans from any war and supporters.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

BlackSheep Sunday: Clell Miller, Notorious Outlaw

Clell Miller was a Confederate and a notorious outlaw from Clay County, MO. He was a member of Quantrill's Raiders at the age of 14 and then the famed Jesse James Gang. Clell participated in many robberies - bank, train, stage, and home - and is credited for killing a number of people.

Clell was killed in a bank robbery in Northfield, MN, at the age of 26, and is interred in Muddy Fork Cemetery near Kearney in Clay County, MO. Clell is listed on the family stone and a new military stone has been added with Southern Cross of Honor and Quantrill's name misspelled.

Clelland D Miller
Quautrill's Company
Dec 15 1849
Sep 7 1876

The family monument lists three family members.

Clelland D. Miller
Sept. 7, 1876
26 Yrs. 8 Ms.
& 22 Ds.

Francis M. Miller
Sept. 12, 1874
21 Yrs. 2 Ms.
& 2 Ds.

Moses W. Miller
May 26, 1798.
Jan. 3, 1879.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

CSA Week: 1st Lt. Shepherd, Confederate States

From Historic Lee's Summit Cemetery, Lee's Summit, MO.

George Washington
Jan. 5, 1840
Feb. 23, 1917
1st LT. Confederate States
Mary Jane Waters
July 4, 1856
July 15, 1935

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: CSA Week: John L. Holder

Interred in historic New Santa Fe Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.
John L Holder
9 BM MO Sharp Shooters
Confederate States Army
APR 28 1839 FEB 14 1910

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: CSA Week: Confederate in Kansas

Even though Kansas was a Free State, if you look hard you can find a few Confederates who lived out their lives and passed away just on the other side of the Bloody Border. Often their military affiliation was not marked or the term Confederate or CSA used.

GeorgeW. Abbott
July 19, 1840.
Feb. 17, 1921.
Co. A. 6th Mo. Cav.
Docia C. Abbott
Dec. 22, 1842
July 30, 1924

This large granite marker bears the distinctive pointed top of the classic marble Confederate military tablet. The American Flag is under the point in place of the Southern Cross of Honor. His service is listed as the 6th MO Cavalry, but the reference to CSA is omitted.

Monday, May 18, 2009

CSA Week: Confederate Memorial Cemetery

With Memorial Day coming up, this week I'd like to remember those who fought for the Confederate States of America in the Civil War.

What better way to start the week than a glimpse of Confederate Memorial Cemetery in Higgensville, Lafayette Co, MO.

A peaceful place to rest.

View of the Confederate Memorial from the entrance.

The Confederate Memorial, dated 1906.

A small view of a large cemetery.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

BlackSheep Sunday: Bob Ford, The Man Who Shot Jesse James

Robert Newton Ford, one-time member of the James gang, is remembered forever in history as the "coward who killed Jesse James."

History records that Bob Ford was born in 1862 near Richmond, in Ray County, MO. His grave marker, however, records his birth as 20 years earlier. Ford's last days were spent in Creede, Colorado, where he was gunned down by Edward O. Kelley and interred. Years later Bob's remains were removed to Richmond, MO, where he remains today.

Bob Ford
Dec. 8, 1841 - June 8, 1892
The Man Who Shot Jesse James

Richmond City Cemetery
Richmond, Ray County, MO

Sponsored by the International Black Sheep Society of Genealogists.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Capt. Ketchum, Chief of Delaware Nation

White Church Delaware Indian Cemetery
Est. 1831
Kansas City, Wyandotte Co., Kansas

Delaware Nation
Captain Ketchum
1780 - 1857
Chief of Delawares 28 Yrs.

Capt. Ketchum
Chief of Delaware Nation
28 Years
A Member of the
Methodist Church
T P (?) South
22 Years
?? Born
July 11, 1857

See the Digital Cemetery for more of the Ketchums at White Church:

Monday, May 11, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Lone Pioneer Child

This lone burial from years before Kansas became a state, now lies unnoticed beside a highway.

When K7 was built, the iron fence was erected to protect the marker.

Asa G.
Son of
F. M. and E. F. Smith
Born Nov. 15, 1856
Died Aug. 30, 1857

I often find flowers, toys, and other evidence of visitors.

In the summer the fenced in area fills in with growth.

See location and read more about this burial at

Sunday, May 10, 2009

BlackSheep Sunday: The Younger Gang

The Youngers
Lee's Summit Historic Cemetery
291 Hwy and SE 3rd St.
Lee's Summit, Jackson Co., MO

Individual Markers

Bursheba Fristoe
1816 - 1870

Robert Ewing
October 29, 1853
September 16, 1889

James H.
January 15, 1848
October 19, 1902

1844 - 1916
Rest in Peace
Our Dear Beloved

Confederate States of America Marker

Southern Cross of Honor
Cole Younger
Quantrill's Co.
C. S. A.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Links to the Past

Dorothy Dudley Reed
Aug. 21, 1930 Jan, 19, 2008
Johnson County Memorial Gardens
11200 Metcalf Ave.
Overland Park, Johnson Co., Kansas