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Photo Courtesy of Jane Elliott-Scott

The Strain family, which gave this lovely little cemetery south of Harris its name, is represented by several generations, including the following pioneers:

The cemetery evidently was first put to use just before the Civil War. The oldest burial date is 1854, but there are a few illegible markers that may be older. There are four sandstone burial vaults, two of them small and containing infant burials -- Andy Elisha Honaker and William Hurst (1861). The adult vaults, built in the familiar coffin shape, contain the dust of the pioneers, Hiram W. Fincher (1800-1863) and Harriet Fincher (?-1860). There are other early Finchers in the Strain cemetery, including:

There are a number of fine old sandstone grave markers, neatly cut and deeply engraved. Among these are the Moulden gravestones:

There are many Maguires buried here, including:

Members of the pioneer Wood family who sleep in the Strain cemetery:

Among the early birth dates are the following:

Veterans' graves with official markers are those of:

Other family names found in the Strain Cemetery include: Atha, Black, Dyer, Gregg, McCuistion, Mills, Paschal, Reed, Wood.

(This report was put together by information gleaned from "Flashback", a quarterly magazine published by the Arkansas Genealogy Society, and our personal research.)

The following STRAIN CEMETERY listings were provided by information found in a report by Dorothy and Bartley Clutter and Bitsy and George Crabtree.

Photograph Courtesy of Jane Elliott-Scott


Located approximately 3 miles west of Elkins in S33, T16N, R29W, and just across the road east of Middle Fork of White River. Read beginning at the northeast corner; rows from north to southeast. Row number 1 on east side. Read by Dorothy and Bartley Clutter and Bitsy and George Crabtree 7 Nov 1980.

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