On top of Gould’s RR Tunnel – Cross Creek Twp. - Cemetery area located near a privately owned land fill and heavily stripped mined area. Nothing left of the church/cemetery but a few tombstones thrown in a small wooded area in the middle of four-wheeler roads and forgotten strip mined hills, deplorable condition.
The following information was compile by Doyle & Ruby Ekey. For further information concerning this cemetery and other “Ekey related” genealogy materials contact the Ekey’s at Dekey68402@aol.com or 2224 SW Prairie Rd., Topeka, KS. 66614-1460.
Note: The Ekey’s sent the chapter a wonderful booklet that they compiled which consisted of the following: Ekey Cemetery, the original church, schoolhouse, maps, and photos. They also included other wonderful genealogical records. As I read through the booklet, where I could see their years of genealogical work, it made me feel a great blanket of sadness for the state of our county cemeteries. As my mind pondered the countless stories of strip mining and logging, we continue to find many of our pioneer ancestors tombstones gone forever. Of course, only a handful of graves at the Ekey Cemetery exist today due to strip mining over the years.
Doyle & Ruby Ekey made a research trip here in 1999. We'd like to thank them for all the wonderful information they have shared with the chapter!
The following is taken from Doyle & Ruby Ekey’s trip in 1999: “Ekey Cemetery:”
|David||Nov/Dec1827||22 Nov 1850|
|Andrew||23 May 1793||5 Sep 1874|
|Nancy Ann||1 May 1799||5 Feb 1890|
|Nancy Emily||13 Mar 1844||21 Oct 1871|
|Samuel||14 Jan 1822||24 Sep 1870|
|Hattie E.||28 Nov 1861||13 Jul 1870|
|Listed as possible Burials, Ekey Cemetery:|
|Rev. J.H.||19 Aug 1832||30 Jan 1907|
|Maria||6 Jan 1848||16 Oct 1911|
|Wesley||1838||7 Aug 1870|
|Mrs. David LBoyd Jr. lists in addition to burials from above: Emma Ekey 1871 21 yrs.|
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