Moniteau County Missouri

Steely Cemetery listings


The area around the old wooden building and tractor is the likely area for this cemetery. Using dowsing rods, an area of approximately 8-9 graves by 5 graves was found around along and south of the building; extending to the east and west.


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The deed for this cemetery was made on August 31, 1875 and filed August 2, 1877:

This Indenture, Made on the thirty-first day of August A.D., on thousand eight hundred & seventy-five, by and between William Steely of the county of Moniteau and State of Missouri party of the first part, and the County Court of the County of Moniteau in the State of Missouri party of the second part


Witnesseth, That the said party of the first part, in consideration of the love and affection he has for his family does by these presents, Grant, Bargain and Sell, Convey and Confirm, unto the said party of the second part, the following described lots, tracts or parcels of Land, lying, being, and situate in the County of Moniteau and State of Missouri, to-wit:


In trust for family burying ground commencing at a point one hundred and forty yards fr__ west of the southeast corner of the southeast quarter of the northeast quarter of Section seventeen in Township forty-four Range sixteen thence north seventy yards thence west fifty yards thence south seventy yards thence east fifty yards to point of commencement containing about seventy-two hundredths of an acre.



The Dispatch newspaper dated July 23, 1896 includes an obituary of Mrs. Mattie Phillips:

Died on the 14th at the residence of Mr. Coon Gerhardt, in Pilot Grove township, Mrs. Mattie Phillips. She was buried at the private graveyard on the old Steele homestead on July 15th.


On the 1870 census of Moniteau County it lists:

Wm (William)        M        58     KY

Eliza Ann               F          46     KY

Wm M                    M        27     MO

David E                  M        20     MO

John W                  M        15     MO

Issobelle                F          17     MO

Harriett                   F          11     MO

Mary M                 F            9     MO

Martha G               F            7     MO

Elizabeth                F            1     MO


J W Phillips married Martha Steely on January 31, 1883 in Moniteau County, Missouri.

Conrad Gearhard married Mary M Steely on June 10, 1884 in Moniteau County, Missouri.



Location of cemetery: James Albin and Alan Sparks visited this location December 5, 2014 and found the probable site of this cemetery northwest of Latham.  There are no stones other than a couple of smooth slate-looking rocks. These looked like they might have marked graves at one time but had no signs of engraving on them.

The approximate GPS location is here: 38.573329,-92.696801


The only documented burial here is:

Phillips Martha -- Died 1896 Aug 14 -- Info from Dec 23, 1896 The Dispatch news obit


It can further be speculated that William Steely, his wife and perhaps Martha Phillips husband are also buried here. Additional burials are likely as 72/100s of an acre is more the size for a neighborhood cemetery than a family cemetery.



The following was filed May 25, 1848 in Moniteau County:

Know all men by these presents that I, William Steely, of the County of Moniteau & State of Missouri in & for the valuable consideration of the sum of six hundred and fifteen dollars to me in hand-paid receipt where of I do hereby acknowledge, have this day bargained & sold and do by these presents bargain, sell and deliver to Alfred Norman of the County and State aforesaid on negro boy, a slave, to with, Dick a boy about fourteen years old.


I the said Steely do warrant said negro to be sound both of body and mind and further warrant and defend the right and title of said negro against the claim or claims of each and every individual.


In witness thereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this 30th day of March 1848

    [Signed] William Steely


Filed May 25th 1848

Wm G Howard, Clk



William Steely homesteaded land in Moniteau County in the 1840s and 1850s. 


This land record is dated April 15, 1853:




In the land records for William Steely, the following was filed December 31, 1878 in Moniteau County Probate Court:

In the matter of the estate of William Steely deceased

Now at this day comes into Court Martha Steely and Elizabeth Steely minor children of William Steely, deceased, by their Curator F A Latham and present to the Court their petition setting forth that William Steely died in the year 1877 in Moniteau County Mo. seized of the following real estate in said County described as follows to wit=

80 acres N 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec 16 Tp 44 R 16

1 1/4 acres N pt SE 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec 16 Tp 44 R 16

20 acres N pt SW 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec 16 Tp 44 R 16

80 acres E 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec 17 Tp 44 R 16

Containing in the aggregate 180 acres more or less which said real estate was the homestead of said William Steely prior to and at the time of his death; that the wife of said William Steely was dead, and his children with the exception of said petitioners have arrived at their majority; that said petitioners are minors, under 18 years of age, and that F. A. Latham is their legally appointed Curator; that the estate of said William Steely is still unsettled and the administrator thereof finding in this court and that agree petitioners are entitled to a homestead in said real estate to the amount of 160 acres in extent and not exceeding fifteen hundred dollars in value.

And the court having heard the evidence produced and being satisfied that said petitioners are entitled to a homestead in the real estate of said William Steely as set out in said petition, and doth order  and adjudge that said homestead be set out as required by law.

And the court appoints Logan Allee, C.H. Gist and _l_nou? Fulks three disinterested free holders of said county as Commissioners to view said real estate and set out a homestead therein to said Martha Steely and Elizabeth Steely not exceeding one hundred sixty acres in extent nor more than fifteen hundred dollars in value in the real estate aforesaid, which homestead shall include the dwelling house of said William Steely with the aff__rtenances to wit: and the land used in connection therewith.

And said commissioners are ordained to make report of their proceedings under this order at the next term of this court.


A true copy of the Record

Attest with seal

Dec. 31st 1878,


B.M. Inglish, Judge of Probate



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