Gotcher Cemetery consists of only two graves, marking the resting place of Jesse Gotcher and his wife Anna. Jesse Gotcher was born 4 Jan 1796, in South Carolina or Georgia. According to Gotcher family researchers, he was the son of Henry Gotcher and Temperence Wadson. Jesse married Anna Payne on 22 March 1822 in Franklin County, Tennessee. Anna was born 4 June 1804 in Georgia. Jesse Gotcher is found living in Franklin County, Tennessee, in 1830. By 1840, he is living in Coffee County, Tennessee, where he is found in the 1840 and 1850 census. I have not yet located him in 1860. He was in Benton County, Arkansas, by October 30, 1866, where is found in Deed Records. Jesse and Anna remained in Benton County until the end of their lives, when they were laid to rest here.
I suspect the Gotcher Cemetery is located on the family land, but I need to check the Deed Books (rather than just the index) to confirm the location of Jesse's land. The Gotcher Cemetery was published in Cemeteries of Benton County, Arkansas, Vol. 6, pg. 67. It was recorded by Mrs. Bill Plumlee in 1975. At that time, the land was referred to as the old Hughes place.
The Gotcher Cemetery is being very well maintained. It is protected by a metal welded fence. The surrounding land is well kept. The monuments are in good shape, exhibiting only minor chips and weathering. The base for Anna Gotcher's marker is cracked, but still seems stable.
1830 Franklin Co. TN, pg. 85 (living next to Henry Gocher)
2 WM under 5 years of age
1 WM 5-10 years of age
1 WM 30-40 years of age
1 WF 5-10 years of age
1 WF 20-30 years of age
1840 Coffee Co. TN, pg. 182
1850 Coffee Co. TN, 11th Civil District, pg. 61
Jessee Gotcher 54 M W Farmer GA
Annah 44 F W GA
James 21 M W Laborer TN
Jessee 18 M W “ TN
Nathaniel 15 M W “ TN
Value of Real Estate 900.
1870 Benton Co. AR, Osage Twp., pg. 45, P.O. Bentonville
Gotcher, Jesse 74 M W Farmer SC
Annie 66 F W Keeping house GA
Nathaniel 36 M W Farmer TN
Lee 23 F W Keeping house TN
Daniel Jefferson 23 M W common laborer TN
Jesse Gotcher’s Value of Real Estate, 1600. Value of Personal Estate, 550.
Nathaniel and Lee married within the year, in January. Nathaniel’s Value of
Real Estate, 850; Personal Estate, 300.
1880 Benton Co. AR, Anderson Twp., SD 2, ED 18, pg. 38B
Gotcher, Nathaniel WM 45 Farmer TN SC GA
Lee WF 33 wife Keeping house TN VA TN
Jesse G. WF 9 dau AR TN TN
Walter E. WM 7 son AR TN TN
Jesse WM 84 father SC TN SC
1900 Benton Co. AR, Sulphur Springs Twp., SD 3, ED 20, pg. 4B
Gotcher, N.P. head WM Dec 1834 65 TN SC GA
Nancy Jane wife WF Feb 1847 53 AR TN TX
Nathaniel and Nancy Jane have been married 16 years (making marriage date abt.1884).
Nancy Jane is the mother of 1 child, 0 living. Nathaniel is a farmer.
1910 Pittsburg Co. OK, McAlester City, SD 4, ED 234, pg. 139
Gotcher, Walter E. head M W 36 AR KY TN
Susan E. wife F W 33 OK US US
Clarence E. son M W 9 OK AR OK
Elmer H. son M W 8 OK AR OK
Elizbeth E. dau F W 7 OK AR OK
Ross Herman E. son M W 4 OK AR OK
Earl E. son M W 1 8/12 OK AR OK
Walter is a lawyer, general practice. Walter and Susan have been married 11 years.
The family is living at 1136 E. Delaware Ave.
Nathaniel P. Gotcher seems to have been the only son of Jesse and Anna who lived in Benton County with them. Nathaniel P. Gotcher married twice. His first wife, called "Lee" in the census, was Lemira T. Palmer. They married 23 Jan 1870 in Benton County. Lemira died in 1880. She is buried in Putman Cemetery in Bentonville. (Putman Cemetery has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.)
Nathaniel and Lemira had two children: Jesse G. (a daughter) and Walter E. Gotcher, who went to Oklahoma. He married Susan E. ___. Their children were Clarence E., Elmer H., Elizabeth E., Ross Herman E., and Earl E.
Nathaniel's second wife was Nancy Jane Stusely. They married 21 July 1881 in Washington County, AR (marriage date from index). Nathaniel and Nancy later lived in Sulphur Springs Twp. They may have had a child. In the 1900 census, Nancy Jane states she is the mother of 1 child, 0 living. There is an Elmer Gotcher, 1884-1885, buried at Allen Cemetery in the Cave Springs area. I believe Nathaniel and Nancy Jane are the only couple he could belong to. I believe Nancy Jane is buried in Mt. Hebron Cemetery, located between Cave Springs and Lowell, as Nannie Gotcher, 1846-1914.