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S: Sandy Creek Covered Bridge

BC: Made by Cindy Cummings

FC: Sandy Creek Covered Bridge

1: Sandy Creek Covered Bridge | I had been researching on Wm & his wife Catherine (Williams) Smith's graveyard and here I found them...They are in the woods, very old that is close to Sandy Creek Covered Bridge. They were my 3rd great-grandparents.

2: This Cemetery is located in Township 41 Range 4 Section 13 NE 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Jefferson County Missouri. The two main Smith graves look to have been dug into years ago. Probably other graves as some of the foot stones don't match any headstones. Originally recorded by Jean O'Brien and revisited in 1989 by Bob and Dave Hallemann. According to the 1876 Historic Atlas of Jefferson County William Smith was born in Jefferson County in 1821, and resided in Section 20 in 1876, however on his grave stone his date of birth is listed as 1820. Also William Smith is listed as a farmer with post office address as Hillsboro. The 1879 Historic Atlas of Jefferson County show that a Wm Smith owned 43.95 acres in T41 R4 Sec 1; 100 acres in T41 R4 Sec 4 with a building and 2 orchards; 80 acres in T41 R4 Sec 9; 43+ acres in T41 R4 Sec 13 (where this cemetery is located) with a building and 80 acres and a building adjoining this tract to the north in Sec 12; 40 acres in T41 R4 Sec 16 with a building and orchard; 123 acres in T41 R4 Sec 16; and 80 acres with a building and orchard in t41 R4 Sec 20. The 1898 Standard Atlas show this tract, 43.75 acres where the cemetery is located along with an adjoining 78.94 acres, as being owned by a R. Smith. The 100 acres in T41 R4 Sec 4 with a building and 2 orchards, in 1898, is owned by E.G. Smith; the 43.95 acres in T41 R4 Sec 1 is owned by Robert Smith; the 80 acres in T41 R4 Sec 9 now adjoins the tract in Sec 4 and belongs to E. G. Smith; the 40 acres in T41 R4 Sec 16 with a building and orchard now belongs to Emily | Smith-Williams Cemetery by Dave Hallemann

3: Kidd; the tract partnered with W. P. Hamrick on 160.06 acres in T41 R4 Sec 16 had been broken up, and is now owned by Mrs. M. Wideman and C. Kriekbaum, the 123 acres in T41 R4 Sec 16 with an orchard and school still belongs to Catherine Smith however the school by this time (1898) is not shown; and the 80 acres with a building and orchard in T41 R4 Sec 20 aslo still belongs to Catherine Smith. As a note a tract adjoining this Sec 20 tract now belongs to Alfred Smith along with 99 acres and house. There were probably more than one Wm. Smith, as there where many Smiths listed in the Atlas', however I feel confident that the above Wm. and Catherine Smith are the ones buried in this cemetery. As will be noted Wm. died in 1887, after the 1876 Atlas was published, but before the 1898. Catherine Smith, in 1898, is shown as owning some of the same tracts that Wm. once owned.

4: Dave revisited this cemetery in November 1999 and vandals had destroyed most of the stones. The larger stones were toppled and broken, the Hudee-Annie and M. A. Williams stone could not be located. | Those photos was taken by Dave Hallemann

5: He was dismounting the base in preparation to clean & put silicone on it. This monument is William Smith's. | The one to the left is Catherine's which has partially been reassembled. Because of the base leaning they wanted the silicone to set up a bit before adding the upper pieces. | Restore, March 2008 | Ron & Carole Goggin & Dave again revisited this cemetery. They were going to restore it as best they could. As can be seen in the photo at left in center, the monuments were broken & scattered. They had already set some of the pieces together before this picture was taken.

6: While Ron & Dave did the heavy lifting Carole was doing a great job uncovering more monuments. Here she has found the base of the missing Annie & Hudee monument also the A & H footstone behind her.

7: The repaired monuments with shaving cream to enhance the lettering for photographing. | Ron & Carole taking a break after repairing the cemetery.

8: These are the footstones located. The A.V. D. and T. E. D. or O. they have no idea who these footstones belong to.

9: To the left pages that I copied the papers Dave gave me with the story and photos. To the right next pages, my uncle Robert and his wife, Iva, my boyfriend, Joey and I came to meet Dave at Sandy Creek Covered Bridge Park in Goldman, Missouri. We followed him to the woods and show us where the Smith's graveyard. We walked from park to graveyard in about a mile away. It was pretty very interesting. So, I was a photographer and Joey was helping me for video maker. William and Catherine (Williams) Smith were my 3rd great-grandparents. There are few peoples that buried in the Smith-Williams Cemetery. Annie & Hudee were the infants of William & Catherine Smith. M. A. Williams, A.V.D, and T.E.D. we had no idea who they belong to. We think M.A. must be relative to Catherine. They had 3 sons, Edward Green, Robert McCeery, and Alfred and 2 daughters, Nancy Isabelle and Hester Emily who had grown and married.

10: Sandy Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site by Cindy Cummings Photographer Visited on Oct. 04, 2008

11: Sandy Creek Bulletin Board

12: 1898 Atlas in Jefferson County, Missouri

13: Iva & Robert Smith, & Dave Hallemann

15: Sandy Creek Covered Bridge was constructed in 1872 by John H. Morse and was one of six bridges built on the Hillsboro and St. Louis. The bridge is 74 feet, 6 inches long and 18 feet, 10 inches wide, with an entrance height of 13 feet. The bridge is constructed of white pine and used the Howe-truss design, named for William Howe. Howe patented his design in 1840. | It remained intact until the spring flood of 1886 destroyed it. In August of the same year, Henry Steffin rebuilt the bridge to the original timbers and abutments.

16: Joey Miller, Jr. who is video maker. He is very sweet man to help me to do video maker while I do photographer. I thanks and loves him.

18: William Smith's Homestead

20: The circle mark is the tombstones

21: Smith, Hudee born Aug. 30, 1872 and died Feb. 6, 1873 & Smith, Annie born Jan. 19, 1871 and died Jan. 26, 1871 | When we went to visit the creek bridge in 2008, the stone is not there. It has been replaced with a plain looking rock. This stone is nowhere to be found.

22: William Smith Died April 16, 1887 Aged 66 Ys & 8 Ms. Inscription reads Farewell Father His toil over his work is done he is at rest. | Before | After

23: Catherine Smith Born Dec. 18, 1828 Died June 6, 1898 Inscription reads Rest Mother Rest in Quiet Sleep While friends in sorrow o'er thee weep. | Before | After

25: Cindy, Robert, Iva and Dave

26: A kitten been follow us since the bridge and then follow us again back to bridge and stay | a turtle is eating a mushroom it was behind the tombstones.

30: Walking back to bridge, we had fun.

31: It is 1 of 6 bridges built in 1872 to allow passage from Hillsboro to St. Louis.

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