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This old cemetery had thirteen burials between 1839 and 1882, mostly of Woods and Dickson families who were early settlers in Benton County and grandchildren of Revolutionary War officers and soldiers. The purpose of this page is to provide a reliable reference to the families of those thirteen, limited to just a couple of generations of both ancestors and descendents.
This is private property and not open to unscheduled visitors. Location is NW 1/4 of NE 1/4 Section 36 T20N R31W about 1/2 acre.
N36° 22.27’ W094° 13.77’
Apparently the only list of gravestones was by Bentonville Mayor and) Benton County Historian Alvin A Seamster(1891-1974), sometime before 1955 when it was over grown with brush and several gravestones already damaged. That account was first published in Washington County Flashback, vol V, no 6, December 1955, again in the Benton County Pioneer Vol 6, no.4, page 25 May 1961, and third in Cemeteries of Benton County, Arkansas Vol V, Winter 1976, page 30. The cemetery was legally abandoned about 1958-9 when Wayne Carlson built two houses east of the burial ground. The neighbor across the highway, Mac McKee removed the remaining gravestones, most likely as Carlson was starting earthwork for his house and it's original unpaved driveway. The stones were certainly removed well before McKee's airplane crash in 1964.
My house, 1603 SW 2nd Street, was built shortly after parcel was deeded to Rick and Fredra Carlson on November 21, 1974. Memories of those who had seen the cemetery before gravestones were moved, indicate this house was placed slightly north of most, if not all, of the burials. Note that the graves have not been disturbed, and remain in place as of 2017 though umarked.
Close Family and Genelogy of the 13 known burials in Old Dickson Cemetery, Bentonville Ark.