The Lipscomb Family Burying Ground

The Lipscomb Burying Ground

110th Street and State Line
Section 7, Township 47, Range 33W

Joel Lipscomb was born in Madison county, KY., Oct. 21, 1813, rode horseback to Jackson county, Missouri from KY in 1839, and soon after arriving married Henrietta Simpson Harris, daughter of Jack Harris and wife, Henrietta Simpson, of Westport.

His brother, Dabney Lipscomb, had married Susan Simpson, an aunt of Henrietta Harris, and had come to Jackson county, Missouri, a short time before Louisa Lipscomb, a sister, married Duke Simpson. Joel Lipscomb and his brother entered land in Washington township, south of the town of Westport. Dabney Lipscomb sold his farm to Marcus Gill who came to Jackson county in 1854 from Bath county, KY, and that farm became known as the Gill Farm, while the farm entered by Joel Lipscomb, known as the Lipscomb Farm remained in the family until a few years ago. The home place is now owned by E. M. Ridenour of Kansas City.

Mr. and Mrs. Joel Lipscomb had ten children:
Frances, (Mrs. William Hickman), is the only child living and resides in Independence, MO.
Rodney Bernard and James were buried in Liberal, Missouri
Harris is buried in Mount Washington, Kansas City, Missouri
Nathan is buried in Forest Hill, Kansas City, Missouri
Lou (Mrs. J. E. Watson) is buried in Albuquerque, New Mexico Lieut. W. S. Lipscomb was killed at Vicksburg, Mississippi, June 25, 1863, and is buried there. A government marker marks his grave.
Three children died and were buried on the farm.

The Family Burying Ground was directly north of the old house and garden and today is located less than 100 yards from 110th Street, and less than a quarter mile from State Line. (In the days of the family burying ground there was no 110th Street.) Four old-fashioned headstones are to be found lying on the ground where it is remembered were the graves of the family. A wire fence crosses the site of this old burying ground; one can see there today the footstones with the initials of the deceased upon them, withstanding as they have for over 80 years, many destructive forces. Nearby are found several large native stones standing to mark the graves of persons buried there. One of these stones is thought to be that marking the grave of Joel Lipscomb who died December 27, 1893, and was interred there by the side of his wife and three children. No doubt there were other pioneers of that community buried on this farm, of whom we have no record.

The following inscriptions were copied from the stones found there:
Henrietta S., wife of J. Lipscomb, b: May 18, 1823, d: March 24, 1859
Charles H. Lipscomb, son of J. and H. Lipscomb, b: May 17, 1853, d: Sept. 2, 1854
Joel Lipscomb, Jr., son of J. and H. Lipscomb, b: May 11, 1851, d: Aug. 8, 1854
Henrietta H. Lipscomb, daughter of J. and H. S. Lipscomb, b: March 19, 1859, d: March 20, 1859

It must be remembered that on almost every farm there were buried the slaves of the family.


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