Recorded May 2005 by Stacey Davis.
Located southeast of War Eagle, in Township 18N, Range 28W, Section 12, in the SW 1/4 of the NW 1/4. The cemetery is located on Sharp Ford Rd. (County Road 752) about .1 mile west of the Spain residence (a brown house with no address visible). Location is just north of where Sharp Ford Rd. makes a near right-angle turn to the south and crosses a creek. Cemetery is just inside a pasture gate (the gate has a Cargill turkey sign on it). Barely visible from the road because of vine and plant growth along fence. Sharp Ford Rd. is off of Hwy. 303 / High Sky Inn Rd. (CR 98).
In a serious state of neglect and unprotected by a fence, the small Edens
Cemetery is located in a pasture containing turkey houses and sometimes cattle.
Most stones are lying flat on the ground.
Edens Cemetery appeared in Volume IX of Cemeteries of Benton County, page 62. It was read by Raymond Jefferies in April 1976. His reading was as follows:
EDENS, L.C. Mason D May 24, 1878 Ae ca 66 y
Mary D Mar 4, 1853
Avllern ssw A & M
LUKER, John E. Oct 28, 1855(8) Sep 17, 1875
Robert s WP & LN D 18-- Unr
EDENS, Denisha May - 1843 Jul 2, 1906
(stone signed by A C Key)
BROWN, Maggie ssw Denisha Aug 15, 1882 Dec 18, 1900
Austin Dec 21, 1873 Dec 24, 1888
Salley Apr 23, 1871 Mar - 1874
All stones from the 1976 reading remain, though some are badly damaged. All stones have sustained some damage, whether broken or fallen over. I did not turn over the stone of Denisha Edens (lying flat on the ground) and I assume that Maggie Brown's information is recorded on the reverse side. I found one stone in the cemetery not included in the 1976 reading, that of Annie, Dau. of W.P.[probably Luker]
The oldest marked burial is that of Mary Edens, died March 4, 1853. I counted four fieldstone markers not noted in the 1976 reading.
ANNIE Dau of W.P? __
ROBERT Son of __
ALLANDER EDENS ssw Mary and Avllern
AVLLERN EDENS ssw Mary and Avllern
JOHN E. LUKER
_ C. EDE__ [Masonic symbol on marker]
This cemetery is ENDANGERED. It is badly in need of care and restoration, and protection by a fence.
Salley Brown's marker is broken and lying face down in the dirt. Salley Brown was the eldest of three children of John and Denishia (Edens) Brown. She died a month shy of her third birthday.
Austin Brown's broken marker. Zachariah Austin Brown was the second child of John and Denishia (Edens) Brown. Born 21 Dec 1873, died 24 Dec 1888.
Denishia Edens' marker, lying flat on the ground. The 1976 reading indicated Maggie Brown's information was recorded on the same stone with Denisha. I assume it is on the reverse side, face down in the dirt. Denishia Edens was born in Georgia, the daughter of Landon C. and Mary Edens. She married John Brown in April 1870. Denishia outlived all three of her children and her husband. In April 1900 she is widowed and living near her sister Sarah (Edens) Turley in Madison County, Arkansas. Daughter Maragaret (Maggie) was enumerated with her, age 18, only a few months before she died and was laid to rest here. Six years later, her mother was buried here, sharing the same stone with Maggie.
Annie's marker, obviously that of a child (a lamb appears on the stone.) Done in the same style as Robert's marker, below. Annie's marker was not recorded in the 1976 reading. Annie's marker reads: "Annie, Dau. of W.P. ___" From the 1976 reading, I believe she would be Annie Luker, another child of W.P. and L.N. Luker. Annie's marker is next to Robert Luker's.
Robert Luker's maker, now even more illegible than in the 1976 reading.
Marker of Mary Edens, Allander Edens, and Avllern Edens, lying flat on the ground, top buried in the dirt. The closeup was taken after I brushed away the dirt at the top. I believe this Mary is the wife of Landon C. Edens. Mary was listed as his wife in 1850, and L.C. Edens is a widower in the 1860 census. I believe the two children Allander and Avllern belong to Mary and Landon, were possibly twins (due to the names) and probably died around the same time as their mother.
Footstone for the above marker, broken, lying on the ground, and out of place.
John Luker's marker, broken in half and lying flat on the ground.
Marker of L.C. Edens, showing Masonic symbol, broken and lying on the ground. This marker is the most badly damaged. The only thing legible now is "_C. EDE__" If the other half of the marker is here, I did not see it. Landon C. Edens was a veteran of the Civil War. He was born in Tennessee, and later lived in Walker County, Georgia, before coming to Arkansas.
This view shows a footstone lying beside L.C. Edens' marker. I believe it says M.B. and may belong to Maggie Brown.
The remains of the iron fence which once surrounded the cemetery, now deteriorated and fallen down. Other posts lie on the ground.
The additional research is a work in progress, and represents my notes and findings in the process on documenting the histories of those buried here. Research is divided into the EDENS family section and the LUKER family section.
Descendants of Landon C. EDENS
1 Landon C. EDENS 1812 - 1878
.. +Mary 1814 - 1853
........ 2 Elizabeth EDENS 1836 -
........ 2 William EDENS 1838 -
........ 2 Tazwell EDENS 1840 -
........ 2 Mary EDENS 1842 -
........ 2 Austin EDENS 1844 -
........ 2 Denishia EDENS 1843 - 1906
............ +John BROWN 1852 - 1882
................... 3 Salley BROWN 1871 - 1874
................... 3 Zachariah Austin BROWN 1873 - 1888
................... 3 Margaret A. "Maggie" BROWN 1882 - 1900
........ 2 Sarah EDENS 1849 - 1920
............ +William TURLEY
................... 3 Kate TURLEY 1882 -
....................... +George N. PHILLIPS 1876 -
............................. 4 Eunice V. PHILLIPS 1900 -
............................. 4 Eulalah PHILLIPS 1903 -
............................. 4 Grief O. PHILLIPS 1906 -
............................. 4 Shirley F. PHILLIPS 1909 -
........ 2 Allander EDENS 1850 - 1853
........ 2 Avllern EDENS 1850 - 1853
Benton County Land Patent
15 Nov 1854
40 acres in Section 12, Township 18N, Range 28W
Washington County Land Patent
Landon C. Edens
15 June 1855
40 acres in Section 13, Township 18N, Range 28W
Benton County Deed Book D, pg. 148
LUKER, WILLIS & w to EADENS, John
March 3, 1857
Note: I haven't looked at this deed yet; this is from the index. It does
show more connection between Willis Luker & the Edens family.
1840 Walker Co. GA, Dist. 956, pg. 66
2 WM under 5
1 WM 20 and under 30
1 WF under 5
1 WF 15 and under 20
1 WF 20 and under 30
1850 Washington Co. AR, Brush Creek Twp., pg. 346-347
L.C. Eaton 37 M Farmer TN
Mary 35 F TN
Elizabeth 14 F GA
[page 347 begins here]
William Eaton 12 M GA
Tazwell 10 M GA
Mary 8 F GA
Austin 6 M GA
Denitia 4 F GA
Sarah 1 F AR
Value of real estate 250.
John Eaton 28 M Farmer TN
Elizabeth 26 F KY
William 10 M AR
Narcissa 8 F AR
Martha 6 F AR
Richard 4 M AR
Elizabeth 2 F AR
Lorina 1 F AR
1860 Benton Co. AR, War Eagle & Walnut Twp., pg. 168, P.O. Two Mills
L.C. Edens 49 M Farmer TN
Miley 23 F MO
Denitha 16 F GA
Sarah 11 F AR
Eliza 2 F AR
Value of Real Estate 360, Value of Personal Estate 4000.
1870 Benton Co. AR, White River Twp., pg. 389, P.O. Cross Hollows
Eden, Landon 59 M W Farmer TN
Eliza 10 F W AR
Value of Real Estate, 2000. Value of Personal Estate 500.
Brown, John 20 M W farmer MO
Dinisha 20 F W keeping house GA
John Brown and Denisha married within the year, in April. John Brown
cannot write. Denisha can neither read nor write.
1880 Benton Co. AR, War Eagle Twp., pg. 24D SD2, ED12
Brown, John WM 28 Farmer MO IL AR
Denetia WF 36 wife Keeping house GA TN TN
Zackariah A. WM 6 son at home AR MO GA
Gater?, Sarah WF 26 sil at home AR TN TN
1900 Madison Co. AR, California Twp., SD 3, ED 69, pg. 15A
Brown, Denicia head WF Jan 18?? 45 GA GA GA
Margaret A. dau WF Aug 1882 17 AR AR GA
Denicia is a widow. She is a farmer. She is the mother of 3 children,
Turley, Sarah head WF Mar 1848 52 AR AR GA
Phillips, George N. sonil WM June 1876 23 AR TN AL
Phillips, Katie dau WF Mar 1882 18 AR AR AR
Sarah is a widow. She is the mother of 1 child, 1 living.
George and Katie are married; Katie is the mother of
0 children, 0 living. Sarah and George are farmers.
Willis P. Luker (1825-1904) and his wife Elizabeth Emeline married about 1845. I first find them in a census in 1850 in Walker County, Georgia. This is the same county Landon C. Edens and family were found in 1840. Several of L.C Edens' children were born in Georgia. Walker County is located on Georgia's northern border, adjacent to Tennessee. Both W.P. Luker and L.C. Edens were born in Tennessee. Both named a child "Austin." Both families moved from Walker Co. Georgia to Washington Co. AR. Willis P. Luker has Sallie Edens living with his family in 1870. I haven't established a definite family connection between the two as yet.
1850 Walker Co. GA, Mack Cour Twp., pg. 466
Willis P. Luker 25 M [farmer] TN
Elizabeth 25 F GA
Joseph A. 4 M GA
Robert K. 3 M GA
Nancy A. 1 F GA
1860 Washington Co. AR, Prairie Twp., pg. 163, P.O. Fayetteville
Willice Luker 35 M Farm laborer TN
Elizabeth 34 F GA
Austin 14 M GA
Martha 8 F GA
Margarett 5 F AR
John 4 M AR
Sarah 1 F AR
Value of Real Estate, blank. Value of Personal Estate, 150. Note: this
census indicates that Willis Luker came to AR 1852-1855.
1870 Washington Co. AR, Prairie Twp., pg. 188, P.O. Fayetteville
Luker, W.P. 46 M Farmer TN
Emaline 45 F K.H. GA
Joseph 22 M at home GA
Martha 16 F “ “ GA
John 13 M “ “ AR
Willis 10 M “ “ AR
Charlie 2 M “ “ AR
Eadens, Sallie 20 F K.H. AR
Value of Real Estate, blank. Value of Personal Estate, 200.
1880 Benton Co. AR, War Eagle Twp., SD2, ED 12, pg. 26B
Luker, W.P. WM 55 farmer TN TN TN
Emeline WF 55 wife keeping house GA VA SC
__ F. WM 18? son work on farm AR TN GA
____ WM ?? son work on farm AR TN GA
Unfortunately, this page was filmed with tape on it, so the image is not
1900 Benton Co. AR, Esculapia Twp., Rogers town, SD 3, ED 11, pg. 5B
Luker, Willis P. head WM July 1825 74 TN TN TN
Emeline wife WF Aug 1825 74 GA VA SC
Cook, Columbus grson WM Aug 1887 22 AR AR GA
Willis and Emeline have been married 50 years. Emeline is the mother of 9
children, 4 living. Columbus Cook is a day laborer. William Luker owns a
house, free of mortgage.
Luker, Charles head WM Sept 1867 32 AR TN GA
Allace wife WF Sept 1871 28 AR TN AR
Willis V. son WM May 1889 11 AR AR AR
Pearl M. dau WF Feb 1891 9 AR AR AR
Faty C. son WM June 1894 5 AR AR AR
Alma dau WF Nov 1896 4 AR AR AR
Avery D. son WM Feb 1898 1 AR AR AR
Charles and Allace have been married 14 years. Allace is the mother of 5
children, 5 living. Charles is a farm laborer. He rents his house.
1900 Benton Co. AR, War Eagle Twp., SD 3, ED 4, pg. 141B - 142A
Luker, Joseph A. head WM Oct 1846 53 GA TN GA
Nancy E. wife WF Oct 1869 30 LA AR TN
Thos. A. son WM Mar 1879 20 AR GA AR
Hosie? F. son WM May 1882 18 AR GA AR
Lemuel M. son WM July 1884 15 AR GA AR
Jas. C. son WM Aug 1889 10 AR GA LA
Ida M. dau WF Dec 1891 8 AR GA LA
Geo. F. son WM Apr 1844 6 AR GA LA
[page 142A begins here]
Luker, Rosa E. dau WF Oct 1897 2 AR GA LA
Joseph A. Luker is a farmer. Thos., Hosie, and Lemuel are farm laborers.
Joseph and Nancy have been married 12 years. Nancy is the mother of 4
children, 4 living. Nancy is clearly a second wife.
Luker, Willis P. head WM June 1861 38 AR TN GA
Lula wife WF Dec 1865 34 MO KY KY
Wm A. son WM Feb 1882 18 AR AR MO
Henry W. son WM July 1883 16 AR AR MO
Charles N. son WM Oct 1885 14 AR AR MO
Virgil G. son WM Oct 1887 12 AR AR MO
Bertha E. dau WF Sept 1889 10 AR AR MO
Dossie son WM Apr 1893 7 AR AR MO
Gracie dau WF Dec 1895 4 AR AR MO
Ernest son WM May 1900 1/12 AR AR MO
Willis P. Luker is a farmer. Wm. A., Henry, Charles, and Virgil are farm
laborers. Willis and Lula have been married 19 years. Lula is the mother of
8 children, 8 living.
1910 Benton Co. AR, Esculapia Twp., Rogers Town, SD 3, ED 20, pg. 29B
Lucker, Willis P. head M W 48 AR TN TN
Lula H. wife F W 48 MO KY KY
Walter son M W 24 AR AR MO
Charlie son M W 22 AR AR MO
Virgil son M W 20 AR AR MO
Doss son M W 17 AR AR MO
Grace dau F W 13 AR AR MO
Earnest son M W 10 AR AR MO
Willis and Lula have been married 28 years. Lula is the mother of 8 children,
7 living. Willis P. Luker’s occupation is farm laborer, working out. Charlie
is a laborer, street work. Virgil and Doss are laborers, but I cannot make
out their industry.
1910 Benton Co. AR, Esculapia Twp., Rogers Town, SD 3, ED 20, pg. 28B
Lucker, Lem head M W 23 AR AR AR
Etta R. wife F W 19 MO MO MO
Willie dau F W 3 AR AR MO
Fred son M W 1 11/12 AR AR MO
Fay dau F W 5/12 AR AR MO
Lem is a farm laborer, working out. Lem and Etta have been married 5 years.
Etta is the mother of 3 children, 3 living.
Willis P. Luker (1825-1904) is buried in Rogers Cemetery
Willis Polk Luker (1861 -1939) is buried in Rogers Cemetery
Austin E. Luker (b 1827 TN) of Pope Co. AR may be a relative
James H. Luker (b 1832 TN) of Pope Co. AR may be a relative
Joshua Luker (b 1833 GA) of Washington Co. AR may be a relative