Another account says that he was being hidden out in the woods near where the Flannery's were living. There were a lot of Guerilla's in the Howard-Boone Co. area in 1864 apparently trying to attract Union troops north and away from Price's army as it invaded from Arkansas. The State Militia were hunting the Guerilla's and ran across Dick Yager, not knowing who he was, they killed him and found out later who they had killed. They must have known somehow that he was a guerilla or Confed. supporter so possibly they were acting on a tip from an informer. None of the responses I have received have mentioned his burial but since Margaret Watts Hays had received a description of his death somebody she knew had to have been aware of how he died and would have known what had happened to his body. The Flannery's were former neighbors of both Dick Muir and the Hays family in Jackson Co. in the area between Westport and Lees Summit. Another Jackson Co. neighbor who chose exile in Howard Co. was Margaret's cousin-by-marriage, Jordan Lowe.
Margaret wrote that Dick Yager's remains were to be reinterred at the Confed. Cemetery in Jackson Co. in the 1870's. No mention is made of Yager in the 1913 Kansas City Star article about the Confederate Cemetery which is included in Footnote 23, Letter 82, 7 Jun 1871. There were several of Dick Yager's brother-in-laws in the 1871 funeral procession - Boone T. Muir, Samuel Muir.
Dick's wife, Martha Muir Yager West is buried in the Bethsonia Cemetery, Raytown, Jackson Co., MO. After the war she lived in Belton, Cass Co., MO with her husband Edward West. It appears from a later letter that Ed West bought Margaret's farm in Jackson Co. and that the West's lived there at times.
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