Pace Cemetery

Fannin County, Cemeteries of Texas

Submitted by Susan Hawkins hawkins@texoma.net

Cemeteries of Texas Coordinator: Dolores I. Bishop

The Pace Cemetery is now under a cement slab. A huge fertilizer plant west of Bonham on old Hwy 82 (now 56) is located on top of it. Though some graves were supposed to be moved to Willow Wild in Bonham, most were reported not moved. Many of the original markers were bois díarc wood unreadable and burned in grass fires. Among the graves were the slaves of the Pace and possibly other families.

The plant was located next the T & P Railroad on the highway in 1969. At which time a marker was placed in a little park but has disappeared and been built over. Floy Hodge a local historian, who wrote in the 60ís, stated that many people were buried there between the 1840ís and 1880ís. In 1895 Railroad construction destroyed a large part of the cemetery. At that time some of the bodies were moved to Willow Wild in Bonham. Many were left, those not on the Railroad right of way.

Floy Hodge listed those she could recall being buried there and stated that most graves identity was lost. She states that the first grave was a "Mr. Dale who was a black man."

Last Name First Name Birth Death Comments

Hardeway

Lt. Jas.

-

1847

Soldier of War With Mexico

Nelms

Rev. J. Arch

1790

1847

H/o Martha

Nelms

Mary Crain

-

-

Mother of Laura Nelms

Washington

Battle

1794

1876

-

Helbing

Mrs. Emma

-

1856

W/o T.L. Gilbert

Younger

Lair

-

-

-

Johnson

-

-

1853

Several Markers

Pace

Twitty

1796

1894

Wrong Death Date

Pace

Twitty

-

-

Others of His Family