John Hendrickson, my gg-grandfather was born in Kentucky on July 16, 1822 and passed away on July 19, 1906. He is buried in the Reed Cemetery, near Harrisonville, Missouri. On December 31, 1843, he married Lydia Ann Hatton in Shelbyville, Shelby County, Indiana.
The Cemetery Search
I had read on an old microfilm that John was buried in the Reed Cemetery near Harrisonville, Missouri. I had no idea where the cemetery might be. But thanks to the wonderful genealogy folks in Harrisonville, John’s grave was located in the Reed Cemetery, which is on farm property. The cemetery was terribly overgrown with tombstones knocked over and waist-high weeds.
John’s tombstone had fallen into a furrow, which was found and uncovered.
This is me, brushing off the dirt.
His wife and infant child’s tombstone were overturned nearby.
Finding this cemetery and the tombstones was one of my best genealogy days ever.