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Hill Park Cemetery
Independence, Jackson County, Missouri

10499 E 20th St, Independence MO

Lat: 39° 05' 01"N, Lon: 94° 27' 15"W

Contributed by Linda Lewis, Nov 26, 2005 [webmaster@cottonhills.com]. Total records = 11.

From Kansas City, MO, take I70 E to I435. Take I435 N to SH 78 (E 23rd St). Take E 23rd St E to S Ralston Ave and turn left (N). Take S Ralston to E 20th St and turn left. Cemetery is halfway down the block on the (south) side of street.

This cemetery was once part of land owned by Adam Hill. This area is now Hill Park, which has a public area, and contains a walking trail and a skate park near the cemetery. For information one may contact: Parks and Rec Independence, MO.

The Hill Cemetery contains the remains of Adam Hill and his immediate and extended family members plus a few descendents. It is located on land once owned by them before becoming a public park. The cemetery opens to a peaceful vista of meadows sloping down to a creek lined with trees, now complete with a skate park close by.

Here also lies the remains of Alexander "Frank" James, brother of Jesse James, and Frank's wife Ann Ralston James. Ann Ralston was the daughter of Samuel Ralston and Mary Catherine Hill.

Mrs. Frank Abston, daughter of William Hill, granddaugher of Adam, is the last marked burial. In 1933, Mrs. Abston stated that also interred here are a sister-in-law and nephew of Adam, near the close of the Civil War, Peter Land, a Confederate soldier killed during the battle at Independence, Mo, Jun 1861, four small babies and 7 children, all descendents. Frank and Ann Ralston's burial was not mentioned.

This is a complete transcription by reading and photographing the gravestones. Photos available upon request. I completed this transcription on Nov 25, 2005.

- Linda Lewis

+ = Family relationship obtained by research (not stated on stone)

Abston, Fannie Brooks Hill, b. 27 Apr 1874, d. 03 Nov 1959, Wife of Frank Abston, + Daughter of Wm Moberly and Ann Gossett Hill
Abston, Frank, b. 22 Feb 1872, d. 16 Oct 1948
Hill, Adam, b. 29 Aug 1799, d. 24 Feb 1896, s/w Ann Wood Hill
Hill, Ann Elizabeth Gossett, b. 10 Nov 1850, d. 04 Nov 1880, Wife of W M Hill
Hill, Ann Elizabeth, age: 2 yr, + Possible dau of Wm Moberly and Ann Gossett Hill
Hill, Ann Wood, b. 26 Aug 1809, d. 12 Jul 1851, Father and Mother, s/w Adam Hill. + Dau of Benjamin Moberly and Susannah Anderson Reid
Hill, Curtis, b. 29 Dec 1845, d. 17 Jun 1867, 24 y 5 m 18 d, Two stones, both flat in pieces. + Son of Adam and Ann Moberly Hill
Hill, Moberly Erwin, 5 yr, + Possible son of Wm Moberly and Ann Gossett Hill
Hill, William Moberly, b. 06 Jul 1836, d. 27 Nov 1912, + Son of Adam and Ann Moberly Hill
James, Alexander F, b. 1843, d. 1915, s/w Ann Ralston James. + Known as Frank, brother of Jesse James
James, Ann Ralston, b. 1853, d. 1944, s/w Alexander F James. + Daughter of Samuel Ralston and Mary Catherine Hill

2 Old stone markers, + Possible children of Adam and Ann Moberly Hill

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