Buffalo Township Cemetery


Front view of the cemtery -- (http://www.pcgenweb.com/pcgs/cemeteries/jordan_buffalo.htm)
Front view of the cemtery -- (http://www.pcgenweb.com/pcgs/cemeteries/jordan_buffalo.htm)

Have you ever wondered how cemeteries get their start, or are they haunted? You might have other questions that you want answered. I have wondered about some of these questions myself so I did a little research on Jordan Buffalo Cemetery. This little cemetery is rich in history. Based on the research that I did some of my questions have been answered.

Before Jordan Buffalo Cemetery began it started as a township in Pike County, Missouri. The name of th
The road sign leading to the cemetery--(http://www.pcgenweb.com/pcgs/cemeteries/jordan_buffalo.htm)
The road sign leading to the cemetery--(http://www.pcgenweb.com/pcgs/cemeteries/jordan_buffalo.htm)
e township was coincidently named “Buffalo”, because of the buffalo blocking a crossway in the Mississippi River (hence where the cemetery got the part of its name). It was in a town in Pike County, called Louisiana. Louisiana started in 1690, when French explorer, Robert Cavalier de La Salle, after sailing the Great Lakes, sailed down the mouth of the Mississippi River. This is where he found these buffalo blocking the crossway as he went through the area. The town was expected to grow to 20,000 people, but never reached that expectation.
The tombstone of Captain Robert Jordan's son, James--(http://www.pcgenweb.com/pcgs/cemeteries/jordan-buffalo/jordan_james_w.jpg)
The tombstone of Captain Robert Jordan's son, James--(http://www.pcgenweb.com/pcgs/cemeteries/jordan-buffalo/jordan_james_w.jpg)





Now you may ask “Well, how did Jordan get into the name?” Jordan got into the name because of Captain Robert Jordan. One day him, and his 17 year old son, James, were walking home from work, Indians decided to attack them. Both were savagely killed. The Indians shot them, then they were going to scalp both of them, but they didn’t scalp James Jordan, because he begged his mother to cut his hair so they wouldn’t. They did scalp his father. These two were the first bodies buried at this cemetery. Then as time went on it became a cemetery.

There are rumors of this place being haunted. The rumor is that the big tree in the center of the cemetery was used to hang people. People that drive by there or near there have seen light. The rumor also is that you can hear a baby cry from the brook, near the cemetery, that was left there to face it untimely death.

As you have read cemeteries have an often weird history of how they began, and what happens as time goes on. As I stated before I had questions on the start of this cemetery, and if it was actually haunted. When I did research I learned a little bit of the history of this cemtery. I also learned the name of a man who's tombstone I've seen before but didn't know who he was, and what happened to him. Even with the questions I had were answered, there are still questions that I want to have answered.

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