Update from Justin Wakins: This transcription was originally compiled by J. R. Carter, and subsequently reprinted by the West Central Missouri Genealogical Society in 1997, as “Tombstone Inscriptions of Pettis County, Missouri : Vol 1, 2, and 3”. Laura Paxton transcribed this work from these books.
Alexander, Sallie E, d/o E & CA Nichols, w/o Tom Smith, ?, age 64Yrs Bell, David, No Marker Bell, John Joseph, s/o David & Priscilla, d. Nov 12 1877, age 9Yrs 20Da Bell, Partillia E, w/o David, b. Mar 24 1834, age 57 Yrs 11Mo 26Da Gum, Male, an Englishman who married an aunt of Tom Raines, d. 1900, age 65Yrs Herschelle ____--rest of stone not readable from the photograph King, Sarah E, w/o John, d. Sep 1 1867, age 31Yrs 7Mo 15Da Newton, John L, d. Spring 1902, age 32Yrs Newton, Martha, His Sister, d. 1884, age 15Yrs James Thomas Nichols 18 May 1866 30 Jun 1928 Saline Co Nichols, Jennie, His Wife, b. 1874, d. 1912, w/o Tom MO D CERT: Jennie Brown Nichols 1876 9 Sep 1919 w/o J T Nichols, Margaret, d. Feb 22 1904, age 58Yrs 5Da TOMBSTONE: Margaret A. Nichols 58y, 5d 27 Feb 1903 Nichols, Tom, b. 1868, d. 1915 Pursley, James Pursley, Jennie, b. w/o James, b. 1855, d. 1910, age 55Yrs Raines, Charles, b. Jun 3 1818, d. Jan 17 1848 Charles H. Raines 17 Jun 1818 17 Jan 1849 Child of J W and Louisa Raines Jan 1882 Feb 1882 Raines, Infant, c/o James & Nannie, b. and d. 1879—TOMBSTONE: b/d 1877 Raines, Infant, d/o Jw & Louisa, b. Jan 20 1876, d. Dec 18 1876 Raines, Lewis, b. 1884, d. 1886 Raines, Liza J, b. 1843, d. Feb 7 1882 w/o William S. Raines, Martha Luster Lockney, w/o Charles, b. Dec 5 1823, d. Aug 3 1894, (Martha’s Mother Was A Lee; Grandmother Was A Lockney) Raines, Rachael, w/o Ambrose, d. 1837 Raines, William S, b. Dec 19 1842, d. Feb 6 1882 Smith, Child, s/o Wh & Myrtle Smith, d. Jul 19 1899, age 1Yr 4Mo 11Da TOMBSTONE AGREES Smith, Ethan B, d. Apr 26 1883, age 3Yrs 11Mo 22Da Smith, Joseph, b. May 14 1794, d. Nov 16 1875 Smith, Sarah C, w/o WB, d. May 27 1904, age 65Yrs 2Mo 27Da W. B. Smith 65y 6 Dec 1896? Whitlock, Emer May, b. 1884, age about 1Yr