City of Ellisville faces grave mistake, cemetery abandoned

Citizens in Ellisville are infuriated over the conditions they found at a cemetery dating back to the 1900s. The graveyard was turned over to the City of Ellisville 83 years ago. One of the people upset is a descendent of one of the first settlers in town.

The Bynum, Jordan and Mack Brown family cemetery was deeded to the City of Ellisville in July of 1930. Paula Moore was notified by Ellisville citizens who have grown concerned about the cemetery's wrecked conditions.

"They made their mark on Jones County and need to be remembered," Moore said.

If you take a walk through the cemetery, you'll see headstones of babies who never saw their first birthday, Confederate soldiers who fought for our country, and family plots neatly in rows. But many of those headstones no longer stand above their graves.

Paula Moore wrote this to 7 On Your Side:

"There are Confederate veterans, a Spanish American war vet, and a Vietnam War vet who are laid to rest in the cemetery, along with several prominent people who contributed to the early history of Jones County."

One confederate headstone is pushed off in the woods, covered by dead trees and dirt. One headstone was standing after Katrina. Moseleums of her family members, crushed and broken open, where decomposing bodies lie.

One Ellisville resident of 66 years wants city officials to pitch in.

"There's a statute saying it's unlawful to desecrate a cemetery, and I plan to file suit against the City of Ellisville," Bo Edlin said.

During the interview, one Ellisville city official drove past the graveyard without stopping.

7 on Your Side will meet with Mayor Waldrop of Ellisville on Monday to seek answers.