General Shorter’s Plot
General Shorter’s plot is the original plot at the cemetery. It is surrounded by a high brick wall. The plot contains his and his wife’s graves plus the graves of five of their children, a son-in-law, six grandchildren and their family preacher.
Living on the frontier was very hard. Water borne diseases: typhoid, diphtheria, yellow fever, etc. killed many of the people who lived here close to the river. Women were doubly at risk as they also had a high mortality rate from child birth.
Within four years after setting on the property in 1839, the Shorters had buried three of their children and a 23 year old son-in-law here. Of the seven Shorter children buried in Shorter Cemetery; five died young as did the eight of the grandchildren buried in the cemetery.
Click on the names below to see the individual graves