Sunday Morning, September 25, 1955
by Doyle Akers
W.O. Ball, 82, remembers the fort ..... Some of the Indians who raided the Atchison homestead are still there.. buried in the Negro graveyard near the old site of the Rock Fort where Loyd Laughlin and his family live now. (*this was written in 1955).
..... Today the foundation of the small family fort is still evident.
Giant stones have tumbled down an embankment, lying
Cattle Graze Graves ..... But the fence today is gone, a giant limb from a nearby tree has fallen across the stones and the cattle graze contentedly over the graves. Atchison's wife is buried in the graveyard. The date of birth of Mary Atchison is listed as Aug. 9, 1808. She died July 17, 1880, a month before the Old Settlers Association met for its reunion in Sherman for the second time in history. additional biographical information: Lee Family Tree; Ancestry.comadditional biographical information: Lee Family Tree; Ancestry.com
Moved to Grayson ..... "Old man Atchison had a lot of slaves," Ball said, "some of them are buried up there on the hill where the old Rock Fort Church used to stand. Lots o' Indians buried up there too.
..... On another stone, equaling the elder Achison's in height and
standing nearby, is the inscription, "Laura B. Atchison,
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