Griffin-Hayes Cemetery

Griffin Cemetery was relocated for the construction of Interstate 40. There are 12 readable stones here. A very historical cemetery, it contains the remains of Jack Spaniard, hanged by Judge Isaac C. Parker August 30, 1889. The date of death on Jack Spaniard's tombstone reads August 16, 1888. According to S. W. Harman's book "Hell on the Border" Jack Spaniard was hanged on August 30, 1889 along with a Black man named William Walker. Walker had killed a man for ten dollars. Spaniard's story goes like this: In 1886,U. S. Marshal William Irvin was taking Felix Griffin to Ft. Smith to be tried for horse stealing. Jack Spaniard and a pal, Frank Palmer waited in ambush and killed the officer near Pheasant's Bluff, shooting when he rode in range. After killing Irvin and releasing Griffin they rode away, not noticing that Spaniard's dog stayed behind with the body. Spaniard and Palmer had been seen soon after they left the scene without the dog. This fact along with the appearance of the animal at the place of Irvins murder and the testimony of men who had seen the dog in Spaniard and Palmer's company previous to the murder completed the chain that needed one link to convict. The dog was kept at the jail for months, held as a witness. He was brought into the courtroom during Spaniard's trial and the dog went directly to Spaniard. This led to the conviction. Felix Griffin was shot in 1887 trying to steal another horse. Palmer was never captured. Information used with the generous permission of Gary Lester, Braggs.
Submitted by:Shelia L. Carter  
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Hayes, WillieApr 4, 1890 May 1, 1890so/ W & ME Hayes"
Hayes,EmmaDec 13, 1884Feb ?, ?dau/RW & ME Hayes
Hayes,InfantNov 27, 1883?Nov 27, 1883?so/ R & Eliza Hayes
Scott,LillieFeb 10 or 16, 1876 Feb 29, 1876Beloved Child of Fannie Griffin
Spaniard,Jack Aug. 16,1888aged 30 yrs
Starr,Infant Aug. 3,1880Infant child of Frost & Fannie Starr
Starr, Rosa BFeb 19, 1893Feb 28, 1893dau/ F & FC Starr"
Following are Footstones   
WG   first row with Griffins think may be Wm Griffin?)
WH  Willie Hayes?)
LS  Lillie Scott?)
EJG  wo/ Wm Griffin?)


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