Interment Places of African-American Persons in Kaufman County Texas

Donated by: Kathey Hunt, Co-Coordinator of Kaufman Co., Texas TXGenWeb Project

 

The following are all known marked burial sites that contain the remains of  African-American persons buried in Kaufman County Texas.

The words *FORMER SLAVE on any of the Kaufman County cemetery records denote persons proven to have lived a portion of their lives in bondage.  We have so noted them as to pay homage to those individuals and as a reminder to all who see these pages that they will never be forgotten.

 

**NOTE: These burials all have tombstones or some type of inscribed marker – those graves of persons in   

                 Unmarked Graves are in another section

Kaufman County Indigent Burial Ground

Also called " Kaufman County Poor Farm Graveyard"

This Texas Historical Marker reads:

This burial ground is part of 600 acres purchased for use as a Poor Farm   operated by Kaufman County beginning in 1883. It is the final resting place for some of Kaufman County´s citizens who were Poor Farm residents, county jail inmates, paupers, transients and other indigents. It is believed that anonymous victims of an 1871 typhoid fever epidemic were the first to be interred at this site, but the earliest marked grave is that of Poor Farm Inmate George McCorkin who died the year it opened. Though many graves remain unmarked, the cemetery is a place of final dignity for those whose names remain among those now forgotten.  

 

  HISTORIC TEXAS CEMETERY – 2002

 

History: This site began as a burial place for indigent persons whose identity was not known or whose family could not afford to bury them. It is also a known burial place of prisoners from the Kaufman County Jail, bodies of persons never identified or claimed and for epidemic victims in the 1800's. Around the turn of the century it became a favored burial site for Hispanics in the county, also. It is on land that was purchased by William Love from C A Lovejoy in 1849. It was inherited by William Love's son, James and was passed on to his wife, Eliza Jane Stephenson Love, who sold it to Kaufman County in the 1880's.

 

Enumeration done Jan. 2, 2003 by K K Hunt, Rex Williams & Keith Matthews

Enumeration:

ANDERSON,  W  N

Aug 15, 1866 - Sep 10, 1921

 

ANDERSON, Margaret A   

1931 - 2001 

Funeral Home Marker

AGUIRE, Julio R  Jr  

1902 - 1929 

concrete tomb

AREBALO, Gil

 

 

BRADLEY, Charles

1938 - 2001  

funeral home marker

CONNALLY, John Randolph

14 Jun 1934 - 31 May 1997

 

EDDIES, Sammie

1916 - 2001  

funeral home marker

GLOCK, Joe 

1926 - 2001

funeral home marker

HASTEY, Ruth 

14 May 1930 - 30 Oct 1998

 

LONG, Bryant 

1925 - 1993

 

OCHOA, Patrice Costello

1928 - 1998

 

PHAM,  Luan

17 Jun 1913 - 25 Apr 1990

 

RETSCHKE, Lula Faye

1943 - 1961

 

REYNOSA , Dominga Nasio

March 21, 1920 - October 19, 1928

 

SHANDS,  Baby

1997 - 1997

 

STRICKLAND, Joe G   

18 Apr 1939   - 10 Jan 1994

 

SWAIN,  Timmy Dee 

no dates

 

TREVINO,  Martina M 

15 Jun 1910 - 11 Jun 1934

 

YLDEFONZO, Recurdo 

16 Apr 1918 - 4 Dec 1918

 

 

 

Mt. Pilgrim Cemetery Once Known As Crandall Black Graveyard
Also known as The Woodlands

 

LOCATION:
The cemetery is located on the west side of FM 741, .2 miles north of Hiway 175 in Crandall city limits.

HISTORY:
Site has been used by African-American citizens of the county since before the 20th century.** Local lore is that many former slaves are interred there in unmarked graves on the area that now borders the north frontage road of Hiway 175. ** It is said by descendants of persons interred there, that before Hiway 175 was completed, the site was considered to be "deep in the woods", which is why it was called the Woodlands by the locals.** It is also believed that during the construction of the highway in the late 1960's and early 1970's that many early graves located on the far south side of the site were destroyed by the road crews, as old tombstones which marked early graves have been missing since that time.*** There were also many graves between the years 1900 - 1940 which were marked with bois d'arc stumps and wooden markers, which all disappeared after 1940.** Originally the site encompassed over 2 acres, yet today the site appears to be less than an acre in size. From 1965 until 1998 there was a non-denominational church on the site. It was destroyed by arson in March 1998. From 1965 until 1998 there was a non-denominational church on the site. It was destroyed by arson in March 1998.
**info from Mr. Clyde Love, age 82 - March 1999
***info from Easter Fleming - 2001

This enumeration done by Harold O'Neal 1992. Enumerated 18 June 1998 by Kathey Hunt, Donald Hunt, Lee Kelley

ENUMERATION

Name

Born

Died

Remarks

AUGUST, Rubin

12 Dec 1900

06 Jul 1975

(should be AUGUSTA ; tombstone is wrong)

BURLES, Alfred

__ ___ ____

12 Nov 1976

 

BURLES, Jesse

__ ___ ____

01 Jun 1982

 

BURLEY, Cloves

__ ___ 1859

__ ___ 1900

Note: Stone hand-inscribed 'FORMER SLAVE'

BUTLER , Kenneth Ray

04 Feb 1961

02 Sep 1989

"In Loving Memory - Gone But Not Forgotten"

COLEMAN, L C

19 Aug 1935

20 Nov 1988

 

HARRIS, Drussie

12 Oct 1896

21 Nov 1988

 

HICKMAN, Herbert

17 May 1914

23 Dec 1985

Pvt US Army WW II

IVEY, Johnie James

16 Jun 1916

30 Jun 1984

 

IVEY, Isabelle

14 Jul 1898

18 Jun 1916

"Mama"

JOHNSON, Annie

04 Aug 1896

16 Mar 1956

"Mother"

JOHNSON, Dick

__ ___ 1846

__ ___ 1902

"Husband, Father, Friend" "Server of Man, Servant of God" *FORMER  SLAVE

Seymore

__ ___ 1874

21 Oct 1908

"Son of Dick & Isabelle"

JONES, Mathew

15 Nov 1924

08 Jun 1961

 

JONES, Virginia

15 Feb 1884

31 Mar 1957

"Asleep in Jesus"

JONES, Willie

10 Jun 1873

06 Feb 1967

"Father"

McQUEEN, Robert L

14 Sep 1924

30 Jun 1982

PFC US Army WW II

MORELAND, Jessie

22 Feb 1932

13 May 1984

Aged 51 yrs, 2 mos, 21 dys

Name illegible,

__ ___ ____

03 Jul 1973

 

MORELAND, Virgia B

__ ___ 1896

__ ___ 1971

"Mother"

MORGAN, Annie

04 Aug 1896

16 May 1956

"Mother"

MORGAN, Archie L

31 Dec 1918

16 Jul 1974

US Army

MORGAN, Twin

__ ___ ____

__ ___ 1984

 

MORGAN, Twin

__ ___ ____

__ ___ 1984

 

WOFFORD, Elaiga

24 May 1895

22 Dec 1969

 

WOFFORD, Buster

12 Jan 1888

16 Jan 1932

 

WOFFORD, Baby

B & D 1922

 

 

WOFFORD, Our Boy

06 Feb 1918

30 Jun 1920

 

UNKNOWN BURIALS

**illegible Funeral Home metal marker at foot of Kenneth's grave
**2 other graves beside Kenneth Butler indicated by mounds of dirt, silk flowers
**2 graves marked with stones just south of L C Coleman
**grave marked with flowers, old pottery just west of Drussie Harris
**gravestone, un inscribed, just beside Herbert Hickman's grave
**2 graves marked with vases north of Archie Morgan
**one grave marked with a stone south of Archie Morgan
**4 graves marked with stones south of all the Morgan graves
**a temporary Marker - unreadable - with glass, probably from 1940-1960 era
**Grave marked with stone just south of Alfred Burles

 

There are 7 tombstone bases which have been set in cement throughout the site, yet none have readable portions. There were 14 illegible temporary markers piled under a cedar tree on the south side of the site. There were at least 6 temporary markers which had been burned next to where the building had stood

 

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