A plot map of the Courtland Cemetery has yet to be discovered. Without the map, there is no way to tell who is buried where. Of the 85 graves, only three were identified; the double slab grave of Thomas Allen and Jose Garcia, and the grave of Simon Franklin, Courtland's black Civil War Veteran.

 

Cochise County death records were perused from 1908-1945.  Some 28,123 death records were viewed, with 102 records found. Is the list complete? Maybe—maybe not. Are all 102 people buried in the Courtland Cemetery? Probably not. Some, in particular infants, may have been buried in the family’s backyard, because the family could not afford the cost of a funeral. Some may have been buried on top of others. Some of the bodies may have been dug up and moved to Gleeson, or Pearce—or elsewhere. Some might be buried on their ranch within the Courtland district.

 

No records of anyone being buried in Courtland were found after 1930. There were still a few folks around then, but when they died, they were buried in Gleeson, Pearce, Whitewater, McNeal or Douglas cemeteries. There were no deaths recorded for the years 1922, 1923, or 1929.

 

Amongst the attendees at the BLM fencing in September 2018, were members of Boy Scout Troop 402, from St. David. One of the members, Caleb Martin, was looking for a project to earn his Eagle Scout rank. Caleb and his father, Jacob, determined that building a kiosk at the cemetery listing the names of those buried in the Courtland Cemetery would be appropriate.

 

The base of the kiosk would be made of stone. A slab of granite was donated from a business in Tucson that makes kitchen counter tops. The slab was taken to Safford where the names and the year of death were carved into the slab.

 

Enjoy the slide show below of the process of building the Courtland Cemetery kiosk.

 

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