Sappington Cemetery - Arrow Rock, Missouri
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N 39° 01.966 W 093° 00.437
15S E 499369 N 4320412
Quick Description: Historic cemetery near Arrow Rock, Missouri, the Sappington Cemetery houses the graves of prominent pioneer physician Dr. John Sappington and two former Missouri governors, Meredith Miles Marmaduke, and Claiborne Fox Jackson.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 2/5/2008 8:35:23 PM
Waymark Code: WM341V
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member JimmyEv
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Long Description:

From   Missouri - A Guide to the "Show Me" State - Tour 1 - Arrow Rock section:

Southwest of the Sappington house is the SAPPINGTON CEMETERY (inquire locally route and road condition), enclosed with a stone wall topped by a castiron fence. Here are buried Dr. John Sappington (1776-1856), his wife Jane (1783-1852), and their numerous relatives, including the two Missouri Governors, M. M. Marmaduke (1791-1864) and Claiborne F. Jackson, and their families.

The cemetery is now maintained as a Missouri State Historic Site by legislation which creates state historic sites for all final resting places of former Missouri governors which are not in maintained cemeteries. This cemetery is the final resting place of two former governors.

"Dr. John Sappington (1776-1856), a prominent pioneer physician of Saline County, established this family cemetery in 1831. The two-acre cemetery contains 111 headstones and markers and is enclosed by a limestone wall and wrought iron fence.

Dr. Sappington studied medicine in Kentucky and in 1804 married Jane Breathitt, the sister of Kentucky Gov. John Breathitt. In 1817, they came to central Missouri's "Boone's Lick Country" and by 1819 settled just west of Arrow Rock.

A nonconformist, Dr. Sappington attacked the common medical practice of bloodletting to treat patients. In the 1830s, he perfected and mass marketed quinine in pill form to treat malarial fever, a major disease in the Missouri River valley. The St. Louis Medical Society denounced him as a quack, but his "anti-fever pills" quickly became the frontier's most famous prescription. In 1844, he wrote "The Theory and Treatment of Fevers," the first medical treatise published west of the Mississippi River.

Dr. Sappington was also a business entrepreneur, agriculturist, land speculator and political confidant. He established an economic and political dynasty that included three Missouri governors. An inscription over his grave reads: "A truly honest man is the noblest work of God. He lay like a warrior taking his rest."

 Along with the Sappington family, two of Missouri's governors are buried in the cemetery. Both had married daughters of Dr. Sappington.

Meredith Miles Marmaduke (1791-1864) was elected Lt. Governor in 1840. A Benton Democrat and strong Unionist, he became Missouri's eighth governor for nine months in 1844 after Gov. Reynolds died. Marmaduke married Dr. Sappington's daughter Lavinia in 1826 and became a partner in his father-in-law's enterprises. Active in the Santa Fe trade, Marmaduke also served as Saline County judge and surveyor. His son, John Sappington Marmaduke, was Missouri's 25th governor (1885-1887).

Claiborne Fox Jackson (1806-1862) was beginning his term as Missouri's 15th governor when the Civil War began. Jackson supported slavery and advocated the secession of Missouri. In June of 1861, federal troops occupied the capital of Jefferson City, forcing Jackson and pro-secession officials to flee and join Confederate forces. He died in Little Rock, Ark. in 1862 and was reinterred in Sappington Cemetery after the war.

Prior to entering politics, Jackson was Arrow Rock's first postmaster and engaged in retail trade and banking. He was elected to the House of Representatives from Howard County in 1842, and became a leader in the "Central Clique," the machine that dominated Missouri's Democratic Party politics during the mid-19th century. Jackson married three of Dr. Sappington's daughters: Jane in 1831, Louisa in 1833 and Eliza in 1838. All three women are buried in the cemetery.

Symbolism in Sappington Cemetery reflects some period beliefs. Cedar and Austrian pine trees represent eternal life because they are evergreen. Gov. Marmaduke's arched monument suggests victory over death. The clasped hands symbolize a farewell and hope of meeting in eternity. The Masonic compass shows he was a member of that organization. Twin columns over Gov. Jackson's grave denote "noble lives" of he and his wife.

The Sappingtons and their extended families owned large numbers of African-American slaves whose labor and skills contributed directly to their success and prosperity. Dr. Sappington gave them a tract of ground as a burial place. Known as the "Sappington Negro Cemetery," it is located on Route AA one-quarter mile south of the Sappington Cemetery. It is privately owned, but open to the public." ~ Sappington Cemetery State Historic Site website

Book: Missouri

Page Number(s) of Excerpt: 358

Year Originally Published: 1941

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