*ETRIS CEMETERY,  - Benton County, Arkansas |  *ETRIS CEMETERY - Arkansas Gravestone Photos


Etris (Rogers) -Destroyed Cemetery
Benton County,

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In 1871 Capt. Austin Kimsey Etris purchased 40 acres of land (NW1/4 of SE1/4 of Section 30, Township 20N, Range 29W) located about three miles north of Rogers by way of the Old Wire Road, and one-half mile west of the Pleasant Hill Church. After Mr. Etris acquired the above land, he established a cemetery in the southwest corner of the 40 acres. It became a beautiful spot with iris and flowering shrubs around the graves. There were about twenty-five graves, some marked with tombs and others with just brown sandstones. Most of the graves were of the Etris family, but he did permit some of his neighbors to make burials there. After Mr. Etris died in 1915, the family sold the farm to another family - I have been told to a Mr. Degree. "In 1929, my family came here from Oklahoma and purchased this land; and for the forty years my family owned this land, the Etris family came many times to visit the cemetery, usually on Memorial Day. My family sold this forty acres to the City of Rogers for the Rogers Municipal Airport, the last parcel being sold in 1973."

The Cemetery no longer exists since it was bulldozed out when the airport was built. The stones cannot be found for reading, but in our effort to preserve all the cemetery records of Benton County, we can furnish the following:

CARR, Infant Daughter Sep 25, 1915

DEASON, William C No dates available

DEASON, Infant Daughter No dates

DEASON, Infant Son No dates

Deason, AMANDA MAHALIA Etris 1848 - 1934
Wife of WC, married Oct 5, 1866
Sister of Capt. Etris
Buried at Pleasant Grove

ETRIS, CAPTAIN Austin Kimsey 1836 GA - May 22, 1915 Co F. 15th NW Ark. Inf. Married Sep 16, 1867. He fought in the Battle of Pea Ridge and was wounded.

Benton County Democrat
Thursday, May 27, 1915

ETRIS, A.K. - Capt. A.K. Etris died Saturday morning, May 22nd, 1915 at his home five miles east of Bentonville, aged about 79 years. The deceased was one of the oldest settlers of Benton county and a man held in high esteem by all who knew him. He was a gallant Confederate soldier and gave faithful and efficient service to the South during the Civil War, in consequence of which he was greatly loved by the "old boys in gray." The funeral was held at Little Flock church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock and, notwithstanding the wind and rainstorm which occurred just preceding that hour, the church building was crowded with people who came to pay their last respects to the deceased. Capt. Etris is survived by three children - two sons, Ed and Jim, and one daughter, Miss Laura. His wife preceded him to the great beyond a number of years ago. Truly, another good man has gone to his reward.

Rogers Democrat
Thursday, May 27, 1915

A.K. Etris died at his home, four miles northwest of Rogers May 21st at 4 o'clock a.m. His age was 79 years, one month and one day. He was born in Georgia April 20, 1836 and came to Benton county when a boy. He was united in wedlock with Miss M.I. Woodson September 15, 1867. To this union was born nine children, of whom three are living: E.T. Etris, J.H. Etris and Miss Laura Etris. All of them were with him in his last sickness and death. His wife, M.I. Etris, preceded him to the Home above 20 years. Capt. Etris was a Confederate veteran and was commander of a company. He was in the battle of Pea Ridge. During the war he received a severe wound which gave him trouble ever afterward. Capt. Etris was a good citizen, an obliging and agreeable neighbor, a kind and affectionate father and husband. He embraced religion when young and joined the Missionary Baptist church at Pleasant Hill and had lived an exemplary life since. While none are perfect in this life he was as free from faults as any one I have ever known. Capt. Etris was one among the few who with a rational mind makes all the plans for the funeral services and burial. This he did and in obedience to his request his remains were taken to Little Flock church and a short funeral service conducted by Rev. E.J. Adams of Rogers, after which the dear old Veteran of the Cross was laid to rest in the family cemetery on the Degree farm, three miles north of Rogers. The large number that attended the funeral, although the weather was unfavorable, was proof that Capt. Etris was held in high esteem by the people who knew him. E.J. Adams.

Rogers Democrat
Thursday, June 3, 1915

Last week, in noting the death of Capt. A.K. Etris, the Pea Ridge Pod said that Mr. Etris enlisted with the first mess that left Pea Ridge for the war, early in '61, to join the Confederate army. There were twelve men in the mess and of the party eight are still living and all live on Pea Ridge, truly very remarkable. They are Capt. C.L. Pickens, R.A. Pickens, Uncle Jim Lee, John Price, R.A. Hickman, R.I. Webb, Thomas Neill and Frank Walker. Capt. Etris was captain of Co. C, Fifteenth Arkansas Infantry. He was shot through the body at the battle of Port Gibson in Mississippi. He was left on the battle field for dead and it was a long time before his friends and relatives learned that he was living. The Pod says the Etris apple was originated on the home farm of Capt. Etris.

ETRIS, Martha "Mattie" WOODS 1841 - 1895
Wife of AK

Benton County Democrat
Thursday, September 5, 1895

ETRIS, Martha WOODS - Mrs. Martha Etris, wife of Capt. A.K. Etris, died last Sunday at her home about four miles east of town. The deceased was a daughter of Wm. H. Woods, better known as "Uncle Billy" Woods, one of the pioneer settlers of Benton county, who died about twelve years ago. Mrs. Etris was about 50 years of age, born and raised near where she died, was a loving wife and fond mother and a devout member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church from childhood to the time of her death. A year ago last winter her youngest child, a boy about six years of age, died with hydrophobia, having been bitten by a rabid dog about six weeks before his death, which was such a blow to the mother that she never quit grieving over it and no doubt went down to death pining over the sad fate of her dear boy. She leaves a husband and several children most of whom are grown, and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her. Capt. Etris is also very sick and at last accounts his recovery was doubtful. The sympathies of the community goes out to the bereaved family.

ETRIS, William Henry 1886 - 1894
Son of AK & Martha

Benton County Democrat
Thursday, February 15, 1894

ETRIS, William Henry - Died, Feb. 11th, 1894 of hydrophobia, William Henry, eight years old, son of A.K. and Martha I. Etris. Willie was bitten by a pup which was mad before the family had any knowledge of its real condition. On Wednesday the 7th inst. he was taken with violent spasms which continued until Sunday the 11th inst. when death released him from his sufferings. The Doctors Hurley attended him with all possible care and skill and though it was impossible to save him they succeeded in greatly mitigating his sufferings. Willie was a bright and uncommonly amiable and affectionate child and had endeared himself deeply and tenderly in the hearts of the family and of all who knew him. A goodly number were present at the funeral services held at Little Flock church which was kindly offered for the occasion and the whole community to whom Bro. Etris and family have been so long and so favorably known are in deepest sympathy with them. May the grace of God be sufficient for them. W.D. Joyner.

ETRIS, Henry 1810 NC - 1888
Father of AK

ETRIS, Elizabeth KIMSEY 1814 GA - 1885
Mother of AK

ETRIS, Theda ? - Jul 7, 1914

ETRIS, Nettie
Died May 29, 1901

Benton County Democrat
Thursday, June 6, 1901

ETRIS, Nettie - Miss Nettie Etris died on Wednesday of last week at her home 4 miles east of town after an illness of about three months. The deceased was 19 years old and the daughter of Capt. A.K. Etris. The death of his daughter falls quite heavily upon Capt. Etris, he having lost his wife some five years ago, and this daughter being left as his mainstay and chief comforter during his declining years, and now the idol of his life is taken from him. We extend sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

GEORGE, Mr and Mrs First names unknown
? - 191?

This information was secured from several sources: Mrs. Sadie Etris Hayes of Gravette, Donald Etris of Gentry, Bryant Funeral Home Records of Rogers, other Benton County historical records, my parents, R.W. and Jessie M. (Fimple) Davis, and my own personal memory.

Compiled by Mrs Mavis (Davis) Carden per Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society website on Rootsweb.

Contributed on 4/20/12 by tslundberg
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Submitted: 4/20/12 • Approved: 2/19/20 • Last Updated: 2/22/20 • R679681-G0-S3

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