Memorial to Confederate Dead The granite monument was erected to the memory of about fifty soldiers of the Confederacy who were buried near the spot on which it stands, in Machpelah Cemetery. Inscribed with "Here Heros Sleep", the names of about twenty of the soldiers are carved in the stone on the opposite side.
Skelton, Ike b. December 20, 1931 d. October 28, 2013 US Congressman. Born Isaac Newton Skelton IV, he attended the University of Missouri, in 1953, was admitted to the bar in 1956 and opened a private law practice in Lafayette County, Missouri. He was a Lafayette County, Missouri, prosecuting attorney, (1957-60), special Assistant Attorney General, Missouri State Attorney General, (1961-63) and a member of the Missouri State Senate, (1971-77). In 1977, he was elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fifth Congress and to the next sixteen succeeding...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Machpelah Cemetery, Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri, USA
Slayback, Alonzo William b. July 4, 1838 d. October 13, 1882 Colonel Alonzo Slayback was a teacher, lawyer, and Confederate Soldier. Served under General Sterling Price, General John Marmaduke, formed The Slayback Lancers. He married his childhood sweetheart, Alice Amelia Waddell, daughter of William B. Waddell, who was one of the 3 Pony Express founders/operators, and member of the firm Russell, Majors, & Waddell. Alonzo Slayback is mentioned many times in the book written by John Newman Edwards, Shelby and his Men. Slayback went with General Joseph...[Read More] (Bio by: Bill Walker) Cause of death: Gunshot Machpelah Cemetery, Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri, USA
Steamboat 'Saluda' memorial In memory of those who lost their lives in the explosion of the steamboat "Saluda" on April 9, 1852. Many of whom are buried here in a common grave. The total loss of life was never definitely determined but was estimated at about one hundred, as many were blown into the river and lost. Most of the casualties were Mormon converts enroute to Salt Lake City from Great Britain. Machpelah Cemetery, Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri, USA Plot: Jefferson and 20th Street Entrance. Once inside, go straight; just where the road bends to the left, the memorial is on the right
Waddell, William Bradford b. October 7, 1807 d. April 7, 1872 One of the three operators of the firm Russell, Majors & Waddell, that founded and operated the Pony Express. Note: Date of death varies on stone marker and bronze marker. Stone says April 7, while bronze says April 1. I'm guessing stone marker is more accurate since the bronze marker was placed there 100 years later. John Taylor Waddell was the father of William B. Waddell, and purchased a small tract of land for a family cemetery in 1836. John Waddell died in 1839, and was the first...[Read More] (Bio by: Bill Walker) Machpelah Cemetery, Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri, USA Plot: Block B Lot 52
Welborn, John b. November 20, 1857 d. October 27, 1907 US Congressman. Elected to represent Missouri's 7th District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1905 until his death in 1907. Also served as mayor of Lexington, Missouri. (Bio by: K) Machpelah Cemetery, Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri, USA
Wentworth, Stephen G. b. 1811 d. 1897 Educator. Born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, he moved to Missouri in 1838, where he became involved in a number of entrepreneurial and public pursuits. From 1851 to 1864, he served as Public Administrator of Lafayette County, was a partner in the Morrison-Wentworth Bank and served as president of the Farmer's Exchange Bank. He helped to incorporate the Board of Trustees for Elizabeth Aull Seminary, serving as treasurer 1859 to 1880 and as president from 1883 to 1897. In 1880, he established...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Machpelah Cemetery, Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri, USA Plot: Jefferson and 20th Street entrance