Hi Ronnie! You and I are distantly related. I'm just not sure how. My ggggrandmother was Catherine Conatser. She is thought to have been either the daughter or grandaughter of Johannes Nicholas Conatser. She might have been the daughter of his oldest son John Conatser and Nancy Howard but no one has been able to prove her ancestry either way.
However, though, my ggggrandmother married John Blanscet sometime around 1818 in Alabama. They moved to Jackson county Alabama where they had three children, Henry, Nancy, and Andrew Jackson (my gggrandfather). John is thought to have died soon after Andrew Jackson was born.
My ggggrandmother married again to a man named Thomas Edgin. They moved to Marion county TN. She had several more children with her second husband. They were among the group that you mentioned who joined the wagon train bound for California. They, too, dropped out of the wagon train in Pike county Arkansas. They never did go on to California.
They stayed in Pike county until just before the Civil War. My gggrandfather, Andrew Jackson Blanscet, was critically wounded in the War. He was shot through the head. He survived the initial injury but died many years later from complications resulting from his injury.
As soon as he was able, he packed up his family and moved them to Red River county Texas to wait out the rest of the War. As soon as the war was over he moved his family back to Arkansas, settling in Franklin county. He bought some land on a mountaintop north of Altus, just as your gggrandfather did. I think it was the same mountain.
This is where he finished raising his family and where he died. My gggrandparents are buried there on the mountain in the Blanscet family cemetery. Like you, though, I don't know where his mother, Catherine, and his stepfather are buried though. They were living in Franklin county at the time of the 1870 census but that is the last record of them.
I have the cemetery record of the Blanscet cemetery that I will send you if you want it. However, I checked and I didn't find your Daniel Keith Conatser listed on the record. There are several unmarked graves there, though and it could be that he is buried there. My ggggrandmother could also be there, too, I don't know.
I have been to Altus but I've never been up on the mountain. I don't know if there are two cemeteries on the mountain or not. It does, though, seem that your family was very close to mine.
If you want that cemetery record just send me an email to email@example.com I'll be happy to send it to you.