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Highland Cemetery
Prairie Village, Johnson County, Kansas

5000 W 65th Street, Prairie Village KS

Lat: 39° 00' 40"N, Lon: 94° 38' 40"W

Asher Langworthy Jr
6324 Ash Street
Prairie Village, KS 66208

Contributed by Linda Lewis, Aug 04, 2005, last edited Nov 12, 2005. [webmaster@cottonhills.com]. Total records = 100.

Highland Cemetery, also referred to as Nall Cemetery, is tucked away in a quaint residential neighborhood in Prairie Village, KS, near the state and city line of Kansas City, Jackson Co., Missouri.

In the 1850s, this land was part of the Shawnee Nation reservation. When the Shawnees were later removed to Oklahoma, pioneer brothers John and Thomas Nall and their families squatted out 200 acres and became prosperous farmers. Half of this one-acre cemetery was owned by John Nall, the other by an Indian named John A White, who was a friend of Nall's. White's wife's stone is found there, and the map lists J White for that plot.

In 1946 the first yearly meeting was held for the Highland Cemetery Association. The Nalls, Porters, and their other neighbors made up this association. Offices were elected and donations were given to fund the care of the cemetery in apparent exchange for lots. The association continued to have yearly meetings, and provide donations in this way, into the next generation of the Nalls and their neighboring families. In 1968, Highland's first official plat was made in the newly developed city of Prairie Village. The first plots were sold to Asher Langworthy, and his namesake and other descendents of those first pioneers still hold offices in the Highland Cemetery Association today. Photos available upon request.

Additionally the sexton provided a cemetery lot map with names, and I used this to fill in the missing stones. Data elements from the sexton map is indicated by an asterisk (*) following the entry.

This cemetery was photographed and transcribed from the gravestones. Older soft stones are naturally eroded as expected. Some stones are broken, while others obviously missing entirely, leaving only settings. This may indicate prior vandalism. Trees and bushes have completely overgrown several stones, and storm debris and bramble covers others. The cemetery is enclosed with a chain-link fence but there is no sign. Even though the cemetery is surrounded by homes on all sides, the neighboring fences and the landscape makes it feel secluded. This cemetery is still open today.

- Linda Lewis

Bates, Dora Jean, b. 1905, d.
Bates, Kenneth M, b. 1905, d. 1971
Boles, Elizabeth, b. 14 Mar 1843, d. 9 Aug 1922, s/w Thomas Nall, Mary Nall
Bowers, Garman Thiermann, b. 21 Feb 1901, d. 22 Jan 1982
Bowers, Naomi Lois, b. 6 Feb 1911, d. 27 Jul 1966
Bowers, Peter Elwood Jr, b. 18 Sep 1928, d. 21 May 1996
Bowers, Peter Elwood, b. 12 Oct 1893, d. 21 Jul 1968
Brewer, A, d. 2 May 1869, 4y 8m, child of B & M A Brewer *
Dahl, Cornelia Nall, b. 1868, d. 1948
Deveney, Joseph R, b. 1919, d. 1962
Galloway, George, d. 20 Jul 1871, age: 8yr, Son of G W & A Galloway
Gimlin, Milton Jr, b. 29 Sep 1912, d. 5 Jul 1997, Loving Husband and Father
Goodman, E Ruth Jones, b. 1917, d.
Goodman, John Davis (Witkoski), b. 1910, d. 1994
Henderson, Mary E, d. 23 May 188?, Wife of E Henderson
Honn, Ruth Elizabeth, b. 1893, d. 1977
Honn, Stephen D, b. 01 Feb 1862, d. 17 Dec 1894
Hutton, ??, d. 1898
Hutton, Amanda M, b. 1877, d. 1948, s/w George A Hutton
Hutton, Cass A, b. 1853, d. 1940, Father, s/w Margaret Hutton
Hutton, Daniel A, b. 08 Jul 1887, d. 31 Jan 1904
Hutton, George A, b. 1870, d. 1965, s/w Amanda M Hutton
Hutton, John W, d.
Hutton, M Ethel, b. 1888, d. 1971, Mother
Hutton, Margaret, b. 1853, d. 1923, Mother, s/w Cass A Hutton
Johnson, Laurence, d. no date, age: 3yr, son of I R and ? Johnson *
Johnston, Dorothy Mead, b. 15 May 1908, d. 9 Jan 1901, Married: 31 Jul 1933, s/w Wilbur Thomas Johnston
Johnston, Wilbur Thomas, b. 11 Jul 1907, d. 21 Jan 1900, Married: 31 Jul 1933, s/w Dorothy Mead Johnston
Jones, Edna M, b. 1895, d. 1980
Jones, Harry E, b. 1893, d. 1935
Jones, Leo H, b. 1900, d. 1978
Kessler, Rodney Arthur, b. 8 Jun 1953, d. 22 May 1990
Langworthy, Asher Clinton, b. 21 Jan 1901, d. 20 Jan 1980
Langworthy, Georgia Hodges, b. 7 Apr 1905, d. 16 May 1988
Lowry, Nancy, b. 1835, d. 1910, Mother
McClelland, Senla, b. 1880, d. 1954, Mother
McClelland, William J, b. 1878, d. 1961, Father
Meidinger, Lambert M, b. 15 Aug 1905, d. 14 Jun 1982
Miller, Thomas J, b. 1862, d. 1908
Morris, Elizabeth S, b. 1876, d. 1959
Morris, J H, b. 1872, d. 1914
Nall, ?, d. 13 Apr 18??, 37y 3m *
Nall, Allice J, d. 17 Aug 1867, Dau of J & N J Nall *
Nall, Annie O, d. 1863, 2m 19d, Dau of O and M E Nall *
Nall, B F, b. 1864, d. 1936, Father
Nall, Jennie, no dates, Mother
Nall, John, b. 1832, d. 1917, Father
Nall, John, no dates, Father
Nall, Lemuel Jr, b. 1870, d. 1870
Nall, Lemuel, d. 05 Jan 1894, age: 55y 9m 5d
Nall, Lottie E, b. 06 Sep 1874, d. 10 Aug 1905, Wife of T H Nall
Nall, Mary, d. 17 Mar 1909, age: 75yr, Sister, s/w Thomas Nall, Elizabeth Boles
Nall, Matthew E, b. 1882, d. 1912, Brother
Nall, Maud, d. 12 Jul 1880, Dau of S O and S Nall *
Nall, Melvina, b. 19 Jun 1829, d. 25 Feb 1906, Wife of Orvill Nall Mother at rest
Nall, Minnie L, b. 1877, d. 1904, Sister
Nall, Nancy J, b. 1834, d. 1870
Nall, Orville, b. 1828, d. 1920
Nall, Pearl, d. 25 Aug 1908, age: 18yr
Nall, Phillip, d. 3 Mar 1910, age: 48yr
Nall, Sarah, b. 1846, d. 1905
Nall, Stephen O, b. 1857, d. 1906
Nall, Susan E, b. 1852, d. 1915, Mother
Nall, T Josephine, b. 1869, d. 1941
Nall, Theodore S, b. 1871, d. 1902
Nall, Thomas J, b. 1862, d. 1903 *
Nall, Thomas W, b. 1873, d. 1904
Nall, Thomas, d. 31 Dec 1903, age: 77yr, Brother, s/w Mary Nall, Elizabeth Boles
Nall, Tillman H, b. 1858, d. 1913
Nall, William H, b. 19 Aug 1865, d. 21 Feb 1906, Our Brother
Obenhaus, Oswald W, b. 1877, d. 1932, s/w Sarah E Obenhaus
Obenhaus, Sarah E, b. 1881, d. 19--, s/w Oswald W Obenhaus
Pearson, Lottie E, d. 23 Apr 1878, E & B Pearson
Porter, Ada, b. 14 May 1866, d. , Daughter
Porter, Aileen Small, b. 17 Jan 1911, d. 22 Apr 1993, s/w Beverly Small
Porter, Ann E, b. 30 Jun 1839, d. 29 Feb 1884, Footstone A E P, Mother, s/w Thomas L Porter
Porter, Carrie A, b. 20 Feb 1837, d. 8 Nov 1914
Porter, Frank D, b. 12 Jan 1868, d. 28 Feb 1883, Son
Porter, Ida, b. 14 May 1866, d. , Daughter
Porter, Thomas C, b. 24 Feb 1827, d. 16 Dec 1909, s/w Ann E Porter
Robinson, Frances Clare Abts, b. 17 Apr 1922, s/w Robert Dale and Teresa Clare Robinson, Bench
Robinson, Robert Dale, b. 19 Apr 1922, d. 15 Jun 1995, s/w Frances Clare and Teresa Clare Robinson, Bench
Robinson, Teresa Clare, d. 15 Oct 1957, s/w Robert Dale and Frances Clare Robinson, Bench
Rockwell, Wayne L MD, b. 13 Oct 1925, d. 2 Dec 1994, Amos Family Funeral
Small, Beverly, b. 3 Feb 1913, d. 9 Mar 1989, Bev, s/w Aileen Small Porter
Small, Carrie U Demming, b. 1888, d. 1965
Small, James A, b. 4 Dec 1919, d. 2 Aug 1982, Sgt US Army World War II
Smith, Cora E Nall, b. 1875, d. 1912
Stanbury, Bessie E, d. 14 Dec 1904, s/w William E Stanbury
Stanbury, William E, d. 11 Dec 1897, s/w Bessie E Stanbury
Stinson, Helen J, b. 2 May 1926, d. 4 Nov 1995
Tower, Lilly May, d. 09 Oct 1868, age: 6m 5d, Dau of H B and S D Tower
Walker, Ella Nall, d. 30 Jan 1882, age: 26y 7m 20d, Daughter of O & M E Nall
Walsh, Sylvia M, b. 2 May 1902, d. 3 May 1900
Weston, Fannie Ellen, no dates, s/w Thomas Weston, Dau of Thos and Mary Weston, 2 stones
Weston, Thomas, b. 13 Mar 1834 North Kilworth Leicestershire England, d. 6 Feb 1904, s/w Fannie Ellen Weston
White, Benjamin A, d. 20 Mar 1867, son of J A and M J White *
White, Mary E, d. 13 Jun 1883, 24y, 2m, 2d, Wife of C A White *
White, Mary J, d. 13 Oct 1875, age: 43y 9m 28d, Wife of John A White
Wilson, Thomas J, d. 25 Jan 1910, age: 64yr, CO H 16 - Cav Kans

??, ??, d. 26 Apr 1866, age: 10y 11m
??, John W, d. 28 Jul 1860
??, Joseph, d. 01 Jan 186?, s/w Mary ??
??, Mary, no dates, s/w Joseph ??
?ewell, John, d. 04 May 1903, 50y 7m, 18d, son of A and M E ?ewell *
Goertz, , no dates, record from map: 4 lots *
Hartner, H, record from map: 1 lot *
Stice, John, no dates, record from map: 1 lot*
Trantham, , no dates, record from map: 1 lot *
Vinson, H S, no dates, record from map: 1 lot *
Williams, R, no dates, record from map: 1 lot *

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