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OLD SEMINARY CEMETERY

Ouachita County, Arkansas

Submitted June 29, 2007, by Jerry McKelvy

 

This old cemetery is overgrown with brush.  It is about one acre in size and most of the monuments are in good shape.  An African-American cemetery also called Seminary Cemetery, is located on another road about Ό mile from this one, and it is still active. 

 

Directions: From downtown Stephens, go north on Hwy. 57 for 2.5 miles.  Turn left on a gravel road (Rd. 104) and go 9/10ths of a mile to a sharp curve to the right.  Two dim roads will leave the gravel road in this sharp curve.  The first one (Rd. 112) leads to the black cemetery still in use.  The second road is very dim and is about 50 feet from the first one.  The cemetery is about 2/10ths of a mile down this dim road and will be on your right.  There are large oak trees at the site, and you will have to look closely to see the monuments in the underbrush. 

 

About 25 graves marked by rocks or stones that could not be identified.  A large pile of bricks marked one grave. There could be many unmarked graves in this cemetery.

 

This record was made 1-12-2000 by Jerry McKelvy.

 

Autry, (Infant) –   b. 3-1-1893---d. 3-1-1893; son of Frank and Jacqueline Autry; inside concrete border

 

Burris, Cleropatro –  b. 12-21-1876---d. 1-15-1877

 

Campbell, Ella Maud –   b. 10-24-1885---d. 7-3-1886; daughter of W. J. and Josie Campbell

 

Campbell, Nanny –  b. 10-24-1881---d. 11-30-1881; daughter of W. J. and Josie Campbell

 

Campbell, Caley –  b. 7-4-1887---d. 9-2-1887; daughter of W. J. and Josie Campbell

 

Campbell, (Infant) –  b. 9-25-1888---d. 10-6-1888; daughter of W. J. and J. F. Campbell

 

Campbell, Josephine Snelson –  b. 11-25-1861---d. 9-29-1888

 

Campbell, Josie F. –  b. 11-25-1861---9-29-1888; wife of J. W. Campbell; this stone is 20 feet south of Josephine Snelson Campbell stone; same dates on both stones; stone broken; name missing in 2007 survey; J. F. C. on footstone

 

Gatlin, Leo Temperance –  d. 2-1?-1873; age ? days; daughter of Geo. W. and G. A. Gatlin

 

Gossett, John –  b. 6-24-1813---d. 8-7-1877; double marker with Elizabeth Gossett

 

Gossett, Elizabeth –  b. 3-3-1829---d. 9-2-1887; double marker with John Gossett

 

Gossett, Joseph Alma –  b. 9-10-1893---d. 1-29-1894; son of J. B. and Ida Gossett

 

Gossett, J. B. –  b. 5-2-1868---d. 10-11-1905; tall marker

 

Hall, Bernard –  b.July, 1869---d. Jan., 1873; son of J. B. and M. J. Hall

 

Hall, (Infant) –  b.8-22-1878---d. 8-23-1878; son of Theodore and Bettie Hall

 

Hall, John B. –  b. 4-7-1819---d. 7-19-1888

 

Hodnett, R. R. –  b. 7-25-1846---3-20-1939; Co. C – 1 GA Reserves – CSA

 

(Hodnett), B. R. –   b. 10-25-1879---2-14-1898; broken stone between two Hodnett graves; assumed to be Hodnett; B. R. H. on foot stone; grave is six feet south of R. R. Hodnett

 

Hodnett, Mary S. –  b.11-4-1873---d. Aug., 1883

 

Holt, William J. –  b.7-14-1878---d.2-4-1900

 

Holt, Nancy D. Beard –   b.11-27-1852---5-1-1894; wife of C. J. Holt

 

Holt, C. J. –   no dates; Co. K – 6 Ark Inf. – CSA

 

Jones, J. W. –  b. 12-8-1851---2-27-1900

 

Jones, Lena Bell –  b. 8-19-1891---9-7-1922; daughter of J. W. and C. E. Jones

 

Jones, (Baby) –  b.10-12-1890---10-12-1890; daughter of J. W. and C. E. Jones

 

Lary, William J. –  b. 10-8-1857---d.2-19-1858; age 4 mths., 11 days; broken stone

 

Lary, Eugene W. –  b.10-8-1858---11-22-1858; age 1 month, 14 days

 

Marshall, Recie –  b.1-19-1884---d. 10-5-1892; daughter of D. W. and A. J. Marshall; grave near trail

 

Marshall, Annie F. –   b. 11-2-1873---d.10-24-1882; daughter of T. L. and S. C. Meredith

 

Meredith, T. C. –  b.11-12-1811---8-14-1880

 

(Meredith), ???? –   rock marking grave between T. C. and Annie Meredith; assumed to be Meredith

 

Morgan, Beverly  –  d. 6-5-1883; age 37 yrs., 11 months, 8 days

 

Morgan, Elizabeth - d. 11-28-1874; age 65 years, 11 months, 20 days; marker off base near large oak tree

 

Morgan, G. A. –  d. 3-16-1877; age 25 yrs., 1 mth., 23 days; marker lying on ground, but not broken; found a foot stone in cemetery with initials G. A. M., but it was not near this head stone; did not find this stone in 2007 survey

 

Parker, G. W. –  b.7-16-1836---10-9-1857; broken stone by oak tree with bricks

 

Pelky, L. B. –  b. 1835---d. 1894

 

Polk, (Infant) –  b.11-27-1886---12-24-1886; son of  Frank and M. L. Polk

 

Polk, Loyd –  b.1-17-1888---d. 8-3-1888; son of Frank and M. L. Polk

 

Ray, B. F. - b. 6-23-1837---d. 11-14-1859

 

Smith, William - b. 1-15-1803---d.7-30-1889; grave near trail

 

Snelson, James M. –  b.12-18-1856---7-10-1884

 

Tribble, Lelia White –  b.9-19-1881---8-30-1906; mother of J. D. “Jeff” Tribble; foot stone has same dates and “wife of H. C. Tribble”

 

Watkins, Katie –  d. 12-29-1898; mother; age 40 years; double marker with A. J. Watkins; she also has a single stone 10 feet south of double marker

 

Watkins, A. J. –  b.12-16-1829---d. 4-20-1915; double marker with Katie Watkins

 

Watkins, Margaret A. –  b.2-29-1836---10-15-1884; “our sister’s grave” on top of marker

 

Wesson, Eliza Jane Rideout –  b.8-12-1810---7-21-1896; wife of William T. Wesson

 

Wesson, William T. –  b.1-11-1810---4-16-1886

 

Wesson, J. W. –  b.2-18-1851---d.11-8-1902

 

Wesson Margaret E. –  b.8-15-1854---d.9-30-1891; wife of J. W. Wesson

 

Wesson, Willie M. –  b.3-25-1883---d.8-13-1885; daughter of J. W. and M. E. Wesson

 

Wesson, Addie E. b. 7-15-1878---d. 8-2-1885; daughter of J. W. and M. E. Wesson

 

Wesson, Irene –  b.12-24-1888---d.1-24-1889; daughter of J. W. and M. E. Wesson

 

Wesson, J. Ernest –  b.9-11-1873---d.11-6-1897

 

White, Martha N. –  b.11-20-1853---8-28-1900; age 46 yrs., 9 mths., 8 days; wife of John C. White

 

White, W. F. –  b. 10-5-1876---d. 8-18-1902; son of J. C. and M. N. White

 

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