As you visit the cemetery searching for the graves of relatives do you ever stand in awe of a monument? When I visit a military cemetery, I often feel overwhelmed by row upon row of tombstones, especially when they are decorated with flags or wreaths. Another time I remember being awestruck was when I saw my Crawford family tombstones still standing in the Eaton, Ohio cemetery from over 150 years ago.
When my husband agreed to go with me to Forest Hill Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri over Memorial Day Weekend, I didn’t expect to stare in wonder at a family monument. I was just looking for the graves of cousins. I was limited to two requests for information on the location of the graves. Thus, I asked for a Rigby male and a Crider male hoping to get a family plot. And I lucked out with both!
The Crider plot was in section 19 at the top of a hill on the South side of the cemetery looking over the rest of the cemetery.
This family plot is the final resting place for the Crider Brothers, of the Crider Commission Company.
The following Crider family members are named on the monument:
- William B Crider
- Rachel Foster Crider, wife of William B Crider
- Zebulon Forster Crider
- Charles P Crider
- Edith B Crider, wife of Charles P Crider
- Chas P Crider, Jr
- Sam P Crider
- Nancy Tate Crider
- Bessie Crider Jacobia, daughter of Samuel P. and Nancy Crider
- Leota L. Lakenan, daughter of Samuel P. and Nancy Crider
- Gloria Jacobia, granddaughter of Samuel P. and Nancy Crider
Driving around this historic cemetery, we encountered the grave of Satchel Paige. A quick Google search revealed more details about historic Forest Hill Cemetery.
- Freedom’s Frontier page: Forest Hill and Cavalry Cemetery
- Kansas City Public Library page: Forest Hill Cemetery from the Mrs. Sam Ray postcard collection
While in this historic cemetery, I took photos of the stones to add them to Billion Graves and added the GPS coordinates to the Find a Grave memorials. These GPS coordinates are for a very very small part of Forest Hill Cemetery, but it is a start. Hopefully others will join in this effort and all of the graves in this historic cemetery will get coordinates added.
Coming Soon: Forest Hill Pt 2 – The Rigby plot