Point, Wise County, Texas
of Texas Coordinator: Brenda E.
provided by the State of Texas Atlas Site
Bridgeport, take FM 920 south to Balsora, then FM 220, 6.25 miles to cemetery.
Willow Point Cemetery had its origins in 1882 when Anna M. English died on
October 23 and was buried on land owned by Samuel G. Evitts. The next year, on
July 13, Evitts died and was buried in the same area. The land changed hands
several times before ownership passed to D. H. and M. M. Bishop, who deeded the
property to Woodman of the World Camp #1763 in 1905. The deed stated that the
older, fenced part of the cemetery would remain a free public burying ground. It
is believed that the cemetery contains many unmarked burials. The northwest
corner of the plot contains the grave of a Confederate soldier who was
discharged from Fort Richardson in Jack County, and whose name has long since
been forgotten. Also, interred here are other Civil War veterans as well as
veterans of World War I, World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Samuel
G. Evitts, original owner of the site, was a veteran of the Texas War for
Independence as well as the Civil War. The Willow Point Cemetery Association,
organized in 1947, is responsible for maintenance and hosts an annual homecoming
and cleaning day.