The Richardson Cemetery historical books have arrived!
The newly published edition of The History of Richardson Cemetery contains 220 pages of the earliest settlers in Maxville and Beck communities. Dr. Robin Hanson, editor, included a death certificate for each person buried in Richardson Cemetery because the certificate shows the father’s name and birthplace as well as the mother’s maiden name and birthplace.
The book also includes all of the military veterans buried in the cemetery from the War of 1812 to World War II.
Richardson cemetery has the distinction of being identified as the resting place for many of the earliest settlers to the Maxville and Beck communities in Rock Township, Jefferson County, Missouri, as well as the location of the earliest known graves in Arnold, Missouri. The first graves date back to 1841 when it served as a family cemetery until it was officially designated a burial ground on March 1, 1867. It is located in T43 R6 S31 Lot 4 Survey 2991 along Richardson Road, about ½ mile west of the I-55 interchange.
The people buried in the cemetery represent a number of the earliest families in the township and the rugged pioneer spirit that created this country. Many individuals buried in the cemetery took part in some of the most important events in American history such as the War of 1812, the California Gold Rush, and the Civil War. Several of the oldest families also pre-date the purchase of the area through the Louisiana Purchase, dating back to as early as 1767 in St. Louis.
Over nearly 2 00 years the founding families have intermarried to such an extent that many of the families are related to each other and tie the families to each other as well as to the land. The cemetery stands as a physical memory of their lives, their deeds, and their community.
The Arnold Historical Society had 50 books printed and priority will be given to those families who “told us their story”. The book sells for $20 and is available at the Arnold Historical Museum, 1723 Jeffco Blvd. in Arnold. The museum is open every Friday and Saturday from 12-4 p.m. If a book needs to be shipped, the cost will be $26. per book.
Contact the AHS Museum to obtain a copy.