This cemetery is located on an acre about 30 yards behind the residence at 1506 West Center Street, Bald Knob. The home was owned by Darrell and Gladys Throckmorton in June 1992 when Lois and Ray Etheridge prepared the following list, which was published in the White County Heritage of 1995 by the White County Historical Society. In a deed dated February 20, 1892, James K. Etheridge sold 15 acres of land to N.D. Young, reserving the one acre with access to be known as the John A. Foster Cemetery.
Two months after the Etheridges completed their list, the Bald Knob Banner published their material about the cemetery and its origin. Subsequently, local descendents of Burns, Etheridge and Hobbs fenced and cleared an area around the graves.
The cemetery was visited September 13, 2000, by Leroy Blair of the White County Historical Society, who reported seeing 15 graves marked only with rocks and no names or dates. All of the stones listed in the Etheridge report were still in place although the 110-year-old J.B. Robbins stone had been broken.
Who was John A. Foster? Lois Etheridge, also a member of the White County Historical Society, stated in 1999 that according to family legend, John A. Foster was killed in the Civil War "up around Fort Smith." But family historians have not been able to confirm this. (See the history of the Rubottom families written by Gary Telford of the White County Historical Society in April 2004.)
If you have corrections or additional information on the John A. Foster Cemetery, contact the White County Historical Society, P.O. Box 537, Searcy, AR 72145.
|Etheridge, James K.||April 17, 1845||March 11, 1901,||on double stone with Nancy J. Etheridge|
|Etheridge, Nancy J.||December 17, 1845||February 14, 1888, on double stone with James K. Etheridge|
|Foster, Frances,||September 6, 1877||May 6, 1893||daughter of Thomas F. & M.E. Foster|
|Foster, Thomas F.||June 27, 1848||November 30, 1916|
|"Our Baby"||a small stone with no dates|
|Robbins, Almeda||small stone with no dates|
|Robbins, Benj. M.,||August 9, 1883||March 16, 1884||son of J.B. & E.M. Robbins|
|Robbins, Dewey||small stone with no dates|
|Robbins, Elvira C.||November 2, 1863||September 15, 1904||large stone near the small Robbins stones|
|Robbins, J.B.||March 1, 1862||February 11, 1890|
|Robbins, Jessie E.,||January 8, 1885||March 16, 1887||son of J.B. & E.M. Robbins|
|Robbins, Lillie May,||February 20, 1889||August 7, 1891||daughter of J.B. & E.M. Robbins|
|Robbins, Masura||small stone wth no dates|
|Robbins, Wesley||small stone with no dates|
|Robbins, Winnie S.,||December 26, 1886||March 13, 1899||son of J.B. & E.M. Robbins|
|Rubottom, Alpha Pearl Bell||June 12, 1891||October 1, 1891||child of William and Martha|
|Rubottom, Alvin Claudious||December 5, 1892||March ?, 1916||son of William and Martha|
|Rubottom, Hermon Wilson||December 31, 1911||June 30, 1912|
|Rubottom, John Landrum||February 22, 1880||June 21, 1905||son of William and Martha|
|Rubottom, Leander||August 22, 1883||December 20, 1886||son of William and Martha|
|Rubottom, Martha Elizabeth (Foster)||August 31, 1859 at Bald Knob||December 29, 1942 at McCrory||on double stone with William P. Rubottom daughter of John Landrum and Martha (Hart) Foster of Georgia|
|Rubottom, William P.||March 2, 1857||March 1, 1951||, on double stone with Martha E. Rubottom married March 16, 1879, at Bald Knob|