Established in 1873, Mount Holly Cemetery is the original cemetery in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas, and is the resting place of numerous Arkansas natives of note.The cemetery is the resting place of 10 former governors of Arkansas, six U.S. Senators, 14 Arkansas Supreme Court justices, and 21 Little Rock mayors.Also to be found are the graves of Sanford C. Faulkner — the original "Arkansas Traveler," William E. Woodruff — founder of the Arkansas Gazette, the wife of Cherokee chief John Ross, and Pulitzer Prize winner John Gould Fletcher.In 1884, the remains of 640 Confederate soldiers were removed from Mount Holly and re-interred at the Little Rock National Cemetery. A Confederate monument was erected at the national cemetery by the trustees of Mount Holly in honor of the soldiers who died between 1861-1863.The artistry of some of the burial sites is noteworthy. Since many mark the end of prominent lives, one can understand their ornateness.Mount Holly Cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.
Mount Holly Cemetery - History
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Mount Holly Cemetery Burlington County, New Jersey
Ridgeway Street, Mount Holly NJ
Lat: 40° 00' 05"N, Lon: 74° 47' 11"W
Submitted by Elwood B Fritter, Jun 18, 2003 [[email protected]] . Total records = 6,669.
Directions: From the NJ Turnpike Exit 5, turn right, which is eastward, on to County Rt 541. It is approximately 2 miles to the town of Mt Holly. At the edge of town there is a lot of commercial places, i.e. McDonalds, Burger King, Texaco, etc. On the left hand side is the "Fairgrounds Plaza" anchored by an Acme Store. After passing the plaza at the first traffic light go six streets (left hand side) and turn left onto Ridgeway. Go three blocks and the cemetery will be on the left. There is only one entrance.
The cemetery was established in 1871 and is still in use. It has approximately 10,000 sites. There are many grave stones that are unreadable and a number of them predate 1871, so perhaps that was when it was formally named.
There are many stones that are worn smooth and many are damaged by vandals. Indications are there are many without any markers whatsoever, based on the sunken nature of the site. The town of Mt Holly is around 10,700 population. The cemetery does not have a street number, however, the Ridgeway St is only four blocks long.
The names were collected by my walking and reading all stones that could be read, in June of 2003. Sexton records were of little use, they do not have birth and death dates. - Elwood B Fritter
WWI = World War I Vet
WWII = World War II Vet
ROK = Korean Vet
VN = Vietnam Vet
GAR = Grand Army of the Republic (Union Army)
A1, A2, Etc = Grave site location
Mount Holly Cemetery
Mount Holly Cemetery is the final resting place of 15 Confederate soldiers, including Asa S. Morgan, who in 1861 recruited the El Dorado Sentinels, which became Co. A, 1st Arkansas Infantry. Morgan later served as colonel of the 26th Arkansas Infantry, a regiment that saw action at Prairie Grove on Dec. 7, 1862, and Devil's Backbone on Sept. 1, 1863. In 1864-65, Morgan became inspector of field transportation for the Trans-Mississippi Department. Morgan was Camden's postmaster, a planter, and state legislator in the years after the war.
Erected 2011 by Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, South Arkansas Historical Foundation, Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council. (Marker Number 23.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites &bull Communications &bull War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 1, 1863.
Location. 33° 18.045′ N, 92° 56.901′ W. Marker is in Mount Holly, Arkansas, in Union County. Marker is on Mount Holly Highway (Arkansas Route 160) 0.4 miles east of Stephens Highway (Arkansas Route 57), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map
. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8477 Mount Holly Highway, Mount Holly AR 71758, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Mount Holly, Birthplace of Arkansas Governor Thomas C. McRae, 1921-1925 (approx. 0.4 miles away).
History of the Dead at Mount Holly Cemetary in Little Rock, Arkansas
Where in Arkansas can you walk among senators, Confederate Generals and governors? Mount Holly Cemetery, of course. That is, if you don’t mind a few ghost stories. Mount Holly Cemetery is the most historically significant cemetery in Arkansas. It is the final resting place of many or Arkansas’ early leaders.
Mount Holly is not the oldest cemetery in Arkansas. The Pioneer Cemetery in Batesville bears that honor. It was established in 1820. Mount Holly was established in 1843, which is less than a decade after Arkansas became a state, to give the growing state more burial space. Mount Holly was listed in National Register of Historic Places in 1970. It is located at 12th Street and Broadway in Little Rock, AR.
The cemetery is the final resting place of executed 17-year-old Confederate spy, David O. Dodd, as well as five Confederate generals and countless Confederate soldiers. Dodd is the most famous of the Civil War causalities resting there. He was arrested at the Ten Mile House near Little Rock and sentenced to hang by Union occupation forces after a brief trial. Dodd was called “the boy hero of the Confederacy” and a grave marker calls him “boy martyr.”
Also buried there are 10 former Arkansas governors, 6 United States senators, 14 Arkansas Supreme Court justices and 21 mayors of the city. You can also find the graves of Sanford C. Faulkner – the original “Arkansas Traveler,” William E. Woodruff – the founder of the Arkansas Gazette, the wife of Cherokee chief John Ross and Pulitzer Prize winner John Gould Fletcher to name a few. Walking through the cemetery is like walking through history. Nearly every stone marks a little piece of history.
The art in the cemetery is almost as amazing as the people who have ended their lives there. Some of the stones date back to the 1800s. Since many mark the end of prominent lives, you can imagine that the artistry is magnificent. However, it’s equally interesting to see the plain stones and the epitaphs on them. Mount Holly has a little something for everyone.
Even those interested in the paranormal will have their fill at Mount Holly. Mount Holly is rumored to be a hotbed of paranormal activity. Visitors to the cemetery have reported that some of the statues move in front of them and photos were taken at the cemetery suggest the same. I’ve seen photos taken at the cemetery that have ghostly images of what looks like people dressed in period clothes (if you strain a little) and strange lights and apparitions in them. Some say they hear ghostly flute playing in the cemetery. People who live around the cemetery have reported finding pieces of graves or statues placed mysteriously in their lawns and it’s reported that trinkets mysteriously appear on graves. Can all this be explained by science? Maybe so. I dare you to go at night with your camera to find out! Around Halloween, you can take a ghost tour that will dare you to do the same. Night is the best time to see the ghostly apparitions and lights although they can be seen during the day too (on and off camera).
Mount Holly is open to the public and located on 12th street in downtown Little Rock. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Fear not death, for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal” and these Arkansas greats surely are immortal.
History found at Mount Holly Cemetery
Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock is among the most beautiful cemeteries in the country. It was founded in 1843 as a four block square and since then, the size has remained the same. The history housed there, however, has grown. It is now known as the “Westminster Abbey of Arkansas” due to the notable Arkansans buried there.
The cemetery, which is located on Broadway at 12th street, has a picturesque and calm reverent setting. The entire park like grounds are on the National Register of Historic Places and it was one of the first cemeteries to be given this designation.
The earliest gravestone you can find here is from 1750 and among those buried here are Sanford Faulkner, who popularized the Arkansas Traveler in song and legend Edward M. Weigel, who discovered bauxite in Arkansas in the late 1880s George R. Mann, an architect of the State Capitol Quatie Ross, First Lady of the Cherokee Nation and wife of Cherokee chief John Ross and David O. Dodd, who is sometimes referred to as "The Boy Martyr of the Confederacy." The grounds are also home to many beautiful trees, flowers and Arkansas native plants.
Marianne Ligon wrote a beautiful piece about Mount Holly Cemetery. Below are some of her words.
'Cemeteries house a wealth of symbols and iconography. Not only are there numerous styles of crosses: the Western, Latin, Celtic, Maltese, but some even are mingled with flowers and vines. Ivy may represent memory, friendship, fidelity as well as immortality or eternal life as it is always green. The morning glory represents resurrection, mourning, youth or brevity of life. The palm is a symbol of spiritual victory, the rose of love, beauty, hope and the lily for innocence and purity. Religious art and nature are only a few of the types of ornamentation found in cemeteries.
Architectural features and items from a daily life are visible on some markers. A broken column means a life cut short. Often a column will have a drape or pall over it representing sorrow or mourning. An obelisk is one of the oldest forms of symbols dating to the Egyptian for whom it represented the ray of the sun. For them the sun symbolized immortality. A scroll symbolizes a life as does an open book. An urn is a Greek symbol of mourning and may even have a pall on it or a flame (eternity) or additional meaning. There is even evidence of vocations and secret societies on markers. A caduceus may appear on the marker of a doctor, musical notes for a musician, and scales for a lawyer. Woodmen of the world often have a marker in the shape of a tree trunk. Odd Fellows would have a chain and Masons an all seeing eye or the square and compass.
There is so much more to read than the names and dates on the markers of Mount Holly. Call for a tour or spend a few extra minutes studying the symbols and learn to read the stones. There is a story to be had.'
To say that the cemetery is a “hall of fame” of sorts for the most famous and interesting Arkansans is an understatement. It’s the final resting place for 11 former Governors, seven Senators, 15 state Supreme Court Justices, 22 Little Rock Mayors, four Confederate generals, and veterans from all wars. Also included are David Owen Dodd, the “boy martyr” of the Confederacy, Sanford Faulkner, who composed “The Arkansas Traveler,” John Gould Fletcher, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Naorooz Rustam, a Zoroastrian born in Persia, and Augustus Breysacher, the attending physician at the birth of General Douglas MacArthur at the officer’s quarters in Little Rock’s City Park (later named MacArthur Park).
Elizabeth “Quatie” Ross, wife of Cherokee Chief John Ross, is also one of Mount Holly’s more interesting residents. She and her husband began their journey west during the forced removal of the Cherokee people in 1838. Their detachment was the last detachment of Cherokees to leave their eastern homelands. She contracted smallpox and died aboard a steamboat shortly before reaching Little Rock. She was initially buried in a city cemetery, where a local group of men bought a headstone for her. Later, she was reinterred at Mount Holly.
The Mount Holly Cemetery Is One Of Arkansas’ Spookiest Cemeteries
Mount Holly in Little Rock is filled with an expansive history but some things refuse to stay in the past. Even visiting during the warmest summer days can leave you feeling chilled. Let’s walk the grounds to have a chilling experience in this nearly 200-year-old cemetery. .
Little Rock's oldest cemetery is regarded as the Westminster Abbey of Arkansas because of its wide range of residents. High brow politicians, poor labor farmers, suffragettes, freed slaves, and Confederate soldiers are all eternal neighbors in this historic cemetery.
Address: 1200 Broadway Street, Little Rock, AR 72202
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You can’t pitch a tent at Mount Holly but you could learn more about the tent graves in Arkansas or stay the night at this well documented haunted hotel.
Graves fading, bodies may be unaccounted for at historic Black cemetery in Mount Holly
MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – The gravestones of World War I veterans are cracked and crumbling and these are the lucky ones.
Some residents worry that not everyone who is buried at this historic Black cemetery is accounted for, and the ones that are, are being lost to history.
Underneath leaves and dirt, Tony Merida found a small plastic grave marker and then another. The only thing visible on one is the date of death: Jan. 9, 1940. The person, whose name is no longer visible on a typed notecard, was 79.
“It’s sad to see stuff like that,” said Merida. “I couldn’t imagine any of my family members, or even my past family members who I did not know, this be their headstone would be pretty sad.”
Merida sells life insurance next to this historic Black cemetery in Mount Holly. It is where the first freed African slave in Gaston County, Hunter Ransom, is buried. The tombstones date bate to the early 1900s.
Many of the graves, including several veterans, are fading and falling apart. Due to the unusual amount of space between graves, residents worry there are people buried here without any markers to honor the lives now lost to history.
“That’s something I’d like to find out as far as getting those records so we can notify those families and let them know that they are still out here,” said Merida, who wants to help resurrect the cemetery. “History’s a big part of our life. It’s something I think we never need to forget. And these people mean something just as much as the people here who walk on the earth.”
The cemetery is owned by Burge Memorial Bapist Church located a block away. FOX 46 reached out for comment but did not hear back.
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Mayor Bryan Hough says he wants to work with the church and see what records are available and if a ground-penetrating radar survey has been conducted before.
“Well we certainly want anyone who served in the World Wars, any war, any veterans, to be treated with respect,” said Hough. “So we would love to see that taken care of.”
“Are you aware of the state of this cemetery and is there anything the city can do to try to identify everyone buried there?” asked FOX 46 reporter Matt Grant.
“We certainly would want to help any way we can as a city and look at what we can do to work together with Burge Memorial Church and others,” he said, “just to see who may be there and what we can do to help.”
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Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock
This Love Your Parks Tour Family History and English Connection Story by Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, was assigned by Holly T. Hansen of Family History Expos and Glynn Burrows of Norfolk Tours in England.
From the Quapaw migration to the Civil War, the state of Arkansas is a hub of history with Little Rock right in the heart of it all. Notable sites to visit include the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion, Arkansas State Capital, Historic Arkansas Museum, Old State House Museum, MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, Firehouse Museum & Hostel, Arkansas Korean War Veterans Memorial and nearby Toltec Archaeological State Park.
This contemporary yet culturally significant capital city is also home to six destinations on the US Civil Rights Trail, including the Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, Clinton Presidential Center, Daisy Bates House, “Testament” Little Rock Nine Memorial, and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.
Along with Mount Holly Cemetery, Oakland & Fraternal Historic Cemetery Park and Little Rock National Cemetery, these historic and cultural sites are all destinations for those tracing their Arkansas family roots. Genealogist Holly T. Hansen has sent us on a story mission to find as many family history research repositories across the country, so of course we had to visit Mount Holly Cemetery! Located in the Quapaw Quarter area of downtown Little Rock, this historic resting space was established back in 1843, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.
Mount Holly Genealogy (in Burlington County, NJ)
NOTE: Additional records that apply to Mount Holly are also found through the Burlington County and New Jersey pages.
Mount Holly Birth Records
Mount Holly Cemetery Records
Mount Holly Cemetery Billion Graves
Mount Holly Cemetery Surnames A-D US Gen Web Archives
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Mount Moriah Cemetery US Gen Web Archives
Woodlane Road Cemetery US Gen Web Archives
Mount Holly Census Records
United States Federal Census, 1790-1940 Family Search
Mount Holly Church Records
Mount Holly City Directories
Mount Holly Death Records
Mount Holly Histories and Genealogies
100th anniversary of the Farmers' Trust Company, Mount Holly, New Jersey, 1814-1914 FamilySearch Books
Mount Holly Immigration Records
Mount Holly Land Records
Mount Holly Map Records
Ed. H. Radcliffe's (Frankford, Pa.) business map of Bristol, Bordentown, Burlington, and Mount Holly, 1870 Library of Congress
Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Mount Holly, Burlington County, New Jersey, December 1884 Library of Congress
Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Mount Holly, Burlington County, New Jersey, February 1891 Library of Congress
Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Mount Holly, Burlington County, New Jersey, May 1896 Library of Congress
Mount Holly Marriage Records
Mount Holly Newspapers and Obituaries
Burlington County Newspaper Notices Index Burlington County Library
Commonwealth, and People's Vindicator 09/20/1854 to 11/01/1854 Genealogy Bank
Offline Newspapers for Mount Holly
According to the US Newspaper Directory, the following newspapers were printed, so there may be paper or microfilm copies available. For more information on how to locate offline newspapers, see our article on Locating Offline Newspapers.
Burlington County Democrat. (Mount Holly, N.J.) 1897-1903
Burlington County Herald, and General Advertiser. (Mount Holly, N.J.) 1844-1848
Burlington County Herald. (Mount Holly, N.J.) 1832-1844
Burlington County Herald. (Mount Holly, N.J.) 1962-Current
Burlington Mirror. (Mount-Holly, N.J.) 1818-1819
Mount Holly Dispatch. (Mount Holly, Burlington Co., N.J.) 1887-1897
Mount Holly Herald and Mount Holly News. (Mount Holly, N.J.) 1942-1943
Mount Holly Herald. (Mount Holly, Burlington Co., N.J.) 1850-1942
Mount Holly Herald. (Mount Holly, N.J.) 1943-1962
Mount Holly News. (Mount Holly, Burlington Co., N.J.) 1894-1942
New-Jersey Mirror, and Burlington County Advertiser. (Mount-Holly, N.J.) 1819-1872
New-Jersey Mirror. (Mount Holly, N.J.) 1872-1947
News. (Mount Holly, Burlington Co., N.J.) 1882-1894
Mount Holly Probate Records
Mount Holly School Records
Mount Holly Tax Records
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