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Hannibal "City Cemetery": Hannibal, Missouri...Indian Burial Site...Cemetery/Graves Desecrated

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Re: Hannibal "City Cemetery": Hannibal, Missouri...Indian Burial Site...Cemetery/Graves Desecrated

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"A mirror of Hannibal: containing a most complete and authentic history of the city"
By Thomas H. Bacon, Sidney J. Roy

Publisher: C.P. Greene, 1905 - Hannibal (Mo.) - 605 pages

From Pages 92, 93, 94:

On April 17, 1836, Stephen Glascock filed in Marion County plat records, his plat involving a reproduction of the original plat of 1819. Like its predecessors, this plat was tied solely by Bear Creek. It also had at its northwest corner a detached diagram of a block marked ':Church Yard."' On the plat was a note signed by Stephen Glascock stating as follows: "The red square on the northwest corner of the plat the citizens of Hannibal have seen fit to select as the place wherein to bury their deceased friends. The proprietors of said town were not consulted in that matter and do not object to the use of said burial ground."

The interments were not confined to said tract. They were scattered promiscuously over the hill top forming the adjacent area. This at that day was the only Hannibal cemetery.

In 1904 A. C. McClurg & Co., of Chicago, Illinois, put out a screed stating that the youngest member of the Lewis & Clark expedition. Judge George Shannon, was said to have died in Hannibal in 1831 and named Sioux City, Iowa, and Waynetown, Indiana, as places which had erected monuments at the graves of other deceased members of said expedition, and further stated that a daughter of Judge Shannon was then living in St. Louis, Mo., and that the whole story was revealed in Mrs. Dye's romance, "The Conquest, the True Story of Lewis & Clark." The writer bought said book, a reliable and valuable work, but it does not mention Hannibal or the place of the interment of George Shannon.

The plat of April 17, 1836. appears in Plat Book A on page 17. It showed thirty-three blocks, of which only one, to-wit, Block Thirty-three was north of North Street.

On December 2, 1836, Stephen Glascock filed his extended plat of Hannibal, adding a tier of blocks on the north and west and south of the original plat, showing Blocks One to Forty-four, an addition of eleven blocks, with also the plat of South Hannibal, south of Bear Creek, show ing Blocks One Hundred and One to One Hundred and Sixteen. Book A, page 19.

In 1839 Stephen Glascock filed bis plat of the remaining blocks to Fifty-three and of the environing outlots as shown by his yet extant Lithograph Plat.

On April 22, 1837, the above named members of the New Town Company deeded to Stephen Glascock. Book 3, page 165. On the same day the same ten members of said New Town Company executed an agreement which appears on record in Book E, page 209.

In 1839, Stephen Glascock filed his plat of the remaining blocks to fifty-three and of the environing outlots. Though the records fail to show said plat the said filing was made.

The old city cemetery grounds overlapped on what became Outlots Eighty-four and Eighty-five, but the plat of 1839 omitted all recognition of the church ground plat of 1836. The said two outlots were subdivided and sold to purchasers who dug their cellars without regard to the early grave yard, and if in their anatomical pursuits they exhumed a skeleton with one leg docked at the hip joint that might have been the remains of the explorer who on said expedition so lost his limb in defending the party against an Indian attack. As a boy the writer was wont to harbor in the purlieus of that unfenced, deserted burying ground. Most notable among the graves was a tomb composed of a single heavy slab of the Burlington limestone described by Prof. Swallow as almost entirely made of crinoidal fossils. Said slab never bore any inscription.

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