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.
Robert Lee Spratley, my 2nd cousin, is the son of James B. (1892-1966) and Ethyl (1902-1933), Hughes Spratley. He was their firstborn child born on September 27, 1921, in Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri. He had 2 sisters and 2 brothers. At a young age, Robert along with his 2 younger brothers were playing down by a creek. Dewey, his youngest brother fell into the water, and Robert jumped in to help him. After getting Dewey out of the water, Robert slipped and fell back into the water hitting his head. By the time he reached home, he was incoherent and confused. The doctors of that time didn’t know what to do so he was declared an invalid and he was never able to work or go back to school and he never got married nor had children. Robert died on December 2, 1995, in Kansas City, Missouri at the age of 74.
Allie Mae Spratley, my 2nd cousin, is the firstborn daughter of James B. (1892-1966) and Ethyl (1902-1933), Hughes Spratley. She was born in 1924 in Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri. She had 2 brothers. Allie died in 1926 at the age of 2. No death certificate has been found and we do not know the cause of death.
James Alfred Spratley, my 2nd cousin, is the 2nd son of James B. (1892-1966) and Ethyl (1902-1933), Hughes Spratley. He was born June 6, 1926, in Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri. He had 2 sisters and 2 brothers. James married Julia Kathryn Riley on November 6, 1954, n Sedalia. James was employed as a Farm Hand. James died on June 17, 1991, in Fulton, Callaway County, Missouri at the age of 66.
Dewey Egbert Spratley, my 2nd cousin, is the 3rd and last son of James B. (1892-1966) and Ethyl (1902-1933) Hughes Spratley. He was born on November 6, 1927, in Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri. At the age of 18, he was living and working at the Bothwell Hotel in Sedalia. It was/is a very upscale hotel. On January 18, 1947, at the age of 19 Dewey enlisted as a single man with a grammar school education in the Army Corp of Engineers. The enlistment was done through Fort Leavenworth, Kansas with the 7803 Station Compliance Unit. He was then shipped off to fight in the War. On June 1, 1947, he was killed in action in Germany at the age of 19.
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