I am writing this message in regards to the Smith/Davis Cemetery located
in Kansas City, Missouri. The Smith/Davis Cemetery is the final resting
place for at least thirty-five persons, including four known Confederate
soldiers, 12 to 15 other Civil war soldiers who are thought to be Union soldiers
killed in the battle of White Oaks near Blue Springs, Missouri, and three
of the women killed in the collapse of the Union Jail for Women who's story
on the preceding page I hope you will read. This cemetery sits on property
zoned for commercial use. The current owner has removed the markers in
an attempt to conceal its location, hoping one day soon to develop this
property, including the cemetery as an industrial park. The removal of
top soil has already begun and he has made it clear that his plans are
to bulldoze the cemetery and any ancestor or anyone interested in its preservation
who gets in his way, regardless of any existing laws. In order to gain
control of the one quarter acre and re establish the cemetery boundaries
and restore this landmark, we will need donations. Simply put, it is the
only way we, that are preserving the past, can win this battle. Any contribution
would add up to our final victory. Our address for donations is:
The Smith/Davis Cemetery Fund
6000 Barrymore Drive
Kansas City, Missouri 64134-3129
Too many of our family cemeteries have disappeared. This one, especially,
should not be forgotten.
These are the Civil War soldiers known to be buried there according to the 1933
Mr. Jabez McCorkle who rode with William Quantrill. He and brother John
joined the Missouri State Guard during the spring of 1861. He was at the
Battle of Independence on August 11, 1862 and the Battle of Lexington.
Jabez was died June 2, 1863, thirteen days after an accidental discharge
of his rifle. He is buried in the Smith/Davis Cemetery.
Mr. James Lilley rode with Quantrill and was in Kentucky with him. He surrendered
at Samuel's Depot, Ky on July 26, 1865. James died March 9, 1875 and is
buried in the Smith/Davis Cemetery.
Mr. Ferdinand M. Scott was one of Quantrill's first recruits, appearing
on the roster of 92 found July 6, 1862. He was from Ohio and lived in Liberty,
Missouri starting in 1858. Killed near Westport, Missouri on June 16, 1863.
Mr. Scott is credited with introducing Frank James to William Quantrill.
Buried in the Smith/Davis Cemetery.
Boone T. Muir was also listed on the roster of 92, whether authentic or
not, is a document found July 6, 1862 listing 92 men under the command
of Quantrill. Died in 1863, he is buried at the Smith/Davis Cemetery.
Mrs. Susan Crawford Vandever, my great great grandmother, was killed in
the collapse of the Union Jail for Women, August 13, 1863. Her father,
Jeptha Crawford was murdered by Kansas Redlegs in January of 1862. She
was left with her mother, Elizabeth and twelve brothers and sisters to
fend for themselves. She is buried in the Smith/Davis Cemetery.
Mrs. Armenia Crawford Selvey, Susan's sister, was also killed in the collapse.
She is buried in the Smith/Davis Cemetery.
Mrs. Charity McCorkle Kerr, killed in the collapse of the Union jail for
Women. She is the sister of Jabez and John McCorkle. She is buried in the
Others known to be buried there are:
Sally Landers, wife of James Landers dies June 14, 1851, age 30 yrs, 24
days and 8 months.
Oby Davis and twin Dee Davis.
A child of Jane Billings Davis.
Father (Lewis) Star, a Revolutionary War Soldier and wife Mother Star.
Mahala Harris Shusher (maybe Slusher).
William Shusher (maybe Slusher). Hushand of Mahala.
Margaret Harris Taylor, died 1869 at the age of 61 years.
Laura Fristoe Harris, wife of Ruban M. Harris.
Sarah Margaret Harris, died August 24, 1848.
Mary ellen Harris Tucker, died October 13, 1869.
Nancy Harris McCorkle Lilley, died November 10, 1872.
Virginia Harris, died March 11, 1879.
Richard Sly, died October 28, 1863.
Kate Harris, killed by lightning 1880
Mary Ellen Crabtree, a daughter of Monroe Crabtree.
A large circular grave containing the remains of 12 to 15 soldier of the
Thank You for your interest.
To read about the Collapse of the Union Jail for Women
in Kansas city, please click here: