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Sweat - Friend Cemetery
aka Atteberry Family Cemetery
& Coon Creek Cemetery

NW 1/4, Sec. 12, T14N, R1W, I.M.

Survey © by: Robert Farrar
Updated by: John Lehr & Gene Yankee

Sweat Cemetery is located on NE 234th St. {Sorghum Mill Rd.} half way between N. Choctaw Rd. and Indian Meridian Rd. From Oklahoma City, take I-35 north to State Highway 66 {exit 141} and go right {east} for about 10.9 miles to N. Indian Meridian Rd. {approximately 4.5 miles east of Arcadia, Oklahoma}. Turn left {north} and go 3 miles to NE 234th St. {Sorghum Mill Rd}. Turn left {west} and go 0.5 mile. The cemetery is on the left {south} side of the road.

This is a small family plot located on the Willard P. Sweat homestead, in Deep Fork Township, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, however it served the extended family, not just the Sweats. Margaret Graham, a Sweat descendant, has the earliest burial recorded as Russell Sweat's grandmother, Rachel Crowder Nichols who died August 1890. Her husband, Evan Nichols, was buried there in October 1898. Both of these graves are marked with native sandstone but without names. All of the graves in this cemetery are believed to be within the fenced area.

Willard married Hattie Friend, and because so many of the early burials were members of her family, it became known as the Friend Cemetery. Hattie's sister, Mellie Friend, married Richard Franklin Atteberry. A number of Atteberrys are also buried here and because they remain in the area and were primary caretakers it also became known as the Atteberry Family Cemetery. It has also been referred to as Coon Creek Cemetery because it is one of the many cemeteries that served the old Coon Creek community. The cemetery was fenced in the late 1960s, as a bequest of Stella Elizabeth Sanders, who was the last person buried there. Sharon McAllister of New Mexico transcribed this cemetery and is a descendant of Thomas C. and Malinda {Filbert} Friend. Malinda was buried there in 1897. {Information obtained from OK County Cemetery Index - compiled by OK County HCE Genealogy Group, page 121.}

If you have family buried in this cemetery and would like to add their information, an obit, tombstone photo, funeral home record or memorial card to this website, please send area coordinator an e-mail.

Atteberry Infant daughter   20 Feb 1898 20 Feb 1898
Daughter of Frank and Mellie Atteberry.
Atteberry Opal   30 Jan 1905 10 May 1905
Daughter of Frank and Mellie Atteberry.
Friend Elva   13 Jun 1895 21 Nov 1896
Daughter of William Lincoln and Sarah Friend.
Info from Sharon McAllister
Friend Florence   Abt 1871 Between 1890 & 1900
Wife of Charles Mathews Friend.
Info from Sharon McAllister
Friend Malinda Filbert 22 Sep 1837 8 Aug 1897
Wife of Thomas C. Friend.
Friend Thomas C.   18 May 1833 10 Jun 1920
Kuntz Della S. Sanders 1894 1951
Daughter of Mark Lafayette Sanders.
Nichols Evan   unk. Oct 1898
Nichols Rachel Crowder   Aug 1890
Wife of Evan Nichols.
Sanders Mark Lafayette   1860 1940
Husband of Rosa Etta Atteberry Sanders.
Sanders Rosa Etta Atteberry 1862 1901
Wife of Mark Lafayette Sanders.
Info from Sharon McAllister
Sanders Stella Elizabeth   1900 1966
Daughter of Mark Lafayette and Rosa Etta Atteberry Sanders.
Unknowns 8 graves   unk. unk.

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