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Lincoln County Kansas
CEMETERIES

There are more than 30 cemeteries in Lincoln County, from the largest in Lincoln itself to an unnamed cemetery along Highway 18 west of town that includes just a handful of graves, including those of a War of 1812 musician and a Civil War veteran.
All of the county's known cemeteries have now been indexed.

FINDING LINCOLN COUNTY CEMETERIES
Directions to each of Lincoln County's cemeteries.

ELLSWORTH COUNTY: PRAIRIE MOUND/YORDY/MULBERRY
An index to a pioneer cemetery just over the Lincoln County line in Ellsworth. Some Lincoln residents were buried there. The cemetery is now known as Prairie Mound but is also referred to in older obituaries by the other two names. This index includes a very interesting history by Delores Young of the founding of the cemetery.

THE SUITCASE TOMBSTONE
The myth and truth behind Lincoln County's most unusual tombstone, and one of the most unique stones in Kansas.

RIPLEY'S AND THE SUITCASE TOMBSTONE
In 1933 "Ripley's Believe It or Not" cartoon featured the Suitcase Tombstone.

UNNAMED CEMETERY UNCOVERED
The history of a small, unnamed cemetery that includes war veterans and diphtheria victims.

UNION VALLEY HISTORY
A brief history of how Union Valley Cemetery -- formally known as Pinon -- was founded.

VERA MEEK TOMBSTONE
When the tombstone for little Vera Meek's grave in Hammer Cemetery arrived in Lincoln, it was so touching the newspaper editor couldn't resist writing about it. From the 1897 Lincoln Beacon.

DAVID SHAVER'S NOVEL MONUMENT
Pioneer David Shaver had his tombstone in Lincoln Cemetery decorated with a unique scene: a depiction of the log cabin he lived in during Lincoln County's early days.

MALCOLM ROBISON'S SECRET STONE
In 1936, a group of Lincoln men tried to find the source of stonecutter Malcolm Robison's limestone. Robison made several tombstones for Lincoln Cemetery in its very early days and his limestone could be polished like marble and made a very unique and durable stone.

SYLVAN GROVE CEMETERY HISTORY
A brief history of how Sylvan Grove Cemetery was founded in 1896.

AREA CEMETERIES
A list of cemeteries in the surrounding counties.

THE BRADBURY MONUMENT
A 1928 article about the erection of an obelisk monument to Rev. H.C. Bradbury in the Lincoln Cemetery.

GRAVESTONES RECEIVED FOR VETERANS
A 1904 article about the G.A.R. received a shipment of headstones for war veterans. Includes names and regiments.

MOFFITT STONES
An article from 1938 describes the markers for the Moffitt brothers, slain by Indians in Lincoln County in 1864. Their bodies were later disinterred and moved back to their home in Illinois. If anyone has a photo of this marker, please contact Tracee Hamilton using the link at the bottom of this page!

RESIDENT DECRIES DESTRUCTION
An article from 1960 describes a small cemetery that was destroyed by the landowner.

BURIALS AT TOPEKA ASYLUM
A list of inmates buried in the grounds of the Topeka State Hospital.

FINDING GRAVES OF VETERANS
This site, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, helps locate veterans' graves.

RUSSELL COUNTY CEMETERIES
A list of burials in all of Russell County's cemeteries; some residents from the western side of Lincoln County were buried in Russell County.


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