(aka Peevyhouse Cemetery)
Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas
Submitted April 2, 2003, by John Beran, who passed away May 2007
Thank you, John, for your contributions to Arkansas researchers.
*History and Transcription Data*
The Pevehouse Cemetery is located at the end of Peevyhouse Road in Van Buren, Arkansas by Lee Creek . It is here that many of the old Pioneer families have been put to rest.
The land for the Cemetery was donated by Christopher Pevehouse and then later owned by Paul Hays . The cemetery is still owned by the Hays family of Van Buren, but it has fallen into despair . Some gravesites have been badly damaged by vandalism, weather, trees, and brush.
I came to know about Pevehouse Cemetery when I was looking for my own family and noticed that a cemetery in Crawford County was listed as “Abandoned ,Endangered, and Inactive.“ It got me curious and I was soon looking for this place. I was shocked when I found it. Not only was it close to where I go fishing , but if you did not know it was there you would never see it.
The first day I was just taking pictures and was going to leave it at that. There seemed to be something that drew me here. As I walked around, I found sites that were covered by trees and brush. If you did not look closely, you could be standing on a grave. The next day I came back armed with a saw and knife, determined to make it better. With every passing day I can see a difference.
For those who have an appreciation of history or even family genealogy, Pevehouse can provide both. For it is where Leanna, a nine year old slave girl who belonged to Arnold O’Bryan, is buried, with the O’Bryan Family. To have a slave was nothing, but when a slave was buried with the “master’s” family it was a rare occurrence to be sure. For all the slaves in the area, only one known
gravesite has been left unmolested, and it is here in Pevehouse Cemetery. Do not think that just one slave girl would make a historical note of value. Through research and the clearing of brush I have come to meet the relations of Christopher Pevehouse,Arnold O’Bryan, and Noah Scott.
For any information on the families or the cemetery please contact Peggy Beran
Pevehouse Cemetery Transcription Data
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James M. Dean Jr. born : 1837 died: 1912
Naomi A (Mayfield) Dean wife of James M. Dean 1843-1933
Baby Dean 1875
James M. Dean Sr. Husband of Untie Dean 1807-1891
Unite Dean born: 1800-1878
C.M. Mayfield, Co. A Mississippi Cav CSA 1833-1875
Elizabeth A. Mayfield wife of C.M. Mayfield 1840-1914
Josephine Mayfield 1887-1888
Pearson Mayfield 1811-1881 (mason) / Jane E. Mayfield 1811-1856
Joe H. Mayfield 1852-1928 / Ellen R. Mayfield 1859-1937
Pearl Mayfield daughter of Joe H. and M. A. Mayfield 1882-1882
Sidney R. Mayfield : 1890-1951
Charley Mayfield b: 1880 Died:1885 ( no stone)
South M. Mayfield son of C.M. and E.A. Mayfield 1/17/1860 - 9/5/1902 (Mason)
Duncan Mayfield b 2/1/1882 age 19
Edward F. Mayfield b: 1897 d: 1900 (no stone)
Harold Mayfield b: 1899 d: 1907
Ellen R Mayfield b: 1859 d:1937(mother)
Barney Mayfield b: 1892 d: 1954 (Brother)
beside the Mayfield plot are three graves with just stone markers and stone border. looks to be two children and one adult
M.P. Kilgore 1833-1917 / Mary Isabel Kilgore 1840-1917 (this stone is off its stand and lying on the ground
Mollie Carter 1881-1966
“Father “ Charles R. Carter b: Nov. 22, 1875 d: Oct. 19,1945
four stone markers are beside Charles but no names available
Wallace O’Bryan b: 2-23-1877 d: 11-12-1929
Anna ( Eiechelberger) O’Bryan - Clark wife of Wallace
Della , Daughter of Wallace and Anna B. Dec 17,1920-Feb 9,1921
John C. O’Bryan b: 9-7-1850 d: 8-20-1911
Harriett Alice (Young) O’Bryan wife of John C. O’Bryan b: 1-21-1853 d: 2-21935
Arnold O’Bryan 1807-1896 - Mary E. O’Bryan 1820 - 1886 (erected by son John C .O’Bryan)
Elizabeth (O’Bryan ) Brown Daughter of Arnold and Mary E O’Bryan b: 9-22-1838 d: 11-18-1855
William D. , son of Arnold and Mary E O’Bryan 1840-1858
Mary E. (O’Bryan) Yount, daughter of Arnold and Mary E. b: 11-22-1845 d: 4-10-1891
R. Addie (O’Bryan) Shumate daughter of John C and Harriett A O’Bryan b:8-30-1871 d: 2-9-1916
Leanna Colored girl of Arnold O’Bryan age 9 years
*note mixed in with this plot is two unmarked plots with stones they are O’Bryans and on one side of this plot is a rock wall plot possibly two to three grave sites in it. and just to inside of the brush to the left of this plot are two unmarked stones. This is also the site of the only known slave site in the
county that has not be destroyed by development. Leanna was owned by Arnold O’Bryan
*note there are two fenced plot for this family one containing only two grave sites
1st plot wood plaque reads
Rest in Peace
2nd plot wood plaque reads
Rev. George McClure Spear
Elmira Lavina Spear
Berth Spear Scott 1885- 1916
Naomi Ora Scott 1907-1923
George McClure Spear ,son of Silas Spear , father of Will Spear , Fayetteville St. Van Buren
Betty Jo Scott April 7, 1924 - July 22, 1924
Noah Scott March 7 1863- Nov. 2 1928 Phoebe C. Scott June 6, 1866 - Sept. 1, 1938
Fred L. Scott June 25, 1893- May 14, 1942
Miles P. Scott Feb. 18,1926- Sept. 10, 1931
*note in front of this plot is a family plot with four stone markers they possibly are as follows
Miranda Turnman (no dates)
Mary Turnman (no dates)
Austin Turman (no dates)
these were children of James W. and Jane (Capps) Turnman
*note this plot is surround by undergrowth and numerous grave sites unmarked/w stone markers .
while walking toward this plot you will also notice several stone markers by trees . It is here that is the same style of grave is found like the
”Mystery Grave” of Fairview Cemetery.
Patsy (Capps) Moore , wife of Ransom Moore d: 10-7-1875 age 63 , 9months , 12 days
Mathew C. Moore (Mason) son of Ransom and Patsy Moore b : 4-24-1877
Nancy A. (Davis) Moore, wife of Mathew C. Moore 1844-1881
Henry C. Moore son of M. C. and Nancy Moore b: 1-27-1871 d: 5-6-1878
James R. Moore , son of Mathew and Nancy Moore b: 1860-1892
Susan Jane Moore Roberts , 1st wife of John F. Roberts, daughter of M. C. and N. A. Moore
John Francis Roberts (F. L. T.) b: 5-10-1856 d: 1-21-1948
Edna Irene (Triplett) Roberts , 2nd wife of J. F. Roberts b: 8-9-1872 d: 5-6-1960
Alford M. Roberts, brother of John F. Roberts 1863-1887
Arther Lyle Roberts , son of John F. and Susan Jane Roberts 10-1-1886 1 year 6 months
Ralph Key Roberts , son of John F and Edna Irene Roberts b: 12-25-1903 d: 12-6-1924
Bourland Moore , son of Mathew C. and Nancy A. Moore (no marker)
Della (Carter) Moore , wife of Bourland Moore, later married Jones, (no marker)
Willie Moore, son of Bourland and Della Moore (no marker)
infant son of Bourland and Della (no marker)
Mary Jane (Moore) Woosley , mother of Will Woosley , Daughter of Ransom and Patsy Moore (no
Sarah Ellen Moore Daughter of Ransom and Patsy Moore (no marker)
Will Woosley , husband of Nancy (Mothershed) Woosley , son of May Jane Woosley (no marker)
Johnnie , son of Will and Nancy (Mothershed) Woosley (no marker)
Joel , son of H. and E. M. McCarter born 1874 died 1890
Washington E. Bennett son of A. and E. Bennett
S.S. Payton born 1863 died 1931 (father)
Marye Payton born 1872 died 1937
Lib Benoit- Mary Benoit. (No dates or marker) Parents of Mamie (Benoit) Higgins.
Leon Higgins b: June 24,1931- living /Patricia C Higgins b: Sept. 22,1923 d: Feb. 23,
Roy G. Higgins b: June 20,1918 d: May 2, 1984 (Our beloved Brother)
Hamilton L Higgins b: Feb. 29, 1892 d: Aug.2, 1970 /Mayme Higgins b: Feb 18, 1895 d: March
May Bess Higgins b: Feb 19, 1928 d: June 26, 1929
Mary E. b: 3-18-1868 d: 10-26-1964 / Lil Burn b: 2-14-1867 d: 2-26-1946
John Henry Higgins b: July 10, 1961 d: July 10. 1961
? Higgins, son of ? Higgins, born 10-7-1894, died 12-30-1904.
*note Behind this family plot is three grave sites they are as follows.
Reba E. Lockhart b: March 27, 1910 d: Jan. 27, 1935 (Our Loss Heavens Gain)
Etta W. Hays b: July 13, 1880 d: Aug. 11, 1951 (she was the sunshine of our home)
William H. Hays b: March 12, 1875 d: Dec. 10, 1922
The Pevehouse Plot is the parent plot for the Cemetery it is one of the first family plots there. Given
to the area for a Cemetery by Christopher Pevehouse the land was later owned by Paul Hays. Two
stones are made into the outside wall by the tree .
Bynethia A. Pevehouse , wife of William Pevehouse b: 9-21- 1835 d: 4-11-1859 age 23 years
C. W. Pevehouse b : d: March 1, 1858
C.A. Pevehouse b: Sept. 21, 1835 d: April 8, 1851
on the outside of the wall is three unmarked grave site/w stones more than likely they are Pevehouse
alsoBy the Pevehouse plot there are two wall graves each contain one grave site. It is reported these
are also Pevehouse family members , one by the name of Baby Boy Pevehouse is buried in one.
Edwin Webster, Husband of Allie Webster, born 1862, died 1910
Almyra W. Phillips Dec. 27,1867 - May 2, 1967
Donald Moss, son of Benjamin and Vera (Webster) Moss
Keith H. Webster Feb. 10,1925 - Jan. 16, 1981
Keith E. Webster 1902-1968
Tressie Lee Webster b: June 23,1902 d: Sept 2, 1987 (she brought us much joy and we loved her
J. Tillman Smith, son of A. D. and E. a. Smith, April 10,1890-March 8,1918.
Vivian M. Carden Jan 7, 1909 - July 17,1998
Donald W. Motley, son of Ed & Ruth (Davis) Motley, 1932-1945
John Motley, father of Ed Motley, born 1852, died 10-15-1924.
Disney Ann Motley, step-mother of Ed Motley, 1875-1933.
Atha Pigg b: Feb 13, 1908 d: Oct 11, 1985 (Husband Father)
Sue M. Pigg 1904-2002
Mary A. (wife of C.B. Drennon March 12, 1833 - April 23,1907
Georgia W. Prue Aug 24, 1910 - Oct 16,1992 (In Loving Memory)
Unmarked /w stone by Georgia
Minnie (Vinsant) Hays, 1871-1942-George W. Hays, 1875-1910.
Sarah L. Hays, dau. of George W. and Minnie Hays, 1904-1906.
James S. Foster, 1824-1885-Susan Foster, 1825-1896.
James S. Foster, Jr., born 3-31-1851, died 1-22-1880.
Amanda E. Foster, born 12-12-1862, died 12-25-1887.
Johnnie A. (Foster) Haile, mother of Foster Haile, 1875-1896.
Allie S. Foster, born 9-22-1894, died 11-1-1894
Andy Foster, brother of Sissie (Foster) Vinsant. (No Marker)
I. E. Vinsant, wife of Isaiah B. Vinsant, 1849-1916.
Isaiah B Vinsant Co. G 35th Ark Inf CSA
William H. Hays (F.L.T.), born 3-12-1878, died 12-10-1922. “He has gone from his dear children
and wife whom he willingly toiled and loved as his life. Oh God, how mysterious and how strange
are thy ways, to take from us this loved one, in the best of his days.
Etta (West) Hays, wife of Wiliam H. Hays, 1880-1951.
Reba E. (Hays) Lockhart, wife of William Othelo Lockhart, dau of William H. and Etta Hays, born
1910, died 1935.
Perarl Faye Cavins, born 12-15-1923, died 1-4-1931
Martha Jane Cavins, wife of Ira J. Cavins, 1894-1924.
Three markers in Cavins; plot (to dim to read).
J.K. P. King, born 11-21-1845, died 9-1-1887. possible Union Soldier
Orval Flaherty, born 1-11-1912, died 11-111912
Alvin Flaherty, born 1-25-1918,died 1-27-1918
Infant son, Flaherty, died 11-11-1906
Charles H Flaherty , 1871 - 1934 Mary F. Flaherty , 1885-1953
Della Marie Flaherty Aug 10, 1924 - Oct 1 ,1990 age 66 (no stone but a metal marker)
Perry “Andy” Flaherty Jan 30, 1919 - May 6, 1998 age 69 (no stone but metal marker)
Raymond Carrol Wood b: July 1, 1941 d: Aug 14, 1988
Hettie Charles Wood June 30, 1910-June 6, 1981 - Eugene L Wood Oct 25,1909- March 9,1997
(Children of Hettie and Eugene are Flora Francies, Geraldine Elsteen, Margret Gene, Emma
Charlee, Raymond Carroll, Dana Clark)
*note this family of Flaherty is outside of family plot
Lewis E. Flaherty May 15,1924 - Oct 26, 1989 ( husband-father)
B. B. Flaherty April 8, 1875 - Jan 12, 1958
(three new graves of Flaherty but unknown at this time)
Five homemade markers I can not read two of them
J. H. Wilbanks
M. L. Wilbanks
L. A. Black , born 6-22-1886 died 2-19-09
Maggie M. Mann , Daughter of E. Teyre and L. B. Mann 1899-1909
Jessie Lee Mann, died 6-24-1941 age 25 years
Thomas Miller, 1859-1934- - Nettie Miller 1872-1930
Albert Sallee, Pvt. Co. F. 19th Kentucky Vol., 1845-1909
Maudie Sallee b. July 5, 1900 d: Dec. 29, 1940
Perilee Sallee b: 9-14-1844 d: 1-15-1930
J. Tom Sallee b:1-18-1868 d: 1-28-1941
Daniel M. Sallee, born 12-2-1871, died 8-25-1944
Blake Martin, half-brother of Jim Groves.
Mary Magoline Martin.
Charles Groves, son of Jim and Mattie Shepard) Groves, born 11-23-1916, died 7-27-1918.
Mattie (Shepard) Groves was a half-sister of George Harvey of Van Buren.
George Henderson, died 3-16-1961.
Earnest Q. Fordam, son of Clint Fordam, born and died 1939.
Robert W. Logan, 1861-1924-Sallie A. Logan, 1864-1921.
The above are parents of Mrs. Columbus (Vina) Kelly.
Columbus O Kelley, son of Columbus and Vina (Logan) Kelley, Born 1-13-1917, died 8-7-1935.
Vina Kelley Pennington b: Oct 31, 1896 d: May 12, 1991
Harley S. Kelley b: Feb 5, 1919 d: Nov 20, 1988
John Logan Kelly b: May 6, 1914 d: Dec 3, 1988
Harrison Hicks Pvt. Co G 27 Texas Cav CSA 1843-1896
Thomas R. Hall, son of G. A. and A. C. Hall, 1895-1909
Gladys Kootz, wife of Raymond Kootz, born 1922, died 1950.
Thell Knight born 2-:-1909, died 7-?-1909
Ethel Knight, born 10-15-1905, died 11-1-1915.
Charley Knight, born 8-12-1930, died 8-12-1930
Floyd Knight, born 1-?-1915, died 2-?-1915.
Rosie Knight, wife of H. K. Knight, born 1882, died 2-19-1920
James N. Knight, born 2-14-1876, died 12-24-1926
Glen Turner, died 7-9-1940, age 6 months, 6 days.
J. B. J. Gillian, born 9-15-1869, died 12-11-1889
Thomas Faulkner, son of F. and S. F. Faulkner, 1881-1885.
James Davis, born 1906, died 1935
Mattie (Davis) Turner, wife of Jim Turner, died 1935. James Davis and his sister Mattie (Davis)
Turner were killed by lightning while fishing on Lee Creek.
Martha Humphry, born 2-12-1868, died 2-27-1907.
Barney Lewis, son of Barney H. Lewis, half-brother of Mrs. George Harvey of Van Buren, killed
summer 1911, age 27 yrs. ( no marker)
Andy Fields ( no marker). Andy Fields and Barney Lewis were killed by Missouri Pacific train, near
Lee creek bridge, Van Buren, Ark. in 1911 . Andy Fields was from Indiana and his father said to
bury him here as they could not return the body to his home town.
Elzada (Tackett) Harvey (no Marker) , wife of W.R. Harvey, step-mother of George Harvey.
Jennie Mae Vinsant (no Marker), dau. of Thell and Willie (Davis)Vinsant.
Miss Kate &Miss Mary (no markers), daughters of John Snider
Ben Snider, died 10-9-1958. Nephew of Miss Kate and Mary Snider.
Emmet, (no marker), son of Fred and Stella (Hays) Vinsant.
Fred Vinsant (no marker), husband of Stella (Mays) Vinsant, nephew of Miss Kate and Mary
Infant of Lije Vinsant and ? (Carter) Vinsant.
?(carter) Vinsant, wife of Lije Vinsant, sister of Della (Carter) Moore.
Lije Vinsant, husband of ? (Carter) Vinsant and brother of Isaiah B. Vinsant.
? Hicks (no marker) , father of David Hicks.
Infant son of Hattie (Mothreshed) Mrs. Neeley Jones, lived near Dora, Ark. (no marker).
Vivian A. Owens, infant dau. of Nealy and Maud Owens,
Clay Allen (no Marker), brother of Josephine (Allen) Hayes, (Mrs. John Hays).
Ann Allen (no marker), wife of Clay Allen and sister of Will and John Hays.
Albert Allen (no marker), son of Clay and Ann (Hays) Allen
G. Arthur Anderson , born 1885 died 1961
Addie (Fink) Anderson , wife of Arthur Anderson (no Marker)
Truman W. Anderson born: 12-21-1909 died 12-27-1963
Truman W. Anderson, infant son of Truman Anderson
Larry Joe Anderson b: June 21,1958 d: Feb 5, 1995 We Love you
Arkie Benoird, age about 10 years , Daughter of Minnie Benoird (no marker)
James Shenault ,soldier of War 1812 (stone broken and laying by a tree beside the Foster plot.
Grave site unknown.
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