Coutant Cemetery, Barry Co., MO


Canvassed by: Ted Roller & Jack Fly

Submitted by: Jay Trace
Directions: Go South on Highway 37 out of Monett until you come to Farm Road 2050. Turn left, or east on that road, and travel 1/2 a mile, until you come to the first long driveway on the left side of the road. The address is 844 Farm Road 2050. It is a private lane. Halfway up the lane, on the right side of the driveway along the barbed wire fence, there are 5 graves.

Gerald Haddock added this to the information what Jay Trace had: That description puts it about 2 miles south of Waldensian Cemetery. He said that the Waldensians were a religious sect near the France-Italy border who separated from the Catholic Church in the 12th century - nearly 300 years before Martin Luther. They were continually harassed by the Catholic powers. The Monett group went to South America about the time of our Civil War, then came to Monett in 1875. The Railroad gave them a tract on land south of Monett to "keep in perpetuity for their church," so they built their church and cemetery and the people took up land in the area. With a French name and the dates given, I would suspect the some association.

Jay Trace added this bit of information: Their doctrines and practices let them fit comfortably into the Presbyterian Association in Barry County.

The following is the census of a graveyard, which is located on private property south of Monett, MO. Jack Fly and Ted Roller found it after I had talked to an older couple in the area. They described a man named "COOTAN" who had lived in the area several years ago. They told me the old man had been buried in his yard. Ted knew where the fellow had lived, and so he and Jack went there and found five graves. This family plot had never been transcribed, to my knowledge. Oddly enough, I don't think that the stones are now in the original place they had been. I think a farmer wanted the piece of dirt they occupied and moved the stones. Anyway, I'm not sure what you want to call the cemetery. I'll just call it the Coutant Cemetery, for lack of a better name.

Added by: Jack Fly

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