Crosthwait Cemetery in Boone County, Missouri
I just got back from touring the remains of the Crosthwait Cemetery in Boone County, Missouri.I grew up in the area close to the cemetery and knew it was located within a State Park (Finger Lakes State Park) but wasn't able to find anyone who could give me a definite idea of where it was within the park (or that it still existed...major mining/quarry area) until recently.The Park Superintendent (Debbie Newby) has been there for 11 years and offered to take me to the cemetery.It was a hike!!
The cemetery is overgrown by trees but the fence posts can still be seen, along with some barbed wire.The park is one of the only ones in Missouri that allows motorbikes and ATVs to travel through it and about three years ago, some bikers found 4 of the original headstones washed down into a creek (there are no others in the actual cemetery).They picked them up and gave them to Debbie who still has them and was gracious enough to allow me to photograph them.Debbie is very interested in clearing the trees out of the cemetery, fencing it off and putting up a sign to show it is the Crosthwait Cemetery.She said that they would use red cedar split rail fencing (per State Park codes) and put up a modest sign and didn't figure it would cost more than $500.I offered to try and find a local boy scout troop to do the work.What I need from you ... is help in getting the word out that there is an opportunity to re-claim this cemetery.Debbie would also like to have history on who is buried there, etc. to add to the State Park's information booth.
If you are interesed in either providing write-ups or making a financial donation, please email me and I'll send you the address for Debbie's office at the State Park.As I said I live not too far away and have contacts with the Scouts Troops in the area who can provide the work.
Now for the interesting tombstones:
Dau. of J & T
Born Feb 11, 184?
Initials of W. T. B.
Dec. 6, 1806
Mar. 16, 1854
Dau. of J & T
Nov 2, 1833
Dec. 1, 1834
Sally J.'s tombstone is broken off but still pretty legible; John's tombstone is in really good condition and pretty much all there; WBT's footstone is in good condition and Elizabeth's is in fairly good condition (hard to read the dates but the came out fairly good on the camera). I will be happy to email these to whomever would like them.
What Debbie is hoping to do is once the clearing is made and the fence is up, she would like to put the stones (or duplicates back up) and perhaps make some kind of markers for the others that we can 'prove' are buried there.She said that she has gotten several requests over the years but many people cannot make the hike to the cemetery (it is a hard hike) but she feels that the cemetery/ancestors need something to be remembered by.I was very impressed with her enthusiam and interest in the Cemetery.