|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
The cemetery is located in Section 21, Township 20 North, Range 33 West, at the corner of Georgia Flat Road and Kane Road. Directions: From Gravette, AR go 2 miles west on AR Hwy. 72, (turn left) on Georgia Flat Rd. (dirt road) follow Georgia Flat Road for about 2 miles.
Notes from "History of the Mt. Enterprise
Church & Georgia Cemetery"
by Nancy Feroe,
President of Georgia Flat Cemetery Association
The original establishment of Mt. Enterprise Church & Cemetery appears to have been under the guidance of Reverend James Madison McCraw, who was a Baptist minister from Waco, Texas. Born January 13, 1828 in Spartanburg District, South Carolina, James Madison McCraw served as a regimental chaplain during the Civil War in association with Rev. Marvin V. Smith, one of the most noted men in Texas. He first came to Benton County in the fall of 1865 and purchased some land, then returned to Texas the same year. He returned to Arkansas in 1867 and began his ministerial work which included establishing Mt. Enterprise Baptist Church.
Dr. Bill Burster, in his book, "One Century of Proclaiming Christ, A History of the First Baptist Churches." He states:
"Five days later the Bentonville Baptist Association, meeting in their fifth annual session, at the Spring Creek Church, "received Vineyard, Hopewell, New Hope, Fellowship, Bloomington, Mt. Enterprise, West Fork, Sugar Hill, Round Prairie (sic}Butlers Creek, Key Lodge, St. Paul and Richland, all newly constituted Churches." The moderator then "extended to them the right hand of fellowship and invited them to seats." (Source: The Minutes of the Fifth Annual Session, Bentonville Baptist Association, Friday, October 2, 1868.)
The historic cemetery stands proudly as the final resting place for some of Benton County's early citizens and serenely waits in silence for those joining them in their final journey. The Georgia Flat Cemetery Association present this in the memory of our loved ones who have gone before us.
Notes from page 17 of:
THE CAMP, THE BIVOUSC,
AND THE BATTLE FIELD
By GAMMAGE,BRIGADE SURGEON
of MCNAIR'S BRIGADE
We arrived at Camp Jackson on the 5th day of September, and encamped in the timber on the hill-side skirting a large prairie. Camp Jackson is about four miles from Maysville, AR.
Here we remained for a considerable time, and during our stay at this camp we had more sickness amongst the men than I have ever known in one command in so short a time. In the space of 36 days we had about 30 deaths, most of them from diseases following upon an attack of measles.
Notes from Freda:
The reason I added the above is that Camp Jackson is just about 1 or so miles west of the area where the Georgia Cemetery is located. We believe that some of our unmarked graves may be that of the Confederate Soldiers that died from the measles and diseases at Camp Jackson. We are still researching this and if and when we find that information I will post it.
Found by Mrs. Dodie Evans, given to Mr. Bob Kelley which in turn gave it to Laqueda Roquemore a board member of G.F.C.A.
I have posted a 1909 picture of the Mt. Enterprise also known as the Georgia Church on this page. It is the last picture.You will have to click on view all pictures to see it. The following was found along with the picture:
The Benton County Gazette
(In existence only 1 year
Printed in Gravette, AR
A.C. Veach, Publisher & Editor)
Thursday, April 8,1909
The historic building is an old land mark in that section of the country. It is a country church standing alone at the edge of the woods. It is owned by the Baptist people and Sunday School and preaching services are held regularly every Sunday.
L.M. Kanes is working the Chas. Adkins farm and is handy to church and Sunday School. He has a good farm and pleasant surroundings.
A cluster of mail boxes near the Georgia church where the neighbors for miles around get their mail.It is needless to say the carrier is always a welcome guest, especially so, when he brings a goodly supply of mail. Miss Patterson and Mr. Newman, two of the patrons of this point were in waiting when the carrier arrived and we got a "shot" at them while the carrier, Mr. Loghry, was in the act of delivering the mail. Mr. Loghry was in the shadow of a tree and does not show him setting in his buggy.
(I did not post this picture because it is dark.)
(If you look close you will see 2 doors, one for the Ladies and the other for the Gentlemen. Also in the picture you will notice there is a man on a horse holding a board pressed up against the church and there are 2 other men with boards pushing up against the church. We were told that at the time the picture was taken the old church building was leaning, so they were pushing on it to straighten it up for the picture. We have also been told that the old church burned to the ground the apple orchard next to it was hit by lighting and never rebuilt. This we were told happened sometime in the 1920's. We have yet to find information on the fire.)
Thank you Cindy Barnett for finding this piece.
By Bobbie Kennard
An interesting letter from Mrs. Bessie Brown of Peculiar, Mo., is really a documentary worthy preserving. It is history still recalled by the daughter and grand daughter of the persons involved.
Parts of the letter are printed just as Bessie wrote it. It follows:
My mother, Margaret M. Brooks (Russell) was born Feb. 2, 1868, near Marietta, about ten miles from Atlanta, Ga. When she was eight years old about 20 families – relatives and friends – sold their homes and moved west.
They had covered wagons and drove teams of oxen using four oxen to each wagon. They drove their extra oxen and cows behind the wagons; tied their chicken coops (with chickens) on the sides of the wagons. They camped at night, and always camped over Sunday. Most of them were Baptists, and had church services on Sunday.
After about three months on the road they reached what is now known as Gravette, Ark. My grandfather, Isham A. Brooks, who was one half Cherokee Indian, was born March 31, 1838 – died October 5, 1919. Grandmother Martha M. Brooks was born 1833 and died 1875.
In 1876 or '77, Grandfather bought a farm about a mile west of town. The rest of the families settled about five miles southwest of Gravette.
Bessie continues, "I don't know just who built the church but suppose they all helped. It was a wooden building, had two front and one back door. The men went in one door and sat on one side of the church; the women went in through the other door and sat on the other side of the church.
They named the church The Georgia Baptist church and the vicinity is still called the Georgia Flatts. The church burned some years ago. (Does anyone know when the Georgia church burned or how it happened? Or have a picture?).
Jim Newman and his wife, Margaret, and the Cowart family are the only families I am sure of, that came at the time my folks did.
Mrs. Brown says: "I got most of the information from one of my mother's brother."