James Carver Burial

Seneca, Newton County, Missouri, USA Add to Map
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Size unknown, but probably quite small. All burials except James' were unmarked.

Information provided by the George W. Carver Nat'l Monument: In 1953, Eliza Winters stated that James Carver was buried near Seneca after his death from smallpox and that Moses Carver had a grave marker placed at the burial site. The marker had been broken many years prior to 1953. Some land clearing had been done, but a 3" oak tree left to mark the grave. Local tradition, acc'd to the landowner of 1953, was that James and several other Negros were working on the railroad north of the farm contracted the smallpox and were buried there after their deaths. Only James' grave was marked. Mrs. Paris Boyd, in 1954, said James died in a pesthouse and he had been working as a plasterer in Seneca. The original stone was taken to G.W.C. Nat'l Monument for safekeeping and more durable stone placed on the burial site. A storm in 2000 uprooted the now grown 3" sapling and also the stone. It was moved some 50 feet to the west and southwest from the original site of 1953. Even that may not have been the exact spot.


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  • Added: 8 Jan 2009
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2288828