A couple of weeks ago, I completed a 4-week look at a cemetery in Lexington, MO where many of my ancestors are buried. I decided I would do the same with High Point Cemetery because, once again, I have a multitude of relatives buried here. High Point Cemetery was established in 1870. This plot of land was organized as the First Old School Presbyterian Church in Pettis County in 1856 the congregation built a 60’x40’ brick church on this site. It cost between 4 & 5,000 dollars to build. The church was divided by the civil war and the building was demolished in 1877. All that is left of the building is the cement foundation. The cemetery surrounds the foundation.
For the next few weeks, I will be highlighting a few of my ancestor’s headstone and give a little biography about each one.
James Walter Hughes, my 1st cousin, was born on March 27, 1883, in Malta Bend, Missouri, to Henry Siegel and Myrtle (Joslin) Hughes. He married Sadie L Hayes (1891-1967) on April 3, 1909, in Sedalia, Missouri. They had seven children, 4 sons, and 3 daughters. In the 1910 Census, he was listed as a farmer and he owned his own farm. By 1930 he was working as a contractor doing concrete work. He died on May 13, 1950, in Sedalia, Missouri, at the age of 67.
Sadie L Hayes, my Great Aunt, was born on March 9, 1891, in Lafayette, Missouri to Hamilton and Elvira (Register) Hayes. She married James Walter Hughes (1883–1950) on April 3, 1909, in Sedalia, Missouri. They had seven children, 4 sons, and 3 daughters. She worked for Lamy Mortgage Company in Sedalia until she retired in 1935. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Sedalia, MO. She died on November 30, 1967, in Sedalia, Missouri, at the age of 76.
James Cecil Hughes, my 2nd cousin, was born on July 16, 1911, in Sedalia, Missouri to James Walter, and Sadie L (Hayes) Hughes. He married Ernestine Frances Miller (1915-2000) on June 27, 1936, in Sedalia, Missouri. They had one child, a son. during their marriage. In the 1940 Census, he is listed as working for the Government. He died on November 28, 1993, in Sedalia, Missouri, at the age of 82.
Ernestine Frances Miller, the wife of my 2nd cousin, was born on July 3, 1915, in Beaman, Missouri. She married James Cecil Hughes (1911-1993) on June 27, 1936, in Sedalia, Missouri. They had one child, a son, during their marriage. In 1993, after the death of her husband, Ernestine moved to Oklahoma to live with her son and daughter-in-law. She died on January 8, 2000, in Perkins, Payne Co, Oklahoma, at the age of 84.
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