Winnsboro Lee Cemetery

Winnsboro, Wood Co. Cemeteries of TX

Contributed by Patricia Nall, August 2001

From intersection of FM515 and TX37, turn south.  Travel one mile.  Cemetery on east side of TX37.

Historical Marker

North Carolina natives Benjamin Lee, his wife Alice, and their family came to this area about 1853 and soon acquired over 1,230 acres of land.  The Lees operated a large cotton plantation with the help of their ten children and slave labor.  Benjamin Lee became a community leader and was elected County Commissioner one year after his arrival in the area.

Currently covering over 13 acres, this cemetery began as a small family burial ground in 1856 upon the death of Benjamin Lee.  Alice Lee was the second person to be buried here, and their graves are included in the Lee family plot in the oldest section, surrounded by an iron fence.  The graves of the four Lee sons, all of whom served in the Confederate Army, are also in the family plot.

Although established as a family graveyard, the Lee Cemetery was expanded to include graves of neighbors and gradually became a public community cemetery.  Many types of stones and grave markers can be seen here including one above ground brick vault burial.  Members of the community interred here include banker Charles H. Morris, Mayor and State Legislator William D. Suitor, Dr. John B. Goldsmith and newspaper publishers Homer R. and Mae O. Weir.

East Gate     West Gate

Last Name First Name Birth Death Comments
Martin William Maurice Jul 3 1914 Dec 26 1936 s/o R.A. & Reba
McLeroy F. J. 1845 1922 w: Mariah J.
McLeroy Mariah J. 1850 1933 In God We Trust
McConnell Robert Drew 1875 1956 w: Laura Alica
McConnell Laura Alica 1886 1971 w/o Robert C.
Nall James H. Sep 26 1861 Jan 5 1913 W: Mattie Nall  A loving husband a father dear a faithful friend lies buried here  WOW marker