|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
The hilltop cemetery overlooks the west side of small town of Fleming. A GPS reading taken at what is believed to be the midpoint of the cemetery gives these coordinates: Latitude: 39°11'41.03"N; Longitude: 94°3'12.70"W. The cemetery appears to lie mostly within the NW ¼ but may extend into the NE ¼ of the SW ¼, Section 28, Twp. 51, Range 28 in Camden Township, Ray County, Missouri. The farm property consists of 40 acres (plus or minus) located on the north side of Missouri Highway T. The cemetery itself is about 1/8th mile west of the point where Brady Creek intersects Highway T and then about 1/8 mile north.
SMITH-JACKSON-REMLEY CEMETERY HISTORY
Jacob Remley was first owner in 1837 with relatives holding adjoining land patents. Remleys were the first to use the hilltop overlooking the Missouri River as a cemetery. Some Remleys moved West, and Jacob Remley's 40 acres was owned later by Rice Jackson whose second wife Sallie survived him and married David Lawson Smith. Burials continued with the last known Remley family burial in 1916. By that date the hillltop was serving as community cemetery for the coal boom town of Fleming at the base of the hill. After this generation of Smiths died, the inheritor prohibited others from coming onto the property. With families unable to maintain grave sites, the cemetery deteriorated.