We found out that my gg-grandfather was supposedly buried here and took a trip to Democrat, AR even though we had been told that it had been ploughed under and/or turned into a cow pasture.Thankfully that is not the case; however it is SEVERELY OVERGROWN.It is on someone's farm (MAWRY - maybe MAURY) off of state route 357 and St. Francis county road 554 (SFC 554).We had to park and hike a quarter mile (down SFC 557; see Mapquest.com) and then climb over trees, hack through cane, brambles, vines, etc. and stomp through marsh but the following listing are those graves that we did find.I took digital photos if anyone is related and would like a copy.(In fact, I didn't take pen and paper into the woods with me, so all of the information below is strictly from the photos.)I'll also be adding the photos to FINDaGRAVE.comProbably half of the headstones are fallen down and were covered in moss or mud.If I could get help, I would be interested in restoring this place and helping to keep it up...?
Hollis JACKSON 26 SEPT 1918 12 OCT 1935
A.W. ALLEN 29 APR 1889 17 JULY 1938 Gone but not forgotten (Prettiest stone out there with an large angel on top of the headstone; also has a footstone with the initials A.W.A.)
Jessie CARBIN 15 JUNE 1900 18 SEPT 1938 (Homemade stone? Has a cross carved in it)
Robert WALKER Arkansas Pvt 10L 40 Res. Labor BN 28 OCT 1930 (Not sure on the military inscription, but it is an official military headstone)
Kile E. BLACKWELL (might be Kile L.) 6 DEC 1916 19 NOV 1917 asleep in Jesus
Sam JENKINS 12 DEC 1911 6 AUG 1917 age 6 at rest
Mary BROWN (there are dates, but I can't read them)
Fred D. HAYES 1879-1943 (looked like the newest headstone out there; fallen over)
Carrie L. MOTEN 15 OCT 1910 (maybe 1916) 15 JUNE 1941 Sweetly Sleeping (Homemade stone? Has a heart carved beside the name)
Will SCOTT 9 OCT 1882 (not sure if it is a 9) 1 SEPT 1945 (the 4 is written backwards) at rest (This headstone was under a VERY large tree that had fallen and had to be flipped over)
**unmarked grave surrounded by a low metal fence**
**large piece of rectangular metal sticking out of the ground with a smaller piece appx 6 ft away**
**concrete base with rebar rod, but no headstone**
**3 metal markers, info missing.One remnant had "Kennedy Funeral Home, Marianna, AR" but after making several phone calls I discovered that they went out of business.Trying to locate their records**
**broken, unreadable headstone**
Audrey BELL 10 SEPT 1910 12 NOV 1918 age 8
Henry MALONE 17 OCT 1901? 14 OCT 1916?
Hery JENKINS (maybe mispelled? Henry or Harry?) 18 JAN 1916 (or 1918?) 28 NOV 1918 at rest
Cora JENKINS 20 FEB 1910 26 NOV 1918 age 8
Joshua WESTON born 1897 10 OCT 1918 age 21 Our common country claims our aid Living or dying I will defend her (Probably the largest headstone out there)
Paul WESTON (Masonic symbol over name) died 18 NOV 1931 A Christian's course is run A valiant fight with victory won.
John WESTON Arkansas Pvt 162 Depot Brig 10 JAN 1894 21 OCT 1933 Another link is broken in our beloved band A golden chain is forming in a better Land (official military headstone)
A couple of the stones were near standing water so there may be some further back underwater.There was also a several places where limbs were piled against the bases of trees - either through lots of water pushing them there or beavers making homes.
There were also 8-12 pylons in a row with a fallen chimney nearby.A local said that his grandfather told him that Democrat had been nothing more than a lone trading post. Either the pylons were marking out a family plot or the foundation of a building (maybe the trading post?).I saw several examples of OLD houses around there on the same kind of pylons.Daddy thought maybe even a small chapel could have been there.We also saw evidence of lillies and other domestic plants in various places where no stones were evident, but could be gravesite markings...
There were also about 6 or 8 concrete blocks spaced ever-so far apart.My guess is that they marked the edges of a path, being too close together to be (to my mind) grave markers.
There did appear to have been a store (which is now a house) down the road that was probably built around the 1950s.
I hope this information helps someone.I didn't find any tangible evidence of my ancestors - Abner Young WRIGHT or William Pinckney WRIGHT - out there, but maybe they have yet to be discovered!
P.S.The EAST side of the area drops off a few feet and where tree roots are exposed the soil looks sandy.The surrounding farmland is extremely flat, so the original site may have appeared to be a "Sandy Hill" rising up from the flatland...