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Number Nine Cemetery

Number Nine Cemetery

Bob (View posts)
Posted: 25 Apr 2006 6:57PM GMT
Classification: Query
My wife was born on Number Nine, reputedly one of the largest plantation "towns" in the area, near Blytheville.

We visited the last remaining resident/her uncle, and he took us on a tour of what remains of the cemetery. It is not maintained most of those stones that were there have been vandalized. Church that was there was burned down, bell stolen. We/he are very concerned it will be plowed under when he's gone. At one time, he had recorded well over 200 names, but he is very old, can't track them down.

Is there any way for me to work on getting a marker? I wrote the state legislator, no response yet. It seems to me there is historical significance to the spot for Arkansas, not just descendants.

Any help?

Re: Number Nine Cemetery

Red Anthony (View posts)
Posted: 26 Jun 2006 7:03PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello Bob: When did you visit Number Nine? That's a shame what people do to old cemeteries sometimes.
My grandfather died there while working on the plantation in 1936 and is buried in an unmarked grave in the Number Nine Cemetery.
I visited there in May of 2002 and the Cemetery was well kept then, and the little church across the highway was still used and in good shape.
I wanted to mark the grave of my Grandfather but could not find a record that showed the location of the grave. The funeral home in Blytheville had a record of the burial but no location. I have some pictures of the Cemetery and Church made in 2002. Below are some links to a site I have just put 4 of the pictures on if you would like to see them. regards, Red Anthony

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/Familystuff/cem/Churc...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/Familystuff/cem/sign....

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/Familystuff/cem/No9.j...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/Familystuff/cem/no9-2...

Re: Number Nine Cemetery

Bob Jacoby (View posts)
Posted: 27 Jun 2006 12:46PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi -

My wife will be very excited, as am I, that someone responded. We were there in April. My wife's uncle Ed still lives on a shack there (has one arm - do you know him?) and is still VERY sharp on locations of graves, etc. - it was a real history lesson, I intend to go back to get him on film. If you get there, I'm sure he'd enjoy a visit. Her other uncle John (Fat) died there not to long ago. Her mother is Lorraine, who is the last of her siblings still alive, up here in Milwaukee - they came up in 59.

I believe the church burned down 3-4 years ago. Ed was most upset that they took the bell. His total lack of animosity towards individuals is amazing, given his life.

Ed's idea was to list all of the people who anyone could remember who may be buried there on a single marker, and make it permanent enough that no one will plow under the cemetery after he is gone - which appears to be a real possibility. Obviously, this would have to happen soon, as the people who remember are going fast. It is hard to talk to him by phone, we hope to see him again within a year to make as much of a list as we can. If you like the idea or have ideas on how to make it happen, please let us know. I wrote the area legislators about a possible historical marker and was ignored. Ed had been trying to maintain the grass, etc., but he said the owner never got him a mower after the last time it broke, and he's to old now. It looks like it got partially mowed/treated for weeds before we got there.

Did you know there also appears to be an indian burial mound as well as other mounds on the property?

Stay in touch, let us know if you go there, we'll make introductions to Ed if you wish. I will check out your pictures next - we have some from the last visit, I will have to ask my son how to get them on the net or send them to you.

Good to hear from you, Bob

Re: Number Nine Cemetery

Posted: 13 Jul 2008 12:23AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: WESTBROOK,CLEMMONS,BROCKINGTON,HENDERSON,JACKSON,SMITH,WRIGHT
Do you have an audio of the names there in the cemetery. Are they anywhere on the web? It would be nice for the list of names to be put on the web.

Re: Number Nine Cemetery

Posted: 17 Jul 2008 12:58PM GMT
Classification: Query
I don't (although I could probably get many in a single phone call), but have been trying to get my wife's mother and uncle to write them down for a while. I am not internet savvy in terms of where to or how to post on the internet, but it is a great idea and I will try to devote some attention to that soon.

Thanks.

Re: Number Nine Cemetery

Posted: 22 Sep 2008 7:02PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Cook and Boshers
Hi, I am Belinda Boshers, and my grandmother BESSIE COOK/BOSHERS and her parents and seven of her children are buried at number 9 cemetary. I would love to find a list of names and see pictures of the cemetary. I have wanted to go there for a long time, but my husband doesn't share my couriosity for these kind of things. I heard about this children from my grandmother and have always wanted to them. I know that Martha Louise Boshers, and Louise, and Lucille Boshers,maybe Earl Boshers. A family member that lived in number nine told me Earl was also borned there and he was a twin to my uncle Dirl who just passed away about 2 years ago in Arizona. If you have any pictures or information I would appreciate anything you have. If there is a place that you can email or call about keeping that cemetary in tact let me know this also. Its illegal to distroy a cemetary isn't it? Thanks for you time. Belinda my email address is Belindajo57@aol.com...I you want to contact me. oh my great grandparents names were William Cook and Nancy Cook

Re: Number Nine Cemetery

Posted: 22 Sep 2008 7:39PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi,

First, I should be clear about which Number 9 cemetery we are talking about. Being from the north and not familiar w/ how things worked down there years ago, I did not realize there was a white church/cemetery, and a black church/cemetery. The white church still stands, and the cemetery is maintained. The black church was malitiously burned down a good 10 years ago, and the cemetery as of last year was mostly just a patch of weeds that was gradually getting encroached upon by the plow. Illegal or not, I am told that it is not uncommon in Arkansas for plantation black cemeteries to get "lost", when the last oldtimers are gone. My wifes uncle can no longer maintain it. We never did get a list together, but we can look thru some of our old photos and send you what we can find if it is the black history you are interested in. Also, the office is still active at the plantation and there is an older gentleman who has been there for at least 40-50 years who has alot of information on both the black and white populations of number nine in his head - he's the guy you need to talk to.

Re: Number Nine Cemetery

Posted: 26 Sep 2008 12:48AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Ballard
Family history passed down thru word of moth has always said my grandparents Billy and Fanny Ballard are buried in the white cememtary at Number Nine.Tried to get there one day but it was pouring rain and we gor bogged down in the mud. Would love to know if they are really burued there.Peggy Ballard Deel

Re: Number Nine Cemetery

Posted: 26 Sep 2008 12:50AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Ballard
Family history passed down thru word of moth has always said my grandparents Billy and Fanny Ballard are buried in the white cememtary at Number Nine.Tried to get there one day but it was pouring rain and we gor bogged down in the mud. Would love to know if they are really buried there.Peggy Ballard Deel

Re: Number Nine Cemetery

Posted: 26 Sep 2008 2:11AM GMT
Classification: Query
I wonder if number nine church has a phone number? IT would be nice to talk to someone that may have a list or something, that could give us some help in trying to find our relatives that are buried there. My grandmother had 7 out of 11 children, and if I ever find them I would want to put up a headstone for them. I have always been fasinated by all of them. And I think they deserve recognition after all of these years. I know they don't have a headstone or if they did, it is long gone by now. Thanks for writing....Belinda Boshers/Shelton
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