This collection of cemetery records from Cass County adds to the growing number of databases in the "Ellsberry Collection." The database was compiled by long-time researcher, school teacher, and professional genealogist Elizabeth Ellsberry. These cemetery records contain the name of the deceased, relatives, birth date, death date, etc., as well as age, when given. You may also find notes on some of the graveyards listed. The database includes more than 3,200 entries.
The following cemeteries are included in the database:
- Austin: Located one mile northeast of Austin, MO. No inscriptions after 1950.
- Sharon: Located three-and-a-half miles east of Drexel, MO. Last inscription taken 1947.
- Garden City: Located near Garden City, Mo. Last inscription taken 1952.
- Clear Fork: Located three miles northwest of Garden City. Last inscription taken 1952.
Ms. Ellsberry began genealogical publication in 1958, when she published her own family history, The Warrens and You. In researching her own family, she found that libraries needed additional information from cemetery records, wills, land records, probate records, census records, etc., to help people with their family history. Ellsberry decided that she wanted to help by publishing books that contained solid genealogical data. She taught school for 34 years, but on weekends and summer vacation, she would travel around to different courthouses and cemeteries, recording the information she found. She also corresponded with several researchers and helped them in their research. Ellsberry self-published more than 300 books, and most of them are available for sale.
Most of the compilation of these books took place between 1958 and into the 1970s, so the recorded information should include the cemetery and/or courthouse records of that time period.
Ms. Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry
P.O. Box 206
Chillicothe, MO 64601