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Bellefontaine Cemetery
St. Louis (City), Missouri

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Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, MO

GPS: 38.690853, -90.235206

4947 W Florissant Ave
St. Louis, MO 63115

Date published: December 21, 2017
Total records: 86,078

Bellefontaine Cemetery is owned by Bellefontaine Cemetery Assocation.

Cemetery History

Bellefontaine Cemetery was established in 1849 as Rural Cemetery Assocation of St. Louis, and dedicated on May 15, 1850 as, Bellefontaine Cemetery Association.

However, burials have taken place here as far back as 1813, associated with the Hempstead Family, whose burial ground was part of the original parcel purchased by Bellefontaine Cemetery in 1849. Today, the Hempstead Lot is within the cemetery’s northeastern quadrant known as Rosemary Hill.

The most famous person buried here is William Clark (of Lewis & Clark Discovery Corps). His remains were removed to here in 1860.

The cemetery comprises of 314 acres of land inside the City of St. Louis. There are currently 90,000 (approx) burials as of this publishing.

On May 14, 2014, it was accepted into the National Register of Historic Places.

Bellefontaine Cemetery Association Records

Records linked below were acquired from Bellefontaine Cemetery Association on February 9, 2020. Dates of burial range from 1813 to 2020.

Surname Index:

First Methodist Church South Records

In 1856, the First Methodist Church South (at the time was located on 8th St. & Washington in St. Louis) lost its cemetery (located on Franklin Ave) resulting from a lawsuit. Some of the bodies were removed to other cemeteries, but many more remained unmoved because there were no longer any family or friends to claim them. The church requested Bellefontaine Cemetery to sell them a lot of half-acre in size, to remove the unclaimed bodies. Bellefontaine Cemetery agreed and sold them a lot at a price of $500.00. The bodies now rest at (Blocks 191/192/194/195, Lot 719) is located on Meadow Avenue in the Meadow Hill area of Bellefontaine Cemetery.

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