Hyner Cemetery

Remembering the Dearly Departed at Hyner Cemetery

HYNER CEMETERY WHERE ITALIAN IMMIGRANTSFROM ITALY TO SUNNYSIDE WERE BURIED

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HYNER CEMETERY: A TRIBUTE TO THE FAITHFUL

At Hyner, a portion of Sunnyside Plantation, owned by Austin Corbin, over 125 Italian immigrants died and were buried in the first year at its plantation cemetery, named Hyner. Many who are interred here died of malaria.

Sadly, there are only a handful of stones left, most of them badly damaged.

It is sacred to the memory of their descendants that all those Italians who left native Italy to come to America and settle in Sunnyside, Arkansas to eventually die in the Lord from beginning in the year 1896 and from whom we have received the gift of faith that we record the known deaths and hope to find or hear of more.

The following information of Italian deaths are substantiated and found beginning with files of Ernesto Milani. Four deaths occurred on the ship Chateau Iquem in November 1895 and buried at sea.

MARIANO FOLCHI11
ALFONSO FOLCHI12
ADA FOLCHI3
JOSEPH LIONETTO3

Unknown child of Iedela & Antonio Reginelli

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KNOWN ITALIANS BURIED @ HYNER IN THE EARLY YEARS 1895-1897- ETC.
Documentation by Oldrini, chief agent at Ellis Island to Ambassador Fava, on March 15,1897 reported in the first year of 1896 there had been 25 births and 23 deaths (10 adults and 13 infants and children.
Adding to the above, the following list of 1897 deaths was found by Dr. Edward Stibili in the archives of the Italian Foreign Ministry, Vatican archives and files from the archives of the diocese of Little Rock.

DEATHS OCCURRED IN THE COLONY OF SUNNYSIDE
ELENCO MORTI ANNO -1897  (1897 LIST OF DEATHS)

NAME:ADULTSPLACE:
ROSA CINGOLANI63 van colpi apopliaSUNNYSIDE
G. B. ASNICAR59 asmaHYNER
GIUSEPPE BRUNINI45
PIETRO BADIALI70HEBRON
CORTESINA BADIALI39COTTONWOOD
ROSA CINGOLANI39COTTONWOOD
GIUSEPPE CAMPAGNIA59SUNNYSIDE
SANTO CEOLA71SUNNYSIDE
GIOVANNI DELPIEDIO37 polmoniteHEBRON
APOLLONIA DEGLI ANTONI50SUNNYSIDE
ADOLFO SLIVI42 AicsHEBRON
CAROLINA BANCHETTI66FAWNWOOD
ANNUNCIATA BERNARDINI68FAWNWOOD
MARIA SORENZINI3 comph cuinemFAWNWOOD
ROSA MATTEUCCI28SUNNYSIDE
LUIGIA MASCAGNI28FAWNWOOD
ANTONIA PIRONDELLI33SUNNYSIDE
ANGELO PIAZZA62 MARITOHYNER
MARIA PIAZZA62 MOGLIEHYNER
ALMA PARENTI13 DIED@ LITTLE ROCK
GIOVANNI SBANATTO65
LUIGI FARINI64FAWNWOOD
NAME:CHILDREN:PLACE:
AUGUSTO BRUNETTI3HEBRON
RUGGERO BRACCI2
LAURA BRUNI2
PIETRO CURSI6SUNNYSIDE
AUGUSTO GREGANTI2COTTONWO0D
ANNUNCIATO GENTILINI2FAWNWOOD
ATTILIO LOVATO2HYNER
LUIGI MALATESTA7SUNNYSIDE
LUCIANO MATTEUCCO3SUNNYSIDE
ESTER MASOTTI1HYNER
MARIA PIAZZA7HYNER
ANGELO PENZO3HYNER
ESTER ANGELETTI16SUNNYSIDE

The total deaths of that year amounted to 53. As this list only contains 34, we believe (19) must be infants born here and died afterward of which I have no record. Signed: Victor Alpini
In November of 1897, Father Bandini submitted a report that there were 16 additional deaths on Sunnyside thus the list buried came to 72.

OTHERS:

PIETRO SPACCARELLI, FATHER, Born: February 24, 1856,Died: October 4, 1898
FILOMINA CHIARA SPACCARELLI, Born: August 8, 1853, Died: March 20, 1899-S/S
PIETRO SPACCARELLI, Born: May 15, 1899, Died: August 20, 1900, Sunnyside
DIONISIO PIANALTO, Born: ? Died: 1896 – Killed by Falling Tree, Sunnyside
CATHERINE PENZO PIANALTO, Born: July, 7, 1860, Died: 1896 – Died in Childbirth S/S
Two (2) STILLBORN INFANTS (DIED 1896) Sunnyside


KNOWN Italians buried in early years on Sunnyside at Hyner from bits of gravestones and markers found along with those provided to Libby Borgognoni, church historian, from their descendants are as follows.
IEDELA ARMALUCCI REGINELLI, 1st wife of Antonio Reginelli, b. 1878, Died 1902
ANTONIO REGINELLI, b. 1842, d. 1902 died from gangrene by burns.
VICARI, ALBINA, b. 3/17/1876, d. Unknown
Unknown, Unknown, b. Unknown, d. Unknown
……..gon….., Unknown, b. Unknown, d. Dec. ?
MENG…..ELVIRA, b. Jan 1, ?, d. Aug 20?
MALATESTA, CELESTA, died in 1897
MALATESTA, SON, died in 1897
PIETRO CASALI, CHILD of Fermo and Olga Olivi Casali
DOMINIC CASALI, CHILD of Fermo and Olga Olivi Casali
GIUSEPPE ZUCCONI D. 1897
ALESSANDRA SPANEVELLO died giving birth Aug 1897- Married 10-12-1896
PAOLO LORENZINI, b. 1866, d. 1897
FIORE MAZZONI b. died an infant in 1910
ANGELO PIAZZA died between 1895 and 1900

Mary Grace Quakenbos’ report:

during Sunnyside investigation wrote the five (5) following she had witnessed.

  • INFANT GIORGINI DIED AT BIRTH IN 1905
  • INFANT GIORGINI DIED AT BIRTH IN 1907
  • UNKNOWN (AND 2 OTHERS)
  • UNKNOWN
  • UNKNOWN
  • INFANT DILUCA DIED IN 1904
  • INFANT CASAVECCHIA b. 1903, d. 1904
  • STANISLAO IACUSSI b. ? , d. 1/06/1904
  • GINO BAIONI b. 5/02/1902, d. ?/17/1904
  • GIUSTINO BELVEDERESI, age 47, died 1905
  • MARIA MENGONI d. 11/22/1898
  • RUGGERO BRACCI age 2 d. 2/15/1897
  • CLARA GRASSI, died of yellow fever (birth and death unknown)

Should anyone reading this list of known deaths at Sunnyside have any relatives that you know or have been
told of please contact Libby Borgognoni, 870-265-1457 so they may be added to the current list.