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Welcome to the Austin Street Cemetery
Est. Circa 1849
The Austin Street Cemetery predates the Civil War with existing stones dated as early as 1852 and as late as 1885. It is the oldest City cemetery.
The land where it sits was originally owned by Samuel Blagg. In 1849, Blagg deeded the land to John Jennings who in turn sold it to Daniel B. Lyons of Wisconsin in 1876. Mr. Lyons then named the area "Post Oak Addition" and presented it as an addition to the City of Sherman. The
Austin Street Cemetery contains the final resting places of members of the Fitch, Richards and Cargo families who were all related by marriage, Bomar and Randolph families and a handful of individuals. These early settlers came from Tennessee and Alabama and several of their children were prominent in the founding of the City of Sherman. Descendants of these families can also be found buried across Hwy 75 in West Hill Cemetery. Please see the map key below to locate specific graves here at Austin Street.

The cemetery was restored in 2008 by Ryan Williams of Boy Scout Troop XV, as his Eagle Project. We ask that you respect those that are buried here, their families and the restoration efforts put forth by Mr. Williams and his volunteers. Please leave the grounds in the condition that you found them.

The cemetery is located between S. Austin Street and S. Rusk Street. The Cemetery itself is located off of Austin Street. There is an old sign that Says Austin Street Playground, the cemetery is behind it.   A large area is fenced in, however there are only a few stone remaining.

The city of Sherman was formed in 1846 out of the Samuel Blagg survey and J. B. McNair survey. The McNair survey was purchased by Thomas and James Shannon which they divided and settled on. In 1848, Sam Blagg and Tom Shannon donated the land where the city of Sherman now stands. - From the Handbook of Texas Online

The cemetery is located in the Post Oak Addition, Block 1, Lots 11, 12, 13 and a portion of Lot 14. - Grayson County Appraisal District

Deed history:
1846 - Samuel Blagg, part of the Samuel Blagg Survey, original owner.

April 25th, 1849 - Deed Book A, page 212 - Samuel Blagg deeds the area where the cemetery now sits to John Jennings. A graveyard is mentioned in the survey.

August, 1876 - Deed Book 33, page 260 - Daniel B. Lyons of Fondulac, Wisconsin gives his power of attorney to Merritt W. Seely to purchase the land deeded to John Jennings by Samuel Blagg.

August 1 - September 14, 1876 - Deed Book 35, pages 57-58:
"Know all men by these presents that Daniel B. Lyons of the State of Wisconsin have by & these presents do make, establish and declare the annexed & foregoing Plat showing Blocks and Lots, Streets and Alleys as an addition to the City of Sherman to be known as the "Post Oak Addition to Sherman" situated near the old Fair Ground addition and East of Post Creek, hereby forever dedicating to the public use the said Streets and Alleys as named and delineated these by names, letters and figures. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set and affixed my signatures & Seal on this the 1st day of August A.D. 1876.
Daniel B. Lyons, by M.W. Seely his Attorney"

The area is now known as the Post Oak Addition to the City of Sherman.
September, 1876 - Deed Book 38, page 551 - Daniel Lyons revokes his power of attorney to Merritt Seely as the transaction has been completed.
Only one other record of the area was found in Deed Book 369, page 185. Jay C. Pyle surveyed Lots 14 and 15 to the south of the cemetery and the two block survey was drawn into the deed book in October of 1933. The cemetery is clearly drawn showing the entire three plus lots being fenced in and the original cemetery entrance through the alleyway between Austin and Rusk Streets.
Ryan Williams
Amy Williams
June 11, 2008

The Research & Restoration of Austin Street Cemetery
was completed by Ryan Williams, Eagle Scout, December 2008

Austin Street Cemetery
before research & restoration
Austin Street Cemetery
after cleanup
The Cemetery Sign

Cemetery Index
Elaine Nall Bay

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