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As mentioned in my outline post of my trip, my initial stop was to see my 2great-Uncle Jim’s gravesite at Old Rondo cemetery in Rondo, Miller, Arkansas. Uncle Jim, as many of us in the family refer to him, was named for his grandfather, James Buchanan and his great-grandfather, William Buchanan. He also had an great-uncle William, who like his grandfather James, died in the Civil War, and according to Joyce, died of disease (perhaps measles?) The names William and James are strongly inherited in our family. William the patriarch, had a son William, who names one of his sons William. A grandson, William, via his son James, named only William on the first several censuses of his life. Later we would find his name was actually James William. This James William is not the current Uncle Jim we’re talking about. In fact, this James William was later known solely as Bill, and Uncle Jim is his namesake (along with the James and Wms before him). Bill is the brother of my 2ggf, Howard Pinkney, and names one of his sons after his brother Howard: Howard Pink Buchanan. Confused? There’s Tyrena’s husband William and their son Wm, Zana’s Wm (now Bill), patriarch Wm (usually Wm & Malissa). Don’t worry, there won’t be a test later. Wait till we get to the John Franklin’s. Lol
Back to the topic at hand, this cemetery, which is not to be confused with Rondo Memorial Park Cemetery. Now I know there’s pictures on FindAGrave (F.A.G.) but nothing beats actually being present, seeing the surroundings. Experience the city. Besides, I wanted to pay my respects. While I was looking for this site, I also took in the amazing feel of the grounds, beginning with the entry to the cemetery, which was established in 1839. (See Wiki here) This one surprised me. As I entered the gates and saw all the retired military equipment that adorned various prominent spots around the entire site. It is dedicated to the Civil War veterans, however even I know they didn’t had tanks then. LOL So, they are keeping with the military/veteran theme. Keep in mind, it was raining- not as hard as it was just as I left Texas (or would be once I reached my next destination) but raining nonetheless.
By the way: rain.
I will be honest, when I take photos I am usually very stingy keeping them for my personal records (don’t judge. I was the one spending money to travel, time to find locations, markers etc.) and I will continue to do so for many special pictures, but the ones I’ve taken this trip who don’t belong to my family, I have spent the morning posting to FindAGrave so that people can see the current status of the markers. Many, when compared to the original picture, were in desperate need of cleaning but a couple surprised me. They were in good shape after 15 years (or someone has recently cleaned them). The cemetery is rather large, not huge but large. Once I found (great) Uncle Jim & Aunt Miggie, I tended to stay pretty much in the general vicinity. So these are just a spattering of their neighbors and views. There were several tree photos which I will add to a post of its own.
Here you will find a complete list of the markers I took pictures of and posted to Find A Grave. Their Memorial ID will be hyperlinked to their individual Memorial page. The list is alpha by surname, which is in caps for easy reading! Please take a quick moment to click through each one and look at their markers, both originals and mine. Amazing to see what a few years does to these stones, whether marble or rock (of whatever origin).
Lieuceal ALDREDGE (1900-1900, 1 mo) Memorial ID 144705872 See her grandmother below, Martha Anne Robinson NIX. (Lieuceal Aldredge… Lieuceal. Say it out loud. Lucille. This is why as a genealogist, you get proficient in reading names with different spellings and even accents. I often read mine in a southern accent when saying it makes no sense. Southern because both sides of my family are deeply rooted for centuries in the South. I’ve only one side, my maternal ggm from the North-so I’m a sliver Yankee 😂).
Lewis EDWARDS (- 1875, was 18y) Memorial ID 67708321 (This is one that was previously standing in 2011, but is now either broken or laying flat on the ground. It’s always hard to see the ones in need of repair. At least if they’re dirty, you can clean them.)
B A GILSTRAP (1880-1948) Memorial ID 125980529 (Confession: this is one of the most unique and original homemade headstones I’ve ever seen! The craftsmanship and love ❤️)
Carl Edward MARTINDALE Jr. (1959-2020) Memorial ID 211796255 (This was another that did not have a prior picture, which surprised me as there was a photo of him and this was a very recent passing. Sadly the picture I took was from the backside of the marker as it was in the forefront of another shot. I will retake it when I go again soon).
Elener S. Herring NIX (1844-1900) Memorial ID 5314735
Ersey May Bell NIX (1898-1901, 2 yrs) Memorial ID 133650725
Jasper NIX (1901-1902, 1 mos) Memorial ID 133650735. (Note: this is one of two I randomly took where there was not a previous photo on the memorial. It just spoke to me.)
Martha Anne Robinson NIX (1952-1900) Memorial ID 133650750 (The name is Marthey on the headstone. Also believe this might be the grandmother for Ersey Nix, just above. Also for Lieuceal Aldredge, which I believe to be Lucille, therefore granddaughter).
Sarah A. “Sally” Howard NIX (1800-1863) Memorial ID 5314730 (Must read biography on her! Amazing woman!)
Sally Ward Curtright STUART (1869-1962) Memorial ID 144672023 (Ironically, this is one of the only headstones which actually looked better than the picture previously taken, which was 2015 for this one!)
By the way, I spent little less than an hour at the cemetery from the gate to back on the road. Yet look at all the amazing people I’ve met along the way. Not to mention the knowledge I’ve gained from it! Well worth it!
Here’s a few additional resources on this Cemtery, including transcriptions and history.
Arkansas Gravestones: Old Rondo Cemetery appears to be a pretty comprehensive listing, in alpha order, of the entire cemetery with photos.
History of the Confederate soldier section of the cemetery which is on the National Register of Historic Places (2004).
Rootsweb page on the Cemtery with some transcriptions under the alphabet hyperlinked section. God I miss Rootsweb.
Stay tuned: Next post will be on my stop in El Dorado, Union, Arkansas…. And the first mega fail for OnStar navigation horror story.
And, in case you started with this post, there are more in this TRIP series. (And more still to come). Here they are so far.
TRIP overview, a first must read.
Weatherbee Cemetery, Franklin County, AR
Potts Camp & Bethlehem Church Cemetery, Outside Potts Camp, MS
Trees of the cemetery: a combination of sites