Submitted by
Roy Juch



THE POWELL-TULL CEMETERY
Chilton, Falls County, Texas

 

     The cemetery was first called POWELL Cemetery because the land was donated by the POWELL family and John POWELL, who died March 28, 1889, was the first person to be buried there.  Over the next fifty-four years about twenty-two other persons were buried there.   

 

     Charles Roy TULL, son of William Abraham TULL and Georgia Etta Ferguson TULL, died in 1896 and was the first TULL to be buried in this cemetery.  William Abraham TULL, died September 4, 1943, was the last person to be buried there.

 

     For the next forty years the cemetery was neglected.  Weeds, briars, shrubs and trees began to invade the cemetery.    In the early 1980’s, Sam TULL, George Edwin TULL, Audry and Wesley McKEE, Durwood VASSER, James L. TULL, Hollie TULL, Bertie BAXLEY and Netom STEED met to discuss cleaning, fencing and maintaining the cemetery.  There was also a discussion about organizing a Cemtery Association and calling it the POWELL-TULL Cemetery Association.  Sam TULL later met with attorney Robert CARTER in Marlin, Falls County, Texas to discuss legal requirements to form a Cemetery Association.  Legal notices were posted in the newspapers.    On June 19, 1983, at the TULL-HICKS reunion, the POWELL-TULL Cemetery Association was organized.  Hubert McKEE was elected President; Netom STEED as Vice-President; and Beatrice JOHNSON as Treasurer.    The following were elected Directors:  Sam TULL, Hollis VASSER, George Edwin TULL.  Hollie TULL donated $100 to open a bank account.    Beatrice JOHNSON also donated $1,000 from the sale of her book of family records.  Money has been added to this fund from family and friends through the years.  A meeting was called for May 17, 1987 for the purpose of electing Durwood VASSER as Vice-President to replace Netom STEED who has resigned.  Mary Ann COHN was also elected Treasurer.  At the June 18, 1989 meeting, Hubert McKEE, Sam TULL, Hollis VASSER, George Edwin TULL and Hollie TULL met to discuss the type and cost of fence to be put around the cemetery with a gate at the entrance.

 

     A group representing the POWELL-TULL families has worked several years to clean the cemetery and put it back in an honorable condition.  In February 1996, a group of family members, under the direction of Hollis VASSER, put up a five wire barbed wire fence around the entire cemetery and a metal gate at the entrance.  Work was also begun clearing all the underbrush.  They met again in March and April to continue working and cleaning the cemetery.  Some damaged headstones have also been repaired.  Every effort will be made to maintain the cemetery in the best manner possible using volunteer help.

 

     The research on this cemetery was done by Clayton HICKS on February 9, 1996 with help of his wife Selma CRAWFORD HICKS, Hubert McKEE, Roy JUCH, Isabell TULL WELCH and Mary Nell HELFER.

 

     A numerical index showing the grave locations is included as a part of this project in order to assist in locating the graves of those buried there.  The #1 grave identification begins with Thomas Marion TULL.

 

     There were twenty-three graves located and all but one was identified.  Any misleading information of unmarked graves is unintentional.  Their identity and location was determined by word of mouth and family history.   There may be other unmarked graves that were not found or identified.

 

 

Directions to Powell-Tull Cemetery

Located East of Chilton, Falls County, Texas about five miles.   

From Chilton proceed Eastbound on State Highway #7 and turn onto County Road #419 (also Post Oak Blvd).   

Go .3 miles to the first road to the left (unmarked in 1996), which is the road just before the C. W. Whitaker place.   

Go North .1 mile to the cemetery entrance.   

The cemetery proper is located about fifty yards West down into the post oak grove of trees and is surrounded by a barbed wire fence and has a metal gate.

Researched and compiled by Clayton Hicks - 1996




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Full view of Historical Marker for Powell-Tull Cemetery
 Sam Tull worked very hard to get the state to authorize this honor for the Cemetery
then Sam installed the post and marker all by himself.
Submitted by Roy Juch

Close up view of top of Historical Marker
Submitted by Roy Juch

Close up view of bottom of Historical Marker
Submitted by Roy Juch

Location

Last Name

First Name

Birth

Death

Notes

1

TULL

Thomas Marion

Nov 11 1836

Mar 04 1921

Civil War Marker

info submitted by Clayton Hicks

2

TULL

Amy CAPLE

Aug 10 1835

Jan 30 1919

Wife of T. M. TULL

info submitted by Clayton Hicks

3

TULL

William Abraham

Jul 1 1854

Sep 4 1943

Oldest Son of T. M. & Amy CAPLE TULL

info submitted by Clayton Hicks

4

TULL

Georgia Etta (FERGUSON)

Dec 21 1854

Apr 04 1925


5

GREER

Sophia A.

(TULL)


Dec 02 1998

Wife of Eliza Greer

Aged 51 years 11 months

She is at the beautiful Gate

waiting and watching for us”

info submitted by Clayton Hicks

6

SYLVESTER

Hattie Roberter

Dec 26 1890

May 17 1894

Daughter of C.T. & E. V. SYLVESTER
info submitted by Clayton Hicks

7

SIMS

Baby Daughter


Jul 04 1931

Baby Daughter of John Oliver SIMS

Informant: Mary N. SIMS HELFER

8

SIMS

Child

Sep 27 1931

Sep 27 1931

Child of Flem & Dorothy GREEN SIMS

Informant: Mary N. SIMS HELFER

9

SIMS

Dorothy GREEN


Sep 27 1931

Informant: Mary N. SIMS HELFER

10

UNKNOWN

Unknown

No Date

No Date

Unmarked rock for a headstone
info submitted by Clayton Hicks

11

TULL

Mattie L.

Aug 14 1882

Nov 19 1901

“Wife of M. L. TULL”

info submitted by Clayton Hicks

12

POWELL

Nancy C.

Oct 09 1832

Jul 28 1901

Wife of John POWELL”

“As a wife devoted

As a mother affectionate

As a friend ever kind & true”

info submitted by Clayton Hicks

13

POWELL

John

Dec 08 1826

Mar 28 1889

In memory of husband of

N. C. POWELL

Blessed are the

pure in heart for

they shall see God”

Made by C. G. Matthews, Marlin, Texas”

info submitted by Clayton Hicks

14

SUGGS

W. M.

Mar 11 1908


Aged 48 years

Called Higher.

Prepare to meet me in Heaven”

info submitted by Clayton Hicks

15

BUSBY

Mulisia

Jan 09 1850

Sep 15 1902

Wife of J. M. BUSBY”

“Not lost.  Blessed Thought

But Gone Before

Where We Shall Meet

To Part No More”

info submitted by Clayton Hicks

16

SUGGS

Martha


Mar 30 1901

Aged 80 years

Wife of Eli SUGGS”

“Not Lost But Gone Before”

info submitted by Clayton Hicks

17

SUGGS

Elick A.

Jul 08 1864

Dec 21 1889

We Love Him”

info submitted by Clayton Hicks

18

TAYLOR

Earnest Lee

Apr 25 1897

Sep 27 1898

Son of P. T. & D. A. TAYLOR
info submitted by Clayton Hicks

19

TAYLOR

Wm. Ennis

Feb 21 1898

Can Not Read

Son of P. T. & D. A. TAYLOR

“Asleep in Jesus

blessed sleep

From which none

ever more to weep”

info submitted by Clayton Hicks

20

BOLTON

William

Sep 1855

Oct 01 1898

“In Memory of William Bolton

Husband of Louisa Bolton”
info submitted by Clayton Hicks

21

McREA

A. R.



Cement marker with no writing

Informant- Isabell TULL

22

McREA

Mrs. A. R.



Informant- Isabell TULL

23

TULL

Charley Roy

Feb 27 1896

Aug 1896

Headstone with initials

“CRT”

Son of William Abraham & Georgia Etta FERGUSON TULL

info submitted by Clayton Hicks

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