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Bowyer Graveyard
Linn County
Missouri  USA

Cemetery notes and/or description:
THIS CEMETERY IS LOCATED JUST EAST OF MEADVILLE. THE OTHER ONE IS SOUTHWEST OF LINNEUS.

Located in the center of Sec. 4, T-57, R-21, in Linn County. Start on U.S. Highway 36 at Meadville junction, and go north, or start on U.S. Highway 36 at Pershing Park, and go west, about two miles to the gravel road north. Go north about 1/4 mile to where the old railroad crosses the road. Go west here down the railroad track for 1/2 mile or more, to where a farm road crosses the track in a large clearing. The cemetery is norh of the tracks in a small grove of trees and brush. The cemetery is about 100 yards from the tracks and slightly west of the crossing. All stones are down, grown up in brush and trees.
walked and copied by Robert and may Bartee Couch, 2 Feb 1992.

From the book "History of Linn County", written in 1882
Page 386

William and Jesse Bowyer, with the former's family, and young Louis Tyre, came to section two about the first of January, 1832.
The first white child born in the township and in Linn County was Thomas Benton Bowyer, son of William and Martha (Tyre) Bowyer, who was born on Christmas Day, 1833, on section two.
The first white female child born in the township was a daughter of Jesse Bowyer.
Probably the first death in the township was a child of William Bowyer's named Henry, who was six years old, and died in 1837. He was buried in the Bowyer graveyard, the first burying-ground in the county.
Mrs. Della Luyster, Linneus, MO., and I visited the old Bowyer farm where the cemetery is located. The farm is now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Robinson. Mrs. Luyster showed me where the old spring is that was poisoned during the Civil War by Bushwackers. Where the slave quarters were is now the house. The old home has long been town down.
The cemetery, now in a pasture, contains several foot stones. One had the initials A. J. B.; There were several rocks which had been used as head stones; and there were three tombstones.
Mrs. Luyster said Jesse Bowyer was buried at this cemetery. His brother, William, died in Brunswick. He was taken as a prisoner of war during the Civil War. She said he took scarlet fever while at Brunswick and gave a Negro 40 acres of land to care for him.
The cemetery is located west of Linneus.
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