People of Sage

Schylar Sallee

Eighteen- year-old Georgia Mae “Schylar” Sallee passed away on Monday, July 27, 1931 from Epilepsy. She was born in O’Fallon, on June 24, 1913 and is preceded in death by her father Charley Sallee, her brother David Grant Sallee and a sister  Mary Elizabeth Sallee all laid to rest at Sage Chapel Cemetery. She leaves behind her mother Ardelia, nee Abington, and two sisters Leola and Lauretta. The family was served by the Nieburg Funeral Home of Wright City and she was buried in Sage Chapel Cemetery.

On August 20th, in 1881, Mahala (Keithly) and her husband Jasper Costlio had transferred to the Trustees of an African Methodist Episcopal Church for the use by the  Conference, one acre of land, which became known as Sage Chapel Cemetery. This was done so that the former slaves of  Samuel Keithly could continue to be buried in this cemetery. That same deed conveyed a one-half acre parcel on Sonderen Street to be used for a church known as Sage’s Chapel. The members of Cravens Methodist, and Wishwell Baptist, also located on Sonderen Street, also used this cemetery to bury their families. None of these churches or their records exist anymore. Sage Chapel Cemetery is a former African American community cemetery that is  maintained by the City of O’Fallon, Missouri, located at 8500 Veterans Memorial Parkway.  It has 117 documented burials of which only 37 have headstones, of these we know that 17 were born enslaved. (2018) May they rest in peace “As long as a name can be spoken, that person shall not be forgotten.

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