Eureka Cemetery

From Hillsboro, go north on HWY 81 toward Itasca for about 8 miles. Turn left on FM 3147. It is about 1 to 1 1/2 miles down on the right. (Note: right before you get to HCR 4224.)  It is hard to see when going west, but it is in clump of trees. Very clean to be so old. View Map.
Inventoried by Yvonne Akin July 15, 2003.  We want to thank Mr. Will Lowrance for the additions and corrections for this cemetery. 
Please send corrections, updates and information to Hill County Crossroads.
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Note: The Eureka Cemetery Association is seeking to locate family of those buried in the Cemetery.  If you have information on any of the names listed below please notify Will Lowrance, Secretary/Treasurer of Eureka Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 563, Hillsboro, Tx. 76645; lowrancew@sbcglobal.net; or 254-580-5379.  Eureka Cemetery is located between Itasca and Lovelace, west of Hwy. 81 on FM 3147

EUREKA CEMETERY ASSOCIATION FORMED

 Incorporation papers for the Eureka Cemetery Association were received and approved by the Office of the Secretary of State on May 9, 2008, and Internal Revenue Service has awarded tax exempt status effective on that date.  The Association was created to restore and maintain the historic Eureka Cemetery, located on 0.98 acres of land in the Ellen Chapman Survey between Itasca and Lovelace near the intersection of FM 3147 and HCR 4224.  

      The cemetery sits on private property that has remained in the same family since 1874.  William R. Kimmons purchased the farm in May 1874 and made burial space available for his family and neighbors. There are 20 marked graves in the cemetery, the first in 1886.The property today is owned by Kimmonsí great-grandson, Bill Bledsoe of Sherman.

       The Eureka Community was settled after the War Between the States, and early families included Kimmons, Eagleston, McDaniel, Faries, Clack, London, Hambright, Priddy, Hamilton, and Wilson.  A school (later moved farther east on FM 3147) was originally located on Coleman Creek just east of the Cemetery, and a Cumberland Presbyterian Church was constructed there in 1890.  Eureka never had a store, cotton gin or blacksmith shop, depending instead on Lovelace and Itasca for those services.

      Removal of brush and vines has been accomplished and an inventory of graves has been prepared.  Tax-deductible contributions to help level and reset the markers are welcome and can be mailed to Will Lowrance, Secretary/Treasurer of Eureka Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 563, Hillsboro, TX 76645.  For additional information call Lowrance at 254.580.5379.

SURNAME GIVEN NAME BORN DIED REMARKS
Atkins Eben B. 20 Dec 1892 21 Jan 1893 Not related to the Kimmons/ buried outside fence at Eureka
Atkins John B. 26 Nov 1889 11 March 1890  
Damron Sandy 16 Apr. 1886 19 Nov. 1888 Son of J. S. & S. E. Damron
Hightower Matilda P. 30 Mar. 1868 18 May 1889 lWife of J. S. Hightower
Kuykendall Claudy 13 April 1895 3 Sept 1895 Dau. of John & Martha Kuykendall
Kuykendall Sallie 8 June 1890 23 June 1892 Dau of John & Martha Kuykendall
McDonald D. A. 8 Sep. 1891 21 Jan. 1894 Son of  J. A. & Bettie McDonald
McDonald J. W. 30 Nov. 1886 22 Feb. 1894 Son of  J. A. & Bettie McDonald
Martin N. J. 22 Sep. 1887 13 Sep. 1892 Dau. of M. P. & R. B. Martin
Rogers Albert 9 Oct. 1889 22 Mar. 1891  
Smith Lavona Noles 1849 1900  
Smith Oscar 9 Oct 1895 26 Mar. 1898  
Smith W. B. 17 Aug 1842 24 Mar. 1917 Col. L, 6th Alabama  Infantry CSA
West Infant 14 Oct. 1893 14 Oct. 1893 Dau. of G. W. & E. B. West

The following are buried in the Kimmons Family Plot and are marked with an iron fence:

Information is not needed on these burials.

Kimmons Elizabeth Burgess 21 May 1821 12 Jan 1899 Rest Mother, rest in quiet sleep While friends sorrow o'er thee weep.
Kimmons Willie Damron 26 Sept 1886 3 April 1887 Son of W R & Ella Eagleston Kimmons
Kimmons Hattie Blanch 12 Sept 1892 7 Jan 1901 Dau of W R & Ella Eagleston Kimmons
Eagleston James 19 March 1826 30 July 1905  
Eagleston James Thaniel 5 Nov. 1874 20 Oct 1899 Son of James Eagleston
Eagleston James 12 May 1900 29 May 1903 Son of James Thaniel Eagleston