Rusk Co Cemeteries of TX

This cemetery is one of the 42 lost cemeteries found by Don Austin that he gave the permission to duplicate and Marylee Knight transcribed and submitted to us.

Location: Harmony Hill Community, 2-1/2 miles southwest of Tatum

Number of graves: 30-40

Number of identifiable graves: 5

Number of non-identifiable graves: 10-15

Earliest known grave: 1877

Latest known grave: 1894

Race count: All black

Located on fairly level ground between two streams in moderate
woodland. Only five graves were identifiable, all of which were good
distances apart, indicating a good-sized cemetery. Most of these had
broken markers, making identification difficult.

This cemetery is called "Nip and Tuck" after Harmony Hill's nickname of the mid 1800's. Harmony Hill, now a ghost town for the most part, was an important trade center known as Nip and Tuck in 1850. Bypassed by the railroads, the town declined and in 1906 a storm destroyed many buildings. A few old homes and a large, well-kept cemetery are all that remain. Harmony Hill Cemetery, which is only about 1/2 mile south of this location, is undoubtedly the forerunner of Nip and Tuck Cemetery which was probably begun after the Civil War.

Identifiable graves:

Austin, Roline (?)
D 1889 - age 65 yrs

Bates, Laura - wife of Charles Bates
B ?
D Nov 20, 1887

Bradley, guss - son of Allic & Harriet Bradley
B ?
D May 12, 1887

Menefee, Mandy - wife of Isaiah Menefee
D June 17, 1900 - age 40 yrs

Reese, Hanna
D Aug 30, 1889 - age 35 yrs

Non-identifiable graves:

(?) , Sarah
D 1894 - age 75 yrs