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Star Cemetery
Located on the southeast corner of Wheatstate Road and S. W. 96th Street.
Harvey County
Kansas  USA

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Star Cemetery is located on the southeast corner of Wheatstate Road and S. W. 96th Street. To find the cemetery go 4 miles north of the town of Mt. Hope on Burmac Road (279th St. West, also known as Road 785), then travel 1 mile west on S. W. 96th Street. In 2000, I (Larry E. Barnes) purchased and placed these 2 Star Cemetery signs on the north and west fences because there wasn't a sign showing what this cemetery was called. Burials still occur here. These people led interesting lives and some of their stories are known. Contact me if you know of any.

The land for Star Cemetery was donated by the McMurry family. James McMurry (1817-1887), buried here at Star Cemetery, was head of one of three original families of white settlers in Lake Township. The year was 1871. The other two original families were headed by John Gorgas and James Patterson. According to Parker and Wimp family history, Ann (Foster) Parker was the first person buried at Star Cemetery in late October 1872.

The origin of the name for Star Cemetery is unknown at this time. Note that there was once a Star School located one mile north, on the southwest corner of Wheatstate Road and S. W. 84th Street.

There are a number of military veterans buried here. This is not a complete list, so please contact me if you have more names and information. (Larry E. Barnes, email:

Union Civil War veterans (9); Abijah S. Chears, George W. Fry, Charles W. Greenfield, Thomas J. Matlock, Patrick K. McCart, James M. Parker, Henry Sultzbach, Fieldon Taylor and John P. West.

Confederate Civil War veterans (2); Armstead L. Barnes and Blant D. Shacklett.

Woman's Relief Corps. (1); Susan R. Stiles.

World War 1 veterans (2); Fred W. Cooper, George William Crouch.

World War 2 veterans (5); Boyce Hayden Arnett, Fred W. Cooper, John A. Goodman (U.S. Navy & U.S. Army), Leslie Mark Goodman and Harlan R. McCart.

Olin Ted Foraker, Jr., U. S. Army 1952-1954.

Those buried here of foreign birth include the countries of England, Germany, Ireland and Scotland.
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Star Cemetery
Added by: Larry E. Barnes
Star Cemetery
Added by: Larry E. Barnes
Star Cemetery
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