Arkansas Cemeteries



Searcy County, Arkansas

Information Collected and Written

By Berry and Helen Beavers


The Wilson Cemetery is located

1 ½ miles northeast of

Marshall, Searcy County, Arkansas

On State Highway 74

Range 15 West, Township 15 North, Section 29


         The names and dates that we copied from the tombstones are in bold italics.  The stones that didn’t have anything written on them or the unmarked graves are in BOLD BLOCK LETTERS.  The rest is information that we have collected from people.  We are still in the process of collecting information as we think that it is very important to collect as much information as possible now so that this information about these people that have been buried in Wilson Cemetery is not lost forever.  If you any information about the Wilson Cemetery or the people buried there that is not included in the attached printout, please contact us at the above address.  We will periodically update this printout as we receive more information.

May 1, 1999

Updated, May 15, 1999


         NAME                                      DATE OF BIRTH       DATE OF DEATH


1.  Beavers, Nancy B.                   Aug 21, 1882  Aug 3, 1958

2.  Beavers, David C.                    Sept 3, 1872            May 13, 1952

3.  UNMARKED                                   

On June 28, 1998, Shorty Beaver went to Wilson Cemetery with us.  He thinks that Dave and Nancy Beavers had two infants that died and were not named.  Could they possibly be buried side by side to the right of Dave and Nancy’s tombstone?

4.  Beavers, Belle Oma    daughter of David C. & Nancy

                                                      Oct. 1909               Oct. 1909

Berry Beavers made a concrete tombstone in 1997 for the grave of Oma Belle Beavers, so that her grave would have a marker.

5.  Beavers, Nancy Onie   daughter of David & Nancy

                                                      Aug 15, 1911           June 4, 1917

Berry Beavers made a concrete tombstone in 1997 for the grave of Nancy Onie Beavers, so that her grave would have a marker.

6.  Beavers, Barton                      Apr. 18, 1893  Feb 1, 1921

Barton has two stones.  Berry Beavers made a concrete headstone for him in 1998.  The sandstone one at the foot of his grave has BEAVER scratched on it.  BEAV is on the front and ER wraps around to the side of the stone.

7.  Hattie Stills Beaver McNamara    Dec 30, 1897           June 8, 1984

Berry Beavers made a concrete tombstone for the grave of Hattie Stills Beaver McNamara in 1998, so the grave would have a permanent marker.  The only marker that was there previously was the metal one from the funeral home with her name on it.

8.  Beaver, Oma Grace   daughter of Hattie & Barton

                                                      Aug 29, 1920           Oct 4, 1920

Berry Beavers made a concrete headstone in 1998 for the grave of Oma Grace Beaver so that she would have a permanent marker.


On June 28, 1998 Shorty Beaver went to the Wilson Cemetery with us.  He thinks that the stone to the right of Hattie Beaver or the blank spot in between that does not have a marker is probably Ida, Dave & Emmaline Beavers’ oldest daughter.

10.  E.W. Brandt                                   Sept 1876               Jan 1941

11.  UNMARKED                                                                              

12.  Doland M. Beaver   Sgt US Army Korea

                                                      May 14, 1930  July 1, 1986

         Doland was one of Floyd Beaver’s sons.

13.  Floyd Beaver                                 Sept 21, 1896 Dec 1, 1977

         Floyd is the son of Dave & Emmaline Beavers.  His wife was Lena.  



14.  Lena McInturff Beaver             Aug 14, 1899  Sep 30, 1971

         Lena was Floyd’s wife.

15.  Carl E. Beaver                               Mar 8, 1934             July 11, 1936

Carl was Floyd and Lena Beaver’s young son.  They were on their way to church one night and when they crossed the creek at Zack, Carl fell out of the truck and was killed.

16.  N.E. Beavers                                 March 18, 1843        May 14, 1927

This is Nancy Ellen Barnes Garrison Beavers, wife of John Crocket Beavers.  John Crocket and Nancy Ellen Beavers are the parents of David Beavers who is also buried in this cemetery.

17.  Horton, Robert Perry                        May 8, 1924            June 8, 1924

18.  J.J. Garrison                                 July 27, 1923  May 25, 1940

19.  W. J. Garrison                               Jan 2, 1861             May 4, 1920

20.  Garrison                                                       

It looks like Garrison has been scratched into the stone with a nail as it is very faint.  It also reads from the top to the bottom of the stone, so that you have to turn your head sideways to really be able to see and read it.  It also looks as if something was scratched across the top of the stone, but we couldn’t make out what it said.  You have to look at this stone in the morning light, as it is very faint and almost unreadable in the afternoon light.

21.  UNMARKED                                                                               

During the May, 1998 cleanup, Dewayne Treat told us that Alfie Young was also buried in the Wilson Cemetery.  He is the brother of Rosie Sanders, who was married to Charlie Sanders.  Dewayne thinks this may be his grave.

22.    UNMARKED                                                                                      

During the May 1998 cleanup, Dewayne Treat told us that Sarah Rachael Treat was buried two graves away from Elizabeth Treat.  This unmarked grave is two graves away from Elizabeth Treat.  Sarah was the sister of Emmaline Treat Beavers.

23.  UNMARKED                                                                      

During the May 1998 cleanup, Dewayne Treat told us that the grave just to the left of Elizabeth Treat was James Franklin Treat.

24.  Elizabeth   wife of Wm Treat               Nov 2, 1846             Feb 26, 1912

At the May 1998 cleanup, Jack Amos told us that Howard Treat can tell us about the Treats.  Jack said that Doc Treat has an old picture of the Treats.

On June 28, 1998 Shorty Beaver told us that Elizabeth’s mother, Sarah Ott, was a full-blooded Cherokee.  She was born in Indiana. 

This stone is to the left (north) of Emmaline Treat.  The name Elizabeth at the top of the stone is nearly worn away by the weather and age.  We had to rub chalk on the stone before we could read Elizabeth on it.



25.  Emmaline Treat   wife of Dave Beavers      

                                                      Apr 13, 1871

           This is her birth date.  Emmaline died on March 8, 1906.                       

26.  Mary E.   wife of W.J. Garrison   Sep 29, 1860  Jan 21, 1894

27.  Mary Harrison                                        1825            Apr 23, 1900

28.  Roy   son of W.J. & M.A. Garrison        Apr 21, 1901            Sep 30, 1904

29.  Hughey   son of G.B. & Zona Beavers                              

                                                      Dec. 12, 1910 Feb 7, 1911

30.  Beavers, Greenberry F.           March 29, 1880        Nov 13, 1918

On June 23, 1998 John Franklin Massey told us that during the years 1917 - 1919 there was a worldwide outbreak of influenza that killed millions of people.  Greenberry and his whole family were sick with it.  Greenberry contracted pneumonia and died from influenza.  When he died there was thirty inches of snow on the ground.  Jim Lemarr and Absil Morrison were the only two well men in the community.  They took Greenberry’s body to Wilson Cemetery in a wagon and buried him.  Greenberry lived at Campbell, so it was a 25 mile trip to Wilson Cemetery.  Hughey, son of Greenberry and Zona, was buried in the Wilson Cemetery in 1911, so that is probably why Greenberry was buried there instead of closer to his home.

31.  Beavers, Zona Massey            Apr 4, 1884             Mar 5, 1947

           This is the wife of Greenberry.

32.  Bobby Gene Garrison             Jan 25, 1952           Jan 25, 1952

33.  UNMARKED                                                                   

During the May 1998 cleanup, Jack Amos told us that he thinks the grave to the right of Alice Baker may be Martha, W.J. Garrison’s first wife.  Mary E. was W.J. Garrison’s second wife.  Mary and Martha were sisters.  He said there are also two more graves where kin to him are buried.

34.  Alice Baker                                   Oct 10, 1872            Feb 7, 1937

35.  Hattie Baker                                  July 3, 1880            May 20, 1910

36.  Emaline Baker                               Jan 5, 1842             Oct 24, 1912

37.  William Baker                                Feb 1, 1837             Oct 26, 1912



40.    UNMARKED               

41.    UNMARKED                                                   

42.    * E T                                                                              

We originally thought that J t was scratched into this stone.  At the 1999             cleanup we got to looking around and decided that this stone is the footstone for the grave of Elizabeth Treat. 

43.  C B T                                                                              

We originally thought that this was just an unmarked grave, but at the 1999 cleanup, we noticed that it had C B T scratched very faintly on it.  It is very hard to read it.

44.  UNMARKED                                                                     


46.    Willis Baker   Co. E  2nd AR Cav                                             

During the May 1998 cleanup, Jack Amos told us that Willis Baker is from     the William and Emaline Baker clan, which is the same clan as Noah Abraham, Ozar and Zona.                                                     



49.     C B  Jr. Treece                    Sept 10, 1923 Aug 25, 1925

50.    small UNMARKED

51.    Lloyd   son of W.S. & B.M. Garrison    

Sept 11, 1909 Aug 14, 1910

52.    SNR or SWS or EWR or ENR                                                

This tombstone is very hard to read.  We’re not really sure what it does say on it.


54.    Noah Abraham Baker             Aug 29, 1880  Jan 10, 1951

During the May 1998 cleanup, Jack Amos told us that Noah and Zona Baker were probably married as they were only three years apart in age.  Jack said we can call Katie Moffet, 448-5454, and she can tell us about Noah Baker.  Cute Baker is also from the Noah Baker clan.

55.  Ozar Baker                                   April 30, 1911 July 23, 1936

56.  Zona Baker                                   June 22, 1877 Apr 26, 1961

57.  UNMARKED                                                                     

58.  Liza J. Thompson                                                      Aug 4, 1880


60.    Mary T.

This is scratched in the rock.



63.    L.B.



66.    Rosa   daughter of Thomas W. & M.A. Brown

Aug. 11, 1901 May 20, 1905

67.  Laura   daughter of Thomas W. & M.A. Brown

                                                      Sep 22, 1903  May 15, 1907

68.  Ollie   daughter of Thomas W. & M.A. Brown

                                                      Mar 25, 1906           Apr 10, 1906








76.    Mother   Frances Hursh                1867                      1915


78.    Susan Wilson                                Nov 7, 1849             Nov 15, 1882

Susan is the daughter-in-law of John Alen Wilson.  She is Colima (Sisk) Beavers’ great-grandmother.


80.    J A W                                                                             

On June 28, 1998, Tom Wilson went to the Wilson Cemetery with us.  He said that years ago his father had shown him where John Wilson had been buried.  He recognized the tombstone for us.  It says J A W.  John’s name was John Alen Wilson.  He was killed alongside the road by jayhawkers on January 20, 1864 and was buried by his wife.  Legend has it that he was the first to be buried in Wilson Cemetery.  John came to Ssearcy County in 1858 from Alabama through Tennessee.  He was a member of the chaini gang and then a Private in Co. I, 18th Marmaduke’s AR Inf., which was Confederate.  His son William,  (Billy) served in the Union Army in Cassville, Missouri.





This rock is located in the middle of the cemetery.  It looks like somethinig is scratched on it, but we could not tell what it was.




88.    N P Gray     Oct. 27, 1812

This was scratched  on the rock and is very, very faint and very hard to read.  We assumed that the 1812 is a birth year.  The N is a backwards N.














102. Jas Brown   Co C 1st Cav


At the May 1998 cleanup, Clifford Roach told us that five graves to the left (when you face east) of Jas. Brown probably died of flux.  He told us to ask Patsy Mays at the Daisy Queen about it.

104.    UNMARKED

At the May 1998 cleanup, Clifford Roach told us that five graves to the left (when you face east) of Jas. Brown probably died of flux.  He told us to ask Patsy Mays at the Daisy Queen about it.

105.    UNMARKED

At the May 1998 cleanup, Clifford Roach told us that five graves to the left (when you face east) of Jas. Brown probably died of flux.  He told us to ask Patsy Mays at the Daisy Queen about it.

106.    UNMARKED

At the May 1998 cleanup, Clifford Roach told us that five graves to the left (when you face east) of Jas. Brown probably died of flux.  He told us to ask Patsy Mays at the Daisy Queen about it.

107.    UNMARKED

At the May 1998 cleanup, Clifford Roach told us that five graves to the left (when you face east) of Jas. Brown probably died of flux.  He told us to ask Patsy Mays at the Daisy Queen about it.

108.      UNMARKED   

109.      UNMARKED

110.      UNMARKED

111.      UNMARKED

112.      UNMARKED

113.      UNMARKED

114.      UNMARKED

115.      Zettie Brown                               Jan 8, 1909             April 1, 1913

Clifford Roach told us that Zettie’s name is Rosetta.

116.      UNMARKED

117.       W.F. Brown                               May 20, 1865  March 4, 1931

During the May 1998 cleanup, Betty Tate and Clifford Roach told us that they and Patsy Mays are grandchildren of William Franklin and Elizabeth Brown.  Their two young daughter are also buried in Wilson Cemetery.  Goldie and Faith Brown were both about eight or nine years old when they died.

118.    Elizabeth Brown                         Nov 4, 1869             Jan 9, 1958

Berry fixed Elizabeth’s headstone in 1997 as it was broken.  During the May 1998 cleanup, Betty Roach told us that she had been trying to clean up around this grave a couple of years before that and when she lifted up Elizabeth’s broken headstone, she was struck three times by a black snake.


120. ABDALL Brown

It was hard to read this stone, so we’re not exactly sure what that first name says.  We wonder if it is the original stone for Abigal Cypert Brown, as she has a new stone.

121.    Abigal (Cypert) Brown   daughter of WT Cypert                                                                                                 Oct 1, 1840             1917

122.    Helen (Cypert) Wilson   daughter of WT Cypert  wife of Levi Wilson                                                                July 8, 1835            about 1895

Helen Cypert Wilson also has a newer headstone that is not a sandstone marker.   At the 1999 cleanup, a broken sandstone was found.  It said “HELE  WILS”.  Berry set it up as the footstone for Helen (Cypert) Wilson. 

123.    Levi Harrison Wilson   Teamster in Civil War

1836                                          Dec 1899

Levi’s original stone is a flat rock which is lying right beside his newer headstone.  It says “L.H. Wilson.”  The N is backwards on his old stone.

124.    B   A N D    C  

There is a dot in between the  B and the A  and also between the D and the C, as if used to separate words or something.  I think we need to go back and look at this stone again.  It may be B   AND   D,   for born and died.  If the stone is broken, the names or dates could have been broken off.

125.        UNMARKED

126.        UNMARKED

127.        UNMARKED

128.        UNMARKED

129.        UNMARKED

130.        UNMARKED

131.        C  W   or   J W   or   L W

It was hard to read this stone.  We think it says “Died in Oct.” or “Died Oct. 11”, but we aren’t sure of that.  We can’t tell if it says C W or it it is a backwards J and says J W or if it says L W.

132.        UNMARKED

133.        UNMARKED

134.        UNMARKED

135.        UNMARKED

136.        J D S  7-13-1927

There was only one date on this stone, so we don’t know if it is a birth date or a death date.

137.        UNMARKED

138.        UNMARKED

139.        UNMARKED

140.        UNMARKED

141.        UNMARKED

142.        UNMARKED

143.        UNMARKED

144.        UNMARKED

145.        UNMARKED

146.    Girtrell   daughter of A J & Mary A. Sanders

                                                      March 13, 1888        March 25, 1888









155. Mother   Viola Brown              Dec 16, 1873  Nov 14, 1911










165. M







172. B A V G                                    20, 1889             Sep, 1917

This was scratched on the stone.  The top of this stone is broken off, so we don’t know what else it may have said.


174. Jane Treece

This was scratched on the stone and is rather hard to read.  The N is backwards.







181. Georgie Sooter   son of Malinda Treadwell

May 27, 1873  July 24, 1880

182.    Luhania   dau of Wm & M Treadwell                                                                                                     Dec 16, 1844  Dec 18, 1862

183.    Malinda   wife of Wm Treadwell       Aug 12, 1817           Aug 25, 1895

184.    William Treadwell                        May 18, 1818  Dec 16, 1904

185.    Malinda   wife of W S Cotton            1855                 1925

186.        Tom Treadwell

187.        UNMARKED

188.        UNMARKED



  *  Grave number 42 should not actually be counted as a grave as it is a footstone, so we actually counted 187 graves.  



Wilson Cemetery Clean-up

From the Marshall Mountain Wave

May 21, 1998


         Saturday, May 2, the Wilson Cemetery received a complete cleaning.  This cemetery is located on Judge Paul Ray Lee’s property just north of Marshall.  About 25 folks showed up for the old-fashioned work day.  After the clean-up was completed, everyone was amazed to see how good it looked.

         Everyone had a good time working to clean up the cemetery that dates back to the Civil War.  J.W. Wilson was reported to be the first person buried there.  According to Tom Wilson, J.W. lived at the head of Barn Roller (or Barren Hollow), and was killed by Jayhawkers during the Civil War.  His family buried him there.

         Judge Paul Ray Lee remembers his parents telling him about the cemetery.  It once had huge hickory trees in it.  Hickory nuts covered the ground, and the thick canopy shaded out most of the underbrush.  Paul Ray Lee, Fount Beavers, Jay Brown and some others cleaned up the cemetery and worked hard all day at the clean-up.

         J.W. Treece cut, piled and burned brush and worked far too hard for a man that has had heart surgery and a knee joint replacement.  J.W. reminisced about the time 30 or 40 years ago when he, Paul Ray Lee, Fount Beavers, Jay Brown and some others cleaned up the cemetery.  They cut some large trees, one of them being a large cherry tree.  The tree was sold and the money was used to fence the cemetery.  J.W. got a chuckle out of Jared Beavers and Michael Tibbens felling some of the sassafras trees and did their share of chopping and weedeating, too.  Michael Tibbens is only 12, but he was so enthusiastic about weed eating that he only stopped to take a couple of bites out of his sandwich before he was back at it again.  He even thanked people for letting him work.  Now that’s different.

         There were people of all ages working.  Colima Beavers did her part, along with great grandson, Lance Doshier.  Colima keeps in shape by tending to her yard and flowers at Martin Box.  Lance kept everyone on their toes as he carried around a pair of nippers.  Lance is only 3, but he worked all day.

         Betty Tate was very cautious about setting up some of the fallen headstones.  It seems that the last time she was there, she was setting up the headstone of Elizabeth Brown that had fallen over, when a black snake bit her 2 or 3 times.  The fright was worse than the bite, but she didn’t want to repeat the experience.

         Helen Beavers and Fran Campbell made a list of the grave markers and their inscriptions.  They used a list from the Searcy County Library as a guide, and found that some corrections need to be made to the list.  There are a lot of unmarked graves and it appears that several of the sandstone markers with no inscriptions have disappeared.  Helen and Fran counted less than the number provided on the list from the library.  Berry Beavers made two grave markers out of cement and placed them on the graves of Hattie Stills Beaver McNamara and Oma Grace Beaver.  Berry would like to make markers for any graves that do not have markers. 

         Helen Beavers tried to write down some of the history of the cemetery, but the buzz of the weedeaters, chain saws and lawn mowers made it hard to hear all that was said.  Jack Amos provided some history of the Garrison and Baker families that were buried there.  Dewayne Treat shared some family history, too.  Dewayne really made that fence row look good!

         The day was partly cloudy and early in the afternoon rain threatened, but only a few sprinkles were felt.  Otherwise, the day was great for the clean-up.  Everyone had a great time working and visiting.

         Aunt Delpha Mainord provided lunch for everyone.  The young red oak tree near the center of the cemetery provided a good shade for the picnic style lunch.  We would like to thank all who made donations for the clean-up effort.  They are:  Delpha Mainord, Doyle Beavers Family, Jack Amos, Clell Beaver, Pauline Beaver, and Pam and Eddie Cannada.  The balance of money had been put into a Wilson Cemetery Account.  Chere’ Beavers is the treasurer, so if you would like to donate money for the upkeep of the cemetery, you can send it to her.  We are planning to hire someone to mow and trim through the summer months this year.

         We would also like to express our great appreciation for those who spent their time and effort to clean the cemetery: Jasper W. Treece, Virginia Treat, Robert and Esther Young, Dewayne Treat, Cliff Roach, Betty Tate, Michael and Linda Tibben, Evelyn Spalinger, Fran and Willlard Campbell, Ellen and Lance Doshier, Judge Paul Ray Lee, Jack Amos, Vance Johnston, and Colima, J.C., Berry, Helen, Bill, Chere’, Jared and Evan Beavers.


Cleanup Day, 1999


There was a cleanup and decoration day at the Wilson Cemetery on Saturday, May 1, 1999.  Thanks to the great effort of several folks working very hard to clean the bushes and briars off of the cemetery last year, this years’ work was not as hard and took much less time.  We owe a great deal of thanks to Lindsey Beavers for mowing the cemetery twice this spring.  If you have descendants buried at the Wilson Cemetery, be sure to go by and look at it.  It looks really nice.  The Wilson Cemetery is 1 ½ miles northeast of Marshall on state highway 74. 

The weather was great for being outdoors.  By noon the cemetery was really looking good and  everyone was ready to eat lunch and get down to some old time visiting.  It was good to see Virginia Treat; her daughter, Linda Tibben and Linda’s  son, Michael, all from Big Flat back again this year.   Michael is one of the hardest working young men that we’ve ever seen.  Linda and Virginia had spent some of their time Friday working on the Big Flat Cemetery.  It seems the regularly scheduled cleanup day was the same as the Wilson Cemetery.  Linda and Virginia found a way to be at both of them.  Tom and Margie Wilson from Oxley and Virginia and Tom Benton from Leslie were there to help.  Debra Clemons and her son Eric came from Kimberling City, Missouri to be a part of the decoration and cleanup.  Virginia is Tom’s sister and Debra is Tom’s daughter.  Eric is Tom’s grandson.  Tom and his family have an interest in the Wilson Cemetery because  John Alen Wilson is buried there.  John Alen is Tom’s Great - Great Grandpa.   John Alen Wilson was killed during the Civil War by jayhawkers.  Sandy Hall came all the way from Harrisburg to be there. Sandra is working on genealogy of the Wallace, Brewer, Massey and Tilley families. After the Wilson Cemetery work was done Sandra, Pam Cannada, Berry and Helen Beavers went to the Beavers and Tilley Cemeteries down on Big Creek.  They worked to mow down the grass in these cemeteries.  Don Ott of Lakeview (Marion County) was on hand also at the Wilson Cemetery to help.  Don is studying the genealogy of the Treat and Ott families.  Don is the first great grand nephew of Ann Elizabeth (Ott) Treat.  It was a full day of cemetery cleanup for Don.  After he left the Wilson Cemetery he went to the Ott and Hurst Cemeteries in Marion County to work on them.  Don said there were a lot of cemeteries around Marion County that were being neglected.  He appreciates anyone who will take the time to help preserve these pieces of history.  Paul Ray Lee and his son, Steve were also at Wilson Cemetery to help out.  Paul Ray said that his great grandmother, Ann Elizabeth Ott Treat is buried there at the cemetery.  Paul Ray also said that his great great grandfather, William “Bill” Treat homesteaded the 160 acres of land adjoining his place. 

People attending the cleanup and decoration day, 1999 were Berry and Helen Beavers;  Linda Tibben and her son Michael; Virginia Treat; Tom and Margie Wilson; J.C. Beavers;  Bill and Chere’ Beavers and sons Jared and Evan;  Tom and Virginia Benton;  Sandra Hall;  Pam Cannada;  Debra Clemons and son Eric;  Don Ott;  Paul Ray Lee, and son Steve Lee;  Fran Campbell;   Colima Beavers and  Lenola Beavers.  Thank you for your help. 

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Wilson Cemetery fund, can do so by sending a check for deposit to the Bank of the Ozarks, P.O. Box 544, Marshall AR 72650.  Make the check to the Wilson Cemetery fund.    Funds will be used for expenses in mowing and upkeep of the cemetery.


We received a letter on 5-11-99 from Clell Beaver.  Enclosed was a copy of his cashier’s check for $100 to the Wilson Cemetery fund.  Thanks a lot, Clell and Evelyn.


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