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Oak Ridge Cemetery

Murray-Garvin Co., Oklahoma

 

From Oklahoma Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 21, No. 1, March 1976

Transcribed to electronic form by Jo White

 

 

 

Canvassed by Robert and Kay Beal, Ridgecrest, California, who have supplied the following information:

 

The cemetery  is about four miles west of Davis, Oklahoma, on Highway #7. [Editor’s note: very near the Murray-Garvin County line.]  It is about a half mile north of the highway. (See map)  This data (sic) were collected on November 19, 1973.  At that time, erosion had completely erased signs of the old road leading to Oak Ridge.  To reach the cemetery, a fence and field had to be crossed.  The area is on  Youngblood’s property.  It is overgrown and many of the headstones have tipped over.

 

Many of the graves were unmarked.  Some were marked by only a cinder block taken from a block fence that surrounded the Digby plot.  Some graves were marked by metal markers with a glass plate; their information has not survived aging.   Perhaps there is a record of them somewhere.   The funeral home in Davis provided the service for many buried at Oak Ridge and their records date back to 1924.

 

The newspaper obituaries found in The Davis News merit attention for anyone seeking genealogical data.  As of 1974, there was no copying machine at the newspaper, but they will hire someone to type a copy of the obituary if a name, death date, and some sort of fee are provided.  Since death certificates for this area are noticeably lacking, The Davis News is a good source, and their files date back to 1898.

 

 

Numbers correspond with maps of cemetery at end of article.

 

  1. Judy Paralee Farris: Dec. 26, 1873 -- Jan 14, 1918:  (New stone put there a few years ago by her children.  Exact spot is vague) Her sisters, Ruth and Tilda, were buried near her.  Their maiden name was Moxley.  Tilda Moxley Carlton died in May 1915.
  2. Burrel H. Christy: Born March 13, 1889 -- Died July 17, 1919.  (BHC on what appears to be a footstone.)
  3. Three cinder blocks supposedly to mark the graves of Judy Farris’s sisters.
  4. Allen Seargy: Born Feb. 8, 1890 – Died July 29, 1916 (Birth date was a little vague.  1890 may not be correct.) 

 

There are metal markers just south of the Seargy grave.

 

5.      Small concrete stone too old to read.

  1. Small concrete stone too old to read.
  2. G.B. Peel: Born July 1, 1873 – Died 6 Oct. 1910?  (Fenced-in area)
  3. “Little brother,” son of W. E. & Nancy Peel:  Born Nov. 29, 1909
  4. Cinder block
  5. James S. Scribner: Born Jan. 10, 1904 – Died Jan. 9, 1923
  6. E. V. (Two wooden stakes in a fenced area.  One looks like a child’s grave.)
  7. Metal marker and cinder block
  8. Metal marker
  9. A.M. Jeeter:  Jan. 11, 1845 – Nov. 10, 1923
  10. Metal marker
  11. Stone
  12. Father: W.B. Wells: Born Jan. 6, 1857 – Died Dec. 22, 1923

Mother: Blank

(This is a large double stone.  There is a son buried east of him.)

  1. Metal marker
  2. McKenley, son of J.B. and D.C. Shelton: Born June 19, 1897 – Died July 27, 1898
  3. Corp’l W.W. Smith, Co. H, 5th Mo., Cav.: Born Sept. 19, 1837 – Feb. 11, 1897
  4. Mary Smith: Born June 6, 1819 – Died Feb. 2, 1897
  5. [Ed. Note: Number 22 missing in article but noted on map at end of article.]
  6. Old large stone – unreadable
  7. William Paul Hutchins: Born Oct. 19, 1894 – Died Nov. 2, 1894
  8. M.M. Hutchinson: Born June 23, 1859 – Died Oct. 18, 1911
  9. O.C., son of W.H. & Ellen J. Greer: Dec. 16, 1916 – Sept. 25, 1920 (Fenced area)
  10. Dink Greer, Dau. of W.H. & Ellen J. Greer: Born Feb. 9, 1907 – Died Jan. 17, 1911 (Inside fenced area)
  11. Headstone, unreadable
  12. Small stone
  13. James Dunaway, Sr.: Born Sept. 21, 1833 – Died Oct. 22, 1895
  14. Maud, dau. of  David and Julia Willis: Born June 10, 1889 – Died June 8, 1900
  15. Small stone
  16. Elizabeth, dau. of J.R. Allen: 1901 – 1902
  17. Jodie V., dau of J.L. & N.M. Fergnson (Ferguson?): Born Dec. 1, 1895 – Died July 1, 1900
  18. Metal marker
  19. Metal marker
  20. Metal marker
  21. A bunch of rocks; may be grave markers
  22. A rock
  23. J.F. Copeland: Born July 1, 1895 – Died June 27, 1902
  24. Large metal fenced-in area.  Could not find any markers in the long grass
  25. Fenced-in area; Could not find any markers
  26. William Emmons: 1845 – 1901
  27. Cinder block
  28. Old broken markers and several cinder blocks.  All I could make out was H.E. and someone had marked an “R” in it
  29. Three stones together: R born ? 7, 1907; M (unreadable)
  30. Unreadable
  31. Chester E. Field, Company E, 134 Infantry: Aug. 4, 1892 – Sept. 23, 1918 – Died at Camp Dicks, N.J.
  32. Father, J.F. Cordell: 1852 – 1907
  33. Isral or Iral Wilson: Born June 19, 1901 – Died April 6, 1905
  34. W.A. Harmon: Born Feb. 14, 1866 – Died Oct. 10, 1915 – Woodman of the World monument
  35. Amos Lee, son of W. & M. Harman: Born Feb. 29, 190? – Died ? 20, 1902
  36. Russel Allan: Born Dec. 7, 1903 – Died Sept. 5, 1904
  37. Vernie, son of J. ? orea?: Born in July – Died in Nov. 19??
  38. Metal Marker
  39. Headstones – one has 1934 scratched on it
  40. Old rock marker
  41. About  8 large building stones stacked up as some sort of monument
  42. Digby family plot: It has three cinder blocks plus three headstones in it
  43. Herman, son of Robert and Edna Priest: Born May 12, 1904 – Died Sept. 12, 1905
  44. R. Priest: Mar. 13, 1878 – Jan. 25, 1926
  45. B.F. Digby: Mar. 4, 1835 – Mar. 13, 1920
  46. Luecindie Digby: Aug. 10, 1839 – Sept. 10, 1924
  47. T.B. Bentley: 32 years old – Died Oct 8, 1937

 

Information on some of the unmarked graves:

 

 

 

 

 

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