Graveyard Hill or Clark Cemetery

Fannin County, Cemeteries of TX

Submitted by Susan Hawkins

Cemeteries of Texas: Dolores I. Bishop

For questions concerning Fannin County, contact Susan Hawkins, CC Fannin County.

This much needed location and description of the Graveyard Hill Cemetery is sent by Jerry Allen who grew up on the farm.

This cemetery is located about 1 mile west northwest of a very nice log house 2 miles north of Telephone on County Road 2145. From the log house, go west and angle slightly north, cross Sandy Creek, and then cross a barbed wire fence, and you will come to a meadow. As you look out into the meadow, on your right there is a lone tree standing. Use the lone tree as a marker. Go west northwest across the meadow so that you travel 50 yards or so south (to the left) of the tree. Go straight west at this point, until you reach another barbed wire fence. When you cross this fence, there is another open meadow in front of you. There is a wall of timber beyond the meadow. The line of timber beyond the meadow ends in front of you, or perhaps, slightly to your right as you face west.

Look to the right of the end of the timberline and towards the horizon. You will see a small grove of cedars in the distance. (At this point, the cedars are too far away to be seen very clearly). There is a larger grove of trees in the western distance to the right, but that grove is not completely made up of cedars, there are some other kinds of trees, oaks, etc. in that grove. Keep your eyes on the small cedar grove. Walk across the meadow toward the cedars.

After you cross the meadow, you will be walking up a slight incline. When you reach the top of the hill, the cedar grove will be obvious, and that is Graveyard Hill.

The cedar trees on Graveyard Hill are close together. It is relatively clear under the trees, though there is some brush that has fallen. There is a grave marked with a white head stone. The headstone is in very good condition, easy to read. At the foot of the grave there is a footstone, which has broken off or fallen over. The footstone is engraved "JCC", which obviously stands for J.C. Clark. The headstone has been broken off about 6 inches above its base, but is neatly propped against the base. There is no evidence of vandalism



Jun 30 1820

Oct 27 1875

Masonic Emblem

There is a second grave northwest of the Clark grave, about 20 paces, marked by two boards. There is no writing on them, if there ever was, it has long since disappeared. The head board is about the dimension of a two by six and stands about 10 inches high, while the foot board is smaller, about one inch by four inches and stands about the same height.

Also DAR records reflect at some earlier reading "W.N.D." wood slab no dates, or other slabs of wood no inscriptions, once owned by the Jackson family. "Mr. & Mrs. Jackson are supposed to be buried there."