Montgomery County, Arkansas
Montgomery Co. ARGenWeb Project
Location: 7.2 miles east of Mt. Ida on Hwy 270, cross Twin Creek, turn left on Lake Front Drive and take the first right onto Blish Lane. The Blish Cemetery got it's name because it was on the edge of the George Blish homestead. There used to be a cotton field next to it. The Bates family lived a mile away. This active one acre unfenced cemetery is maintained as the grass had been mowed. Seborn S. Russell donated the land in 1865 when he buried his ten year old daughter. He was a CSA solider with the "Long Creek Rifles" 15th MS Regiment on the roster on March 1861. The 'Long Creek Rifles' were formed in Bluff Springs, Mississippi. They became part of the 15th as Co. A. Bluff Springs was a large plantation in between Kosciusko and Durant very close to a small community called Sallis where the Russell's were born.
"No burial or plots without prior approval. Contact: Charlie Jones, Gary Bates or Hank Yeaman"
Bates Dr. J.C. Bates Rada 1911 - 1931 Bates Baby 1903 - 1904 Bates Nancy no date Custer C. Casey d.Oct 6 1907 age 1 year Craddock 1933 - 1934 Grimes Othelena Grimes Grimes Grimes Grimes Carl Sr. 1934 - 1992 Thornton FH Maner Walker - Hattie Pate Betty June Jan 17 1931 Inf. d/o Oscar & Hazel Pate Eric Wall S. Jock Stock Well Shank Yeaman Wilma Apr 11 1909 - Aug 1935 m/o Othelana Yeaman Yeaman
Anderson Allie I. Jan 14 - Oct 14 1993 Barnhart Wallace Gordon May 31 1939 - Feb 17 1993 Triumph in Jesus Thornton FH Bates Carol Bates Mae Bates Leon Bates Donna Bates Leon J.R. Bates Helen Bates Amanda Bates ____ Bates ____ Bates Steven Bates Jason Hall Lynda Hall Kenny Bates Lloyd B Bates Sheron Bates Llyod Bates Eva Bates Kelly Bates Dena Bates Linzie Caldwell Ruth Loraine 1914 - 1993 Gross FHM double headstone Bates Rev James 1913 - 193_ Forever in our hearts
Bauerschmidt Mike Sep 29 1900 - Jul 5 1988 Gross FH Bauerschmidt Leona Dec 1 1911 - Sep 2 1986 Thornton FH Blish Nancy Ann 1910 mother Blish George H. 1859 - 1942 Dunn Pearl Bruce Oct 13 1910 - Oct 6 1993 Forbes Suavnah Oct 12 1870 - Aug 21 1904 Forbes Charles 1886 - 1890 Forbes Nora 1888 - 1896 Forbes Etta 1891 - 1893 Forbes Emmie 1901 - 1908 Forbes Willie Oct 1907 - Oct 1908 Hoskins Penny Mar 25 1825 - May 7 1897 age 72 Star emblem Hoskins Zue - John - Narvell no dates one maker no dates Hill three graves concrete slab Jones Gertude Ann Sep 11 1944 - Dec 18 1979 A loving mother. She built a monument of love in the hearts of all who knew her. Knebel Katherine Nicole Nov 6 1998 - Nov 6 1998 Krouse James D. Sep 22 1927 Krouse Willie Jo Jan 4 1932 Lake Leona J. 1911 - 1986 Lake George C. 1912 - 1989 M.W.K. Mills James R. Jun 4 1910 Jones Elva V. Aug 19 1909 - Dec 7 1989 Neilson Emma A. Jan 5 1919 - Jan 11 1919 d/o Chris & Hassie Orr Thomas P. Apr 9 1911 - Mar 5 2000 age 88 FHM Thornton P,O, Box 117 Mt. Ida AR 7157 Otrusina Andrew Aug 24 1999 Age 90 years 8 months 27 days caruth - Hale FH Hot Springs, AR Otrusina Anna J. 1908 - 1990 Thornton FH Otrusina Joseph A. 1909 - 1993 Thornton FH Pearson Christopher Lee Aug 9 1983 - Jul 21 1998 age 14 Thornton FH Pope Jonnie Blish Aug 31 1898 - Sep 22 1982 Pope James Wesley May 6 1893 - Aug 24 1982 Co. F. 113 Inf WW1 Maddox Eva 1889 - 1910 Reynolds Lusy 1860 - 1905 Reynolds Nora Allis stone headstone no dates Russell Seborn 1831 - 1896 Gross Mortuary metal headstone
Tindell Benjamin F. Apr 25 1922 - Nov 12 1997 Thornton FH BK R2 US Navy Tindell Joyce Jan 11 1938
Walk James A. Mar 25 1952 - May 23 1995
Whittington Lula Mar 24 1866 - Apr 26 1891
Wilson Helen Lilian Sep 17 1931 - Jun 12 1998 age 66
Yeaman Johnie Sep 7 1903 - Dec 13 1985 m. Nov 3 1936 Asleep in Jesus awaiting resurrection Yeaman Attie F. Jan 19 1913
Transcribed June 2000 by Olwyn during visit to cemetery. George Blish, attended Mt Ida High School in 1912 and was a Justice of the Peace and his signature is found on many courthouse documents.
On Find a Grave 55 interments listed.
Nora Alice Reynolds b. July 20, 1884. She died Nov. 29, 1893 in a fire while saving her young sister Evie. Evie m. Victor Maddox and she is buried at Blish Cemetery beside her mother Lucy. Lucy LeAnn Casey b. Sept. 7. 1860 in Missouri m. Matt Reynolds 1881.
The Bates information below is courtesy of Cindi Barnes. Posted 27 July 2000.
Dr. John Chaple Bates - b. 11-16-1839 d. 10-22-1904
Nancy Ann Bates b. 5-1841 d. unknown - I believe she died in 1912. but no proof.
There is also an unmarked grave and in the Cemetery Book, lists the name Bates. I believe it is Cynthia Johnson/Bates. b. 2-1874 d. between 1898 & 1890. She was the wife of Homer G. Bates. Homer was a son of Dr. John Chaple Bates. Family members have said that it is she that is buried at the Blish Cemetery in an unmarked grave. Bates
Rada Bates. Her name was Minnie Rada. Daughter of Jesse and Etta Maner/Bates. b. 5-18-1911 d. 11-24-1931.
Baby Bates - daughter of Jesse and Etta Maner/Bates was b. 12-30-1903 d. 2-4-1904
Custer Casey b. 1897 d. 10-6-1907
Craddock is actually Charles Edgebert Craddock b. 1-14-1933 d. 2-8-1934 He was the son of Hector O. Craddock and Viva Marie Bates/Craddock.
Maner, Walker - Hattie is actually two children of Alexander Maner and Arzella Collier/Maner. John "Walker" Maner was born 10-10-1891 - he was a twin and died in infancy. Hattie Arrazeley Maner b. 4-11-1894 - she died in infancy or very young. They are buried next to each other.
Betty June Pate - b. 1-17-1931 d. 1-17-1931.
Wilma Yeamon - is Wilma Arzelia Bates/Yeamon - daughter of Jesse and Etta Maner/Bates. b. 4-11-1909 d. 8-31-1934
Rev. James Bates - is Rev. James Francis Bates son of Jesse and Etta Maner/Bates b. 1-19-1913 d. 8-1993 - his wife
Ruth Loraine Caldwell/Bates b. 5-22-1914 d. 7-31-1993
Dr. John Chaple Bates was not at Andersonville
Information below courtesty of Cindi Barnes a g-g-g-granddaughter of Dr. John Chaple Bates. Posted July 25, 2000
When I researched my g-g-g-grandfather, I sent away to the National Archives in Washington for his Confederate Service Records. I was surprised to see that there was no mention of Andersonville. I then obtained a copy of the transcripts from that famous Henry Wirz Trial. In reading the transcripts I found that the Dr. John C. Bates that gave testimony was not my g-g-g-grandfather. Because my family has always believed that it was our grandfather that was at Andersonville, I wrote about my findings in an attempt to explain why it was not our Grandfather Dr. John Chaple Bates that was at Andersonville.
Dr. John C. Bates & The Andersonville Prison
When I first began this geneology project it appeared that our Grandpa, Dr. John Chaple Bates was the assistant surgeon at the Historical Andersonville Prison during the Civil War. Past researchers uncovered several documents pertaining to Andersonville and the
famous Trial of Henry Wirz in which John C. Bates was a key witness for the prosecution regarding the condition of the prisoners in the hospital at the Andersonville Prison. A movie made about Andersonville and the Trial starred actor Buddy Ebsen, who played the roll of Dr. John C. Bates.
Our Dr. John Chaple Bates inlisted in Company "G" , 23rd Regiment of the Georgia Infantry on August 31st. 1861. He was transfered to Company "B" of that same Regiment and was sent to Richmond Virginia and remained there until he was honorably discharged from service on April 20th. 1865.
TRANSCRIPT FROM THE TRIAL OF HENRY WIRZ
August 24, 1865
Dr. JOHN C. BATES, for the prosecution I have been residing for the past four or five years in the State of Georgia. I am a practitioner of medicine, and have been engaged in that profession since 1850. I have been on duty at the Andersonville prison as acting assistant surgeon. I was assigned there on the 19th of September, 1864; reported for duty on the 22nd, and left there on the 26th of March, 1865. (A paper was here handed to witness.) I think I have seen that before. It is a pass given to me by Captain Wirz to enter the stockade. (The pass was then put in evidence.) I was ordered by Medical Director Stout to report to I.H. or J.H. White, surgeon in charge. He having been hurt by some railroad accident, I reported to Dr. R.R. Stevenson.
NOTE: "and have been engaged in that profession since 1850." Our grandpa John Chapel Bates would have only been 12 years old at that time. He was born November 17th, 1838. "I have been residing for the past four or five years in the State of Georgia." Our John was born and lived in Cherokee County, Georgia until 1871."
Cross-examined by COUNSEL
My home has been in Louisville, Jefferson county, Georgia, since 1857. By occupation I am a practicing physician. I have never held office under the State or national government. I was keeping a drug store when the war broke out. Up to June, 1864, I remained at home practicing medicine. I was exempted by the confederate congress, being a physician over thirty years old., and having been in practice for seven years prior to the 17th of December, 1864. About that time I was arrested and taken to Augusta. I was then, as I sometimes expressed it, forced to go into the confederate service to keep out of it. I had no sympathy whatever with it, and no desire to go into it. I did not say or do anything to bring on the war.
I have always been a Union man, as I understand what the definition of "Union" is. Up to that time (June, 1864.) I was exempt under the confederate act. I soon saw that Governor Brown was going to run everything that could bear arms into the State militia, and as I had been asked to take a position as a contract surgeon. I thought it better to take it rather than go into the trenches. I know of only one other, Dr. Wilson, who went in, in that way. I took oath to the southern confederacy, one forced upon me at the point of the bayonet. I was compelled to take it, and did not at that time consider it binding upon
NOTE: In the testimony above there is quite alot of this John C. Bates' personal informaton that just does not fit to our Grandpa John Chaple Bates. The Dr. John C. Bates at Andersonville was a much older man. Just prior to his forced enlistment into the confederacy he lived in Louiseville, Jefferson County, Georgia and kept a drug store. At that time he was over thirty years old. He must have been born in the late 1820's or early 1830's.
Our Grandpa was trained in medicine under his Father, Dr. John Royal Bates. He did not get advanced schooling to become a surgeon. His military service records show that he was a nurse at the General Hospital at Richmond, Virginia during his confederate service. He enlisted in August of 1861. Dr. John C. Bates was not sent to the Andersonville prison until September 19th, 1864. Our Grandpa never lived in Louiseville, Jefferson County, Georgia. According to the 1860 Census of Cherokee County, Georgia, our John Chaple Bates resided there with his wife Permelia and their first born son James. In the 1870 Census for Cherokee County, Georgia he is again listed with his family. Our Grandpa's Pension Application Records from the Arkansas History Commission confirm the enlistment into the 23rd Regiment, Company "G" Georgia Infantry.