Cemetery Notes from Frank Hunter
To Contact Frank
I included the information for those who are researching
the people in the "Bend" area.
As you probably know, there are a few other cemeteries in the immediate area, the Jones Cemetery near Barkley Dam, and the
old Yates Cemetery near the tracks in the woods.
I am convinced that there are
literally dozens of unmarked graves, and many of the people in the list for
Chestnut Oak have no markers. I know they are buried there from other members
of my family and some of the older folks that lived in and around the Bend of
My Great Uncle, Glenn Allen, dug a number of them in both Chestnut Oak, and Mt. Zion.. He even
helped to dig the grave of my Father, Harold Hunter who was his nephew.
I have seen more than one very old photograph of women holding the small coffin of a
child while standing in Chestnut Oak and Mt. Zion, which I figured out from the
tombstones in the background of the photographs.
I even went to Chestnut Oak once with an enlarged copy of them and found what I am convinced is the
place where they stood, to get an idea where the child might be buried.
Other unmarked graves in the cemeteries I were found through Death
Certificates for Lyon County.
I am sure that I will find more as I continue my
research, and will post updated information with new finds.
I have also been considering a project of my own, to erect a large marker in
the old section of the cemetery with the names and dates of those known to be
buried at Chestnut Oak, if anyone could figure out a way to fund such a project, please contact me.
I agree that it is so important to contribute to this project that Ken and you are working on.
It is a way to
remember those who may be forgotten as time passes.