Layton Cemetery

Earle, Crittenden County, Arkansas



Information on this cemetery obtained at Crittenden County Library, Marion, Arkansas.

The list was compiled March 5, 1992 by Janis Lancaster. Posted with permission of Janis Lancaster, 2002

Additional information provided by Pat Isabel Brown, Debbie Lunsford Yates, Linda Madden Thompson

The cemetery is located on Highway 149, approximately 4 1/2 miles north of Earle, next to the (former) Sterling Layton home. The cemetery plot is an estimated 1/4 acre. As of 2015, this cemetery is now badly overgrown.

1st row - South to North

WALTER AND EMMA PATTERSON FAMILY: 4 graves marked with small white wooden crosses

(Death certificate for Arthur Patterson, died in Crittenden County on Jun 6, 1932, born 1916 AR, grandson of M. W. and Augusta V. Patterson). Augusta V. Patterson died in Crittenden County on Mar 10, 1937, born 1870 MO, wife of M.W. Patterson.)

ALBRING FRNON (illegible), Aug 11, Died 1921: concrete slab with writing on top


2nd Row - North to South

CHESTER LEE MAY, Feb 26, 1914 - June 28, 1925. (concrete slab covers grave)

(Child of Thomas E. May and Mona R. Stanley. Grandson of Lee and Ella Stanley. On the 1920 census of Garland County, AR, Hot Springs, I find Thomas E. May, head, age 39, along with wife, Mona R., age 30. They had children; Ada age 9, Mildred L. age 7, Chester L. age 5, and Joseph age 3. Also in the household was 26 year old Laura Stanley, listed as “sister”.)

LEE STANLEY, Sept 7, 1864 - May 29, 1926. (concrete slab covers grave)

Lee Stanley, age 35, and wife Ella Stanley, age 30, were living in Crittenden County, Tyronza Township, at the time of the 1900 census. They had children; Mona age 10, Lonnie F. age 9, Laura Ada age 6, John L. age 5, Erma M. age 3, and Lois Hattie age 1.

ELEANOR (ELLA LAYTON) STANLEY, May 9, 1870 - May 30, 1931. (concrete slab covers grave)

(wife of Lee Stanley, daughter of Thomas J. Layton and Margaret Jane Fuller McCorkhill. The 1870 census of Jackson County, AR shows her birth as Feb 1870.)

JOHN LAYTON STANLEY, Son of Ella & Lee Stanley, born Feb 13, 1895 - died Jan 18, 1916. (Woodmen of the World and slab covers grave), (Parkin)

THOMAS J. (James) LAYTON, husband of Margaret J. Layton, born Sept 28, 1830 - died Mar 21, 1905. Inscription; Simply to Thy Cross I Cling, He was a faithful husband and loving father. (statue)

(The 1880 census of Jackson County, AR, Cache Township, lists Thomas Layton, age 49, and wife, Margaret Layton, age 39, both born IN. Children in the household were; John M. Layton 22, David Layton 19, Jessie Layton 16, Mahala J. McCorkle 15, Ann Layton 13, William T. Layton 11, Ella Layton 10, Margaret J. Layton 8, Tesse K. Layton 6, and Jacob H. Layton 4. The oldest son, John M. Layton had been born in Indiana, David, Jessie, and Mahala McCorkle had been born in Illinois, Ann Layton had been born in Missouri, and the younger children had been born in Arkansas In 1870, this family was in Jackson County, AR, Jacksonport PO; James T. Layton 29, Margaret J. 30, Samuel 14, John 13, David 10, Josephine 6, Anna C. 4, William T. 1, and Ella age 4 months. This family was still in Jackson County, AR in 1900, so Thomas J. Layton would have died shortly after moving to Crittenden County.) 

MRS. M. J. LAYTON, wife of T. J. Layton (Margaret Jane Fuller McCorkhill Layton, first wife of James R. McCorkhill), born Dec 12, 1839 - died Nov 30, 1906. Inscription; Her many virtues form the noblest monument to her memory. (statue)

(Note from Pat Isabel Brown: James R. McCorkhill and Margaret Jane Fuller had one daughter, Mahala Josephine "Josie" McCorkhill who married William Campbell Glover.  They were the parents of Asa Flandry Glover), (Note from Debbie Yates: Thomas J. Layton and Margaret Layton, both born Indiana, were living in Jackson County, AR, Cache Township, at the time of the 1900 census. They had a 16 year old Elbert Fletcher living in their household, listed as grandson. William and Josie Glover were living next door. Thomas and Virginia Layton were also in Jackson County at the time of the same census. Jackson County, AR Probate: McCORKLE, Josephine over 14  Pet of Mahala Josephine McCorkhill to have Thomas J. Layton appt gdn filed 4-28-1879. Bond of Thomas J. Layton 4-28-1879 (2others) 10-22-1879 and 12-20-1879) 1880 funds belonging to minor in state of Illinois, sale of property in Vermilllion Co. Ill. Endorsed on Layton's final settlement, filed 7-11-1881 is statement that since the filing of this settlement his ward has intermarried with Wm. C Glover.)   

WILLIAM THOMAS LAYTON, Mar 28, 1868 - Jun 12, 1930. Inscription; Gone but not forgotten. (statue)

(husband of Virginia Constant Carter Layton, Arkansas Death Index gives his death date as Jun 14, 1930)

VIRGINIA CONSTANT (CARTER) LAYTON, Sep 27, 1878 - Aug 6, 1927. Inscription; Our faithful Mother has gone to rest in peace. (statue)

(Wife of William Thomas Layton, niece of Mary Ann Carter Madden. Verification from Linda Madden Thompson)

RUSSELL TROY LAYTON, Aug 10, 1904 - Oct 6, 1906. Inscription; At Rest. (statue)

EMMA MARGARET LAYTON, Oct 18, 1906 - Sep 26, 1910. Inscription; Asleep in Jesus. (statue)

(daughter of William Thomas Layton and Virginia Constant Carter Layton)

ALLIE B. LAYTON, Oct 11, 1894 - Feb 10, 1919. Inscription; Asleep in Jesus (statue)

(daughter of William Thomas Layton and Virginia Constant Carter Layton)

Several sunken, unmarked graves here

CHARLIE MEEK, Jan 21, 1886 - Aug 20, 1922 (statue)

(On the 1920 census of Crittenden County, Earle Town, I find Charlie A. Meek, age 33, born KY, along with wife, Birdie R. Meek, age 20, born AR. They had a daughter, Frances E. Meek, age 1 and 11 months, and a son, Charlie A. Meek, Jr., age 5 months. Charlie Meek was living next to the George Isham family.) 


3rd Row - North to South

ARTHUR LAYTON (the 1900 census of Crittenden County, Tyronza Township, shows Arthur Layton, born July 1884, son of John M. Layton, a widower, born Jan 1858 in Indiana. He had brothers; David, born Jul 1889, and Herbert, Dec 1894. He had one sister, Gertrude, born Apr 1892. All children were born in Arkansas.)

THOMAS L. ROBERTSON, born Dec 8, 1915 - died Jan 9, 1917. Inscription; Waiting for Us (broken stone)

GRACE SHANNON, Wife of J. W. Shannon, born Apr 13, 1892 - died Nov 26, 1911. Inscription: In Memory Of, Our darling one hath gone before to greet us on the blissful shore. (statue)

Jim Shannon, age 20, and Grace Shannon, age 18, were living in Crittenden County, Tyronza Township, at the time of the 1910 census. They had been married 4 months, with no children. Both were born in AR. They were living between Eddie Shannon, and wife Bettie, and Tom and Eva (Martin) Atkins.

WILLIE RUTH JOHNSON, born Nov 22, 1897 - died Oct 17, 1904. Inscription; Gone but not Forgotten (statue)

FARY MARGARET JOHNSON, Aug 8, 1909 - Aug 26, 1936. Inscription; Asleep in Jesus (statue)

(Daughter of Lee R. Johnson and Margaret “Maggie” Layton. Maggie was the daughter of Thomas J. Layton and Margaret Jane Fuller.)

WELCOME JOHNSON, Sep 14, 1909 - Sep 14, 1909. Inscription; At Rest (statue)

(This was most likely the child of Lee R. Johnson and Margaret “Maggie” Layton.)

Several unmarked graves - rusted metal markers.

ELLA (ELLEN JOHNSON) ROBINSON (died May 29, 1929 at age 32, Memphis, TN)

Shelby County death certificate states that Ellen Johnson Robinson was the daughter of L. R. and Margaret Johnson, and wife of Mr. Robinson of Earle, Ark. She died at Methodist Hospital in Memphis of General Peritonidis and was buried at Earle, Ark. By McDonald undertakers on May 29, 1929. Ellen Robinson, age 23, was listed on the 1920 census of Crittenden County with 32 year old husband, Garland Robinson. Garland was managing a camp for a stave mill. They had 2 children; 6 year old daughter Chloie, and a son, Charlie Robinson, age 1 yr and 11 months. Also in the household was Albert Robinson, brother of Garland, age 25. By 1930, Chloe Robinson was living in the household with her aunt, Myrtle G. Johnson Swindle. This grave must be for Ellen Johnson, daughter of Lee R. Johnson and Margaret Layton Johnson, born about 1898 and died before 1930.

MARGARET (LAYTON) JOHNSON (death record for Margaret Johnson, Crittenden County, dated Nov 19, 1928)

Wife of Lee R. Johnson, daughter of Thomas J. Layton and Margaret Jane Fuller. In 1930,l Fay Johnson, daughter of Lee R. Johnson and Maggie Layton, was living in the household with Louis Swindle, age 33, and wife, Myrtle G. Johnson Swindle, age 35. Louis and Myrtle had a 8 year old daughter, Margaret Swindle, and 4 month old son, Louis Swindle Jr. Myrtle Johnson Swindle had a 15 year old son from a previous marriage, John H. Donahoe. Sister in law, Fay Johnson, was age 16 along with a 16 year old niece, Chloe Robinson.

L. R. JOHNSON (LEE R. JOHNSON, born about 1867, died before 1930, husband of Margaret “Maggie” Layton)

1910 census of Crittenden County, Tyronza Twp, lists Lee R. Johnson, age 43, with wife Maggie, age 38. They had been married 19 years with Maggie giving birth to 11 children, 6 still living. Children listed in the household were all daughters; Myrtle 15, Ellen 12, Millie 10, Eller 3, and Pharie age 1. In 1920 Crittenden County, L. R. Johnson, born MO, was listed as age 51, with wife Margaret shown to be age 45. They had two children in the household; Lee R. Johnson Jr., age 12, and Fay Johnson age 6.  

RUBY JELLER, Apr 10, 1917 - Nov 22, 1977. Inscription; Asleep in Jesus (statue)

PENROD FAMILY, unmarked graves, 2-3 infants

Penrod, Norman D., Feb 2, 1943 – Feb 1, 1944, son of Wiley D. Penrod and Mildred Layton, died at John Gaston Hospital, buried by Citizens Funeral Home on Feb 1, 1944.

L. C. JONES (marker) Mar 14, 1895 - Mar 16, 1919, other unmarked graves in plot. (concrete marked plot)

I believe this entry is for SARAH “SALLIE” SHANNON JONES, wife of L. C. Jones, who died at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis on Mar 16, 1919 of Peritonitis due to Appendicitis. She was the daughter of Sam Shannon and Fannie Austin. The death certificate states her age as 28. The 1900 census of Crittenden County shows her birth as Mar 1889. The informant on the death certificate was her husband, L. C. Jones, so it’s not likely that he died on the same date.


4th Row - North to South

ANNIE C. (LAYTON) FLETCHER, Wife of H. (Howell) Fletcher, Oct 30, 1866 - May 9, 1928

Daughter of Thomas J. Layton. The 1920 census of Crittenden County, Earle, shows T. Roy Fletcher, age 26, a drayman for the city, along with wife, Cleo Fletcher, age 25. They had children; Catherine age 4, and Charles H. age 1. Also in the household were the parents of Roy Fletcher, Howell age 59, born in Mississippi, and Annie, age 53, born in Missouri.  Howell Fletcher was working in stock veterinary. A 25 year old brother, Burley Fletcher, was also in the household. He was working as a ginner at a cotton gin.


Cleo Fletcher, wife of Roy, died Dec. 18, 1930 at Baptist Hospital in Memphis of Endocarditis, resulting from a tonsil infection from childhood. She was 35, had been born in Earle, and was the daughter of P. L. Blythe and Clara Fullwood. She was buried in Wynne by Holt Undertakers of Earle.


Burl Fletcher, son of Howell Fletcher, born July 28, 1897, died at St. Joseph Hospital in Memphis on June 26, 1950. He was buried at National Cemetery in Memphis by Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis.


Crittenden County death record for Harold H. Fletcher dated Mar 1, 1935 (is this Howell Fletcher?)

Several unmarked graves

THOMAS ROY FLETCHER, (unmarked grave) born Feb 26, 1892 at Newport, AR, died Feb 15, 1945 at Baptist Hospital in Memphis. Son of Howell Fletcher and Annie K. Layton. His first wife was Cleo Blythe. He was married to second wife, Ethel, at the time of his death. He died of respiratory and cardiac failure and was buried at Layton Cemetery by Citizens Funeral Home on Feb 15, 1945.

INFANT (LAYTON) of J. M. & Iva Layton, Died Feb 6, 1917. Inscription; At Rest (marker)

INFANT (LAYTON) of J. M. & Iva Layton, 1904. Inscription; At Rest (marker)

JOHN MCELROY LAYTON, Jan 4, 1858 - May 10, 1924 (statue)

(Crittenden County death record for J. M. Layton dated May 13, 1924, son of Thomas J. Layton, born Indiana. On the 1920 census of Crittenden County, Tyronza Twp, J. M. Layton, age 62, born IN, was listed with 41 year old wife, Ivy. Also in the household was a 30 year old David Layton, 13 year old daughter, Maudie Lee Layton, and 11 year old son, Lowell M. Layton.)

6 - 8 unmarked graves

IVY FLETCHER (Ivy May Layton, wife of first husband, John McElroy Layton. She married Howell Fletcher after the death of her husband in 1924, and after the death of Howell Fletcher’s wife, Annie Layton, in 1928 The 1930 census of Crittenden County, Norvell, shows Howell Fletcher, age 69, cotton farmer, born MS, along with 45 year old wife, Ivy May, born KY, both parents born KY. The census shows that Howell Fletcher had first married at age 21, Ivy May had married at age 20.)

TOMMY JACK SHANDS, 1943 - 1945 (large double marker with Rebecca Ann Shands)

            Tommy Jack Shands, born Jun 20, 1943 Crittenden County, AR, died Jun 9, 1945 Memphis, TN. Son of Fred Shands (born Wayne County, TN) and Geraldine Fletcher (born TN). Died enroute to John Gaston Hospital from home at 2503 Jackson St., Memphis. This child died of Septicemia due to Meiningococous, along with his sister, Rebecca Ann. Buried at Layton Cemetery by Citizens Funeral Home on Jun 10, 1945.


REBECCA ANN SHANDS, 1945 - 1945 (large double marker with Tommy Jack Shands)

            Rebecca Ann Shands, born Feb 24, 1945 in Memphis, TN, died Jun 9, 1945 Memphis, TN. Son of Fred Shands and Geraldine Fletcher of 2503 Jackson St., Memphis. This child died enroute to John Gaston Hospital of Septicemia due to Meningococous, along with her brother, Tommy Jack Shands. The informant on both death certificates was their mother, Mrs. Geraldine Shands. An autopsy was performed on both children.


5th Row - North to South

MARY ALMA (MADDEN) ATKINS, Wife of T. (Thomas) J. Atkins, born Aug 27, 1897 - died Mar 10, 1927. Inscription; In Thee have I put My Trust. (statue)

Mary Alma Madden was the oldest child of Walter Norman Madden and Ella Addie Cupp. Her husband, Thomas J. Atkins, had previously been married to Eva Martin who died in 1918 and was buried at Cloar Cemetery. The 1910 census of Tyronza Twp, Crittenden County, shows Tom Atkins, age 23, with wife Eva, age 18. Also in the household were West Martin 23, and the siblings of Thomas Atkins; Jim Atkins age 15, Orvil Atkins 11, and Nellie Atkins 9.

MARY A. (ANN CARTER) MADDEN, born Sep 7, 1840 - died Feb 8, 1915. Inscription; Mother, Thou hast left us and your loss we deeply feel - Twas the Lord that hath bereft us - He can all our sorrows heal. (statue) (Arkansas Death Index gives death date as Jan 8, 1915)

(Mother of Walter Norman Madden, verification from great-granddaughter, Linda Madden Thompson, June 30, 2008

ETTA IRENE MADDEN, Daughter of Walter & Ella Madden, born Sep 27, 1908 - died Apr 18, 1909 (statue)

WILLIAM HOMER MADDEN, Son of Walter & Ella Madden, born Apr 28, 1913 - died 1913 (statue)

(this marker originally recorded at Wilma Madden, correction from Linda Madden Thompson, granddaughter of Walter & Ella Madden)

ELLA A. (ADDIE CUPP) MADDEN, Wife of W. N. Madden, born Aug 3, 1879 - died May 7, 1915. Inscription; Remember friend, As you pass by, As you are now, So once was I, So you must be, Prepare for death, And follow me. (statue)

(Full name submitted by granddaughter, Linda Madden Thompson, June 30, 2008. Ella Addie Madden died at the birth of Lula Ada Madden, who lived another eight years.)

2 unmarked graves (probably Elton Madden's father, WALTER N. MADDEN and ? – Janis Lancaster)

Verification of 2 unmarked graves from Linda Madden Thompson, granddaughter, June 30, 2008 –Walter Norman Madden and young daughter, Lula Ada Madden

WALTER NORMAN MADDEN, Husband of Ella Addie Cupp, born Sep 16, 1874, died Sep 24, 1938 (unmarked)

LULA ADA MADDEN, Young daughter of Walter N. Madden and Ella Addie Cupp, born May 7, 1915, died Nov 16, 1923 (unmarked)

(Lula Ada Madden lived another eight years after her mother died while giving birth to her. She is buried next to her father, Walter N. Madden)

THELMA OPAL WARNER, Daughter of G. W. & Marie L. Warner, born Aug 28, 1904 - died Aug 8, 1910. Inscription; Our darling one Hath gone before To greet us on the bliss shore. (statue)

Unmarked graves - concrete marked plot - approximately 7 graves unmarked - of IVA LEE BRAZILE, LOTTIE LAYTON - Willard's first wife (in her 30's)

LOTTIE DELL BRAZILE LAYTON, born about 1905, died Sep 25, 1934. First wife of Willard Layton, married about 1925. Daughter of Robert L. and Anna J. Brazile. (unmarked grave, information from Crittenden County census records and Arkansas Death Index)

3 concrete slab grave covers inside fence - no writing - possible graves of BRAZILE parents.

The 1920 census of Crittenden County, Tyronza Township, shows Iva Lee Brazile, age 9, with his parents; Bob (Robert L.) Brazile, age 54, and Anna J. Brazile, age 48, both born in MS. They had children, Lester age 25, Jack age 20, Arnretti age 18, Charley age 14, Lottie Dell age 12, Pauline age 11, Iva Lee age 9, and Leonard age 7. All children were born in MS.

ORA WILLIAMS, died Jan 20, 1918, age 5 (statue facing west)

At the time of the 1920 census of Crittenden County, Tyronza Township, the family of Willie (age 39) and Lizzie (age 30) Williams were living next to T. J. and Alma Atkins. They had a daughter, Nancy, age 11, and three sons;  Roy, age 9, John, age 8, and Grady, age 5. All family members were born in MS. Ora Williams would have been age 7 in 1920, and was most likely a child of this family. The Willie and Lizzie Williams family was in Union County, MS in 1910. 

R. E. LEDBETTER, Nov 24, 1900 - Oct 25, 1921. Inscription; Gone but not Forgotten. (statue)

(Riley Erwin Ledbetter, born Lee County, MS – Son of David Pinkney Ledbetter and Fannie Bell Horton. Verification from Millenton Ledbetter Descendents website. In 1920, the family of David P. Ledbetter was living in Crittenden County, Tyronza Township, on Earle and Big Creek Road. Riley E. was age 19, Croffus Lee 17, Rufus Jackson 15, Burley Eugene 12, Jesse Paul 8, and Clyde Raymond 5. This Ledbetter family later moved to Mississippi County, MO.

R. C. LEDBETTER, unmarked, possibly oldest grave. (This person is probably related to the David Pinkney Ledbetter family since he was buried next to Riley Erwin Ledbetter. I find a death certificate in Shelby County, TN for Ed Ledbetter, age about 24, who died December 24, 1916 of homicide, a gunshot wound to the abdomen. He had been born in Mississippi and was a farmer, living at Wilson, Arkansas. His father was listed as F. Ledbetter, his mother unknown. The death certificate information had been given by the doctor, J. Parvin Carter, from St. Joseph Hospital. This would be the correct age to have been Richard Edward Ledbetter, son of David Pinkney Ledbetter and Josephine Blalock, who was born October 21, 1895 in Lee County, MS and died before 1920. According to the Millenton Ledbetter Genealogy, he was shot to death. Could the middle initial “C” on this record for this unmarked grave, actually be “E”? According to the Shelby County death certificate, he was buried by the county on December 31, 1916, 7 days after his death, cemetery not stated.)

Circle of Jonquils around a grave ?


"They brought their dead in wagons and pulled up under the trees in the Laytons' front yard, across from the cemetery, and had their funeral services, then on to the small cemetery for burial."


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