Placed on the National Register
of Historic Places on March 2, 1984
Susan, the caretaker of the
home, has graciously sent the photos of the mansion and cemetery.
Over the next several months, Susan and her family will be
cleaning and restoring both the mansion and cemetery. She will be
sharing photographs of the progress so please check back often to
watch the progress of a true labor of love.
Biography of Levi Barkley
Capt. Levi Barkley was a native of Kentucky, born in
Jessamine county, February 6, 1807. He came to Missouri in the
fall of 1829, and located near Philadelphia, in Marion county,
where for twelve years he engaged in farming and stock raising. In
1846 he purchased land near where Barkley Station now is, on the
Hannibal and St. Joe R. R., and improved a fine farm there. About
1860 he built the fine residence that is now the house of Willis
M. Baxter, beautifully located, and being so situated as to
command an excellent view from the trains on the H. & St. Jo.
R. R. Capt. Barkley was married in Clark county, Kentucky, in
1832, to Miss Elizabeth Grimes. Eleven children were born to them
: Jane, Mary S. (deceased), Samuel, Charles G. (deceased), Levi,
Elizabeth, Helen (deceased), Martha B., now wife of Willis M.
Baxter; Sydney F. (deceased), Isaac M., Philip N.(deceased), and
Maria, wife of Joseph J. Hatcher, of Ft. Worth, Texas. Mrs.
Barkley died November 22, 1852. Mr. Barkley was afterward married
to Mrs. Mary Bronaugh, daughter of Nathaniel and Mary Duren, of
Kentucky. They were united in matrimony at Philadelphia,
September, 1857. Since her husband's death Mrs. Barkley has
resided on her farm three miles east of Palmyra, where she has a
fine residence and comfortable surroundings. Her two stepsons,
Isaac and Levi, are at home, and they have a quiet and pleasant