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Re: Wilder Cemetery Relocation
Posted by: Emery Francis (ID *****8430) Date: June 14, 2008 at 13:52:39
In Reply to: Wilder Cemetery Relocation by Vicci of 921

Wilder Cemetery is right on the sdie of AR Hwy 92 between Plumerville and Springfield, AR. The original Cemetery is under the waters of Brewer Lake. The relocation was done by the US Corps of Engineers. They mapped the original cemetery and sent notification requesting relocation permission and death info to living kin before relocating the graves. A large file of data on the cemetery and the graves that were relocated is available in the Corps offices in Little Rock (I had a copy printed out for me).
Many graves in the new cemetery were unmarked in the original Wilder Cemetery. Because a gentleman named Johnnie Oliver Walker was caretaker and knew personally many of the ancestors buried there, he had the Corps make many concrete markers with names and dates. He also rode in the hearse with every relocation.
The cemetery contains my G-G-G-grandfather (Robert Stell. b 1792)and two G-G-grandfathers (Asbury Baxter Stell and John Washington Hawkins), along with many other relatives. It is one of the oldest cemeteried in the county. There are still many Unknown markers in the cemetery.

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