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 Gravel Hill Cemetery, Sabine County, Texas, USA


Latitude: 31.403685472695024, Longitude: -93.9287281036377

Notes:
Kay Parker McCary writes "From the Sabine County Court House in Hemphill, Texas go West on State Hwy 184 (Main Street) for 2.1 miles to the "Y" intersection of Hwy 184 and FM 1592. Take the Right at the "Y" on FM 1592 and go 7.0 miles to the Cemetery on the Right, just past Anitoch Missionary Baptist Church. J. B. Sanders Cemetery Book (Abt 1963) lists 38 graves as being unmarked. Additional information added in parenthesis. The history of Antioch Church, near Bronson, in Sabine County, begins with the establishment of the Gravelhill Community. The story goes that sometime in the early 1870's a family coming from Louisiana into Texas stopped to camp for the night on the gravelly hill where the church and cemetery now are. Around the campfire the older children played while the mother held an infant and watched. Finally the fire died down and they all turned in for the night. They awoke to death. During the night, and for no apparent reason, the baby had died. The saddened family dug a grave on the fill and laid their little one to rest. This was the Kirk family, and they decided to remain and make their home near Gravelhill. The cemetery grew; the Kirks had another child buried here in 1884. The names are still legible on the identical stone markers in the cemetery. The Antioch Church was established just a few years after the fateful night which brought these first settlers to Gravelhill. A deed to the property where the Church and cemetery are now located was given by Mr. George W. Conn, in August, 1875, but the Sabine County Court House burned in November and all records were destroyed, including the deed to the property. For some reason the deed was not refiled, but 97 years later, in 1972, a copy was found by a daughter-in-law looking through Mr. Conn's old trunk. Mrs. Allie Conn promptly filed the old deed. The church was organized on January 3, 1876, under the direction of Elders J. S. Lambert and J. J. Roundtree. Thirteen other men and women went into the organization, including George Conn, John Anderson, J. S. White, Hosie Baldaree, Ann Mason, M. A. Conn, T. D. Burkhalter, John Deweese, L. S. Hoard, Mary E. White, Sophie H. Wallace, Mrs. C. A. Hoard, and C. Baldaree. In their preamble to organization, signed by each member, the church stated that they had "been regularly baptized on the profession of our faith"..."under the name of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Christ holding to the doctrine contained in the sacred Scriptures to be predicated on republican principles..." On May 18, 1991, the new sanctuary was dedicated. In July, 1997, the church became incorporated under the name Gravelhill Antioch Missionary Baptist Church to distinguish it from another church in the state with the name Antioch. Note: Vermel Brust says this history is correct except that the first burial here was not a Kirk child. The first child buried here is unknown and is buried to the left of the Kirk children in an unmarked grave.* GPS Coordinates: 3124249N - 09355730W ; First Marked Burial - 20 Sept 1877 ; Last Marked Burial - {29 Aug 2003)."


Directions and cemetery/church history copied from Kay P. McCary, who has inventoried and annotated this and many other Sabine County cemetery indexes, available online at:

http://www.rootsweb.com/~txsabine/burials/index.htm


Headstones

 Thumb Description Status Location Name (Died/Buried)
Boyett, P.W. (Philip Wesley)
Boyett, P.W. (Philip Wesley)
 
Located    Philip Wesley Boyett (d. 20 Jan 1904)
 
Boyett, Robert Edgar
Boyett, Robert Edgar
B. 1870 Arkansas D. 1927 Texas 
Located    Robert Edgar Boyett (d. 30 Apr 1927)
 
Boyett, Sarah
Boyett, Sarah
Wife of P.W. Boyett 
Located    Sarah Ann Catherine Boyett (d. 12 Nov 1919)
 
Burkhalter, Eva
Burkhalter, Eva
Wife of H.M. Burkhalter 
Located    Mary Eva Conn (d. 8 Nov 1928)
 
Cammack, H. B. 'Jack' and Emma L. {McLemore)
Cammack, H. B. "Jack" and Emma L. {McLemore)
 
Located    Herman Bailey "Jack" Cammack (d. 26 Jan 1969)
Emma Lelee McLemore (d. 12 Dec 1981)
 
Conn, George W.
Conn, George W.
 
Located    George Washington Conn (d. 6 Feb 1888)
 
Conn, Gram B.
Conn, Gram B.
 
Located    Gram Berry Conn (d. 6 Jun 1956)
 
Conn, Henry and Eva
Conn, Henry and Eva
 
Located    Family: Henry Clarence Conn / Eva L. Williams
 
Conn, Henry Patrick
1832-1910
Conn, Henry Patrick 1832-1910
"Henry P. Conn, Born in Jefferson Co. Miss. Moved to Copiah Co in 1833, Moved to Arkansas in 1854, Married to Miss Clarrissa Gibson 2 Jan 1859, Moved to Texas in 1869 - Died Sep. 24, 1910 - Only sleeping" Transcription courtesy of Kay Parker McCary, who also noted that originally this grave & his wife Clarissa Conn's grave were surrounded by a wrought iron fence." 
Located    Henry Patrick Conn (d. 24 Sep 1910)
 
Conn, Mariah (Mulford)
Conn, Mariah (Mulford)
 
Located    Mariah Mulford (d. 12 Oct 1888)
 
Fullen, John Bertis 'Pappy'
Fullen, John Bertis "Pappy"
 
Located    John Bertis Fullen, Sr. (d. 9 Feb 2002)
 
Fullen, Minnie Lee (Ferguson)
Fullen, Minnie Lee (Ferguson)
 
Located    Minnie Lee Ferguson (d. 11 May 1911)
 
Fullen, W.A.
Fullen, W.A.
 
Located    William Ashley Fullen (d. 16 Oct 1943)
 
McLemore, Alma (Bragg)
McLemore, Alma (Bragg)
 
Located    Alma Clara Bragg (d. 5 May 1985)
 
McLemore, Ernest and Florence (Boyd)
McLemore, Ernest and Florence (Boyd)
 
Located    Mary Florence Boyd (d. 7 Jan 1977)
Ernest Edward McLemore (d. 7 Oct 1963)
 
McLemore, Henrietta
McLemore, Henrietta
 
Located    Henrietta McLemore (d. 27 Mar 1899)
 
McLemore, Infant Children of Vessie and Nina
McLemore, Infant Children of Vessie and Nina
Vessie and Nina's first three children all died as infants. The couple later had six children that survived into adulthood.  
Located    Infant McLemore (d. 17 Feb 1909)
Infant McLemore (d. 11 Mar 1910)
Infant McLemore (d. 25 May 1911)
 
McLemore, Infant of Vessie and Nina
McLemore, Infant of Vessie and Nina
 
Located    Infant McLemore (d. 17 Feb 1909)
 
McLemore, Infant of Vessie and Nina
McLemore, Infant of Vessie and Nina
 
Located    Infant McLemore (d. 11 Mar 1910)
 
McLemore, Infant of Vessie and Nina
McLemore, Infant of Vessie and Nina
 
Located    Infant McLemore (d. 25 May 1911)
 
McLemore, Ira and Alma (Bragg) Family Plot Marker
McLemore, Ira and Alma (Bragg) Family Plot Marker
 
Located    Alma Clara Bragg (d. 5 May 1985)
Ira Henry Strickland White McLemore (d. 18 Jul 1970)
Roland Finn McLemore (d. 4 Jun 1942)
 
McLemore, Ira H.S.W.
McLemore, Ira H.S.W.
 
Located    Ira Henry Strickland White McLemore (d. 18 Jul 1970)
 
McLemore, John F. 'Finn'
McLemore, John F. "Finn"
 
Located    John F. "Finn" McLemore (d. 12 Feb 1924)
 
McLemore, Mary Melvine 'Mellie'
McLemore, Mary Melvine "Mellie"
 
Located    Mary Melvine "Mellie" McLemore (d. 16 Sep 1970)
 
McLemore, Paul Boyd
McLemore, Paul Boyd
 
Located    Paul Boyd McLemore (d. 31 Jan 1985)
 
McLemore, Roland
McLemore, Roland
 
Located    Roland Finn McLemore (d. 4 Jun 1942)
 
McLemore, Rufus F.
McLemore, Rufus F.
Distant View 
Located    Rufus Finerel McLemore (d. 3 Oct 1912)
 
McLemore, Rufus F.
McLemore, Rufus F.
Close-up 
Located    Rufus Finerel McLemore (d. 3 Oct 1912)
 
McLemore, Ruth (White)
McLemore, Ruth (White)
 
Located    Rutha Triphene White (d. 11 Jun 1939)
 
Piram, Evilee (White)
Piram, Evilee (White)
 
Located    Frances Evilee White (d. 31 Jul 1991)
 
White, Thomas Albert Jr. and Kathleen (Harris)
White, Thomas Albert Jr. and Kathleen (Harris)
 
Located    Thomas Albert White, Jr. (d. 5 Oct 2004)
 
White, Thomas Albert Sr. and Ollie (Conn)
White, Thomas Albert Sr. and Ollie (Conn)
 
Located    Ollie Lee Conn (d. 2 Jan 1971)
Thomas Albert White, Sr. (d. 30 Sep 1980)