Mosely Cemetery (defunct)

Saint Clair, Franklin County, Missouri, 63077 USA
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Mosely, also known as Moeslein or Manion Cemetery, was directly in the path of construction of Interstate-44 as it passed through St. Clair. More specifically, it was at the top of the west-bound exit ramp on the north side of the interstate. At the time the cemetery was rediscovered, several newspaper articles offered some history of the place and an interview with a man who had owned the land fifty years earlier supplied information that there had been numerous headstones that had 'disappeared' over the years. Purportedly, many of the graves were marked with nothing more than rocks or perhaps were identifiable only by depressions or mounds. A local man was contracted to exhume all identifiable graves and remove them to the St. Clair Odd Fellows Cemetery (now St. Clair United Methodist Cemetery). It was estimated that 30-40 graves were removed, none of them having manufactured headstones and therefore unidentifiable. The newspaper also, of course, repeated misinformation about "Indian burial grounds" and the "Trail of Tears" which seems to have been completely fabricated. The bad news is that the remains were unceremoniously reburied in one grave space at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, said to be "just below" the old city maintenance shed. The good news is that many of the family members of these people who died after the property was sold out of the family, were buried at Odd Fellows. And so, posthumously, they were, in a fashion, reunited. We've listed this as an extant cemetery because these dead are not memorialized at the Odd Fellows Cemetery and because this posting affords us the opportunity to share the story of the cemetery's relocation.


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GPS Coordinates: 38.3623800, -90.9794400

  • Added: 23 Feb 2015
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2570348