GLASS-BEASLEY-
CROW CEMETERY 

Published in the
TEXARKANA USA QUARTERLY.
Volume II, Number 3, 1975, pg. 108

Typed up by Betty Sharp for the web page.

This cemetery is located on the old Arch SMITH farm in Miller County Arkansas. Approximately one mile East of the Rondo Road, turn off US Hwy 82 and go south approximately ¾ mile through woods and pastures. Inscriptions were copied and submitted by J. J. SCHEFFELIN of Texarkana, Texas. It has fallen into disuse.
 

 

This information in this block was submitted by e-mail by Kenneth Smith.  It has a lot of good information so we are including it here on the site with the cemetery.   E-mail address kdorpat@suddenlink.net

I would like to call your attention to Lanesport, Arkansas, in Little  River, County, and its connection to a very old, once remote, cemetery.  The cemetery is in the woods off highway 237 near the  Rondo Community, close to Texarkana, Arkansas.  It is located on one of the highest elevations in Miller County.  As a child, I grew up  a few hundred yards south of the cemetery, on Tennessee Road.   There were two fences.  The inside fence was a wrought-iron structure about 20 feet square.  The gate had a brass medallion with "Glass"  inscribed on it.  There were three graves inside.  The tombstones reflected that Jemima, Joseph, and Ophelia Glass were buried there.  All were born in Tennessee and all died at Lanesport, "Texas."   One of the three was born in 1776 and died in 1846.  The Texas border was not clearly defined until 1850 so it follows that the Glass family was not sure which state they lived or died in (UTSA's Institiute of Texas Culture.  

I once saw an old map at a museum in Jefferson, TX, where the only  cities listed anywhere close to the area where Texarkana is now, were  the river port towns of Fulton and Lanesport.  Texarkana evolved when  rail transportation replaced river transportation.  Significantly, there is now no Lanesport, Texas, on current maps, but there is a Lanesport, Arkansas, in Little River, County.  I am 61 years of age.   In about 1967 an old-timer from Dekalb, TX, told me he had heard that Lanesport was once in Texas, but that the Red river changed course and left the town on the Arkansas side of the river.

There are indications that the remote Miller County Glass family was prosperous.  Their graves were surrounded by a decorative wrought iron fence.  The three large marble head stones each stood  about five feet tall with weeping willows engraved into the tops, and  with cursive engraving.  I wonder, were the heavy iron fence sections and large heavy head stones shipped to them via river boat to Lanesport, or did they arrive by stage coach at Rondo, about a mile away?  A neighbor who was about 30 years older than me. told me of a huge rundown house at the bottom of the cemetery hill where he and other children played.  They considered it to be haunted by those who were buried on the hill.  As a small boy, I recall playing at that same site and swinging on a chain that hung  out of the middle of a huge oak tree limb about a foot in diameter.  The  limb had long since grown around the chain.  Also Jonquils were still growing in a 
pattern around soil that was elevated in the shape of a large house and porch.  There were large cedar trees near the corners of the elevated soil.  Nearby there was an artesian spring with a large crude tile pipe around it, and the water was very cold even in the hottest weather.

The reason I have related all this is that I did not see anything on your web site about Lanesport, Arkansas.  It seems to me that Lanesport would be a worthy subject of investigation for someone who is interested in local history.   Lanesport was obviously a center of commerce before Texarkana or any of the larger cities in the area existed.  Since all of the three members of the prosperous Miller County Glass family chose to die 45 miles away from home in Lanesport, as opposed to 20 miles away in Fulton, it is plausible that Lanesport was where the first medical practitioner in the area was located.   I can see the road clearly on the satellite feature of  Google maps.  The road (driveway) did not exist when I was a child.   Thank you for your attention to this matter.

 

An old iron fence surrounds the following graves:
GLASS, JEMINA DOUGLAS    b. JANESBORO, E. TN, 1776    d. LANESPORT, TX, 1846

GLASS, JOSEPH B.  b. LEESBURG, E. TN 1/4/1813        d. 9/12/1870

GLASS, SUSAN F.   b.WILSON CO. TN  12/18/1820     d 11/09/1850


The above small plot is in a larger plot, which is surrounded by a barbed wire fence, also containing the following graves.

BEASLEY, ANNIE 9/3/1887    8/17/1918  Wife of  J. M.
CROW, OPHELLIA   5/4/1857      12/2/1931
CROW, PULASKI   8/12/1847   5/8/1927

There are three other graves with headstones missing.  Two of these graves have a foot marker with the intails:  "W. C."  and "A. H. C."  

The Crow Place Cemetery, is located on land which was the homestead of JOSEPH B. GLASS. Description of the land: N/2 SW/4 – Section 26, Township 15 S, Range 28 W.  According to Mrs. Ceil Glover, Shreveport, LA, the land may have been purchased by a Presbyterian Church from the Arch Smith Estate. Her GLASS/CHAPPELL/CROW Bible Record was published in the TEXARKANA USA QUARTERLY, Volume V, Number 2, page 52.   

The following information was added along with a plat diagram and published in the TEXARKANA USA QUARTERLY, Volume V, Number 3, 1978, page 93-94.

CROW, Temple West     4 May 1821    13 January 1888
CROW, A. H.     27 April 1845        6 October 1873
CROW, William Amos   8 September 1850    3 March 1883
CROW, Charlie West      20 March 1884     30 June 1886
CROW, William West      25 June 1880       6 February 1885



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