Hello, List, I just found the rootsweb site for the cemetery photos in Randolph Co., AR. Apparently a lot of people have done a lot of research and work there in listing and photographing all these locations.I certainly appreciate all their efforts.
My late mother was Blanche M. (Saunders) Bell.She was born Dec 29, 1887 in the area near Reyno, AR.She used to tell me stories about living in a house "on stilts" near the river.She mentioned Current River, the Black River, Biggers Ferry, Reyno, Pocahontasand so many other locations that I'm not positive where that house was located, but she said it was near "Old Man Biggers" who had a Ferry across the river.
Sometime around 1893 to 1898, when she was about 6-8 years old, her mother died and was buried on Christmas Day.She said her father told her and her younger sister that when he returned from the logging camp where he worked, he was going to put them into a Catholic Orphanage Home (I supposed he meant in Pocahontas, but didn't know). (they were not Catholic, although he might have been).He apparently caught pneumonia and within a month, he also died.
My mother told me quite a number of years ago that her parents were both buried in the "Heights Cemetery"at least that's how I always assumed it was spelled.After looking at the rootsweb site and all the photos, I think I probably was in error and it must have been "Hite's Cemetery".
Since there were no adult survivors, I have doubts that gravestones or markers were ever erected, but don't know.Her mother was Mary Ann (Cabler) Saunders and her father was James Richard Saunders.
My mother was placed in the care of a couple there in town and her sister, who was 2 years younger, was put in the care of the daughter of the sheriff of the area.
Does anyone know if there is a record or list of the people buried in the Hite Cemetery, with or without markers?Is there any way I can look up the marriage/death/ records of this couple?(I think they may have posted bans, married, or "jumped-the-broomstick"in 1885, but don't know for certain).
Apparently there were also two male children born to this couple, that may have died in infancy.I think, (but don't know for certain) that their names might have been James Richard Saunders (Jr. ?) and Frederick Cabler Saunders (named after maternal grandfather, Frederick Cabler).I can only assume these two male children are also buried in the area.
It was told that the father, James Richard Saunders, had grown up in an orphanage in California, that he had knocked a man off a bridge and left there, but I don't know if there is any truth to any of that story or not.I've never found any record of him at any of the orphanages I've been able to find on the west coast or in the southwest.
Can anyone offer any suggestions on where or how to find any records on this couple?I'm pretty well confined to the house (medical reasons) so I can't get out to do research any more.