|County Rd. 259- Willard Sander`s farm|
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
The Snoddy/Garner Cem., the Snoddy Cem., or the Garner/Snoddy Cem. is a small family homestead Cem. located in Howard County, Missouri a few miles west and a little north of Armstrong, Missouri. It is on the now Willard Sander`s farm on county rd. 259. Located on a small hill, south of a small pond, behind a small farmhouse, 17 marked graves and at least a dozen more are believed to be present. Three primitive concrete slabs are thought to mark the location of many slaves, some free blacks and possibly others within the 60`east/west by 50` north/south perimeter of the Cem.. The original homestead is long gone but is believed to be near the Cem. farther up the hill to the SE approx. 200 yards. Pieces of the old foundation where moved out of the area by Mr. Sanders and others years ago where a field is now cultivated.
This was the site of the Joseph Walker Snoddy place starting around 1815 which became legally Robert M. Snoddy`s(his son)by at least 1876 and probably way before. Joseph reportedly came to Missouri right after his father John`s death in December, 1814 outside Richmond, Ky.. Joseph died in 1853 but Narcissa(Robert`s mother) lived until 1889 on the farm and in fact is still there. The last burial that is known occurred in 1942. The first known interment was thought to be a small son of Joseph`s and Narcissa`s named Foster before 1840. The land abstracts have yet to be examined to determine all owners and exact years.
Stephen Trigg Garner owned two large farms on both sides of the old Snoddy place, married one of the daughters and farmed and raised prized livestock of all kinds with them and separately. These farms where raided by Captain Alexander Denny`s Enrolled Missouri Militia company(mounted Federals) during the "War Between the States" and all horses and fodder where stolen and the barns burned. These family`s where all southern and had several members in the Confederate Army. When S.T. Garner`s daughter married Wm. J. Pemberton they where given a farm by him in September of 1869. It was one of the farms located just northeast of the old Snoddy place. Wm. Jefferson Pemberton built what was called the "Kentucky Horse Farm" on some or all of this land that was very successful for many years. These family`s where never as prosperous after the war as before it although they did well for the times. All of these before mentioned persons are buried in this cemetery except Alexander Denny and Robert M. Snoddy.
The Cemetery was rediscovered by direct relatives in 1990 and restoration was completed in 2011. A new barbed wire solarly electrified fence was added and all the markers where fixed, straightened and put back in their places. The old fences had been replaced at least twice over the years because of cow trampling. Submitted by Eli Chandler