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Sorghum Flat Cemetery

aka Strawberry Flats Cemetery
aka Price Cemetery

Murray County, Oklahoma

© Dennis Muncrief


Take SH 7 one mile east out of Davis until you come to SH 110. Turn south, toward Dougherty, for 3 1/2 miles until you come to the Rayford Cutoff. Turn right and go for 1 mile until you come to the Southern Cross Ranch headquarters. The office is on the west side of the road. Permission MUST be asked at the office to enter the ranch property.
After you get permission, travel on west past the ranch office down a ranch road about 1/2 mile. You will come to two tunnels going under the Santa Fe railroad. Take the left tunnel as you are now in a creek bottom and the turning radius is extremely tight. In the creek bottom on the other side of the tunnels, you will see two ranch roads with cattle guards and gates. Take the left gate and travel down the ranch road south for 1/2 mile. The cemetery, which measures 1 1/2 acres, is in a fenced area with many trees, on the left, on a little hill, next to the road.
I wish to caution all. The cemetery is between the Santa Fe tracks and the Washita River. This country is very mountainous and if there is a sudden heavy rain you will be trapped by a flash flood in the area as the tunnels flood and there is no other way back out to the road.
The area was settled in the late 1860's just after the Civil War. The community of Sorghum Flats was the first such in Murray County and was settled by William Nathan Price, who is also buried in the cemetery. The name of the town was derived from the large amount of sorghum cane grown in the area in the Washita River bottom. Nathan Price built the sorghum mill along with a cotton gin and a sawmill. Nearby Price's Falls is also named for Nathan Price. A post office was opened across the Washita River about a mile west called Price.
Old maps records show this cemetery as Price Cemetery. I have never heard it called anything but Sorghum Flat cemetery. The cemetery is thought to be the oldest in the Arbuckle Mountain area. The earliest dated grave marker is 1876.
One will readily notice the very large proportion of children and women of childbearing age in the cemetery. A post office by the name of Price was established here on Aug 20, 1884 making it the oldest post office in Murray County. There are 24 native stone grave markers that have no identifying marks or are unknown burials.
Times were very hard in this area in the 1870's to the early 1900's. The average age of those interred in Sorghum Flats cemetery is only 18 years old. If you delete just four people who lived beyond 60 years, the average drops to 15 years old!
When the Santa Fe Railroad came through in 1887, a depot was built at the future site of Dougherty 2 miles south. No depot was built at Price and it just dried up and blew away as people began moving out of Sorghum Flats and moved to Dougherty. This probably had a bearing on why the cemetery was abandoned.
I visited this cemetery more than once in the past weeks, cleaning out brush and overgrowth, trying to restore it as best I could. Then I read the cemetery again, discovering additional names, after finding markers which were hidden the first time I read it. Completed on Nov 12, 2003
If you have family buried in the Sorghum Flat Cemetery or can take a gate photo or have obits (with newspapers permission or an obit that you can write) or tombstone photos or individual portraits or can write a short bio and would like to add your information to this website, contact the area coordinator for more information. You can also check out our How to Submit page.
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NOTE Every effort has been made to transcribe this information accurately. These records MAY CONTAIN ERRORS. Any corrections and/or additions greatly appreciated. As with any genealogy information, this is a source and should be considered as such. It is up to the researcher to verify the accuracy.


LAST NAME FIRST MI BORN DIED COMMENTS
        Pile of
slabbed rocks
        marble footer
with initials
"C.D.B."
believed to be
Indian burial
of Ishtickiyou
        native stone
with initials
"L.H."
        native stone
with initials
"M.M."
        native stone
with initials
"W.N.B."
        native stone
with Star symbol
carved
Baus Marthall b. Jan. 2 1879 d. Jan. 12 1899 d/o J. & N.A.
Baxter Mary Howell b. Oct. 29 1866 d. Oct. 31 1886 w/o A.P.
Bays Martha H. b. Jan 21 1879 d. Jan 12 1899 d/o J. & N.A.
Butcher Martha b. d Apr 3 1878 Aged 17 Yrs
Butcher Sinia     no dates
aged 35 years
Butcher Walter Columbus b. Feb 23 1881 d. Feb 16 1882 s/o Nelson & Tennessee
Caddy Infant b. Jul 12 1901 d. Jul 12 1901 i/o J.T. & M.C.
Campbell Alice W. b. Apr 12 1876 d. Nov 21 1878 d/o R.C. & J.A.
Campbell R.C. b. Jan 30 1837 d. Sep 22 1879 h/o Julia A.
Cape Florae b. Sep 2 1895 d. Nov 26 1900 d/o J.T. & Mary
Caton L.S. b. Jul 9 1831 d. Jan 27 1893  
Childs Fannie     no dates
native stone
Childs Martha H. b. Sep 9 1857 d. Jan 26 1907  
Coday Nancy L. b. Feb 11 1870 d. Jan 18 1885 d/o J. & E.
Coday William b. Feb 22 1853 d. Apr 20 1889 s/o J. & E. h/o Ruth
Colman R.     no dates
native stone
Cone Edward Frank   d. c. 1892  
Cook John W. b. May 21 1835 d. Oct. 30 1895  
Cotten Thelma b. Sep 29 1902 d. Nov 18 1902 d/o E.R. & L.
Davenport Henry b. Oct. 12 1883 d. Jan 2 1887 s/o W.H. & S.E.
Dickinson Della b. Feb 6 1865 d. Aug 4 1891  
Dickinson Dora     no dates
Dickinson Robert Brown b. Jul 28 1891 d. Aug 18 1891 s/o Della
Dodson Clay Adison b. Nov 17 1901 d. Nov 22 1909 s/o M. & C.O.
Drew Lueva b. Sep 23 1887 d. Jul 14 1890 d/o W.R. & Sarah
Ellis Sarah E. b. Jan 15 1826 d. Aug 30 1894  
Ellis Bertha Ann b. Aug 2 1879 d. Jun 15 1890 d/o J.P. & M.J.
Ellis Edgar b. Sep 4 1889 d. Sep 9 1889 s/o D.F. & Mattie N.
Ellis Johnie L. b. Jan 11 1883 d. Jun 31 1889 s/o D.F. & Mattie N.
Ellis Mattie N. b. Oct. 11 1863 d. Oct. 8 1889 w/o D.F.
Ellis Oscar b. Apr 20 1893 d. Apr 28 1893 s/o D.F. & B.B.
FaJulkner Dewey b. Sep 20 1900 d. Nov 5 1900 s/o H.M. & M.A.
FaJulkner William Troy b. May 4 1896 d. Oct. 2 1900 s/o E.S. & Sallie G.
Ferguson Infant b. Jan 21 1891 d. Jan 21 1891 i/o M.C. & M.L.
Ferguson J. C. b. Jun 4 1888 d. Dec 22 1890 s/o M.C. & M.L.
Ferguson James W. b. Jun 29 1871 d. Nov 15 1889 s/o R.C. & M.J.
Ferguson M. L. b. Apr 25 1861 d. Feb 3 1891 w/o M.C.
Fisher J. B. b. Jan 13 1881 d. Apr 15 1895 native stone
Ford Curtis b. Aug 2 1892 d. Sep 14 1906 s/o John & Jane
Gaddy Infant b. May 14 1900 d. May 17 1900 i/o J.T. & M.C.
Gaddy Infant b. Jul 12 1901 d. Jul 12 1901 i/o J.T. & M.C.
Gettle Luella b. Jan 30 1889 d. Apr 13 1889 d/o F. & G.C.
Gibbs Anna     no dates
native stone
Gibson Georg b. Jun 4 1894 d. Oct. 10 1895 s/o J.M. & L.L.
Gibson Vivian   d. May 23 1901 Aged 19 Yrs 11 days
drowned
Hancock George A. b. May 11 1862 d. Dec 10 1896  
Harvill Mary Artie Missie b. Dec 3 1869 d. Nov 14 1893 w/o S.A.
Isller B. J. b. Jan 13 1881 d. Apr 15 1895  
Johnson Julia A. b. Feb 14 1842 d. Mar 25 1887  
King Erma b. Mar 31 1902 d. Mar 25 1904 d/o H.C. & H.A.
Mitchell Della b. Aug 8 1883 d. Nov 12 1904 w/o R.L.
Morris Effie B. b. Aug 2 1 1888 d. Jan 12 1900 d/o J.H. & Louisa
Offutt Julia Ann b. Jun 8 1816 d. Apr 23 1885 w/o S.R.
Perkins C.C. b. Mar 27 1888 d. Jun 6 1891 s/o W.E. & Nannie
Perry Clydes G. b. Apr 19 1904 d. Nov 4 1904 s/o T.L. & G.M.
Perry Henry N. b. Mar 25 1880 d. Aug 16 1902 s/o M.C. & S.E.
Perry William L. b. Oct. 22 1882 d. Jan 23 1896 s/o M.C. & S.E.
Price Bertha b. Apr 2 1902 d. Apr 23 1903 d/o B.F. & A.H.
Price Infant b. Dec 7 1897 d. Dec 7 1897 i/o Nelson & Effie
Price Infant b. Jun 5 1901 d. Jun 5 1901  
Price Lucy b. Sep 5 1895 d. Feb 29 1898 d/o Nelson & Effie
Price Mande b. Oct. 1 1884 d. Jun 21 1903 d/o B.F. & A.H.
Price William N. b. Mar 13 1901   Aged 66 Yrs 10 m 26 d
Price Wm. Floid b. Aug 15 1897 d. Jun 26 1898 s/o W.N. & Bicey
Reed George Everett b. Jul 28 1876 d. Nov 15 1882 s/o J.G. & Eliza
Rives Martha M. b. Jan 21 1820 d. Jan 19 1887  
Shartzer Carroll Dudley b. Nov 27 1887 d. Dec 7 1902 s/o A.L. & V.A.
Shields George W. b. Oct. 9 1890 d. Mar 5 1903 s/o C.J. & M.S.
Smith Mary     no dates
Stephens A.B. b. Sep 3 1888 d. Mar 4 1894 s/o John & Annie
Stephens Infant b. d. Jan 4 1916 Aged 1 day
Stewart John b. d. Mar 6 1884 Aged 42 Yrs
Taylor Auburn A. b. Mar 8 1830 d. Mar 3 1881  
Thompson Carrie D. b. Mar 24 1881 d. Sep 1907  
Thompson Hezekiah Augine b. Jul 17 1869 d. Apr 10 1922  
Thompson James B. b. Feb 27 1842 d. Apr 15 1914  
Thompson Sarah J. b. Aug 13 1846 d. Jan 24 1912  
Tracy Infant b. Sep 23 1883 d. Nov 18 1883 s/o N.F. & M.E.
Vawter John L. b. Jul 2 1882 d. Mar 23 1890 s/o W.A. & M.E.
Williams William A. b. Jan 12 1839 d. Feb 22 1892  


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