Laura Ann Hix was born September 29, 1827 in Chariton County to Archibald and Nancy Woodson Hix. She was one of fourteen children. Her parents were born in Prince Edward County, Virginia and migrated to the Bowling Green prairie of this county before 1818. Archibald was one of the early settlers and served on the first grand jury to convene in the county in 1821. One of Laura's sisters was Eliza Hix, wife of James Keyte.
In 1845 Laura married Daniel G. Saunders , who was born in Bedford, Virginia and moved to Chariton County in 1835. They were the parents of seven children and moved to Livingston County, Missouri in 1855 and settled in what became Bedford. Daniel was possibly the second merchant of the area. In 1864 his store was robbed of its entire stock by Jim Jackson and his band of bushwhackers. In addition to his position as a tobacco dealer and leading merchant in Livingston County, he was considered one of the best civil engineers in the State and frequently did surveying for the government both in Missouri and neighboring states. He surveyed and laid out such cities as St. Joseph, Missouri, and Rock Island, Illinois. He was also a member of the Chillicothe bar, but never actively practiced law. In later years he became interested in real estate and land enterprises.
Laura Hix Saunders died in Livingston County on May 2, 1859 at the age of 32 years, 7 months and 3 days and was buried in Masonic-Douglas Cemetery in Brunswick. Her final resting place, marked by a large elaborate tablet stone, is enclosed in a wrought iron fence and is near her mother, Nancy Woodson Hix, and her sister, Eliza Hix Keyte and family. Daniel passed away in 1881 and is buried in Edgewood Cemetery, Chillicothe, Livingston, Missouri.
The broken tablet stone of Laura Hix Saunders was repaired, set in a new base and cleaned which revealed the elaborate design. This restored stone can be 'adopted' for $300 or any portion thereof. Please make the payment to "Jacob's Ladder" Cemetery Restoration Specialists and mail to Chariton County Historical Society, P.O. Box 114, Salisbury, MO 65281. Thank you for your support of this project.