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Jesse Newport


Tombstone in Reed Cemetery, Richland Twp., Keokuk, Iowa, reads as follows:

Jesse Newport died August 18, 1871 in 66 yr. of his age.

(Photograph provided by Sharon Mourer)



Born 2 February 1806 in OH Died 18 August 1871 in Richland Twp., Keokuk Co., Iowa (1)

Around the bottom of the stone are the names Geo. W. Newport,

Wm. Newport, and Mary Mills - probably Jesse's sons and daughter.




Reed Cemetery, Keokuk Co., Iowa- Resting place of Jesse Newport III
August 2002

Reed Cemetery is one the most interesting cemeteries that I have come
across. While visiting Iowa this August, my 84 yr. old father and I
spent an afternoon driving over the back roads north of Richland, Iowa.
We were searching for places where he had lived as a child, and looking
for a couple of cemeteries. Reed Cemetery was very challenging. We could
see it at a distance with a white fence sitting atop a hill in the
middle of the fields 1/4 mile away from the road. We wondered how to get
back there and stopped at 3 houses where no one was home. Finally, at
the 4th house a friendly man told us about a path that went through the
fields to the cemetery. After a stop at one more house to ask for
permission to go on the land and we were finally on our way. My father
drove his pickup truck down and up a path through soybean fields with
grasshoppers hopping on the hood. Reed Cemetery sits serenely on top of
a hill overlooking fields and the Skunk River basin. My understanding is that
the Harkert family, who owns the surrounding land, maintains the cemetery
themselves. Many thanks to them.
4th great granddaughter of Jesse,
Sharon Mourer


Vitals Source:

1.        Russell Bond of Richland, IA