Death of a Cemetery
HISTORY OF THE CARTER FAMILY CEMETERY
The original homestead of W. B. Carter contained 120 acres. On January 17, 1935, he conveyed 30 acres to W. B. Carter, Jr., that left a total of 90 acres remaining. The legal description of the Carter Farm when it was sold in 1943 is:
TWP 8 N, Range 30W - NE ¼ of the SE ¼ of Sec. 34 and the NW ¼ of the SW ¼ of Sec. 35 and the N. 10 acres of the SW ¼ of the SW ¼ of Sec. 35, reserving a family burial ground forty feet square in the center of which is the tomb of William Carter.
This sale on June 3, 1943, was to E.A. & Willie Lou Patterson, husband and wife, and S. L. & Bulah Renfrow, husband and wife. It appears that the Patterson’s and the Renfrow’s subsequently divided the property and Renfrow sold his property on 4/10/78 which contained the cemetery and the pond.
The 9.77 acre parcel includes a single family dwelling at 1210 S. Division, Lavaca, AR 72941. The owner is listed Connie J. Chronister, Trustee. The pasture land of 35.00 acres is also listed at 1210 S. Division, Lavaca, AR 72941. The legal owners are listed as: Connie J. Chronister, Trustee and Darrell P. & wife Chronister.
I ordered copies of the deeds listed below which show a sale March 28, 1978, from Nolen E. Renfrow, acting as Executor of the Estate of Warren G. Renfrow, deceased, to Darrell P. Chronister and Connie J. Chronister, husband and wife, a total of 44.79 acres. (The pond and cemetery are on this property.)
The legal description on this Fiduciary deed shows the legal description as:
Part of the Northeast Quarter, Southeast Quarter of Section 34, and part of the Northwest Quarter, Southwest Quarter, Section 35, and part of the Southwest Quarter, Southwest Quarter, Section 35, all being in Township 8, North, Range 30 West, Sebastian County, Arkansas, more particularly as follows:
Commencing at the Southeast corner of the Northeast Quarter, Southeast Quarter of said Section 34, said corner being the point and place of beginning; thence running West 330.0 feet thence North 330.0 feet thence East 330.0 feet thence North 255.0 feet; thence West 1311.08 feet to a point on the centerline of Arkansas Highway 255; thence North along said centerline 240.0 feet; thence East 2631.0 feet; thence South 0 degrees 16 minutes East 1155.03 feet; thence South 89 degrees 59 minutes 40 seconds West 1325.3 feet; thence North 330.0 feet to the point and place of beginning, containing 44.79 acres, less and except public road rights of way and any easements of record.
NOTE: THE ABOVE LEGAL DESCRIPTION DOES NOT CONTAIN THE PHRASE RESERVING THE CEMETERY! THEREFORE, DURING SUBSEQUENT SALES FROM 1943 TO 1978, THIS PROVISION WAS DELETED FROM THE DEEDS.
On the original Carter Farm was a pond and the small cemetery containing the tomb of William Brown Carter and graves of two of his infant children. The two infants were buried in the ground, without markers, and W.B. Carter was buried in the tomb above ground, also unmarked. The tomb consisted of very huge slabs of rock about 12" thick. (See photo 1) At December 2006, location of what remains of the cemetery is: 1210 S. Division, Lavaca, AR 72941. (See photos 2 & 3)