Memorial Cemetery is also sometimes called “Old Cemetery.” The gates to Memorial Cemetery are pictured here. The date on the middle column reads 1787. Memorial Cemetery was actually the second cemetery of Ste. Genevieve, (the first being washed out during the Flood of 1785) the land and provisions being granted by the Spanish.
The oldest existing tombstone is that of Louis LeClere in 1796, and the last burial was Odile Pratte Valle who was buried fifteen years after the cemetery was closed; when donating some land for a new cemetery, she was granted the burial spot next to her husband.
The “front” part of Memorial Cemetery, in the South (I call it the front because it is nearest the main gates) is mostly Catholic, the northeaster quarter was for Protestants, and the northwestern quarter was for the “Odd Fellows Lodge.” The victims of the steam ship explosion on board the Doctor Franklin No 2. are buried in the Protestant section. I have been told, however, that this area was once an Indian burial ground. There are also a few common graves for epidemic victims (although I’m not sure where exactly). It has been estimated that there are between 4,000 and 5,000 people buried in Memorial Cemetery (although some will more conservatively say 3,000).
This gates are accessible from 5th Street (E). To the left of the cemetery is Market Street (S) and to the right is Jefferson Street (N). Bordering the back (W) of the cemetery is a residential area and Basler Funeral Home (NW). The other entrance to the cemetery is located by the funeral home, a single gate.
Transcription as found on papers in the Ste. Genevieve County Library (no transcriber info was found).
This transcription is done in order of a cemetery walk through – it is not alphabetized, I am typing it as it is written. Images were taken by myself in January, 2007. If you need a high resolution image, please email me. Click the thumbnails to view the larger image. Note that this cemetery does not yet have images of each and every single stone and some photos may overlap some stones but the image will only be shown next to the prominent stones.
Burials in Memorial Cemetery that most likely do not have stones, but have been passed down by family stories or otherwise stating a burial in Memorial Cemetery:
Grieshaber, Anna Maria; 23 Mar 1791 to 3 Sep 1834
Grieshaber, Joseph; 29 Mar 1843 to 24 Dec 1847
Hettig, Catherine; 23 Apr 1834 to 5 Sep 1860
Hoog, Margaritha; 9 Jun 1786 to 2 Nov 1866
De Mun, Auguste; d. 28 Aug 1816
The 12 unidentified victims of the Doctor Franklin No 2 steamboat explosion; d. Aug 1852
Memorial Cemetery Map
Half One – abt 60kb
Half Two – abt 55kb
The Whole Thing – abt 99kb
(keep in mind that a little on each half is duplicated on the other)
Also remember to pay attention to where the roads are on the map.
(This is a view looking to the SE … hope correct direction … the tall marker for Charles Hypolite Gregoire on the far right, the Zieglers to the left, and if I remember, Bossier.)