This cemetery was visited in November 2000 by Gerald Torrence for the White County Historical Society. He reported it "is in bad shape and has been visited by vandals." As his photo above conveys, several stones have been pushed off their base. He provided the following directions: "To reach the cemetery, take Highway 87 North from Bradford. At the first fork in the road, go left. Heard Cemetery will be located on the right. Then go to the second road to the left after passing Heard. This is Turner Road – turn left there. Smith Cemetery is about 200 feet down Turner Road, on the left." McKnight Cemetery is located in Section 12, Township 9 North, Range 5 West. It was first listed in May 1968 by the Bradford Homemaker’s Extension Club, then published by the White County Historical Society in its 1969 edition of White County Heritage.
When Torrence visited the cemetery, he said he needed an axe to cut away brush to read the stones. He was able to read only eight stones. The cemetery was visited January 3, 2001, by Leroy Blair of the Historical Society, who found a grave – that of M.I. McKnight – which had not been listed previously. Other than the eight stones that Torrence found, plus the stone of M.I. McKnight that Blair found, the names below are from the original 1968 list.
Blair was unable to find the following graves from the ’68 list: Alonzo Gambill, Birdie Gambill, Willie May Gambill, McKnight next to Violet, Ellen McKnight, Hugh S. McKnight, R. McKnight, Violet next to McKnight, Ann Ball McKnight Wilson, William B. Wilson and Margaret Susie Gwyn. Blair reported, "This cemetery needs a good cleaning and stones remounted on their bases."
If you have corrections or additional information on McKnight Cemetery at Bradford, please contact the White County Historical Society, P.O. Box 537, Searcy, AR 72145.
|Gambill, Alonzo||August 11, 1883||March 2, 1885|
|Gambill, Birdie||November 12, 1881||March 7, 1886|
|Gambill, Willie May||January 18, 1880||August 16, 1886|
|Gwyn, Margaret Susie||August 16, 1885||March 3, 1911|
|Mary L.||June 16, 1849||21-Mar-04||no last name|
|McKnight||next to "Violet" – no other information|
|McKnight, Anna Ruth||September 12, 1934||October 12, 1936|
|McKnight, Ellen||died 1874||Mary Wilson’s sister|
|McKnight, Emma Belle||December 25, 1855||June 22, 1926|
|McKnight, Hugh S.||March 9, 1848||August 14, 1917||husband of Emma Belle McKnight|
|McKnight, M.I.||November 10, 1868||January 2, 1889||stone is lying on the ground.|
|McKnight, R. –||1912||1913|
|McKnight , T.K||August 28, 1849||3-Mar-11||.married to|
|Margaret Susie Gwin||August 16, 1885|
|Pierce, Emma A. McKnight||wife of W.S. Pierce, daughter of T.K.|
|McKnight||December 29, 1891||15-Feb-12||– stone is lying on the ground|
|Tombstone base - no marker or other information|
|next to "McKnight" – no other information|
|Wilson, Ann Ball McKnight||1820||1906|
|Wilson, Eudorah||December 4, 1874||October 4, 1875|
|Wilson, Mary L. McKnight||June 16, 1849||March 21, 1904||(wife of W.B.)|
|Wilson, Prudence Eudorah||(daughter of W.B. & Mary McKnight|
|Wilson)||December 4, 1874||October 4, 1875|
|Wilson, W.B. –||April 30, 1841||October 22, 1911||military marker - Co. H McGehee’s Ark Cav. C.S.A.|
|Wilson, William B.||20 September 1801||1874|