Dedicated to the preservation of the Taylor Cemetery, Cottonwood Point, Pemiscot County, Missouri, USA. The link below is a link to my Google Drive which contains about 500 pictures of the cemetery restoration. They are numbered, higher the number, newer the picture. As of November, 2017, this cemetery has been cleared completely. Grass has been planted.
The cemetery was cleared by the "Taylor Cemetery Restoration Project" composed of a group of people that care about the cemetery. I lost track of how many folks said they never knew all those stones were there in that overgrown jungle.
Taylor cemetery is just not a white cemetery. It is also a black cemetery. At least 44 are black and some of them may have been slaves (judging from their birth and death dates). I have death certificates for each and everyone of them.
Link to Pictures:
Link To Death Certificates (not all of them are in Taylor, I have some others mixed in with them):
The Taylor Cemetery Restoration Project:
We don't own the cemetery and can't tell anyone what
to do. We will however make some suggestions if you
know very little about the care of monuments.
Most of the stones are not granite (only 2 are). Most are
limestone. Do not use any herbicide, pesticide, fertilizer,
or any other chemical around them. A product such as Roundup
which contains glyphosphate can damage the stones over time.
You won't see the damage you are causing. Well, you will
but it will take a few years.
Have you looked at concrete and what the winter salt does
to it? Glyphosphate contains salts.
Do not clean the stones at all. Nothing. I always noticed
that the stones in Taylor are in much better shape than
many other cemeteries. I try to compare stones of the same age
going by the death date. Sometimes I find the same exact stones
in other cemeteries. Why do ours look good? They are not cleaned.
Cleaning removes the protective patina on the stone. As is the case
with herbicides, you don't see the damage you are doing until
years later. Many times scout troops, volunteers, etc. will
get together and have a "Cemetery Clean Up Day". They spray all
sorts of crap on the stones and scrub them. After many years of
this the protective patina is removed and the stone weathers
Products are sold in stores to clean monuments. Do not use
these products ever.
Do not use a string trimmer (weedeater) around the stones. Some
of them are soft and cannot take it.
The stones have done very well for the most part without our
help. We need to save what's left.
Find-A-Grave lists 265 burials in Taylor Cemetery. I have the death
certificates for most of them but not all. Most are infants and children.
One very important thing to note, and it took me a while to figure this out:
You'll notice that many of the entries on Find-A-Grave have death dates
past 1910. Why? The State of Missouri has a pretty good online death certificate
database that is simple to use. The people that added most of the entries in
Find-A-Grave used these records somehow to figure out who was buried in Taylor.
I can't quite figure out how they researched this; you can't search Missouri's
database by cemetery. Someone went to great means to get this info into Find-A-Grave.
The list below was done by a couple people in 1970. They went to the cemetery and
wrote down what they saw. Someone (who I am very thankful for) took the time
to put it on the internet.
I have modified it; it is updated.
I have found most, but not all of the graves that are on this list. I did notice that
many of the people in Taylor on this list were not on Find-A-Grave. They died
earlier than 1910. From this list and some of the stones that were missed back in 1970,
I have added 14 names to Find-A-Grave.
Because the cemetery has most likely been overgrown for probably a 100 years,
nobody could get into the cemetery and look at the stones. One of the
Taylor Cemetery Restoration Project crew did do many of the entries in Find-A-Grave.
He added many of the names that no one would have known about years ago. They
would not have been in the Missouri databae because they were pre-1910 mostly.
The State of Missouri does have a database of pre-1910 death certificates,
but it appears to me that they usually have none for Pemiscot County.
All of the above makes me think that many other people are in Taylor. No records
exist for these pre-1910 burials. At this point they can really only come from one
source and that source is located below the dirt in the cemetery.
I bought a probe like the gas or water company uses to probe for gas or water lines.
Within 10 minutes of using it, I found a stone about 6" below ground level. It was
half of a stone that was missing. After doing some other things, I got the probe
out again. Within minutes, I found a large heavy concrete base with no stone.
You might say I got my 25 bucks worth from the probe already. I am sure I will
locate others. Better than opening a box of Cracker Jacks and the dumb prize!
Taylor Cemetery is not just a white cemetery. It is also a black cemetery.
At least 44 are black. I have a death certificate for each and every one of them.
Of these 44, some of them may have been former slaves based upon birth and death dates:
At least one person was born in Mexico:
Jeronimo Debez (Born in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico)
-Also known as: Jeronimo Jemeal Joranaman Igill Debez
Mary D. Debez (Wife)
Rubin Debez (Daughter)
The listings below were done by Lois McReynolds, Glenna LaForge, and Charles
LaForge on April 27, 1971.
I have added more information and updated some of this info.
***** =FOUND STONE
*****Stone with broken glass, only date readable May 15, 1900
This stone is broke in half, no glass. Date is Patent date of the stone, I think.
This is in the Turnbow section.
*****Abbott, Clarence May 13, 1920 - Feb 23, 1923, son of D.M. and Ollie
*****Abbott, Dorothy Jan 13, 1915- Nov 21, 1918, dau of D.M. and Ollie
*****Abbott, J. M. Apr 26, 1896- Nov 22, 1918, son of D.M. and Ollie
*****Alsup, Jesse Taylor August 16, 1849 - March 3, 1918
*****Alsup, Sallie Loines January 1847 - October 24, 1930
She is the wife of Jesse Taylor ALsup and is on the same stone as Jesse.
Her half of the stone is not engraved with her name.
Bader, Nancy died Oct 23, 1861 30y 10m 8d, wife of Joseph
*****Barnett, Floyd Jul 14, 1891- Oct 11, 1892, son of W.H. and M.M.
*****Everett, Mrs. H.B. Mar 23, 1868- Jul 31, 1918
*****Finley, Robert Carrel Mar 7, 1916- Sep 4, 1916, son of Robt. and Mary
I think this is on the bottom half of Robert M below
*****Finley, Robert M. Jun 3, 1884 - Feb 2, 1917
*****Furmbanks, David and Lucinda + Infant Son One 4 sided stone
*****Garrett, Amanda Aug 17, 1835 - Feb 6, 1866 30y 3m 13d, wife of H.C.
*****Garrett, Annie M. Oct 5, 1848 - May 10, 1895, wife of H.C.
*****Garrett, Edgar T. Jun 24, 1869- Nov 5, 1896
*****Garrett, Coradon Jun 3, 1813- Sep 13, 1861
*****Garrett, Hettie M. died Jun 30, 1878 9m 26d, dau of H.C. and Annie
*****Garrett, James Monroe Nov 28, 1858 - Feb 17, 1918
*****Garrett, Sallie M. died Sep 8, 1878 4y 28d, dau of H.C. and Annie
*****Gordon, Thomas B. Feb 28, 1823 - Jan 3, 1858 34y 10m 5d (Footstone only)
Infant Mar 14, 1904 - Mar 20, 1904, son of ____ (Footstone has the initials J.T.H.)
*****Helm, Daughter of D.W. and Alice, died Sep 25, 1879 1y 11m 13d, (NOTE: The
*****footstone on this grave has the initials D.M.H. and LaForge Undertaking Parlor.)
*****Note: Footstone is there, Headstone missing. This is a white stone, still standing,
*****but the top half is missing. Name possibly Daisey.
*****Henry, Isaac D. died Apr 9, 1876 15y 11m
*****Hickman, Collins Sep 17, 1901 - May 22, 1902, son of Ed and Mollie
*****Hickman, Corry Sep 17, 1901 - May 22, 1902, son of Ed and Mollie
*****Howell, Desby Feb 12, 1869 - Aug 7, 1920
*****Howell, Mrs. L., Feb 14, 1870 - Mar 8, 1916
*****Howell, Thelma Jul 15, 1908- Sep 13, 1918, dau of W.H and A.
Hutchison, William M. Aug 16, 1828 - Feb 11, 1875
*****Murphey, Perry A. Jan 25, 1888 - Jun 14, 1915
*****Oakley, Myrtle Jan 19, 1874 - Jan 23, 1912
*****Parker, Alvin B. May 6, 1900 - Jun 28, 1900
*****Parker, Mary E. Mar 20, 1899 - Jun 18, 1899
*****Parker, Myrtle B. May 7, 1898 - May 28, 1899, children of W.C. and Mary
The following PATRICK are buried in the large square concrete family grave:
*****Patrick, Charles Anthony August 13, 1850 - December 8, 1927
*****Patrick, Marion November 30, 1920 - December 4, 1920
*****Patrick, Mary Elizabeth November 30, 1920 - December 2, 1920
*****Patrick, Nancy Malinda Cole July 18, 1858 - January 23, 1940
*****Patrick, Preston Tipton April 18, 1893 - May 30, 1910
Pratt, A.E. Jun 12, 1910 - Apr 25, 1914
*****Reaves, Florence Jamey Nov 21, 1921- Sep 30, 1922
*****Secoy, Malinda Dec 21, 1839- Nov 28, 1902, wife of W.D.
*****Shepard, Charles W. Dec 6, 1885- Sep 22, 1886, son of C.G. and J.B.
*****Shepard, John F. Nov __, 1832 - Jul 13, 1894
*****Shepard, Sheldon Locket Jul 4, 1887 - Jul 9, 1898, son of John L. and Lelia
*****Shinaberry, Mary L + Edner
Swanner, Enic W. died Oct 22, 1866 2m 3d, son of M.G. and J.A.
*****Taylor, Capt. James Mar 3, 1879 - Aug 31, 1926 (NOTE: The Shepards and
the Taylors ran the ferries that crossed the Mississippi River at
Cottonwood Point from Missouri to Tennessee.)
*****Taylor, J.C. May 15, 1866- Sep 30, 1890 (Woodsmen of the World marker)
Whole name: Julia Christine Allen Taylor 1922-1988
Mother: Leola Twitter
Father: William H Allen
She was married to: Paul Smith "Bill" Taylor
Paul's Father was , as you can guess, Captain James Smith Taylor of the Taylor Cemetery.
She died on June 19, 1988, in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, at the age of 66.
Tipton, Etta May Mar 27, 1873- May 25, 1873, dau of Q.A. and L.J.
*****Tipton, Louisa J. Feb 23, 1852 - Dec 7, 1874, wife of Q.A. (Found footstone only)
I think it was a "I" instead of a "J", probably a mistake transcribing.
*****Tipton, Sally Charity May 3, 1874 - May 20, 1874, dau of Q.A. and L.J.
*****Turnbow, H. M. Jun 4, 1856 - Apr 19, 1923 Father
*****Turnbow, Martha J. Sep 3, 1858 - Jan 4, 1928, wife of H.M.
*****Wagster, Lula May 12, 1877 - Feb 14, 1903, wife of S.L.
*****Walls, Mary, wife of James (stone broken)
*****Watson, J. Maud Oct 9, 1887- Aug 23, 1888, dau of A.L. and A.L.
*****Williams, Emma E. Jun 18, 1876- Nov 9, 1918, wife of J.A.
Wilson, Louise died Mar 13, 1924
In addition, I have found many other markers. These consist of steel pipes,
fenced in areas, other metal markers and in one case a field stone. Also found
two objects that look like a dog bowl made of concrete.
Also in Taylor Cemetery is:
Bowman Feb 7, 1904-May 24, 1919
I have the death certificate also.
Wes Bowman on Island 18 shot his younger brother
about 9 o'clock Sunday morning, the ball
passing nearly through the body, death ensuing
nearly an hour later. The father had left an
automatic pistol lying on a dresser, he having
taken all the cartridges from the magazine, but
forgetting the one in the barrel. As Bowman, aged
about nineteen came up, the little boy said,
"Wes, let's see how it works." The older boy
picked up the pistol and snapped it, the cartridge
being discharged. The ball struck the little fellow
in the right arm, passed through the body and
lodged near the surface over the left hip.
Dr. Sharp was summoned at once but could render
no help. Dr. Hendrix arrived after the boy had died.
The family had lived on the island north of
Cottonwood Point for about two years. The Pemiscot
Argus, Caruthersville, Missouri Thursday,
May 28, 1914 - Contributed by Frances Funderburk
Henry Clay Garrett, a prominent merchant of Cottonwood Point, Mo.,
was born in Vanderburg County, Ind., January 11, 1840, and is a son
of Corydon and Sarah (James) Garrett. The father was born in Kentucky,
June 3, 1813, and died in Pemiscot County, Mo., September 13, 1861.
He was a resident of Indiana until 1858, when he located in Missouri,
and here lived until his death. His wife was born in Vanderburg County,
Ind., in 1818, and there resided until her death. They were the parents
of nine children, and Henry C. is the second child, and the eldest of
the three now living. Martha E., a sister, is the wife of Dr. Q. A.
Tipton, and is residing at Cottonwood Point. James M., a brother, is
also living at Cottonwood Point. Henry C. Garrett received a good
education, and was attending school in Indiana when the war broke out.
He left school for the purpose of joining the army, and enlisted in
Company G, First Missouri Infantry, of the Confederate States army,
and served twelve months. He was taken prisoner at Memphis, Tenn., and
paroled. He did not re-enlist in the service, but began teaching school,
but soon discontinued that business and began farming, which occupation
he has followed up to the present time. He kept a general merchandise
store at Cottonwood Point for some time, and then disposed of his goods,
and since that time has been selling drugs and groceries. He was postmaster
of the town for some time, and served several years as magistrate. In
1886 he was elected to represent Pemiscot County in the State Legislature,
and did good work in the Thirty-fourth General Assembly. In 1863 he married
Amanda Jackson, who died in Missouri in 1866, leaving two children: Eva and
William. In 1867 Mr. Garrett took for his second wife Annie M. Seavy, and by
her became the father of five children, three living: Edgar T., Walter B.
and Georgia I. Those deceased are Sarah M. and Hattie Mabel. Mr. Garrett is
a Democrat and a member of the A. F. & A. M.
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