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The Arizona Pioneer Cemetery Research Project

Over the past 2 years the Arizona Pioneer Cemetery Research Project (APCRP) has identified 45 cemeteries in the Southern Bradshaw Mountains. Of the forty five, forty one are classified as derelict on the verge of total physical loss from history. This represents 91.11% of these locations as being destroyed. One or two have been destroyed and no physical evidence can be found. Some are no more than one lone grave and the largest is 256 graves.

There are state affiliated organizations that represent themselves as trying to protect and preserve cemeteries. Government affiliated, sponsored organizations and the U.S. Forest Service do not want to revel the physical locations of these cemeteries and are taking them off current printings of Topo Maps. We feel these cemeteries didn’t get in the present condition by hiding them from the public.

APCRP does not subscribe to hiding the locations of our ancestors. We post our research information on the internet for easy reference. APCRP has no government affiliation, sponsorship nor strings attached, we are a not for profit organization and all funds raised go back to research and preservation of Arizona Cemeteries.

APCRP would be interested in assisting groups to adopt these Pioneer Cemeteries to restore and maintain them once restored. Church, Historical Societies, 4-H, FFA, Schools, Realtors, anyone interested can participate. Lets hear from you or your group and we can give you a presentation on Pioneer Cemetery Restoration.

APCRP believes if there was a mine or small grouping of people, its likely there are graves in the area. Even remote ranches would have had family Cemeteries somewhere on the property.

If you know of a Pioneer Cemetery that is on the verge of being totally lost, our you can’t find it, please let us know its location and we will try to document and locate its remains. No, the cemetery doesn’t need headstones or fences we can find the graves if we know the general area to start looking.

Where we have been working previously, in the Midwest, a Pioneer Cemetery is classified as have 6 or less burials in the past 50 years.

We look forward to hearing from you. Please use the Comments link to make contact.

Last 5 posts by Neal Du Shane

20 comments to The Arizona Pioneer Cemetery Research Project

  • Allan Hall

    Hello Neal:
    I read with appreciation what you and APCRP are doing. May I assume that it is your group that maintains the gravesite of Isaac Bradshaw?

    I do a fair amount of hiking in the areas east and north of Wickenburg. If there are old mine sites that do not have confirmed grave sites, especially in the Morgan Butte and Copperopolis map areas, I would be happy to lend you a hand.

    What is the name of your web site? I tried several permutations of APCRP, but came up dry.
    Best regards,
    Allan Hall

  • Allan.

    Our web site is http://n.j.dushane.home.comcast.net/

    Isaac Bradshaw’s grave site is part of our effort to identify, restore,
    preserve and maintain historic Pioneer Cemeteries in Arizona and Iowa.
    Interestingly Bradshaw’s grave has several people that have adopted it, from
    individuals to us. APCRP placed a new headstone at the grave a couple of
    months ago and now the Gray family with the assistance of many others, is
    replacing the fence this coming Saturday.

    I have been to and researched the Copperopolis Cemetery, and most of the
    pioneer cemeteries in the Southern Bradshaw’s, some 48 lost and derelict
    cemeteries have been identified.

    I’ve been able to research and find names of a few people buried at Vulture
    City (Verdie Flats Cemetery), Weaver, Octave, Gilbert, Sayers Spring to name
    a few in and about Wickenburg.

    I have a Microsoft Power Point presentation put together to present to
    groups to give a better idea what we are all about.

    Give me a call or I can call you and we can discuss what we are about and
    welcome any assistance from you.

    My phone number is 1-623-933-6216 or my cell is 1-970-227-3512 – I’ll be in
    the field tomorrow doing research work at Tip Top and hopefully Packer.

    Thanks

    Neal

  • I was wondering if you have the Capt. James Clarke Hunt’s grave site, near Wagoner.
    I have photo’s and coordinates. It’s near or on the Cooper Ranch.

  • Lois Ann,

    We know there is a cemetery near Walnut Grove but I’m not sure this is the cemetery where Capt. James Clarke Hunt is intered.

    We would be interested in your coordinates and we will research and document this grave.

    We have on our schedule of things to accomplish the Pioneer Cemetery near Minnehaha Flats working our way west. At present we have documented and recorded some 53 Pioneer Cemeteries, many are on the verge of being lost forever.

    We are finding that at most of the mines in Arizona there were graves, while unoffical and few were recorded, none the less there are still undocumented grave sites.

    Thanks for your interest and sharing your knowledge.

    Neal

  • LOIS ANN

    CAPT JAME CLARKE HUNT
    Headstone located on a hill off of Wagoner Rd.Cooper Ranch land. Coordinances of Hunt’s Grave . 34 12’02.9” 112 32’07.5” Engraved on headstone, Capt. J. C. Hunt 1s4 U.S. Cav. No dates or anything else on it. It was a short hike up at the top of a hill. Just one gravestone, with four post and a chain enclosing it. It did not seem big to have more than one grave in it.

  • Robbin K. Roberts

    Robbin would like to know:
    When I was a kid (late 1970’s), I went to Wickenburg High School.At this time I lived on a ranch called the Santa Maria Ranch. On this ranch was a small grave of about 4 people. One of the headstone markers just has Blackie ingraved on it. Ever sence I was a kid I have been wondering about the history of this graveyard and the ranch it is on. I am not sure. I think the founder of the ranch is a woman named Violla. The graveyard is located 40 miles North on Highway 93. When you reach mile marker 161, there was a pull off on the right and a highway camp on the left. On the right just after the pull off is a long driveway that goes to the ranch. After you cross the dry branch and start to the top of the hill, on the right, looking down over the hill. toward the highway you should be able to see the graveyard. It is not very far off the drive. I hope you can share with me all you know.

  • Robbin,

    I’m going to refer you to the Arizona Pioneer & Cemetery Research Project (APCRP) web site at http://www.apcrp.org once on the home page:

    Click = Cemeteries

    Scroll down to Santa Maria and click on Santa Maria Cemetery for a roster of those interred.

    Click = Click here for a history and photos of the cemetery. (Give the photos a little time to load).

    Enjoy,

    Neal

  • Robbin K Roberts

    Robbin says:

  • Robbin K Roberts

    Robbin K Roberts Says:

    Thank for all the information. That was awsome. I have lived on the Santa Maria, twice,(my uncle owned it and my dad worked as a hand). It is the most wonderful place a kid could live. I am sure there is a lot of history in this place still left to be discovered.

    I hope to visit this place again some day with my boys. Wickenburg is also an amazing place to study local history. Not to mention the greatest High School in the world. Thank you again, I can’t tell you what this means to me.

    Have a Great day, you just made mine.

  • Scott Colbath

    I’ve been to JC Hunt’s grave and can take anyone there who wishes to go. I was told that there are many others buried up on that hill, many children, but either there are no headstones or they are no longer there. I had heard that the area was mined many years ago and it is possible that the bodies were removed.

    Here is a link to a picture of the gravestone for JC Hunt.
    http://www.wookiee.smugmug.com/photos/35380480-M.jpg

    Charlotte Hall museum in Prescott has some information on file on the Captain.

    S.C.

  • Tom

    Hi Neal,
    Three of my friends & I were exploring the Walnut Grove Dam ruins, diversion tunnel, etc. yesterday & detoured to Capt Hunt’s nearby grave site on the way home. Although we were working from a topo map & didn’t have exact coordinates (until now), we parked fairly close to it & found it after a short walk. (I have several pictures & driving directions for anyone interested at topcat22@cox.net.) I don’t know if you’ve gotten to explore the site thoroughly yet, but we did find a small rectangle of stones about 20 feet to the right of Capt Hunt’s grave (looking directly at it) that could be about the right size & shape for a child’s unmarked grave. It is larger than a firepit, is oriented in the same direction as Capt Hunt’s grave, is slightly depressed, seems purposely laid out rectangularly, & shows no signs of being used as a firepit (particularly since there is one nearby). I’m sure we’ll be back to check more thoroughly & perhaps to seriously cut back the mesquite tree that threatens to overwhelm & topple Capt Hunt’s grave marker. Incidentally, I did find a “James Clark Hunt” born 6/21/1836, died 3/29/1890 (perhaps the same one?) in my initial internet search of the Sharlot Hall Museum archives. I haven’t had any luck yet checking on 1st U.S. Cavalry angle. I’d be interested in any recent info anyone else has uncovered. Although he has a beautiful resting place above Minnehaha Creek (so far), he shouldn’t be forgotten.

  • Tom,

    The information APCRP has compiled on James Clark Hunt can be found at :http://apcrporg.startlogic.com/Wagoner/Hunt_history_091007.htm

    We have had a couple of APCRP professional research teams work the grave site extensively and found an additional five graves in and about Capt. Hunts grave.

    As you indicate there is evidence of mining just below his grave and if there were graves in that area they have been lost to the mining operation. We find that people and officials tell the public, graves were moved, infact they normally are not and then only if the family paid for the relocation. Only the headstones or markers may be moved, the interred remain where they were originally buried.

    Thank you for your interest in history – let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

    Neal

  • Linda Fournier

    My great uncle, Joseph Laverdiere (Laverdier) died of tuberculosis in Wickenburg, Arizona on March 16,1919. The undertaker was C. M. Shannon. The death certificate is signed by John Riggs, who was the coroner. The date of burial is listed as March 20, 1919 and the place is Wickenburg. Where is Wickenburg do you think he might be buried? Would that cemetery still be accessible today?
    Thank you,

    Linda Fournier

  • Linda, there are eleven historic pioneer cemeteries in Wickenburg that we have documented. Two are still being used, they are accessable, one is no longer used (Henry Wickenburg Cemetery) but is still accessable, however you have to know where to find it.

    On the Death Certificate, normally on the left lower side they will/may indicate the place of burial or interment this may give you a clue which cemetery he was buried in. If we can assist in locating his grave site let me know and we will research it for you.

    You can reach me at n.j.dushane@comcast.net

  • Michelle Browning

    I beleive in the prescott pioneer cemetery is the Grave stone of Griggs H Carr. This was my great-Great Grandfather I would love to share information that others have as well as what I have I do have pictures of him and his wife and children.

  • Michelle Browning

    Also we have another family member, a female that is burried in the prescott area I do beleive on a ranch I was there years ago with my Grandfather who is now passed but may be able to get more information from my mother.

  • Michelle,
    If you can supply us with more information we would be happy to assist you. Please contact me at n.j.dushane@comcast.net

    Thanks,

    Neal

  • I am the great, great, grandaughter of James Clarke Hunt.

    James Clarke Hunt (Named after Dr. Clarke, also) was a man of fine moral character. He has three signed Lincoln documents in the Sharlott Hall Museum in Prescott.

    His blood line in very much,”Blue Blood.” He is a direct descendant of:

    1. Moore Furman (The First Mayor of Trenton, New Jersey; and a famous Patriot who knew Goerge Washington). See “Letters of Moore Furman” for more infomration;

    2. General Peter Hunt who was the son-in law of Moore Furman;

    3. William Edgar Hunt, the son of Peter Hunt and the Captain of the famous U.S.S. Levant.

  • Pat Kriel

    Having visited the grave sites at Black rock mine in Slim Jim wash out Constellation rd. and the Wickenburg Massacure site I hope to get involved with your effort. What I do is this: deep engraving on aluminum plaques that withstand time, I can do any artwork. The engraving is so deep it cannot be removed and if you rub dirt in it or paint it only gets better. I have done some work for the forestry service. (Dale Shewalter memorial). I would love to help preserve your descriptions of these sites. It would be free of charge as a volunter, My wife and I love to hike and may be useful in more ways than this to you. Thanks Pat Kriel 928-684-7736

  • Pat Kriel

    P.S. I’M IN NO WAY AFFILIATED WITH THE FORESTRY SERVICE, AND AGREE WITH YOUR PHILOSPHY. pAT kRIEL