"Undoubtedly there were many cemeteries in the early days of Montgomery County but most were probably situated on private property and used as family plots."
The abandoned East Washita Cemetery amongst the pines.
Note the two crosses near a headstone in the background and the two field stones covered with moss in the foreground.
Find A Grave has photos from
1. Mount Ida Cemetery
2. Mount Gilead Cemetery in the southern part of Montgomery County (near Black Springs)
4.Pencil Bluff Cemetery
5. Mount Olive Cemetery near Oden
6. Oden Cemetery
Some older cemeteries were once known by different names and these names may appear on death certificates or in newspaper notices. Cemeteries have a capacity to add quite a wonderful dimension to what is already written about a district. The study of a cemetery was a wonderful way to get an understanding of the tragedies, either through sickness, disease or accident, that plagued many people at different times in a history of a district. There was nothing like reading inscriptions on the graves of children to emphasise the hardship of settlement or pioneering in a manner. The living recognised those who died in the way that they built such "beautiful" headstones.
CEMETERY LOCALE GPS Adams-Woodall Bonnerdale offsite Alley(Goodner) Reed Mountain Amerson Pencil Bluff 55 offsite Barber Sims 42 offsite Bassinger Caddo Gap Bates Mount Ida Bethel Caddo Gap 71 offsite Big Fir Reed Mountain 12 offsite offsite 'Black' Caddo Gap Black Springs Norman 1,018 offsite Blish Reed Mountain Bonds Monroe Breashears Fannie partial listing 34 off site Brewer* Oden Brushy Brushy Creek 286 off site Caddo Gap Methodist* Caddo Gap Caney/Keith Bonnerdale Chapel Norman Coffman Hopper 5 offsite Cogburn Fancy Hill 16 offsite County Line Methodist Glenwood off site 314 offsite other site Cox-Head Sulphur Springs aka Caddo 23 offsite Diggs (Forest Hill) Caddo Gap 8 offsite Colin McKinney East Washita* Story Edwards Pine Ridge Ewing Family Amity Family Caddo Gap Fancy Hill Fancy Hill 3 offsite Ferguson Norman Forbes* Hog Jaw Garrett Mount Ida does not exist anymore Gaston Oden 38 offsite Goodner Oden Gortemiller Pine Ridge Grenade Brushy Creek 21 offsite Helem under Lake Ouachita Hillside Sulphur Springs 229/240 graves. Originally called the Sulpher Springs Cemetery Hopper Fancy Hill 2 Nancy Elizabeth Floyd buried in 1864. Howerton Bonnerdale 19 offsite interments listed Howton Bonnerdale Huddleston Pine Ridge Irby Norman James Family* Reed Mountain Jones Caddo Gap 1 offsite Jones - ONeal Reed Mountain Jones Valley Caddo Gap offsite partial Joplin Memorial McGraw Mountain 20 offsite Liberty Caddo Gap 3 off site Little Fir Reed Mountain offsite 2 3 Lone Valley Sims 33 offsite Macedonia Pencil Bluff 116 off site Mayberry #3 Under Lake Ouachita McKinney Reed Mountain Middleton-Crooks Norman Montgomery Norman aka Old Norman Mount Gilead Church Polk Creek Mountain off site Mount Ida Mount Ida 11 early days aka Oakwood Cemetery. Louisa Cauthron Stall bur. 1854 Mount Olive Hog Jaw 2 offsite Old Mount Tabor Amity 366 off site 4 offsite Mount Zion Caddo Gap Mountain Home Caddo Gap 4 offsite Mullenix* Hog Jaw Murphy McGraw Mountain Murphy Baptist Church Black Springs Music Family Reed Mountain Nelson Caddo Gap 23 offiste Newcomb* East of Glenwood off site Newcomb Pike ARGenWeb site. another site On private property. In 1986 on Calvert Grant's property high on hill in clump of trees, overgrown up in poison ivy Calvin Golden Newcomb homesteaded the land. Sec. 23, Twp 4S, Range 23 W. Nicholson Caddo Gap Oak Grove Glenwood 1 offsite Oak Hill* Pencil Bluff 11 offsite Oakwood Story 102 offsite Oden Oden 69 offsite Old Salyer Mount Ida Margaret Brewer buried in 1852, age 41, wife of Henry C. Brewer. Owley Mount Ida 43 offsite Pencil Bluff Pencil Bluff 8 offsite Pine Ridge Pine Ridge Cemetery was aka Waters until 1936 Piney* Reed Mountain Putman* Athens Ramsey Family Hopper Reed partial listing 8 Story 434 offsite 17 images Jesse Polly Oller buried in 1859 Robbins Norman Rock Springs Big Fork offsite 9 offsite Rocky Story partial listing offsite rd map 341 offsite Rockey Valley Mount Ida Rowton (Hamilton) Norman William D. Rowton buried in 1858 Scott * Mount Ida Scott - Wehunt Norman Susannah Scott was buried in 1858 Shirley Oden Abandoned Shockey Chapel Norman Sims - Willhite* Pine Ridge Smith Under Lake Ouachita Stanley - Standridge Reed Mountain offsite 310 graves listed with photos of headstones and map Stelter Family Glenwood Stover Homestead Family Fancy Hill Sulphur Springs Sulphur Springs 14 offsite originally the Hutchinson Cemetery 27 Sweet Home Reed Mountain Tweedle-Vaught Norman Katie Tweedle died c.1838 Wacaster Bonnerdale Waggoner Fancy Hill 9 offsite Waco School Norman West Washita Story Whittington Reed Mountain offsite 1 Whittington- Hiram, A. Reed Mountain Willhite Pine Ridge
"There are probably dozens of forgotten cemeteries scattered across the countryside, beneath flowerbeds and pastures, parking lots and barns; the resting place of our earliest pioneers."
Weekly newspapers serve in wonderful ways. Many cemeteries have unmarked graves or headstones with just the years and by going through the older newspapers looking for death notices and comparing against present cemetery transcriptions you can work out others who are buried there in unmarked graves or work out date and month of death. Lois Goodner 1923-1976.
G.W. Stapp, 2-4-1859 - 3-30-1944 Mt. Ida Cemetery - he must have been a blacksmith.
Garrett Cemetery no longer exists: Garrett Cemetery, Mt Ida, Montgomery County, AR. Yes, we have a Garrett Cemetery listed in our county cemetery book. This was a very old cemetery. It was located north of the courthouse and on a knoll, were the Circle R Restaurant is now. The owner of the land decided to put in the restaurant several years ago. It was a small cemetery and just a few headstones. I have been told that he dozed them over and made a big fill there and built. Very sad. Someone should have tried to put a stop to it. D.B. Posted Aug. 2000
Can anyone provide information about the Garrett Cemetery?
I have looked myself. There isn't any signs of the cemetery today. During the 1940s there were still stone markers present. The Garrett Cemetery contains the family of Jesse B. Garrett who was in Montgomery Co. prior to 1850 from Ohio and not the John B. Garrett family from Tippah, MS. Both were in the county in 1850 and both were known as J. B. Garrett.
From the Cemetery Inscriptions of Montgomery County, Arkansas 1986. "Twenty to thirty graves also several graves with Jordon family. M.J. Jordan, William J. Jordan, and his son Jasper Jordan, all died of smallpox in 1866. Information obtained from P. Garrett.
Garrett, Jesse B. 1813 - Jan 28, 1853
Garrett, Jessie Franklin (Killed at Battle of Murfreesboro, TN Dec 31& Jan 2 1863)
Garrett, John Aaron (no dates)
Garrett, Mary Elizabeth (no dates)
Garrett, Susanna Laird 1817 -1877
After a two year effort, Montgomery County, Arkansas Cemeteries was published December 1997. It is a beautiful hard-back book, which is fully indexed. Inscriptions in this book were taken from 11,802 tombstones located in 130 Montgomery County cemeteries. There are an additional 2,724 graves which are unmarked or unnamed, for a total of 14,317 known graves. Peak Cemetery was in Montgomery Co. until 1917, now located in Garland County, is included. Make check $20 plus $4 P&H, payable to: Montgomery County Historical Society. Mail to: P.O. Box 578, Mount Ida, AR 71957. Contact the Museum to see if the book is still available. Debbie Baldwin is compiling corrections. Please send corrections on to Debbie and me. Cemetery book correction: The Dr. J. C. Bates buried at Blish Cemetery was not at Andersonville.
Arkansas Graves Stones
USGS list of Montgomery Co. cemeteries
USGenWeb Tombstone Project
Cemetery records online
Buckville Cemetery, Garland Co. another site
AR Cemetery Lookup mailing list Search Threaded e.g. Wright
Mt. Ida Cemetery
James A. Wanless
Feb. 25, 1914
Apr. 25, 1973
Louise Hyde Wanless
April 30, 1914
February 20, 1972
Nelson Cemetery - east of Glenwood, Montgomery County, Arkansas.
BURK, W. J. 2 September 1969 Age 66 years
BURNS, Adaline 28 August 1841 - 22 October 1919 Wife of Elias Burns
BURNS, Elias 27 November 1844 - 22 January 1914 Husband of Adaline Burns
BURNS, Elihu Dennis 1834 - 1890
BURNS, John Allen 31 July 1885 - 7 January 1886 Son of Elias & Adaline Burns
BURNS, Matilda M.31 October 1878 - 15 December 1955
CARTER, Allie 1878 - 1958
CARTER, Ben W. 23 November 1906 - 1 June 1981 Same stone with Lillian F. Carter
CARTER, Charlie 1912 - 1974
CARTER, Edgar Lonie 1 January 1910 - 28 September 1938
CARTER, G. W. 1869 - 1950
CARTER, Lillian F. 6 September 1920 - no date. Same stone with Ben W. Carter
CARTER, William F. 1898 - 1972
GANTZ, Cecil E. 1875 - 1966
GANTZ, Myra 1893 - 1979 Same stone with Cecil E. Gantz
Mountain Home Church Cemetery directions are: From Glenwood, take Mt. View Rd. north 3 1/8 mi. to end of blacktop. Keep Rt. on dirt road 1 mile. Turn left on dirt road 1 1/4 mi to fork, take right fork for � mi. On left about 100 yds off road.
1)Ponder, Alvin 1895-1936;
2)Ponder, G. Louise - Feb 28, 1928;
3)Ponder, Maxine Feb 14, 1928-Aug 31, 1929;
4)Ponder, N. Ray 1922-1983 (TEC 4 US Army WWll).
Having the Final Word!!
To avoid confusing (or otherwise) inscriptions, why not write your own now and have it engraved on your stone!
Benjamin Franklin did at the age of 22. Epitaph
Once in a while a forestry worker will find a grave in the Ouachita National Forest and report the location.
Pines near cemeteries mark the spot, they are not milled.
Cemeteries in Montgomery County are often located on a flat knob, in amongst pine trees.
Here is an example - the East Washita Cemetery is on the top of this knob where the tall pine trees are located.