The cemetery is located in this dense brier thicket.
By LEROY BLAIR
This cemetery is located in Cleburne County in what at one time was part of White County. I first visited this old cemetery in the fall of 2000 with a Mr. Floyd who lives in the area. But it was so overgrown with greenbriers and honeysuckle vines we could not get to where we could see many of the markers. I think I lost a pint of blood that day from brier scratches. Mr. Floyd thought I was going to bleed to death. I take medicine to thin my blood and any scratch bleeds like I had been stabbed.
I had been looking for the Old Hiram Cemetery when I was told that this was probably it. The directions that had been printed seemed to match this place.
I revisited it on February 2, 2001, and brought along some hedge trimmers which enabled me to cut my way through the briers and honeysuckle. After looking at all the markers I did not find the graves of the Hilgers who are buried in Old Hiram, so I knew I had the wrong cemetery. But since I found it, I thought I would list it anyway.
To get to Vinson-Barnett Cemetery from Pangburn, take Highway 110 north to the top of the hill at Hiram Bluff. Turn right on the first road at the top of the hill and go one-half mile. You will see a white house and a trailer house on the left of the road. A road goes down between them. Straight back at the end of this road (driveway) back in the pasture field about 200 yards is a fairly large clump of honeysuckle vine. The cemetery is located in that clump of vines. You cannot see any part of it from the road. It is fenced with a gate on the right side. When we visited it in the fall, the honeysuckle and briers had vined through the gate so bad it probably took us 10 minutes to cut them with our pocketknives enough to get the gate open.
That day I was only able to get to where I could read six markers but could see several more that I could not reach. On my second visit I think I found all the markers but not 100 percent sure, because it is such a mess out there. This would be a pretty cemetery if it were cleaned up. It has nice, beautiful stones. Two of them have separated from their base and fallen over. I found two graves marked with rocks. There may be more. I did not see any unmarked graves but it is impossible to say for sure, due to the condition of the cemetery.
I found the following marked graves.
|Barnett, Adda May||March 18, 1876||January 9, 1894|
|Barnett, Anna||September 17, 1887||January 13, 1924||wife of J.F. Barnett|
|Barnett, James A.||January 20, 1847||March 14, 1913|
|Barnett, Martha||March 20, 1852||March 17, 1922|
|Barnett, Mary||September 6, 1876||August 2, 1910|
|Barnett, Opie W.||April 6, 1919||September 6, 1920||son of J.F. and Anna Barnett|
|Davis, Emma R.||June 16, 1890||February 2, 1919||wife of A. Davis – stone has separated from base and fallen over|
|Davis, James Earl||September 5, 1912||May 9, 1980|
|Sandefur, T. Roy||March 2, 1906||September 14, 1906||son of L.T. and L.H. Sandefur|
|Turner, Mrs. N.A.||December 4, 1856||January 17, 1922|
|Vinson, E. Rufo||October 14, 1881||March 3, 1901|
|Vinson, Eliza||November 3, 1847||February 9, 1925||wife of J.S. Vinson|
|Vinson, J.S.||August 26, 1840||January 30, 1922|
|Vinson, Martha E.||February 5, 1858||April 28, 1937||on double stone with Simeon H. Vinson|
|Vinson, Simeon H.||November 25, 1852||December 18, 1932||on double stone with Martha E. Vinson|
If you have additional information on this cemetery, contact the White County Historical Society, P.O. Box 537, Searcy, AR 72145.