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PURVIS CEMETERY
Sumner, MO
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This old cemetery is located along the Burlington Railroad just northeast of Sumner, extending
from North Ash St. The cemetery was established in 1863, with all the burials in the 1800s
except Thomas Purvis who was buried there in 1924.  As with most “forgotten” cemeteries,
it is overgrown with grass, weeds, and brambles.  Vandalism over the years is obvious with
tombstones overturned, some never located, or some simply buried due to time and neglect.
The centennial anniversary of this cemetery prompted the Project of the Restoration of
Purvis Cemetery by the Community Betterment Committee of Sumner.  Volunteer work and
contributions were instrumental in preserving what is there today.  The earliest list of
tombstone inscriptions was that compiled by Irwin Williams about 1935.


BAKER, Roscoe
        ??--01 APR 1887
        Age:  2 Months, 15 Days;  Son  of J.B. & Alice BAKER
CORDER, Eliza J.
        09 MAR 1825--09 MAR 1899
        This grave bears a U.S. Flag
CORDER, Vinicent O.
        ??--12 APR 1890
        Son of V. & F.V.;  Age 2 Months, 23 Days
DAUGHERTY, Mary A.
        ??--17 FEB 1891
        Wife of Thomas DAUGHERTY;  Age 73 Years, 9 Months, 27 Days
DENNY, Walter S.
        ??--04 AUG 1892
        Son of T.J. & M.E. DENNY;  Age 11 Years, 6 Months,  11 Days
DIEFENDERFER, Frank Edgar
        22 MAY 1882--04 AUG 1885
        Son of O.L. & S.J. Diefenderfer
DIEHL, Gracie G.
        ??--04 AUG 1889
        Dau.
of Lewis & Nancy DIEHL;  Age 8 Months, 22 Days

FULKS, Martha J.
        ??--23 MAR 1888
        Wife of Charles FULKS;  Age 59 Years, 5 Months, 16 Days
GARDENER, Nancy O.
        ??--02 SEP 1895
        Age 27 Years, 5 Months, 23 Days
        Wife of W.B. GARDENER; Daughter of  Ann V. STANLEY
GARRETT, Mary Pearl
        ??--04 OCT 1894
        Daughter of F. & N.C. GARRETT;  Age 3 Years, 11 Months
GARRETT, Richard
        04 JUN 1804--30 JUN 1885
        Husband of E. J. GARRETT
HARDEN, Jesse  A.
        ??--02 FEB 1880
        Daughterof' G.R. &  L.L. HARDEN;  Age 5 Months, 24 Days
HARDESTY, Margaret
        ??--14 MAR 1886
        Wife of Richard HARDESTY;  Age 76 Years,. 8 Months, 14 Days
HARDESTY, Richard Hardesty
        ??--25 FEB 1889
        Age 76 Years, 8 Months, 14 Days
HAYLES, C.H. Hayles
        ??--23 DEC 1888
        Age 45 Years, 11 Months, 16 Days
JONES, Arthur A.
        ??
--22 DEC 1879

        Son of Moses & Christina;  Age 5 Months, 4 Days
JONES, Eddie H.
        11 SEP 1869--26 SEP 1970
JONES, Frank A.
        06 JAN 1876--12 AUG 1876
JONES, Fred A.
        05 JAN 1876--01 OCT 1876
JONES, John H.
        20 MAY 1827--09 AUG 1887
        Father of Charlesborn
KELLER, Andrew J.
        ??--OCT 1886
        Son of John & Imogene;  Age 3 Years, 2 Months, 18 Days
LINSCOTT, Hubert R.
        ??--04 APR 1887
        Son of  P.M. & Wealthy A.;  sge 10 Years, 8 Months, 2 Days
MCCART, Henry Clyde
        ??--28 NOV 1888
        Son of W.H. & M.E.;  Age 9 Months, 27 Days
PEARSON, Johnnie E.
        ??--21 NOV 1888
        Aon of J.A. & Belle Pearson; Age 10 Months
PERKINS, Lydia
        10 MAR 1836--15 JUN 1887
        Wife of W.B.
PHILLIPS, Infant
        10 MAR 1887 (Only Date)
        Son of William & Isabelle
PORCH, James
        25 FEB 1808--26 JAN 1891
        Step-father of William  PHILLIPS
PRYOR, Albert Claud
        29 DEC 1889 (Only Date)
        Infant son of C. W. & M. V.
PURVIS, Aaron
        ??--21 DEC 1888
        Son of J.G. & Nancy;  Age 33 Years, 10 Months, 7 Days
PURVIS, John
        03 JAN 1803--15 APR 1867
SMART, Joseph T.
        ??--06 OCT 1888
        Age 70 Years, 6 Months, 23 Days
        This stone bears a Masonic Emblem
SMART, Mary A.
        ??--05 MAR 1863
        Wife of Joseph T.;  Age 39 Years, 1 Month,  15 Days
SMART, Ray
        07 MAY 1890 (Only Date)
        Infant Son of L.A. & M.A.
SMITH, Dannie
        ??--27 JUL 1887
        Son of James & N.;  Age 3 Years, 1 Month, 15 Days
SMITH, Della
        ??--27 JUN 1887
        Daughter of James & Nannie;  Age 1 Years, 1 Month
SMITH, Eliza
        ??--09 AUG 1891
        Mother of J.K.;  Age 69 Years
SMITH, James K.
        ??--20 JAN 1893
        Age 48 Years, 1 Month
SMITH, Mary M.
        ??
--20 JUL 1880

        Daughter of D. & L.C.;  Age 4 Years, 4 Months
SMITH, Nettie
        12 SEP 1887 (Only Date)
        Infant Daughter of D. & L.C.
SMITH, Peachie
        ??--21 JUL 1887
        Son of' James & N.;  Age 1 Years, 8 Months, 23 Days
SMITH, Stidman
        ??--07 JUN 1883
        Son of' Zion & Francis;  Age 28 Years, 15 Days
SMITH, William
        ??--08 OCT 1872
        Son of W. & M.V.;  Age 10 Months
SMITH, Zion
        04 OCT 1894
        Age 70 Years, 5 Months, 23 Days
STANLEY, Jonathan
        ??--02 JAN 1892
        Age 54 Years, 9 Months, 13 Days
STANLEY, Jonathan W.
        ??
--20 DEC 1872

        Son of' B.F. & Ann V.;  Age 1 Year, 1 Months 17 Days
STANLEY, Lovinia
        ??--04 APR 1875
        Daughter of B.F. & Ann V.;  Age 2 Years
STANLEY, Montrose
        03 AUG 1872--15 OCT 1874
        Son of J.R. &  S.J.
STANLEY, Rebecca
        ??--30 APR 1881
        Wife of P.G.;  Age 31 Years, 8 Months, 25 Days
STANLEY, Vallie
        ??--29 APR 1881
        Daughter of P.G. & Rebecca;  Age 2 Years, Months
STANLEY, Vergil E.
        ??--16 FEB 1890
        Son of P.G. & Mollie J.;  Age 2 Months, 2 Days
VICE, Nancy
        ??--26 JUL 1887
        Wife of W. D.;  Age 44 Years, 8 Months, 18 Days
WAMHOFF, David S.
        ??--12 JAN 1880
        Son of C.B. & M.;  Age 11 Months, 5 Days
WATTERSON, Ricy G.
        ??--23 JUN 1889
        Son of Wm. & Minnie;  Age 1 Year, 6 Months
WEAVER, Infant
        ??--02 JUN 1891
        Son of W. & Winnie O.


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