From SH 11, 3.3.
mil N on US 69,
then W on Penny
Ln 0.6 mi
Old Canaan Community
Emanuel and Rachel Montgomery Everheart arrived here in 1848
with their son, William, and members of her family. By 1850, the Everhearts
owned 3,346 acres, including this land. Family history holds that the oldest
burials here (in the northwest corner) date prior to 1853 and are those
of the Everhearts' slaves. Pilot Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church,
organized at Kentuckytown, moved to Everheart land a mile east of this
site and became known as the Canaan Church. Members utilized this cemetery
and shared their sanctuary with a Methodist Episcopal congregation that
moved from Pitman's Chapel. The oldest marked grave, from June 24, 1875,
is that of W.H. Rumsower, one of several Confederate soldiers buried here.
Other burials include William C. Everheart, the Grayson County Sheriff
from 1876 to 1880 and later a Deputy United States Marshal. Many of the
pioneers of the Canaan community are buried in family plots here. Nell
Arnoldi Everheart cared for the cemetery until her death in 1973, and the
Everheart Cemetery Association later formed. Historic Texas Cemetery -
Photograph of this marker below on this page.
article about the dedication of this historical marker.
the Everheart Cemetery List
By Elaine Nall Bay & Patricia Nall
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