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Shatswell Grave
Deer, Newton County, Arkansas

Section 22 T13N R21W

Lat: 35°45.45N
Lon: 093°12.39W

Contributed by Donald L. Oliver, Jan 18, 2001 [dlokho@msn.com]. Total records = 1.

Road 30 South from Deer High School is Parker Ridge Road. After about 5 miles or so you come to Forest Road 465 and turn right heading West. Follow the Forest Road 465 West about 1/2 mile and you will find a grown up wagon trail that branches off to the right. This is the road that went to the old house place.

From this point walk about another 100 yards West along the Forest Road. As you are walking look on the right hand side for two or three stones that have been piled up at the base of a pine tree. Lawton Shatswell (Stephanie Wheeler's father) put these stones there to mark the point where you turn off into the woods. If you get to a stone wall on the North side of 465 then you have gone too far.

From the pine tree head north into the woods perpendicular to the forest road at a slight angle to the left for about 40 yards. If you get to the wagon trail that I mentioned above that lead off on the right you have gone too far.

The grave site is centered on a relatively large tree and has about a one foot tall cigar shaped stone edging around it. The small tombstone (about 2 feet tall) is in the middle of the stone edging next to the tree. Last Summer when I was there the tombstone had been knocked over but I set it back upright.
The first time that I tried to find the site was about two years ago and I looked for almost two hours but couldn't find it. Just as I was about to give up an old boy on a four wheeler came by who knew exactly where the grave was and took me right to it. The woods are pretty thick around it and low foliage almost completely covers the stone edging. It would be easier to find if you went in the Fall or Winter after the leaves have fallen.

--Kent Cusack.

Shatswell, Thomas C., d. Jan 10 1871, Age 65 Yrs, Gone But Not Forgotten

 

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