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Miller-Fish Family Cemetery
east of Crab Orchard on US 150
Submitted By:  David Gambrel

Dir: Start at the Rockcastle/Lincoln Co. line on Rte. # 150, go west .8 miles to a dirt road on the right. The cemetery is about .2 miles up this road, on a rise behind an abandoned farm house. There is a cattle gate blocking the entrance and cattle grazing on the farm. 

Back in 2001, a survey was done of Fish Cemetery (referred to in "The Real Wild West" by Michael Wallis).  My parents went to the home of Mrs. Martha Scott near Crab Orchard, and she took them to the cemetery.  Here is what was discovered during the visit (from my mother's notes).  I hope it helps someone!  Mrs. Scott had been there several times.  One time she took some people representing Mr. Wallis.  They were doing some research for "The Real Wild West." The cemetery was in very bad repair with broken fences (by the cattle in the pasture) and very tall grass and weeds.  Someone had been there recently because some of the grass and weeds had been trampled down.  We found several gravestones.  The ones that were legible are listed here.  There were several that were not legible.  
"Maggie Champion"

Much thanks to Gary Doan for helping us get to this cemetery!  Ronnie Bates

 

 

The "starred" names were obtained from the family record compiled by Jennifer Kidwell Fish. (Shirley Olson)

 

 
Carson,Almina Fish
b. 14 Nov 1816, d. 12 Mar 1868 age 51
m. of G. W. Miller
Shirley Olson   
Carson, Hiatt Fish
b. 23 Feb 1860, d. 23 Jan 1861
son of John Carson
Shirley Olson
Maggie Champion

Ronnie and Bernice Bates and Ron Terry
Crawford, Mary A. Fish
b. 19 Sep 1833, d. 25 Jan 1862 
sister of Almina Fish*
Shirley Olson
Ronnie and Bernice Bates and Ron Terry
Fish, John A
b. 28 May 1788, d. 5 Mar 1868 
grandfather of G.W. Miller 
Shirley Olson
Ronnie and Bernice Bates and Ron Terry
Fish, John
1866-1908
Maggie Champion    
Fish, Mary Hiatt
b. 22 Sep 1792 d. Mar 4 1878
w. o. John Fish
Shirley Olson    
Gover, Byrd S.
b. ?? ??? ????, d. 29 Jul 1861
Shirley Olson   
Gover, John A
b. 22 May 1816, d. 19 Oct 1848
Shirley Olson
Ronnie and Bernice Bates and Ron Terry
Howard, Jane
b. 1861, d. 1910
Shirley Olson    
Howard, Joshua
b. 1867, d. 1931
Shirley Olson    
Miller, George Washington
b. 22 Feb 1842, d. 25 Apr 1903 "died at 101 Ranch, Bliss,Okla.", CSA
 
David Gambrel

Shirley Olson
Miller, James _______ 
1814-
Maggie Champion    
Miller, James F
b. 21 Feb 1844, d. 26 Sep 1860 brother of G. W. Miller*
Shirley Olson    
Miller, John Fish
b. 20 Apr 1870, d. 29 Mar 1872
s. o. G. W. & M. A. Miller
Shirley Olson
Ronnie and Bernice Bates and Ron Terry
Miller, John L
b. 3 Apr 1840, d. 13 Apr 1864 brother of G. W. Miller*
Shirley Olson
Ronnie and Bernice Bates and Ron Terry
Miller, Wilkes Booth
b. 18 Oct 1866, d. 27 Aug 1870
 s. o. G. W. & M. A. Miller
David Gambrel

Shirley Olson


Ronnie and Bernice Bates and Ron Terry
Stigall, James Jefferson
b. 26 Feb 1807, d. 20 Dec 1891 husband of Almira Fish, sister of Almina Fish Carson*
Shirley Olson  
Thompson, Inf.
b. 17 Oct 1927, d. Nov,1927
s. o. F. & Sallie M. Thompson
Shirley Olson  

This is the final resting place of George Washington Miller who was born and reared in Lincoln County.  
After serving in the Confederate Cavalry during the Civil War, he went west where he established the famous 101 Ranch in Oklahoma. 
This 101 Ranch also operated one of the most successful Wild West shows in the nation.  After his death Mr. Miller was returned to Lincoln County for burial.. (David Gambrel)

The cemetery is located on the grounds of the former Fish Plantation. The current owner has pastured cattle on the land and the cemetery is in the process of being destroyed because the wrought iron fence is in disrepair. The gate to the cemetery is open which allows the animals to roam among and break the existing headstones. Ovegrown with weeds, it is in serious trouble. Efforts have been made to restore and maintain this historically important cemetery, but to no avail, since it is surrounded by private property which is stocked with cattle, fenced and locked. This land was the ancestral home of Col. George Washington Miller. After the Civil War the plantation was no longer viable and the Miller family sold their interest and headed west, eventually finding a new life in Bliss, Oklahoma, and founding the 101 Ranch, whose fabulous story is told in Michael Wallis' book, "The Real Wild West".  (Shirley Olson)

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