Cradle graves, sometimes referred to as bed graves, are one of the many styles one may encounter while meandering through a cemetery. They first made their appearance in the graveyards somewhere around the Civil War and their popularity petered out around the 1920's. They can be found in cemeteries throughout the United States. But seem to be more popular in the southern states. Here are a few examples I have photographed.
This is a very basic version.
( B. M. located in Rogers, AR)
Basic version with a little added.(Sterling Hart located in Hart cemetery in Rogers, AR)
The more elaborate versions.
(Laural Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia, PA)
(Thomas & Rebecca Simco at Basham cemetery in Mountainburg, AR)