Bowlen Cemetery Picture

--photo by Leroy Blair, 2000

Bowlen Cemetery

Bald Knob, Arkansas

This cemetery was visited December 31, 2004, by Leroy Blair of the White County Historical Society, who reviewed all stones and compared them with older lists and prepared the updated list that follows below. Blair, a member of the Society's Board of Directors and chairman of the Society's Cemetery Committee, had first visited this cemetery four years earlier, and reported seeing 17 graves marked only with rocks, four with illegible funeral home markers and 16 mounds or depressions that are probably unmarked graves.

To reach the cemetery from Bald Knob, take Highway 167 North approximately one mile and turn left on Heard Road. Turn left in front of the first house on the left onto a field road. The cemetery is on the right, about one and a third acres, tree covered. Most of the graves are on a rise in the center, toward the front of the cemetery. There are other graves, scattered rocks and old funeral home markers that cannot be read. In May 2000 a McGillvray family was doing the mowing. The cemetery was listed November 12, 1962, by Mrs. W.H. Collison of the White County Historical Society, W.H. Collison III and Roosevelt Johnson, then updated in May 2000 by Lois and Ray Etheridge of the Historical Society. The Etheridges found headstones for nine pre/1962 burials that were not recorded on the original list and eight headstones for burials after 1962.

The 1962 report stated, "Turn left at the old Hotopp Place. The cemetery is located in the woods south of Johnny Wilcox's home. Mrs. Johnny Wilcox said Jeff Norton and his wife Vannie Norton are buried on the edge of the northeast corner, with no marker. A few people had been buried in Bowlen Cemetery when Mr. Wilcox came to Bald Knob in 1901 from Bradford. Many Bowlens are buried in this cemetery. M.J. Bowlen was an engineer. He ran the first train that went over the tracks through Bald Knob, now Missouri Pacific Railroad. His wife Hattie Bowlen was buried beside him but her death date was never added to the stone. There was an old blind man who lived with the Bowlens and is buried here but no marker. Bowlen first owned Hotopp house, Thomas Thomas’ place, and where John L. Wilcox now lives. They first lived at Hotopp house then moved to the two/story house (now burned) where Mr. Wilcox now lives. There were two Hotopp boys, both of whom live in Texas. Ernie owns the old home place. They were Germans. Two old men - Byers - no markers. Old man - Benton - buried here, no marker."

The Etheridges added this information: "John L. Wilcox moved from Bradford in 1901. Johnny, his son, was born in 1921. He and Pearlie Mae are at Prince Cemetery. They used to spell it Willcox, so both spellings can be found at Prince."

If you have corrections or additions to this list or other information on Bowlen Cemetery, contact the White County Historical Society, P.O. Box 537, Searcy, AR 72145.

Name Birth Death Comments
Abington, Janis Diane 4-Sep-46 October 4, 198
Beard, Elizabeth died June 9, 1940 age 80 years, 1 month, 4 days funeral home marker and rock
Benton, Old man no first name or dates
Boswell, Zachariah T. died February ?, 1907 age 56 years
Bowlen, Hattie M. March 12, 1849 only date daughter of Julia C. and Henry Tracy - name on double stone with Matthew J. Bowlen
Bowlen, M.L.V. November 7, 1888 November 23, 1888 daughter of M.J. and H.M. Bowlen
Bowlen, Matthew J. December 25, 1848 8-Mar-17 name on double stone with Hattie M. Bowlen
Boyce, Arvil 14-Dec-39 17-Nov-83
Boyce, Dora Lynn 4-Aug-71 11-Jan-83
Byers, old man no first name or dates this grave was not found during the survey of the cemetery on December 31, 2004
Byers, second old man no first name or dates this grave was not found during the survey of the cemetery on December 31, 2004
Caton, Ruby 1-Sep-01 19-Oct-01 daughter of J.P. and S.B. Caton
Creager, D.E. no dates small stone no other information this grave was not found during the survey of the cemetery on December 31, 2004
Cullum, Margaret N. 25-Jan-25 10-Oct-28
Cullum, Mrs. Dorothea died June 14, 1957 age 52 years, 7 months, 0 days - this grave was not found during the survey of the cemetery on December 31, 2004
Dunivun, James M. 4-Sep-01 10-Nov-18
Dunn, William A. December 25, 1872 9-Feb-19 Woodmen of the World
Fergueson, Annie J. May 31, 1841 27-Nov-03 broken stone
Fisher, Minnie F. October 27, 1888 6-Jun-01 daughter of C.H. Fisher
Geer, Henry A. August 10, 1852 25-Jun-17 son of Mary New
Hendricks, Emanuel F. 18-Nov-03 4-Apr-04 son of Robert and Rhoda Hendricks
Hendricks, Fred 5-Jan-21 31-Oct-93 name on double stone with Lenora Hendricks
Hendricks, James H. 11-Jun-01 28-May-89
Hendricks, James J. January 8, 1837 (may be 1887) 4-Aug-05
Hendricks, John B. 1868 1931 name on double stone with Texaner Hendricks
Hendricks, Lenora 25-Mar-28 1-Jul-82 name on double stone with Fred Hendricks
Hendricks, Texaner 1886 1954 name on double stone with John B. Hendricks
Hendrix, Mrs. Elizabeth 1841 18-Oct-41 age 100 years
Hill, Allie Cleora November 10, 1897 January 23, 1898 broken stone
Hobbs, Julia M. July 7, 1872 5-Aug-09 wife of W.S. Hobbs - stonelying on ground
Hotopp, Alma 1876 1955 name on double stone with W.C. Hotopp
Hotopp, Caroline September 16, 1840 1-Dec-14 wife of Henry Hotopp
Hotopp, Henry 1842 1920
Hotopp, W. C. 1870 1938 name on double stone with Alma Hotopp
Livingston, Lydia M. January 29, 1837 February 8, 1894
Mason, Rebecca Willet "Becky" 1/8/1949 18-Aug-14
McClay, Alpha May 9, 1862 1-Jan-03 wife of J.W. McClay
McClay, Harry B. December 31, 1890 January 4, 1892 son of J.W. and A. McClay
McGillvray, Angus 15-Jun-04 11-Sep-05 son of A.L. and Cate McGillvray
McGillvray, Angus Levi September 20, 1870 1-Nov-54 name on double stone with Kathryn Francis McGillvray
McGillvray, Hady 28-Mar-13 3-Oct-13
McGillvray, Kathryn Francis March 13, 1881 16-Oct-33 name on double stone with Angus Levi McGillvray
McGillvray, Roy 14-Jun-15 only date
Mills, Helen I. 27-Jun-26 4-Feb-10 name on double stone with Merlin Mills
Mills, Merlin 9-Mar-15 15-Mar-91 name on double stone with Helen Mills
Neal, Nancy Ellen March 10, 1844 3-Sep-14 wife of Merdith Neal
Neal, Rev. D. Jasper September 16, 1874 9-Oct-53
New, Mary E. February 2, 1829 18-Nov-03 daughter of Julia C. and Henry Tracy stone broken
Norton, Jeff no dates no marker on edge of northeast corner 2000 there appears to be an unmarked grave on the northeast side, a deep depression that is probably the graves of Jeff Norton and his wife Vannie.
Norton, Vannie no dates no marker on edge of northeast corner wife of Jeff Norton
Nutter, Mary A. 1893 1919
Robinson, Elmer 25-Nov-06 3-Oct-07 son of E.W. and Linie Robinson - stone broken
Salmons, J.L. died October 7, 1929 age 51 years, 1 month, 28 days this grave was not found during the survey of the cemetery on December 31, 2004
Sexton, Bertha 2-Jan-23 18-May-25
Timmons, Charles F. September 11, 1884 17-Dec-11 Woodmen of the World
Tracy, Julia Content February 8, 1808 September 20, 1888 wife of Henry Tracy
Tracy, Mary A. November 24, 1891 October 14, 1894 daughter of Susan E. and Harmon A. Tracy
Tracy, Susan E. (Johnson) died July 21, 1894 at Bald Knob wife of Harmon A. Tracy - unmarked grave, per descendent
Wilson, R.D. 21-Mar-20 21-Sep-76 "Our Beloved Dad Who Will Not Be Forgotten"
Woodward, Mary E. February 22, 1863 19-Jul-39