This is the very small family plot for George Washington Littrell, his wife – Kitty O. Blakely – and their young daughter – Annie Elizabeth Littrell. The plot is now located on privately owned land in Chariton County, Missouri outside the city limits of Mendon. Luckily, the owners are aware this is a family plot and allow the family to visit the small burial ground. George Washington Littrell is the 2nd great-grandfather of my husband. He was born in 1828 and died just prior to turning 40 years old in 1868. Kitty was born in 1837 and died at age 42 in 1875. Little Annie was born in 1863 and died two years later in 1865. They parented many children who went on to produce many descendents.
The first time I visited this sacred place, weeds had grown tall and obstructed the stones and littered the ground. My husband and I went back later to clear it all away. Each summer when we visit, we try to make sure the cemetery is cleared of debris and weeds.
Most of my husband’s other ancestors, uncles, and grandparents are buried in Mendon City Cemetery located just next to his parents’ home. My children have visited that cemetery each year and taken countless photos of all the headstones.
Photographed by Wendy Littrell in July 2002. Digital photo owned by Wendy Littrell (address for private use).