Monday, November 9, 2009

Jackman Cemetery of Fredericktown Christian Baptist Church

One of the older cemeteries in the area is the Jackman Cemetery, off of Rt 170 going toward Fredericktown. As I search for the history of Fredericktown, I stumbled across the story of this little graveyard and thought it interesting. It is only a little larger than Bowman's, though not as eerie.
This group of head stones are the oldest, easily found by the presence of foot stones. Set up like a bed almost, the head stone is where the head is and the foot stone is where the feet are. It was done for only a short period of time, in general around the mid 1800's. All four of these stones have one and look like something out of an old movie. The stone I was looking for was that of Joseph Stockdale, who died in 1847. He was the first person buried on this property.

It turned out to be the third one over. He died on March 17, 1847. The property was not bought until July 15, 1847 by John Jackman and two other trustees of the Fredericktown Christian Baptist Church. They paid only $25 for one acre of ground for the use of the cemetery. It is said that the first person buried in a graveyard is charged with watching over it. All was quiet and peaceful in this little cemetery, though there are questions that I ponder after my visit there. That is another story though because I have to research it first.

The cemetery was later named Jackman Cemetery after John Jackman, the founder of the Fredericktown church who was also the pastor for over 35 years. He died in 1866. His stone lies face up on the ground, slowly being covered by dirt.

There are fence posts that line the area, though there is no longer an actual fence any more. The stones are not organized in any sort of fashion. Some face one way while the very next row faces the opposite direction. There are very old stones and then some newer ones, too. As you can see by the picture on the right, it is overgrown in places, and some stones stand a lonely vigil in the woods.

There are also home made stones there like these two, made from what appear to be regular stones found by the family members and the names of their loved ones carved carefully into them.

It is these stones that I find the most interesting in this little graveyard. And it is not doubt these stones that will be here 100 years from now still telling the world who lies beneath them.

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