Photo courtesy Sharon
Photo courtesy Cheryl Harris
Copy of email from
Cheryl Harris, 20070517:
"This very small
graveyard is found in an isolated area east of the town of Alma,
NM. Located in the southern part of the county, in the Mogollon
Mountains, it is named for James C. Cooney, sergeant of the 8th U.S.
Cavalry, who came to Fort Bayard in 1870. While on duty as a
he discovered silver-bearing rock, but said nothing about it.
his discharge, he came to the area in 1876 with two companions to
work the claim. He was killed by Victorio's Apaches. His
Captain Mike Cooney, and friends carved a sepulcher out of a rock in
the canyon where he was killed and buried him there, sealing the
tomb with the silver-bearing ore taken from the mine he discovered.
The GPS is 33 deg 24.767'N, 108 deg
50.248'W. It is approximately 7 miles east of Alma on County Road
About 15 miles northeast of Glenwood, NM off US 180.
Died 29 Apr 1880
Died 30 Apr 1880
horribly mutilated & killed by Victorio, the Apache Chief,
The men were riding to warn settlers of an impending
Their bodies were later found & buried in a tomb carved
out of a
Born Aug. 20th, 1880 Died Dec. 15, 1891
Born Oct 3,
Died Jan. 7, 1900
Charley Clark 2 Oct 1868 - 28 Aug
Elza May Clark, Daughter of Charley Clark , 29 Jun 1896 - 5 Sep 1905