Mayhew Cemetery: Donations For A Memorial Are Sought

An artifact from the Mayhew Cemetery in Fort Scott that was found by Pete Allen. It was confirmed by the state archaeologist, Robert Hoard, PhD. Submitted photo.



Donations are needed to purchase a memorial stone for the abandoned Mayhew Cemetery.
177 names will be inscribed on the memorial stone.
The stone will be placed within the city of Fort Scott.
Some of the people buried in the cemetery include a Civil War veteran, some that were born in slavery and released after the Civil War, early Bourbon County pioneers, children, infants, family and friends of Fort Scott.

Please help fund this memorial stone.
Donations of any size welcome!

Options for donating:
1.  Mail check to the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce made out to The Mayhew Cemetery Project.
2.  Click Register on the right and donate online via the Chamber website.
3.  Click here for the GoFundMe.

The Forgotten Cemetery
The Mayhew cemetery was active from about 1883 – 1931.
There are no tombstones to mark the graves of at least 175 early Fort Scott and Bourbon County citizens buried there.
The donations will be used to build a memorial stone with all the names engraved and will be located for the public to view.

Who is buried in the Mayhew Cemetery:

Earliest burial located is in 1868:  Essex McLemore

First newspaper obituary found that has a burial in the Mayhew Cemetery is in 1883, “Old Man Nelson”

1885 property deed of Henry Mayhew, state, his son-in-law (name unknown) was buried here.

The last known burial was in 1933.

68 years of documented burials.

John Dodson was in the Civil War – Fort Scott Private Co. B, 12 Tennessee Colored Troop – 12th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry.
Thomas and Jane Dodson were married while in slavery and retained the slave owner’s name.

Winnie Keys was 104 years old – born in slavery and released following the Civil War.

Eliza Crisp was 101 years old.

Early Settlers, Family, Friends and Neighbors of Bourbon County, Kansas

It is with a combined effort of the many researchers at OFGS (Old Fort Genealogical Society), along with others that we now have an updated list of those buried in the Mayhew Cemetery.
Names recognized for many hours and years of research are:
Gerald P. Woods, Wilma Witherspoon, Shirley Hurd, Ann Rawlins, and other former members of OFGS and “Civil War Buff”, a member of Find a Grave.


Contact Ann Rawlins of OFGS with any questions or for more information:
(620) 223-3300 or 
[email protected]

One thought on “Mayhew Cemetery: Donations For A Memorial Are Sought”

  1. Thanks for all the work that you’ve done on this endeavor. Thanks to the Fort Scott Chamber Of Commerce for allowing their site to be used for donation point. That really makes it very convenient.

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