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  Cottonwood Cemetery


New Information and photos, 2012
Contributed by Ken Buenzow, Ned & Judy Nickson

N 33.61862  W 96.57085 

The cemetery is on Ida Road, just east of Merriman Parkway.


2003 list of this cemetery

This list is largely annotation and research. The cemetery was a fairly large community cemetery.
It had a lot of wooden markers and fieldstone markers which are totally gone now.

The stones that have been read in the past 30 years, are marked with an asteric (*) below .
It was started by the Taylor family when the Taylor family owned the surrounding land.  Land was given for a schoolhouse and school.  The school and community were called "Cottonwood" and the cemetery was always called the "Cottonwood Cemetery" during that period. Most death records and obituaries read "Cottonwood Cemetery".
Nowadays it is again often referred to as the "Taylor Cemetery".

Asten, Walter23 Dec 1912age 20, single and a farmer
died of "pernicious Malaise" (same as pernicious anemia)
Bower, Luther Franklin22 Jun 1910age 42 yrs and 3 dys
s/o Fielding K. Bower & Lycinda Chapman
killed by lightening
*Brown, Maggie5 Mar 18803 Aug 1910
Burns, Mrs. Mollie 22 Jan 1912 (MS)age 55
d/o J.  Hutcheson & unknown Osborn (b MS)
cause of death : uremia
Informant : W.P. Fauche, Sherman
*Canon, Ernest Elbert1 Feb 18863 Feb 1886
Caywood, Edwin B.20 Dec 18904 Dec 1910 (Austin Co., Tx)s/o M.P. Caywood (b TN) & Annie McMott (b Austin Co., Tx)
Cause of death : acute peritonitis
*Crouse, Mrs. Ila23 Sep 187818 Dec 1912age 32 yrs, 6 mos, 12 days
Cause of death : jaundice
w/o .H. Crowse
Dixon, Infant 2 May 1910 2 May 1910 born premature, 3 miles south of Sherman
d/o John Dixon (b Arkansas) & Rosa Sharp (b Missouri)
Dixon, Infant15 Jan 19116 Jan 1912born premature, 3 miles south of Sherman
d/o John Dixon (b Arkansas) & Rosa Sharp (b Missouri)
Dixon, Mrs. Rosa18 Apr 1913age 32 years
died 3 miles south of Sherman
*Duke, James E.   10 Dec 18744 Apr 1901Age 27 yrs
Estes, Jessie14 Dec 18945 Feb 1896
Estes, O.E.12 Feb 187820 May 1885
*Evans, T.J.  23 May 180227 Sep 1882
*Evans, William27 Feb 188412 Mar 1884
Field, Jediah 22 Mar 18032 July 1885
*Foster, J.F.18 May 1894b Butts Co., Georgia
Gilford, Infant19 Feb 1911age 3 days
s/o D.W. Gilford (b PA) & Collie Nordman (b Indian Territory)
Infomant : L.A. Nordman
Cause of death : premature
Hallman, Infant27 May 191327 May 1913d/o W.W. Hallman (b Georgia) & Mattie Rodgers (b Arkansas
Cause of death : stillborn
Place of death : 621 Richards St., Sherman
*Harris, Charles16 Dec 18642 Mar 1887s/o William & Susan Harris
*Hoeldtke, Henry (Heinrich) 1 Aug 1837 9 Apr 1910
Koym, Marie Zelld/o Johann Christian Zell
A family story states that Marie and her husband, Frederick (Fritz) Koym came to America with a son, Herman in 1886. Marie died two years later and was buried in Cottonwood Cemetery. Fritz then married Marie's younger sister, Minnie
*Masten, William22 Jul 18572 Feb 1896
*Moore, Rebecca Ann23 Nov 188317 Sep 1894d/o J.H. & M.C. Moore
Murray, MarionGermany8 Apr 1910age 53 years
Cause of death : congestion of brain & overwork
Newton, Infant 27 Dec 1910 28 Feb 1911s/o H.F. Newton (b Kentucky) & M. M. Smith ( b Texas)
*Rothrock, Katie H5 Dec 187514 Feb 1883d/o C.W. & E.J. Rothrock
Rubarts, Infant7 Aug 19107 Aug 1910Cause of death : premature
s/o W. Rubarts (b Kentucky) & Para Sims (b Texas)
Rutledge, Elizabeth H.before 14 Feb 1910age 64 yrs
Cause of Death :
"She was suffering with LaGrippe and pneumonia when I saw her (I don't know when she died nor cause of death any further than stated. had an enlargement of spleen...)
Place of death : 526 E. Cherry, Sherman
*Smiley, John M.7 Apr 187628 Oct 1896s/o J.& E. Smiley
*Staley, Frederic J18 Apr 186125 Apr 1882
* Taylor, Robert K.9 Jun 181624 Jan 1877
Thompson, Callie22 Sep 1911 (Grayson Co., Texas)23 Dec 1911Cause of death : indigestion
Place of death : 5 miles southeast of Sherman
d/o J.H. Thompson (b Alabama) & Callie Cargill (b Texas)
*Vaughan, Alice5 Feb 18576 Jan 1888
*Vaughan, Carrie May 12 May 187619 Sep 1891
*Vaughan, E.F.19 May 185424 Oct 1903
*Vaughan, Maude 10 Dec 188726 Dec 1887
Wilson, Infant16 Jun 191117 Jun 1911Cause of death : premature
Place of death : Thomas Ave, Sherman
Informant : J. Wilson of Thomas Ave, Sherman
s/o E. Wilson (b Kentucky) & Nancy Thompson (b Grayson Co., Texas)
*Woods, Elizabeth W8 Jan 185929 Sep 1914
Zell, Hannah19 Jan 197118 Feb 1899d/o James B. Mckinney, who is buried in Coffman-Lyane Cemetery
Hannah's tombstone was found and taken to Parker County and sett in Johnson County Cemetery, where her son, John Columbus Zell, was later buried.
"More on Cottonwood cemetery.  My grandfather (John Columbus Zell) went to Grayson in the 1950s to visit the grave of his mother. (Hannah  Zell,  19 January 1871 - 18 February 1899).  He found the cemetery had been bulldozed and all the tombstones were pushed into a creek (Gully).  He confronted the farmer and was told by the farmer that he did not know any of the people buried there.  After the very heated confrontation, the farmer agreed to let Grandpa find his mother's tombstone and he moved it to Parker County where he was farming.  In 1980, my dad and grandfather and I set the tombstone in the Johnson Cemetery next to where Grandpa would be buried.  I wish I had asked him where the Cottonwood Cemetery was but did not.  Dad told me it was north of Sherman."  .....Glen Zell

Gate to the area with the cemetery. It is on private land, which was for sale, 2012.

Tombstones scattered around base of trees. 

Note the periwinkles marking grave sites.
This cemetery was known to be a fairly large one, 
at least a couple of acres large.



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