Cripple Creek Research Question

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I received the following email from Sterling Parker at If anyone knows the answer, please email Sterling or post a comment below.

Hi, I’m Sterling Parker and my researching interest are the Youree from the Cripple Creek area.

I have some information that may be of interest to you. My ancestor was William Francis Youree born 1818 in Rutherford Co. TN and died in Ellis County, TX abt. 1885. He was the son of Joseph Youree Sr. b.
1782-1790 in Mecklenburg Co. NC and d. Aug 12, 1839 in Rutherford Co., TN and wife Rosanna “Anne” McSpadden b. abt 1784 in Augusta Co., Virginia and d. aft April 1855 in Rutherford Co., TN. Joseph Youree was the son of Francis Youree Sr. b. 1750-1760 in Ireland and d. 1826 in Rutherford County, TN and Isabell Hartt b. 1750-1755 and d.
1820-1830 in Rutherford Co., TN.

When Joseph Youree Sr. died, his two youngest sons William Francis and his younger brother John N. Youree acquired his property. They were supposed to have paid the estate for the land and apparently did not.
Their next oldest brother Thomas Youree was the administrator of the estate.

The courts sold about 2/3’s of this property to settle with the people that were owed money by Joseph Youree’s estate. This was done on April 24, 1848. In the court documents there was set aside land for a grave yard. The grave yard measured 16 1/2 square poles. I have looked and this measurement would be about 100 ft. by 100 ft. The land that was sold was on the “waters of Cripple Creek”

I know of no other cemetery located near the banks of Cripple Creek other that the Cripple Creek Cemetery. Being that this happened just 9 years after Joseph Youree, Sr.’s death and is the land that his father Francis Youree Sr. had and became his son’s Joseph’s after the death of his father, I believe that the possibilities that both Francis, his wife Isabella Hart Youree, Joseph and his wife Rosanna “Anne”
McSpadden Youree and others of that time are buried there.

I am, however, curious, and to the size of the Cripple Creek Cemetery, is it, today, still only 100 ft. X 100 ft? If not are there any other land records showing that someone sold or donated additional land to make it the size it is today? If I am wrong, is there any other cemeteries that would fit the criteria of 100 X 100?

Sterling Parker


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