The plaque at the cemetery entrance reads:
"Rev. Thomas Johnson, a missionary of the Methodist Episcopal Church and Founder of the Shawnee Mission; Rev. William Johnson, Missionary to the Kansa Indians, and members of their families were buried here from 1839 to 1930. Plaque furnished by the Old Mission United Methodist Church 1988."
Originally the Shawnee Mission Cemetery was larger. In 1928 a stone wall was built around the remaining Johnson family grave sites. In the 1950s Shawnee Mission Parkway was widened and graves located ouside the wall were disturbed. It was during that time Sarah Barrymen's grave was moved inside the walled cemetery to it's present location. Mrs. Barryman was originally buried by 2 of her children but their locations are now unknown as are additional Johnson family members, American Indian children and adults.
According to Edna Johnson (from interview conducted by KSHS, in Mission Library "Johnson File") Preston Johnson, son of David Johnson, brother of Rev. T. Johnson, was also buried in the cemetery. Buried near the present cemetery were many children and adult Indians, including an Indian Chief.
GPS Coordinates: 39.03078, -94.62179
- Added: 6 Apr 2009
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2300504
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