I just 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.
Mildred Maude Hughes, my 1st cousin, was born on June 7, 1885 in Malta Bend, Pettis County, Missouri. She was the second child of Henry Siegel and Myrtle (Joslin) Hughes. On July 29, 1906 she married Elmer L. Schrader (1885-1951) in Pettis County, Missouri. They had 6 sons. Mildred died during surgery on August 8, 1944 at the age of 59. She had lived in Sedalia for 40 years.
Therman Theodore Hughes, my 1st cousin, was born on February 8, 1908 in Hughesville, Pettis County, Missouri. He was the 5th son and the last of 11 children born to Henry Siegel and Myrtle (Joslin) Hughes. His father died when he was 2 years old. He worked in a Lab in Sedalia and lived with his widowed mother until joining the service. Therman served as a Private in the Medical Detachment in the Army. He enlisted on November 6, 1942 and he did his training at Camp Polk in Louisiana. He was honorably discharged in July 1944. He was never married.
Ethyl N Hughes, my 1st cousin, was born on May 14, 1902 in Zora, Benton County, Missouri. She was the 10th child born to Henry Siegel and Myrtle (Joslin) Hughes. She married James Spratley (1892-1966) on December 9, 1920 in Sedalia. They had 2 daughters and 3 sons. She died suddenly on August 11, 1933 of acute Nephritis. She was 31 years old.
Virginia J Hughes, my 2nd cousin, was born on August 18, 1935 in Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri. She was the 6th child born to Roy Lee and Sallie (Anthony) Hughes. She married Ora J Casteel (1903-1989) who was 32 years older than her in 1956. They had one son, Dennis James Casteel who was born on September 22, 1860, and died April 26, 1962 at the age of 18 months. He died of pneumonia. Virginia died on October 6, 2002 in Sedalia, at the age of 67.
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