Her name caught my eye in the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Weston, MO —
I found her in some records, like the 1850 census, where she shows as Venetia Dose, the daughter of Walker and Susan Dose (one of 7 children). However, this is apparently not the correct spelling of their last name, which was Doores. I found on Find a Grave that she was married twice, the second time to T.B. Rogers, who is listed on this stone. T.B. and Venetia (spelled Venesia this time) show on the 1880 census, where there are several children of theirs listed. Thomas shows as being born in Ireland, and is a farmer. Farming was definitely part of Venetia’s life — the 1850 census shows her father was a farmer, and I’m thinking that perhaps Thomas was part of the farming community in this area of Missouri, as well.
I had an opportunity to visit the historic cemetery in Lee’s Summit, Missouri recently, and found that there were a lot of interesting things to photograph. This is just one of the stones that caught my eye:
According to the information I found from the City of Lee’s Summit about the cemetery, Oliver B. Shepard robbed a bank and was shot by a vigilante posse. This grave is reputed to be the oldest burial in this cemetery. I found more information about this man here, which is really about the James Younger gang, but which mentions Mr. Shepard. Apparently, he was a member of a gang which included Frank James (yes, the infamous Frank James, brother of Jesse James).
What I find interesting is that the stone here says “assassinated,” which makes me think that perhaps it was erected at the request of a family member. The fact that he was killed after robbing a bank (which was apparently just one crime that he was involved in) would make me think it would read “killed” on the stone. “Assassinated” gives a more sympathetic tone (at least, to me). Either way, the stone led me to learn more about not only this man, but of some of the history surrounding him.
Welcome to the 6th Taphophile Tragics on this blog — and the first TT for the new year!
Leonidas Eastin, son of J.J. and H.L. Eastin. Born on May 5, 1876 and died on January 22, 1891. He is buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kearney, MO, and his parents are also in this cemetery. I didn’t have much time to spend in this cemetery, and wound up only taking the photo of Leonidas’ stone (admittedly, because his name caught my eye). I found a tiny bit more about this family, courtesy of Jane Leavell, which says:
“ HARRIET LOUISA LEAVELL (LEONIDAS WORT, LEWIS LIVINGSTON, BENJAMIN, EDWARD, EDWARD, ? LAVELLE) was born 1844 in Kentucky, USA, and died January 29, 1877. She married JOHN L. EASTIN December 04, 1872 in Clay County, Missouri, USA. He was born June 08, 1833, and died May 15, 1878. For both, burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kearney, Clay County, MO
Children of HARRIET LEAVELL and JOHN EASTIN are:
…..i…..LEONIDAS EASTIN, b. 1874.
…..ii…..ROMA EASTIN, b. 1876.”
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Yes, it’s none other than the outlaw Jesse James, who is buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kearney, Missouri. He was born here in 1847 and upon his death, was originally buried at the family farm (upon instruction from his mother). However, after his mother’s death, he was re-interred, along with his mother, in the family plot in this cemetery in Kearney.
Mount Olivet is a relatively small cemetery, but they have a very nice map of the cemetery, which shows where Jesse James’ marker is. I did find some other interesting markers in this cemetery, which I’ll be sharing on this blog.