|Greenwood Cemetery, Leavenworth Co. Kansas Cemeteries|
|Last Name||First Name||Maiden Name||Birth Date||Death Date||Age||Source||Remarks||Contact|
|Bauer||Jacob||25-May-1878||William Bauer||block 1, south half of 149||William Bauer|
|Messinger||Eva (Katherine)||Schober||1842 in Germany||24-Aug-1898||Elaine Rebori||Elaine Rebori|
|Messinger||John Gottlieb||1841 in Germany||06-Jul-1905||Elaine Rebori||Elaine Rebori|
|Messinger||Mary Sophia||Rose||09-Sep-1872||14-Jun-1908||Elaine Rebori||Elaine Rebori|
|Messinger||William||07-May-1869||02-Feb-1922||Elaine Rebori||Elaine Rebori|
|Shockley||Laura Matilda||Ambrose||11-Feb-1851||20-Oct-1899||Mary A Sutphin|
From the collections at the Leavenworth County Historical Society and Museum. Reprinted with permission from The Leavenworth County Historical Society and Museum and the Leavenworth Times. Donated by Debra Graden.
George Fisher wanted to let those who passed his grave in Greenwood Cemetery know his work was done by the time he died in 1896. He got the message across with the epitaph on his tombstone. Fisher and his brother, Adam, are said to be among the first permanent residents of Leavenworth and it is only fitting he should be buried in one of the first cemeteries in the first city of Kansas.
The grave stands at the southeast corner of the 124-year-old cemetery located at County Road 5 and Limit. The oldest cemetery still in existence in Kansas. Greenwood Cemetery was established in 1863, but a search of the tombstones and records completed by Johanna Baum in 1948 indicates one Henry A. Gooter or Cooter was buried there in 1852 and Jeanice Cox was buried Sept. 23, 1858. Mrs. Baum said the first recorded burial was July 5, 1861, but other information points to John Hamils, buried Nov. 6, 1863, as the first one. A tombstone with the name Steinler is marked Sept. 11, 1830. It is unknown whether it is a birth or death date.
The abstract of Greenwood Cemetery indicates Adam Fisher, Lewellen Eckelberry and Alexander A. Higinbotham were first deeded the property Oct. 1, 1858 by the federal government with President James Buchanan signing the document. Over the next several years the land passed from these three men to George Fisher and his wife Mary A. Davis June 19, 1863 and she "did set apart and consecrate for the purpose of a cemetery a porton of the land" on Dec. 4, 1863.
The Greenwood Cemetery Co. filed incorporation papers Nov. 19, 1867 with the secretary of state for the purpose of operating a cemetery. By Aug. 10, 1871, the cemetery company had taken control of all the lots in the cemetery "less that portion consecrated by Mary A. Davis."
Those close to the cemetery history say this is where the seed was sown for the future downfall and abandonment in that land title remained with individuals instead of being transferred to the cemetery company.
Mrs. Davis sold the land "in her own right" to Andrews Barnes and George Fisher and lots were sold by the cemetery company until 1892.
Article donated by Debra Graden, President
Leavenworth County Genealogical Society, 1998