Rachel A. Huddleston February 9, 1821- January 3, 1902
Rachel Huddleston, mother of Sarah (Huddleston) Harvey, was born in Virginia, likely into enslavement. According to her gravestone, Rachel was born on February 9, 1821. Nothing else is known of her life before 1870, when she was living in Clay Township, Greene County, Missouri, with her teenaged children. After her daughter’s marriage in 1875, Rachel moved to the house of her son-in-law, Harrison Harvey, near Cave Springs, Missouri. Sometime before 1900, Rachel moved with her daughter’s family to West Main Street, Ash Grove. The census of 1900 states that at the time, Rachel was a widow, and that three of her four children were still living. Rachel died on January 3, 1902 (Russel 2012).
Grave Marker: The marker for Rachel Huddleston is a domed block style marble monument on a rough-cut base. The east face of the monument contains text and, at the top, an image of oak leaves. Excluding the base, the monument is 20 x 10 x 6 inches in size. The base is 10 x 16 x 11 inches in size.
East face of marker
Text on west face of marker
RACHEL A. HUDDLESTON Born Feb 9 1821 Died Jan 3 1902
North side of marker
Recorder's sketch of text and images on east face of marker
West face of marker
Uppward facing side of monument
Berry Family, Ash Grove, MO; Ozarks Afro-American Heritage Museum; Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, College of Humanities and Public Affairs, Missouri State University