--photo by Gerald Torrence, 2002

Hammons Chapel Cemetery

Romance, Arkansas

This cemetery includes three acres located in Section 10, Township 6 North, Range 10 West. The first listing was prepared April 19, 1975 by Mr. and Mrs. Walter Rowe and Mr. and Mrs. Leister E. Presley of the White County Historical Society, who described the cemetery as being "well kept,"about three-quarters of a mile off Highway 5.

The records were updated November 28, 2000, by Leroy Blair of the Historical Society, who added 20 names to the list. He also reported 54 graves marked only with rocks, five with illegible funeral home markers and "a few" others with no marking at all. Blair also reported that Farrell Cook of Morning Sun, a friend, had told him previously that he had numerous relatives in this cemetery, including an aunt Lottie M. Owens, a brother and two cousins, all who died in infancy.

The property was sold for $1 on January 17, 1914, by trustees of M.E. Church South, W.J. Thomason, Walter Wright and J.R. Blessing, to J.W. Clark, Allen Killough and J.B. Garrett, trustees of the Hammons Chapel Cemetery Association. John Hammons, a trustee of the Association in 1999, said his grandfather donated the land for the cemetery and his father built the original chapel, which served as an early schoolhouse. Mr. Hammons, who was born in 1913, also stated that he has a photograph of his father standing in front of the chapel that he thinks was taken in 1890.

Jacob Allah Hammons, Johnís grandfather, was born in Alabama in 1822 and came to Arkansas around 1845. His son Jacob Daniel Hammons, born approximately 1845, built the Hammons Chapel around 1880 and taught school there until 1890.

John Hammons and his wife Susan lived at 271 Hammons Chapel Road, Romance, AR 72136, about a mile north of Highway 5 from Crossroads at Hammonsville.

To learn more about life at Hammonsville years ago, read the books of Strelsa Morris Machen, who grew up in this area. Also, see "Pictures of Yesterday"-Hammonsville on this website.

FM = Family Marker, DS = Double Stone, TS = Triple Stone

If you have corrections or additional information on this cemetery, contact the White County Historical Society at P.O. Box 537, Searcy, AR 72145.

Name Birth Death Comments
Armstrong, Charles R. November 27, 1885 August 23, 1978
Armstrong, Margarete M.M. March 25, 1866 August 7, 1915
Armstrong, S.A. January 1, 1863 February 9, 1929 homemade cement marker next to this grave is another homemade cement marker similar to the one for Charles; this one has the word "Mother" on it with no other information
Barnett, Bertha 1882 1918 on double stone with William A. Barnett
Barnett, William A. 1885 January 1, 1971 on double stone with Bertha Barnett WW I Veteran
Blessing, Lela (Hall) Apri1 2, 1878 June 26, 1932 mother of Henry, Roy, Robert Byars
Blevins, A.J. September 10, 1851 March 22, 1888
Clark, Eddie April 25, 1880 December 7, 1892
Clark, Eliza Jane January 16, 1863 March 3, 1938 on double stone with John Wesley Clark
Clark, H. W. 29-Sep-06 February 18, 1907 son of R.L. and E.M.
Clark, John Wesley July 20, 1850 April 14, 1930 on double stone with Eliza Jane Clark
Cole, C.K. May 22, 1858 November 11, 1916 on double stone with Sarah E. Cole
Cole, Charles 0. 1888 1980 on double stone with Lena Cole
Cole, Clinton Cleo 29-Jun-19 January 8, 1972 Ark. Pvt. 346 MP Escort CD Co. WWII
Cole, Dorothy 6-Jan-17 July 3, 1917 daughter of Owen and Lena Cole
Cole, J. Burford 1915 1981 on double stone with Mary E. Cole
Cole, James A. 1893 1960
Cole, Julian August 9, 1891 December 28, 1974 Pvt. U.S. Army
Cole, Lena M. 1895 1965 on double stone with Charles O. Cole
Cole, Mamie Clark March 23, 1896 February 18, 1986
Cole, Mary E. 1919 1994
Cole, Sarah E. October 17, 1856 February 13, 1950
Cook, Burnice E. December 16, 1930 April 30, 1981
Cook, Dillard Carrol July 2, 1944 July 7, 2002
Cook, Dillard Carrol July 2, 1944 July 7, 2002
Cook, Donald Lee January 28, 1957 October 13, 1990
Cook, Dovie Elane January 4, 1907 May 4, 1991
Cook, Gladys September 26, 1903 July 30, 1911 daughter of W.H. and Ellen
Cook, Henry Everett June 20, 1898 July 23, 1969 Mo. Pvt. U.S. Army WWI
Cook, Kellie Ann December 21, 1968 December 26, 1968
Cook, Lois P. February 21, 1905 July 28, 190? daughter of W.H. and Ellen
Cook, Lookey L. December 26, 1908 August 23, 1910 daughter of W.H. and Ellen
Cook, Nancy October 30, 1873 May 6, 1900 wife of W.H.
Cook, Nell March 26, 1919 March 11, 1923 daughter of W.L. and Maggie
Cook, William H. December 30, 1871 September 28, 1914
Cooper, Clearence March 29, 1923 April 11, 1923
Cooper, Elbert W. May 2, 1901 October 26, 1970 on double stone with Pearly M. Cooper
Cooper, Pearley M. September 21, 1903 May 26, 1971 on double stone with Elbert W. Cooper
Crane, Angela R. "Sissy" October 20, 1967 February 18, 1989
Duncan, Alice died January 2, 1940
Duncan, James (Logan) January l, 1866 1940
Duncan, L.G. January 18, 1940 April 10, 1940 FM
Garrett, Alfred Houston June 25, 1839 in Marshall County, TN May 27, 1889 son of Elizabeth and Thomas Garrett, both born in Mecklenburg Co., Virginia Married Susan Cordelia "Delia" Taylor September 3, 1868, in Marshall County, TN
Gregory, Samuel P. January 9, 1859 January 26, 1884
Hall, Pearl August 20, 1890 December 11, 1933
Hall, William C. March 14, 1842 January 7, 1922
Harris, Wilton Edwin April 27, 1934 April 27, 1934
Heffington, Delpha May January 25, 1897 April 23, 1900
Heffington, J.F. March 20, 1850 July 17, 1900
Houston, George W. July 4, 1885 April 13, 1920
Kimbrell, Arrah April 14, 1890 August 27, 1891
Kimbrell, Charles F. March 7, 1929 only date Kentucky Sgt. Ord. Dept.
Kimbrell, Clarence February 27, 1898 vacant on double stone with Retha Kimbrell
Kimbrell, Jennie A. 1917 1918 daughter of Joseph A. and Sallie J.
Kimbrell, Joseph W. August 11, 1850 July 5, 1926 on double stone with Lucy A. Kimbrell
Kimbrell, Lucy A. November 16, 1860 December 26, 1944 on double stone with Joseph W. Kimbrell
Kimbrell, Retha July 8, 1903 vacant on double stone with Clarence Kimbrell
Kimbrell, Richard S. 1888 May 15, 1956 age 68 yrs., 2 months
Liles, John November 17, 1836 July 16, 1911 C.S.A. Co. I, 48 Regt. Tenn. Inf.
Martin, Belle Zora August 23, 1880 December 24, 1962
McCaig, Clarence November 10, 1900 November 16, 1900
McCaig, Estes N. December 7, 1923 February 20, 1925
McCaig, Fletcher Mitchell 1905 1915
McCaig, Louise December 1905 December 7, 1923
McCraig, C. T. October 9, 1854 January 3, 1883 son of J.C. and Nancy P.
McCraig, James C. August 28, 1898 December 27, 1913
McCraig, Nancy P. January 4, 1817 August 3, 1910
McCraig, Susan P. March 17, 1963 September 7, 19??
McCraig, W.M. October 5, 1859 August 9, 1928
McCraig, William Otis December 9, 1894 January 14, 1914
McGiboney, W.T. August 17, 1852 January 6, 1919
Neal, Grace E. April 21, 1876 January 13, 1952
Owens, Lottie M. March 1895 January 1926 fresh-set stone (placed by her nephew Farrell Cook of Morning Sun)
Payne, Clara May April 9, 1895 only date daughter of Henry and Ofelia - TS
Payne, Henry H. October 3, 1840 February 10, 1908 TS
Payne,Willie H. March 7, 1891 December 30, 1909 son of Henry and Ofelia Ė TS
Roberts, J. W. October 16, 1843 February 8, 1912
Roberts, Mary C. December 7, 1854 June 2, 1919
Roberts, Roy C. January 13, 1887 June 8, 1978
Roberts, Viola L. March 7, 1880 May 17, 1892 daughter of J.W. and M.C.
Roberts, W. J. April 12, 1872 November 8, 1891 son of J.W. and M.C.
Robinson, Myrtle McCaig 1900 1915
Smith, Evelyn Cole August 4, 1917 blank on double stone with Papa Jim Smith
Smith, Papa Jim February 9, 1914 June 25, 1992 on double stone with Evelyn Cole Smith
Taylor, Elsie P. October 15, 1899 April 10, 1903 daughter of S.M. and T.J.
Taylor, Escar April 23, 1898 April 26, 1898
Taylor, Opal M. August 25, 1896 August 28,1897
Temple, Samuel December 26, 1832 November 11, 1910
Terry, Eva E. April 10, 1878 August 8, 1922 wife of John
Terry, Sarah 1864 1897 wife of W.R.
Thomason, Leona April 1907 July 1907
Thomason, Martha Jane 1840 1932
Thomason, P.A. July 15, 1840 March 2, 1907
Vernon, Arch D. 1888 1922
Vernon, Euna 1910 1936
Younts, Elizabeth Lorene October 29, 1917 June 28, 1998
Younts, Euel Leon March 20, 1917 June 22, 1989
Robbins Memorial to Dee Robbins and his wife Livy, buried near here in 1865 and 1874.