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Wesleys Chapel Cemetery
Saline County, Arkansas

T1N R7W Sec. 32
Lat: 34°41.34N, Lon: 092°50.33W

Contributed by Katrina Johnson, Mar 20, 2001 [katrina72122@yahoo.com]. Total records = 80.

Wesley Chapel Cemetery is located on the banks of the Alum Fork of the Saline River. There use to be a swinging bridge that crossed Alum at the end of the cemetery so people could attend church and school when the creek was too high to cross the crossing that is located down below the cemetery. The old road that leads to the crossing is no longer in use. The old road use to go down and you could cross Alum and end up coming out on the Sulphur Springs Road. The church building use to sit in front of the cemetery bus was moved across the road to be used as a barn. The building is still standing and is used for storage. It was used as a meeting place for church, school, and mason meetings.

It is a very old cemetery with about 171 graves marked with slate rocks and other type of rocks. On closer inspection in recent days I have found that there are at least seven rocks with letters or markings that are still readable. I am working on cleaning the slates to find additional information on people that were buried here. I know back in the older days there were graves that were dug into when digging a new grave. It is a beautiful old cemetery with many large cedar trees located in it. I have added personal information with the thought that it might help someone that is doing research.

If you would like further information on how to reach the cemetery I would not mind phone calls. If you have additional information that you can provide to me or any photos please let me know, I would like to make this as complete as possible. The information that follows is up to date as of Nov 1, 1999. To get to the cemetery from Benton you can take Highway 298 to Highway 9 go directly across to Unity Road and go about 8 miles, the road will fork and you take the left hand fork, you will cross a cattle guard and the road will dead end at the cemetery, there are quite a few dirt roads that turn off of Unity Road just stay on the main road. The information is up to date as of Mar 20, 2001.

Bradfield, Hazel, b. 1908, d. in 1909, d/o Leon and Mary
Bradfield, John H., b. 1830, d. in 1882, h/o Sarah E.
Bradfield, Leon L., b. Dec 18, 1889, d. Apr 18, 1925, h/o Mary
Bradfield, M., No dates this is a slate rock located at the head of Leon
Bradfield, Philip J., b. 1862, d. in 1898, h/o Faith Vance
Bradfield, Sarah E., b. 1835, d. in 1916, w/o John H.
Bradfield, Susannah, b. Feb 27, 1805, d. Jan 5, 1887, w/o Rev. John Bradfield, b. anderson County Tennessee
Clements, Sarah Adeline, b. Sep 1843, d. Jun 1917, w/o James Clements, d/o Silas and Martha Ivey Ellis, next to Sarah Coburn's
Coburn, Dora Parthina Johnson, b. Aug 6, 1866, d. Nov 8, 1919, w/o Frank, m. Nov 16, 1886 sister to Tom Johnson parents were Henry Lazarus Johnson and Mary Elizabeth Jones Johnson
Coburn, Ida Garrett, b. Dec 19, 1888, d. Sep 11, 1956, w/o Henry Coburn, d/o William Gentry Curtis, and Ess Williams
Coburn, Joe, b. Jun 19, 1895, d. Sep 13, 1896, s/o William and Dora
Coburn, John, b. Oct 9, 1899, d. Dec 18, 1902, s/o William and Dora
Coburn, Margaret, b. Mar 24, 1902, d. Sep 24, 1902, d/o William and Dora
Coburn, Sarah A. White, b. Jul 17, 1898, d. Jun 22, 1929, w/o Gilbert "Bert", m. Jan 7, 1917 mother of Geneva S. Coburn Allen and Bernice Coburn Kelly
Coburn, W. E., d. 1903
Coburn, William Franklin "Frank", b. Mar 24, 1858, d. Mar 2, 1905, h/o Dora Johnson
Coburn, Willie, b. Oct 11, 1892, d. Nov 21, 1893, s/o William and Dora
Crawford, Mrs. Florence Higginbotham, b. Dec 31, 1880, d. Sep 6, 1898, w/o William Sidney, "Sid" Crawford, mother of Myrtle Henry Crawford, from the Arkansas Methodist
Curtis, John Calvin, b. Feb 22, 1810, d. in Mar 1858, h/o Mickie Garrett, s/o Alexander H. Curtis and Martha M
Elliott, James W., b. the year of 1863, d. in the year of 1934, h/o Mary R.
Elliott, Mary F., b. the year of 1872, d. in the year of 1922, w/o James
Garrett, Infant, child's grave
Garrett, Mary Elizabeth Smith, b. 1838, w/o Spillsbury, stone marker next to her husband, Four graves marked with stones located at the head of Spillsbury's and Mary's
Garrett, Spillsbury, b. 1830 in Tennessee, h/o Elizabeth, Stone Marker, grave has irises on it
Hickman, Addie E., b. Jan 14, 1902, d. Nov 1, 1902, d/o J. J. and H. E. Hickman*
Hickman, Elizabeth A., d. Jan 21, 1874, w/o Martin
Hickman, Elizabeth, b. Jan 1, 1833, d. Jan 30, 1914, w/o J. W.
Hickman, J. W., b. Jul 11, 1831, d. Jan 26, 1888, h/o Elizabeth
Hickman, Loretter I., No dates (located next to Elizabeth's and Nancy's graves)
Hickman, Milburn H., b. Oct 8, 1897, d. Oct 23, 1897, s/o J. J. and H. E. Hickman, grave next to Nancy's *
Hickman, Milton, b. Oct 8, 1897, d. Oct 29, 1899, s/o J. J. and H. E. Hickman, grave next to Nancy's*
Hickman, Nancy A., d. at the age of 3 years 1 month and 22 days, Two children's graves next to Nancy's
Hickman, Polly, d. Jan 9, 1842 at the age of 38 years 5 months and 21 days, w/o Jos.
Hinson, Daisey, b. Jan 27, 1887, d. Jun 14, 1895 child of Martha and Eli
Hinson, Eli H., b. Mar 15, 1855, d. Sep 14, 1926, h/o Martha, from North Carolina
Hinson, Fairley, b. Oct 7, 1879, d. Sep 15, 1900 child of Martha and Eli
Hinson, Filmore, b. May 6, 1877, d. Aug 6, 1891 child of Martha and Eli
Hinson, Flossie E. Hester, b. Sep 14, 1902, d. Mar 12, 1983, w/o Jim, d/o Henry Marion and Margaret Catherine Hester
Hinson, James A. "Jim", b. Dec 28, 1895, d. Apr 28, 1986, h/o Flossie E. Parents were Eli and Martha
Hinson, Jayme Kay, b. Aug 13, 1964, d. Mar 1, 1999, w/o Alex, m/o Weston Alexander
Hinson, Martha, b. Dec 16, 1854, d. Oct 6, 1931, w/o Eli
Jackson, Belle Elliott, b. Aug 3, 1886, d. May 2, 1915 (this grave was next to Aleather)
Johnson, Ezra, b. Oct 22, 1901, d. Nov 12, 1970, h/o Lilly Ethel Nethercutt, m. Jun 28, 1924, s/o Gertrude and Tom
Johnson, Frank W., d. Jun 20, 1894 at the age of 65 years
Johnson, Gertrude Harris, b. Feb 22, 1875, d. Oct 1, 1933, w/o Tom, She was born in Yell County
Johnson, Infant, no dates, grave next to Martha's
Johnson, Jeffrey Jay "J. J.", b. Oct 8, 1970, d. Sep 25, 1998 father of Tyler Davis Johnson, s/o Anthony and Liz
Johnson, Martha E. Rice, b. Mar 13, 1871, d. May 2, 1895, w/o Tom parents were J. G. and Sarah
Johnson, Thomas Paul "Tom", b. Dec 3, 1869, d. Jan 31, 1951, s/o Henry Lazarus Johnson and Mary Elizabeth Jones Johnson
Lewis, Alta Doris, b. Feb 14, 1930, d. Oct 15, 1933 parents were Harvey and Delia Lewis
Lewis, Charlie Crawford, b. Dec 3, 1888, d. Aug 28, 1980 parents were Jesse and Tura
Lewis, Cleytus Eugene, b. Sep 12, 1928, d. Aug 21, 1956, h/o Doris Hoppkins, m. Lubbock Texas on May 5, 1956 parents were Harvey and Delia Lewis
Lewis, Delia Modeny Willis, b. Mar 16, 1912, d. Dec 21, 1986, w/o Harvey, Children listed above parents were John T. Willis and Kizzy Hovater
Lewis, Ernest Harvey, b. May 30, 1905, d. Feb 14, 1988, h/o Delia, Father of Cleytus, Alta, Johnny, Slim, Franky, Oliver, Loyce, Juanita, and J. D.
Lewis, Harvey Cloyce "Slim", b. Nov 18, 1933, d. Mar 2, 1996, h/o Edna, Parents were Harvey and Delia Lewis
Lewis, Jesse Calvin, b. Jan 16, 1860, d. Sep 24, 1918, h/o Tura, Children listed above
Lewis, Jessie Loyce, b. Feb 28, 1936, d. Apr 29, 1991 parents were Harvey and Delia
Lewis, Sallie Jane, b. Feb 4, 1895, d. in 1907 parents were Jesse and Tura
Lewis, Tura A. Thomas, b. Apr 3, 1865, d. Mar 16, 1950, w/o Jesse, Mother of Charlie, Harvey, Frank, Lona, Dora, Sallie, Neely, Calvin, and Allen
McKown, Eliza Jane, b. Aug 2, 1856, d. Aug 24, 1888, w/o James
Quinn, John J., b. Oct 26, 1857, d. May 20, 1939, h/o Mary
Quinn, M. A., d. May 24, 1897, s/o J. J. and Mary, (There are several slate markee graves next to the Quinns, indicating several children that had died)
Quinn, Mary Telitha, b. Apr 5, 1850, d. Jun 15, 1911, w/o J. J.
Quinn, Unknown, no dates, Child
Rice, Emma Quinn, b. Jul 24, 1878, d. Apr 6, 1906, d/o J. J. and Mary Quinn
Speight, Aleather Elliott, b. Aug 20, 1888, d. Apr 4, 1911
Speight, Dewell, Son of Aleather Elliott Speight (no dates)
Speight, Willie Belle, Daughter of Aleather Elliott Speight (no dates)
Spencer, Dora F. Lewis, b. Jul 23, 1903, d. in Feb 1932 Mother of Samuel, Mildred, and Edna, Wife of John Samuel Spencer she died from pneumonia, her parents were Jesse Lewis and Tura Thomas
Taylor, Carol Frank, b. Nov 29, 1896, d. Nov 20, 1983, h/o Lona Lewis Taylor, d/o Peach and Laura Taylor from Tennessee, which are Buried at Bolin Cemetery, he was a mason and a deacon at Unity Missionary Baptist Church
Taylor, J. M., This grave is 2 graves left of John M. Taylor's grave it is a stone bad faded. and all that is readable is died ___ 5, 187?
Taylor, John M., b. 1872, d. in 1915 brother to Robert M.
Taylor, Junior Franklin, b. Dec 6, 1925, d. Mar 19, 1926 parents were Carol and Lona
Taylor, Lona Lewis, b. Feb 19, 1900, d. Nov 29, 1985, w/o Carol, parents Were Jesse Lewis and Tura Thomas Lewis
Taylor, Lydia R., b. Aug 26, 1881, d. Aug 31, 1885, d/o H. R. and M. E. Taylor
Taylor, Robert M. Taylor, b. Oct 20, 1866, d. May 28, 1948 brother to John M.
Vance, Faithe Roberts, b. Apr 20, 1865, d. Oct 5, 1901, w/o Robert C. Vance and Philip Bradfield (located next to Philip Bradfield)
Wallas, Tabitha, Slate rock has her name scratched into it with Mar 4, 1885
Williams, Little Ess Hershell, Born when snow was on the ground, s/o Ida and Ess Williams lived just a few hours
Williford, William B., d. Sep 1913


* The above mentioned Hickman children are children of John James Hickman and Harriet Elizabeth Gentry, Which are buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Hot Springs. Information provided to me by Frances Till, granddaughter of John and Harriet. She also mentions That three of the five graves marked with stones are probably John Hickman, his wife Catherine, and Elijah Adams who was the great grandparent of Milburn, Milton, and Addie. There are at least 5 graves marked with stones located by the three children listed above.
One grave in back corner that stands alone is that of a slave that died while a pioneer family was Passing through the area.
Slate rock that has V. W. scratched into it.
Child's grave near the gate that stands alone has F scratched into it
Rock with B. F. H. scratched onto it
Rock next to this one with W. T. on it.
Information received from Ethel Johnson: She said that she knew there was a Maudine Wallace, last name could be spelled Wallas, Wallis, or Wallace.
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