|5958 Highway H|
Postal Code: 65535
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
from the book "Cemeteries of Crawford County Missouri" by Helen (GRADDY) Wright © 1993, page 158
"Cross Roads Baptist Church Cemetery
The present site of Cross Roads Cemetery was chosen by Jeremiah King. John R. Looney had homested land and he donated two acres of land for the cemetry and church. The name " Cross Roads" was given to the church in memory of the old Cross Roads Church in South Carolina. They built the church in the spring of 1872. Bennie Barton born May 1, 1878 died January 1879 was the first buried in Cross Roads Cemetery."
1941 Excerpt from "The History of the King Family - back to 1773 Six Generations" by John Rueben King, the 5th August 8, 1941
"He [Jeremiah King] took an active part in the Baptist Church, and in 1869 was joined by another part of his family [William & Harriet (KING) Barton] from back in the Carolinas, who were very fond of him and just seemed to be waiting until he was permanently established so they could join him.
They all loved "Honest Jerry" as he was called by them and wanted only to be near him. In the year 1870, they all got together and established a Baptist Church and a cemetery at a spot, 3 miles southeast Leesburg, now known as Cross Roads Baptist Church and Cemetery.
This land, as I was told in 1912 by my Uncle Jacob King, was donated by our Grandfather [Jeremeiah] with the stipulation that only the Kings and their kinfolk were to be buried there. At that time there were only a small number of graves, but on my visit to this cemetery in June 1941, I found it to be almost full.
Grandfather [Jeremiah] and Grandmother [Elizabeth Margaret (HUDSON) King] and children are buried in the first row, and next kin in 2nd row, etc. All but our father [Jonathan] and mother [Mary Emma (HIGHT) King] are buried there up until now.
It is my understanding that on each Decoration Day, the remaining relation meet there and after a basket dinner, they decorate the graves and have services."
[Bracketed information inserted by Floyd Thomas Pratt]