Hill Cemetery

Hill Cemetery

Section 9, Township 49, Range 32W
Now Hill Park near Independence, MissourDriving Directions:

From Kansas City, Missouri, take I-70 East to I-435 N to SH 78 (E. 23rd St.) Take E. 23rd St E to S. Ralston Ave. and turn left (N). Take South Ralston to E. 20th St. and turn left. Cemetery is halfway down the block on the South side. Parking lot located on the east side of cemetery on E. 29th Street.

Cemetery Ownership: This cemetery was once part of land owned by Adam Hill. This area is now Hill Park, a public area, and contains a walking trail and a skate park near the cemetery.

About the Cemetery: The Hill family cemetery contains the remains of Adam Hill and his immediate and extended family members and descendents and is located on land once owned by them before becoming a public park. The cemetery opens to a peaceful vista of meadows sloping down to a creek lined with trees, now complete with a skate park close by.

Here also lies the remains of Alexander "Frank" James, brother of Jesse James, and Frank's wife Ann Ralston James. Ann Ralston was the daughter of Samuel Ralston and Mary Catherine Hill.

Mrs. Frank Abston, daughter of William Hill, graddaughter of Adam, is the last marked burial. In 1933, Mrs. Abston stated that also interred here are a sister-in-law and nephew of Adam, near the close of the Civil War; Peter Land, a Confederate soldier killed during the battle at Independence, MO, June 1861; four small babies and 7 children, all descendants. Frank and Ann Ralston's burial was not mentioned.

Transcriber: Linda Lewis
Transcription Date: Nov 25, 2005
Transcriber's Note: This is a complete transcription by reading and photographing the gravestones. Photos available upon request.

Cemetery Condition:
This quaint old family cemetery is very well maintained. The cemetery is small, and surrounded by a beautiful stone wall, that has seen cementing repair to the top. The iron grated entrance to the cemetery is on the south side. A tree is located in the center of the cemtery. The southwest corner, to the left of the gate, contains the oldest burials, and are set to look like a cozy gathering of parents and children, with a wonderful stone bench to complete the area. The newest burials, a granddaughter of Adam Hill, and her husband, are immediately in front of the gate. Frank and Ann James are midway along the east wall.

Abston, Fannie Brooks Hills, b: April 27, 1874, d: Nov 3, 1959, wife of Frank
Abston, daughter of Wm. Moberly and Ann Gossett Hill
Abston, Frank, b: Feb. 22, 1872, d: Oct 16, 1948
Hill, Adam, b: Aug. 29, 1799, d: Feb. 24, 1886, s/w Ann Wood Hill
Hill, Ann Elizabeth, 2 years, possible daughter of Wm. Moberly and Ann Gossett Hill
Hill, Ann Elizabeth Gossett, wife of William Hill, b: Nov. 10, 1850, d: Nov. 4, 1880
Hill, Ann Woods Moberley, wife of Adam Hill, b: Aug. 1809, d: June 12, 1851, father and mother, s/w Adam
Hill, daughter of Benjamin Moberly and Susannah Anderson Reid
Hill, Curtis, b: Dec. 29, 1845, d: June 17, 1867m 24 years, 5 months, 18 days. Two stones, both flat in pieces. Son of Adam and Ann Moberly Hill.
Hill, Moberly Erwin, 5 years. Possible son of Wm. Moberly and Ann Gossett Hill
Hill, William Moberley, b: July 6, 1836, d: Nov. 27, 1912, son of Adam and Ann Moberly Hill
James, Alexander F., b: 1843, d: 1915, s/w Ann Ralston James, known as Frank, brother of Jesse James
James, Ann Ralston, b: 1853, d: 1944, s/w Alexander F. James, daughter of Samuel Ralston and Mary Catherine Hill
2 old stone markers, possible children of Adam and Ann Moberly
A sister-in-law and a nephew of Adam Hill, while visitng the Hill family, died there about the close of the Civil War, and were buried in the family cemetery.
Land, Peter, a confederate soldier killed during the battle at Independence, Missouri, June, 1861
Four small babies and 7 children, all descendants of the Hill family, are buried there.

The last three records contributed by Mrs. Frank Abston
Copied June 11, 1933, by Miss Jessie M. Crosby and Mrs. May T. Crosby


This page was last updated August 19, 2006.