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The Elliott Cemetery is located just off County Rd. 121 West of Van Alstyne
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Historical Marker Transcript
Elliott Cemetery

David Elliott (d. 1909) for whom this cemetery is named, was a pioneer settler in the Southern part of Grayson County, born in Murphreesboro, Tennessee, in 1817, he joined the crew on a boat on the Mississippi River at an early age. He later served as a riverboat captain before his ordination as a Baptist Minister.
In 1847, two years after Texas became a state, the Rev. Mr. Elliott migrated to this are , settling on land at this site, he noted evidence of earlier pioneers, including several graves with crude markers of a sandstone not common to the area. The stones contained no inscriptions or identifying marks.
When David Elliott's daughter, Virginia F. died in 1855, he interred her near the pioneer graves, later as other settlers moved into the area, the Elliott Family Cemetery was opened for use as a public burial ground. From 1905 until 1950, it was maintained by Pilgrim's Rest Baptist Church, of which the Rev. Mr. Elliott was an organizer.
Other buried here include longtime residents, early teachers and military veterans. Still used, the site serves as an important historical reminder of the individuals and families who opened this area for settlement.
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