Shawnee Methodist Mission Cemetery
3201 Shawnee Mission Parkway
Latitude, Longitude: Map
39° 01' 50.48" N 94° 37' 18.97" W
I35 south from Kansas City, MO to the Mission Rd exit, follow Mission Rd south to Shawnee Mission Parkway, turn left on Shawnee Mission Parkway and travel approximately two blocks. The cemetery is located on the south side street.
About this Cemetery:
This cemetery contains the remains of Rev. Thomas Johnson, who this county is named for. With him is his wife, his brother Rev. William Johnson, and several Johnson babies. Also interred here are two adult children of Thomas Johnson. His daughter Sarah married John Bristow Wornall, a Kansas City, MO historical figure who owned the farm to the east of the Shawnee Reservation and Mission. Sarah Johnson Wornall gave birth to 7 children, but only two lived past childhood. The other 5 children are buried here with Sarah, who died shortly after the birth of her 7th child. Also interred here is Sarah Berryhill, the wife of Rev. Jerome C Berryhill, another Mission teacher.
This historical cemetery is owned and maintained by the Kansas Historical Society as part of the Shawnee Indian Mission site, and is located a few blocks from the Mission buildings in what is now a suburban housing division on Shawnee Mission Parkway, a main artery to Kansas City. The Mission has been owned by the Kansas Historical Society since 1927, and was designated a National Historical Site in 1968.
A plaque at the entrance of the cemetery states the following: "Rev. Thomas Johnson, a missionary of the Methodist Episcopal Church and Founder of the Shawnee Mission; Rev. William Johnson, Missionary to the Kansa Indians, and members of their families were buried here from 1839 to 1930. Plaque furnished by the Old Mission United Methodist Church 1988."
Kansas State Historical Society
3403 W 53rd Street
Fairway, KS 66205-2654
Transcription by Linda Lewis, 29 Jun 2005
This is a complete transcription by reading and photographing the gravestones. Photos available upon request.
Cemetery Diagram , by Linda Lewis