This cemetery adjoins the Walter's Chapel Cemetery. Supposedly it originated as a slave burial ground. Extensive research has been done on this community and possibly more information could be gleaned from the work of Kay Sakaris and her associate, Carolyn Hervey. No listings for this cemetery were found.
This gravesite is located just off Highway 38, east of Des Arc. The property at one time was known as "the Hogan Place". My grandfather, George Ellis, owns it today. He is 92 years young. He states that he believes there to be around 8-12 gravesites. This is the first "high ground" east of the White River at Des Arc, and he believes this site originated "from river travelers who needed somewhere to bury their dead". He also states that he believes there to be white people buried here. In an interview with Mr. Aleck George, age 96, of Des Arc, he states that he believed this site to contain black interrments. There are no gravemarkers on this property that can be located.
This gravesite is said to be a slave cemetery, by some. Others say there are both blacks and white buried here, possibly. This site is now part of a farmer's cropland. No markers are visible.
The location for this site is on the hill, just before you enter the woods to the King Cemetery. It is on the left. This is the little bit of information I (Marilyn Hambrick Sickel) have been able to put together on this site.
This is said to be a family cemetery plot. This family was here in the 1980's. They brought Bois D'Arc wood for a fence and markers for their personal plot. My source states that the "Dodak" wood was gone when she was a girl. (Could be the "Dodak" just floated off as close to the river as this site it.) (I'm also told that this wood won't burn and it won't rot!)
At one time cedar trees graced this knoll but the story goes that during the Depression years, the trees were cut up, as there was a market for cedar posts.
It is said that at one time, some family members returned to the area from Texas and cared for the site. Today, there are no markers left on this abandoned site.
This unnamed gravesite is on what is now (1989) the Clyde Hodges farm near Letchworth in Prairie County. There are three graves on this site. None have markers. The only information collected is for Josie Eddins Garth, wife of Jesse Franklin Garth, died March 14, 1872.
This is a single graveside located on Clyde Voiles' property near Slaughter's Lake, south of Pepper's Landing. There is a single marker that is said to be for a couple's son who died while traveling along the river.
This gravesite is said to be a slave cemetery. A number of years ago a beautiful home was built here. Several years ago, it was destroyed by fire and was not rebuilt. As far as the ability to determine, no markers were ever in existance.
This site is in the Tollville community. It contains members of the Hall or Hill family.
This land belongs to the Holmes family. At one time gravesites were visible. Today, after a logging firm has skidded trees across the land, the gravesites are no longer detectable. Descendants in this Holmes family relate that they understood that this burial site was used before the Center Point Cemetery came into being. This site is said to contain Prairie County pioneers as well as soldiers from the Civil War. There are said to be "only a few" buried here.
This site is located in the SW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of Section four of Des Arc Township. This unmarked site is reputed to contain "a few" gravesites. A tale is told to the effect that a Confederate soldier died and was buried here. His sweetheart died shortly after and is also buried here. The only family name mentioned was a "possible" Hughes. A little girl with the last name West is also said to be buried here.
This large Odd Fellow monument is a landmark for Prairie County farmers and sportsmen. It is located in the Cottier Basin, north of Des Arc. The monument states Mr. John Cottier died July 04, 1867, af the age of 43 years. John Cottier was another of Prairie County's pioneers. The only location description located is: "in woods north of the Des Arc Bayou and west of the railroad tracks". Located in Section 34, Township 5 North, Range 5 West.
This single gravesite is located on property owned by Mr. A.J. Suzore. This is private property and is accessible only with the landlord's permission. The Suzore's purchased this property around 1920. This gravesite is undetermined to be a black or white man, although Mr. Wright is listed as black on the census. Should you have any further information that would help identify this individual, please contact the Prairie County Coordinator.
Mr. L.F. Seidenstricker related information to me about this site. According to Mr. Seidenstricker, as a youth he had occasion to drive some cows through this area. He noted the stones and asked his father about them later. He was told that the stones marked the gravesites of some "Payne" children. The spelling of the name is questionable as no markers are visible today.
Mr. Johnnie Smith of Hickory Plains related to me information about an abandoned site on a farm in the Hickory Plains area. This site is said to contain Confederate soldiers. The area is now in crop land. The site is unrecognizeable today.
This property is farmed by the Mitchell family. They farm around the knoll that contains the cemetery site. Recently, Odessa Loving Rogers, age 92, of Hot Springs, passed through Prairie County and related the information that there were 21 or 22 gravesites at this location and that her grandfather, Reverend Josephus Loving, is reputedly buried here. It seems as though all of these interrments are fatalities from an outbreak of scarlett fever, somewhere between the years 1905-1910.
This site was located during the last week of my (Marilyn Hambrick Sickel) research. I have not followed up on this information. I was told that this site is no longer used. I am assuming this site was used during the years that the "Biscoe Plantation" was at it's peak.
This is said to be a black cemetery. I believe there to be some markers visible today (1989).
This single monument is on the Willie B. Patterson farm in Section five, Township 5 north, Range 5 West, Des Arc Township. The monument is believed to have a United States Naval emblem etched on it with the identification for:
Marilyn Hambrick Sickel expressed her appreciation to the Pattersons for their extra effort in adding this information. Their vehicle got stuck in the field and they had to go home and get one of their tractors to pull their truck out.
In an interview with Mr. Robert Hill of Beulah, he related information known to him about black cemeteries in his area.
On the "Plunkett Farm" there are two separate gravesites. Both contain black families. The Plunkett farm was originally owned by Major Boyd. Mr. Plunkett married Major Boyd's daughter.
One gravesite is now farmed over. It is near the Beulah community. It is said to have "several" buried there.
The second site is "up at the top corner of the Plunkett farm".
There is also a site further north and east. The Plunkett farm was inherited by Mr. Conway George and recently has been sold to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. This third site is said to contain markers dating in the 1800's. These interrments are also said to be black families. This site is located on what is known locally as "Graveyard Slough". This site is estimated to contain 80 interrments.
There was also mention of graves at "Sandy Banks".
This information was located in the last week of my research and has not been followed up for confirmation.
Mr. L.F. Seidenstricker related to me that at one time there was a steam plant near the old Fisher School and the Alvin Harris farm. There were seven tennant houses in this area and a grainery, too.
At this time Mr. Seidenstricker was about the 16-18 years of age. He stated that there were four wooden markers that were eventually replaced by four small white tombstones in this area. Apparently, no markers are visible today. The stones were said to have the family names of Boyd and Parker.
This single graveiste is located in the SE 1/4 of Section nine, Des Arc Township. This is the gravesite of the child, Vera Bell. She is the daughter of Hugh Bell and granddaughter of Richard and Mary Jane Holloway. She is buried on the old home place. A few years ago, a large cedar tree that marked this gravesite finally gave way to the elements, and few people now know that a grave was ever there.