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Cherokee County, Texas

 KILLOUGH CEMETERY

 

KILLOUGH CEMETERY-CHEROKEE COUNTY TEXAS

 

    The Killough Memorial and cemetery is located to the South of FM 855 about 3 miles West of Mt. Selman, Texas, On County Road 3431.  Go west from Mt. Selman about 2 1/2 miles, then turn south on County Road 3405, go about 1/4 mile, then turn west on County Road 3411, go about 1/2 mile, then turn south on County Road 3431.  County Road 3431 dead ends at the Killough site.  All roads are paved roads but narrow in places.  The cemetery is enclosed in a chain link fence, and in the center is a 12 foot monument built of native rocks and concrete.  Row designators in this listing are A - Graves east of the center, B - Graves on or even with the center, C - Graves west of the center monument.  This survey was completed in August 1996 by Ira Gaylon White and Oscar Wofford.

  A granite marker dedicated in 1965 stands just inside the cemetery gate.  It reads:

                                   SITE OF THE KILLOUGH MASSACRE

    In this area on October 5th, 1838, the Wood, Killough, and Williams families, all relatives, were going to the fields.  They were gathering crops grown in spite of Indian raids.  Here less than a year, the settlers usually carried guns to the fields; but this afternoon were unarmed.  Attacked sudden­ly, 18 pioneers were either killed or captured, never to be heard of again.  Eight horseback riders escaped.  The wives of Isaac Killough Sr., Isaac Jr., and Samuel Killough fled on foot, carrying a baby.  On their third day of hiding, a friendly Indian saved them.  This was the largest Indian atrocity in East Texas.  Bodies of the victims who were found were buried here.

                                                                 (1965) 

Buchanan, Marian Smith Killou.Kil A Apr-08-1874  Jan-10-1948 Beside Willis D. ClaytonPRIVATE

Byars, Isaac ................ Kil C Jun-26-1823  Aug-17-1869 KTB; no marker

Clayton, Carrie A. Coulson....Kil A Apr-01-1912  Jun-23-1989 Beside Willis D. Clayton

Clayton, Willis D. ...........Kil A Jul-12-1904  Jun-03-1966 "New Jersey Pvt US Army WWII" Beside Marian Buchanan

Coulson, Lena J. Killough.....Kil A Oct-16-1890  Jan-10-1976 Beside Marcella Coulson Harper Ford

Coulson, Ray Killough ........Kil A May-17-1910  Mar-26-1991 "US Army WWII" Beside Carrie A. Coulson Clayton

Ford, Marcella Coulson Harper.Kil A Jun-23-1914  Apr-11-1994 Beside Ray Killough Coulson

Killough, Allen ............. Kil B ...-..-....  ...-..-.... Named on monument

Killough, Isaac Jr. ..........Kil B ...-..-....  ...-..-.... Named on monument

Killough, Isaac Sr. ..........Kil B ...-..-....  ...-..-.... Named on monument

Killough, Nathaniel ......... Kil B Apr-04-1806  Apr-15-1864 On monument itself

Killough, Nathaniel II .......Kil A ...-..-1850  ...-..-1900 Beside Lena J. Coulson

Killough, Sallie Lee Ella.....Kil B Sep-01-1896  Sep-28-1897 KTB

Killough, Samuel ............ Kil B ...-..-....  ...-..-.... Named on monument

McKee, Wm. H. ................Kil B Dec-10-1842  Feb-19-1865 Marble marker flat on ground, set in concrete

Roach, B C R .................Kil B Feb-08-1877  Mar-14-1906 KTB by Ogreta W. Huttash

Smith, T. Frank ..............Kil C ...-..-1861  ...-..-1898 "Husband of Hettie Cone Smith"

Thompson, Emma B. ............Kil C Aug-19-1868  Nov-12-1868 KTB by Ogreta W. Huttash

Thompson, James A. ...........Kil C Jul-21-1853  Oct-17-1855 KTB by Ogreta W. Huttash

Thompson, Nancy W. ...........Kil C Dec-08-1833  Jul-11-1855 near crypts

Unknown, twin girls ..........Kil C approx 1880  ...-..-.... "Died of Typhoid fever as children"