Facing NW looking at the burial ground

About this Cemetery

Adams Cemetery is located in southwestern Lexington Twp, Johnson Co, KS, on the east side of the woods that border Captain Creek. The cemetery is high on a hill that overlooks Plum Creek, a tributary of Captain's Creek, and the woods to the west.

Less than a mile to the south is the remains of the old Pleasant Valley cemetery in McCamish Twp. From 1849 to 1869, the Oregon Trail ran perpendicular to Evening Star Road, less than a mile to the east. Kansas State historical signs can be found on all the crossroads marking its passage. The town of Prairie Center, gone since the 1940s to the Sunflower Plant, was located a little over a mile to the Northeast.

This cemetery was identified and reported to the Kansas State Historical Society (KSHS) in 2005, and is designated as KSHS Archeological Site 14JO498 and KSHS Unmarked Burial site UBS1992-25.

Close-up of burial ground

During my visit in 2005 I located the burial area, enclosed by an old wooden fence. The area inside the fence was quite overgrown with bushes, poison ivy, and grass, and the stones were not present. The stones were stored inside until 2006, when the property was placed on the market.

According to the Indian Census, Susan Adams, wife of James and mother of Joseph, remarried one of the Armstrongs, a large family of Wyandots who lived primarily in the western portion of Wyandotte County, Kansas. In 1871 she is found listed with the Armstrongs when the Wyandots and the Shawnee removed to Cherokee Nation, IT (OK).

Read the transcribed copy of the History of Captain's Creek Community, compiled by Joy Lefmann Scheunemann, for more information about the early pioneers of this area.