History of the Liberty Cemetery located in Liberty, Arizona
In 1885 Clem Collins donated an acre of land for a cemetery. The first burial (at least the oldest one now with a stone) was for John R. Beloat: 1863-1892. John’s brother, William R. Beloat, appears to be the most elderly: 1861-1954, 92 years. These men were step-sons of Mr. Collins. Rev. James Harer’s stone shows 1821 as the earliest birth date: 1821-1901. There are 78 stones showing dates before 1900.
For many years Liberty was the only cemetery in the entire Valley. There are over 500 names on record with about 400 graves located. There are 139 stones standing and readable. No burials have been made since 1962. For a short time Maricopa County used the cemetery for burials. During the 1930’s when people did not even have the $2.00 to pay for a grave site, a family might bring a loved one in the night and bury the body, leaving a record of the deceased only in the heart of the family.
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