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Means (aka Rocky Ford) Cemetery
Greenwood County,
Kansas

History:
This cemetery is actually where Pleasant Grove Township was located, which was nearest to Neal, and also to Quincy, both in Greenwood County. Pleasant Grove Township was at first a community of people who had come on wagon train to eastern Greenwood County to farm. My great-great grandparents Key migrated there from New York State, and several generations continued to live there as others moved on and they acquired or rented their property. Some of my Boone cousins were next door neighbors, and many more first families. The local cemetery was always called the Means Cemetery after the Reverend William Carroll Means that preached to the community. Several of his family are buried there. The county or whomever named it Rocky Ford Cemetery, not knowing the history of it, I guess. But to those of us who have at least five generations of family in the area, it will always be the Means Cemetery. Because this software makes you name a town they have listed, I was forced to put the location as "Neal", but there is already a community cemetery listed as Neal, so don't confuse this one with it. My whole life I went to both and more every Memorial Day and decorated the graves with my grandmother, great grandmother and great grandfather, and their various siblings and cousins, and listened to the stories of how my people played at the wedding dances, etc. for most of the people buried there, as well as the neighboring areas. Toronto, Woodson County (border) and Eureka, Greenwood County were the two "bigger" (relatively) towns so you will see them mentioned a lot, and some people from there buried by their family at the Means.
-Lila Cole

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Contributed on 9/9/13 by dnatracker
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Submitted: 9/9/13 • Approved: 9/9/13 • Last Updated: 3/12/18 • R6544-G0-S3

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