Located near Old Speer Cemetery, north of Zalma.
From "Ye Old Virgin's Burial Ground", By Edward D. Virgin, Sr. (Article found in the Echo Vol IV, pages 174-176, St. Louis Genealogical Society).
"A city block's distance beyond the Highway 51 and H junction on the north end of Rt. H, is a gravel road going east. Down the gravel road after crossing Hawkens Creek, formerly known as Jenkins Creek, is the old Speer Cemetery. After crossing the creek (going south) the road makes a 90 degree turn north and continues on the east line of section 16, about 1,000 feet to a house and barn, owned by Joseph S. Waing, on the west side of the road. At the barn site a road goes west approximately 1,000 feet to the old Virgin Cemetery.
September 1, 1855, John Virgin bought 40 acres, the southeast quarter of the southeast quarter of Section 16, Township 29 North, .Range 9 east, from the State of Missouri (being land granted by the United States to the State of Missouri, for the use of inhabitants of said township, for the use of Schools).
Two years later, on June 15, 1857, Samuel Virgin, age 69, of Bollinger County, male and head of a family, swore that he had entered on and owned this quarter section of land and had about 12 acres of land, the south-half of the southwest quarter of Section 15, from the U.S. Government Land Office, Jackson, Missouri, under "An Act to graduate and reduce the price of the public land to actual settlers and cultivators," approved August 4, 1854).
At some time later, during the next 36 years, and prior to December 2, l893, when William H. and Nanch G. Layne sold this land to James H.. and Margaret Gridley, one acre was deeded to the County of Bollinger for the purpose of a cemetery. It appears that this deed to the county was never recorded.
However, this acre had been used as a burial ground at least as early as May 1877, when Anderson Virgin was buried there, and it was probably used as a cemetery before that. The earliest date of its use cannot be more accurately determined because so many of the graves are marked with field stones without any inscriptions. The most recent date of its use as a final resting place was over half a century ago when Joseph H. Virgin was buried there."
GPS Coordinates: 37.17919, -90.06309
- Added: 2 Sep 2008
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2274679
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