Oldest Cemetery in Craighead County, Arkansas
Located on private property in southwest Jonesboro. Turn west off Neely Road onto Carriage Road. Past Grays Lane, top of second hill, north of the road about 100 yards.
In 1829, the first permanent resident of what is now Craighead County, Daniel E. Martin, settled in the area later known as "Martin's Spring", in what is now the southwest part of the city of Jonesboro. This area was then part of Greenfield Township, Poinsett County. At the time, the spring was the site of a Native American village. Martin hunted and trapped with the Native Americans, who were friendly. He cleared land and planted corn there near the spring, making him the first white man to open land for cultivation in what is now Craighead County. Martin also kept the mail at his house in the year 1835, making him the first Postmaster in what is now Craighead County, and "Martins's Spring", the site of the first post office in what is now Craighead County.
Daniel Martin was buried in the cemetery at Martin's Spring in the early 1840's.
Several other early settlers of Craighead County also rest there, including Confederate veteran Henry McGowan, pioneer settler John Nicholas, and members of the Lamberson, Pierce, Stotts, McCarty, and Rickles families.
Source: "The History of Craighead County, Arkansas" ©1930 by Harry Lee Williams
Note: Only a few stones are still standing.
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GPS Coordinates: 35.79785, -90.75235
- Added: 5 Jun 2012
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2452125
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