Van Buren Union Cemetery

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Van Buren Union Cemetery

Also known as Black Fox Cemetery, Humphrey Cemetery, Van Buren Cemetery

Ritchey, Newton County, Missouri, USA
Memorials 1,132 added (84% photographed)

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Location of the cemetery: 10 miles east of Diamond, MO on “J” Hwy to Unicorn Rd, turn south on Unicorn and go one mile to Elder, cemetery is in the Southwest corner. Condition: Good, well maintained.

Notes: One source said Van Buren was established on land, in 1846, belonging to an Indian lady named Black Fox and she donated the land.  It carried the Black Fox name until incorporated as Van Buren.  That area was, and still is by some old-timers, called Black Fox.  In 1888, Henry Alburty was buried at the Humphrey Cemetery and in 1906, Rev. George Alburty had two obits – one gave Humphrey and another Van Buren as his resting place.  In 1882, there were two Humphreys living near the cemetery; in 1902, none.  No Humphreys are listed as being buried there. 

Interesting story: “Up in this (old part) north end of Block 1 there is a lot of graves no one knows who’s there.  Years and years ago they’d bring bodies up during the night and bury them – there would just be a new grave and that’s all they knew.  I don’t know if they couldn’t pay for the grave site or what but way back (1924 I think it was) my grandfather was on the cemetery board and he told us that.”


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GPS Coordinates: 36.97712, -94.13421

  • Added: 3 Sep 2001
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #739771