All Photographs submitted by Richard Meador in October 2008
Original Listings submitted by: Roy Statham
The steel Unity Cemetery sign was hand forged by William Harrison Statham of Hartford, Arkansas, who was the great great grandson of the R. D. Statham buried there. William Harrison Statham is buried at Hartford Memorial Park with others in his family. Unity was the name for the local area and its school, hence the name Unity Cemetery. The Cemetery is located on the farm once owned by Richard H. Statham family.
Directions to Unity Cemetery: Proceed 1.5 miles South of the town of Hartford on Old Hartford Road. At the three way intersection, turn onto West Creek Road. Proceed past the 2nd gate on your left (which occurs at approximately 1.5 miles). Go another 1/10th of a mile and the cemetery is on your left, located approximately 50-75 yards from the road. Maud Heavener-Efurd of Mansfield occasionally ties survey marker tape on the fence to mark the location. You will need to cross a barbed wire fence for access to the cemetery.
Richard D. Statham and George Spotswood Statham were born in Virginia and migrated to Sugar Loaf Township around 1840-50. George Stathams grave was thought to be marked by a G. S. marker which has disappeared over time. Recent information received from his great great granddaughter Linda Sadler Myers indicates George Spotwood Statham is buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Hartshorne, Ok. This "G. S." marker 'may' have been the grave of an infant named after George Spotswood.
** (As of 3-14-1997, still trying to find relationship to the Statham Family)
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