South Fork Cemetery
Blackwater Township, Section 27
Pettis County, Missouri
About 1/2 mile east of 127 on the south side of South Fork Road, probably about 3 miles south of Sweet Springs (in Saline County). The cemetery is currently attended. Fenced. Limited burials, basically inactive. TYPE: pre Civil War rural family, became a Baptist church cemetery, then private after church destroyed. Expanded from original 1847 plat of 40 X 60 feet. [Can't tell how/where this plat is today.] (GCW 2004)
Update from Clay Parsons 2007: I am on the board for this cemetery and have had it cleared of brush this year (2006/7). This cemetery was built by a man named Spurgeon in 1847 who wrote, 'I have just made a burial ground 40 by 60 feet.' This cemetery is built on the original prairie, and the tall grass east of the chain link fence contains big blue stem and Indian grass. The sharp drop off 3 to 4 feet around all sides of the cemetery shows how much top soil has been lost in farming. The current road by the cemetery was built in 1920s when a bridge was put across South Fork. There are foundation stones of the Primitive Baptist Church visible 150 feet north of the chain link fence.
Up-dates Apr 23 & June 4, 2004, by George C. Willick. Photos submitted by Justin Watkins.