Sunbridge, or City Cemetery, is located in the northwest part of St. Joseph. This was the city's "pauper" cemetery. There are over 6,000 burials there, with about 150 of them being marked. Very few records were ever kept, and even fewer remain. In 1977 the City of St. Joseph turned this over to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MoDOC). No burials have taken place since then, and the MoDOC has no records of any interments. The City of St. Joseph also claims to not have any records.
In an article from January 1, 1878, the newspaper printed the names and locations of all those who had died in the previous year, 1877. Interestingly enough, even at that time the caretaker couldn't tell who had been buried within the cemetery. All he could say was there were 14 interments. This lack of record keeping explains why there is so little to be found today.
However, we do have a map, which has some of the sections marked, and a very few plot locations. There are no names on this map, however, if you look at FindAGrave.com, you will note there are several memorials for people within these areas. A lucky few hundred, of the thousands, have the chance of being located and remembered.
Our many thanks to Phil Sifers for providing this copy.