Hello, I work with The Madison County Genealogical & Historical Society in Huntsville, Arkansas.I think I might give you some clues to where Myrtle Rhoda THOMPSON Watkins might be buried.One of the projects that I have been working on for several years, is to locate all of the cemeteries in the County.
There is a small family cemetery called "James Watkins Family Cemetery" in the south part of Madison County near Delaney.This cemetery is located on the homeplace owned by James Watkins & his wife, Margaret FRALEY Watkins.They were the parents of Elias Augustus Watkins, who was married to Myrtle Rhoda Thompson.This little cemetery has about 10 graves but all except one are marked only with fieldstones with no names or dates on them.The only grave with a tombstone having the name on it, is that of James Watkins, born 1816 died 16 March 1873.This little cemetery is located in Section 13, Township 13, Range 28, where the James Watkins family lived.
We know that two of James Watkins' sons are buried there and they were bushwacked during the Civil War, so that means they were buried there about 1862-65.Then James Watkins died in March 1873 and is buried here. Another of James' sons, George, died between 1860-1870, and Margaret FRALEY Watkins died sometime after 19 March 1887 (the date on an Affidavit filed for Civil War pension from her son).Family data says that Margaret is buried in this cemetery beside James.
So according to your date of death for Myrtle of about 1891, it is very possible that she too was buried in this cemetery.The other fact that leads me to believe that this is her final resting place, is that Elias received a land patent (homestead papers) to 40 acres in August 1888; and to 120 acres in September 1890.This 160 total acres of land is located in Section 12, Township 13, Range 28 ... which is within 1/2 mile of this family cemetery.If Myrtle died about 1891, then I would say that since she and Elias were living so close, that this would be where she was buried .. since Elias' father, brothers, and possibly mother was already buried there.
The downside to this is that the graves in this cemetery do not have names or dates on the fieldstone markers, so there is no way to positively know if this is the case.Please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions or comments.I'll be glad to do whatever I can here in Madison County to aid you in your search.
Joy Russell, President Madison County Genealogical & Historical Society