People of Sage

Margaret Luckett

Margaret “Maggie”  Luckett passed away on May 3, 1953 from a heart attack, at her home at 1819 Randolph Street, in St. Charles. She was born May 8, 1889, the daughter of Leonidas and Lucy (Singleton) Hughes. Her father died when she was only ten years old, leaving her mother to raise five children alone. Her siblings were Fred, Viola, Georgie and Ethel. She grew up on the hill,  in O’Fallon. Maggie married Spherrel Claiborne Junior, she had one son, Clarence Claiborne who was  born March 4, 1909 and he died February 2, 1945, and was buried in Sage Chapel Cemetery.  Margaret later married Les Luckett. She was buried on May 7, 1953 in Sage “hill” Cemetery, after funeral services by E. A. Keithly.

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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