Photo by Melba Love
- One and a half miles North East of Bazette,
Navarro Co., TX.
- Map to Cemetery at
- GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 32.19670, Longitude: -96.26549
The new President of the Prairie Point/Bazette Cemetery Association
Billy Harold Upchurch
3015 FM 636
HISTORY PRAIRIE POINT CEMETERY IN EASTERN NAVARRO
FOR TWENTY YEARS ANNUAL MEETING IS HELD AT NOTED BURYING GROUND
Special to the Sun.
Kerens, July 20.—Almost seventy years ago a man by the name of Jack Morgan died
in East Navarro County and it became necessary for the people of the Bazette
Community to designate a burial place. After careful thought what is now the
Prairie Point cemetery was selected and by his burial was dedicated to the dead.
At that time the few settlers in this part of the county lived in or near the
timber prairie land being thought fit only for grazing. The matter of
convenience and the luxuriant shade furnished by the stately oaks determined the
The name was derived from the fact that the prairie ran, back between two lines
of timber and here came to a sharp point. A church was built there and for many
years it was a regular place of worship.
Among the early pastors of this church was “Stump” Ashby, later notably known as
a public speaker. Among the members of the early days are to be found the names
of the Westbrooks, Hassells, Popes, Wells and “Brother” Watt. “Brother Watt” who
was the faithful superintendent of the Sunday School for many years.
Though used as a place of burial for many years it was only about twenty years
ago that systematic keeping of the cemetery was organized at a meeting by only
two men now living, W. J. Carroll of Kerens and J. W. Albritton of Hillsboro.
Since the organization was formed annual meetings and picnics have been held
without missing a year. The regular meeting will come next Wednesday, July 22,
and it is thought that the crowd will be a record breaking one.
Already people are gathering into this section from a distance to be present and
many more will come during the week. Ed Watt of Giles, Donley county, a son of
the old-time Sunday School Superintendent, is here already. Messages have come
from many others at a distance they will be there and many not heard from are
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, July 20, 1925 - Submitted by Diane Richards
ANNUAL PICNIC AT PRAIRIE POINT HAS LARGE ATTENDANCE
Special to the Sun.
Kerens, July 23.—The annual picnic at Prairie Point Cemetery six miles north of
here today was attended by thousands of people coming from different parts of
the state. The party coming the fartherest was Ed Watt and family of Giles that
had traveled over 400 miles to be present while the oldest settler was “Uncle
Tom” Reese of Fort Worth.
Addresses were made by two prechers that spent their boyhood in this community.
One was Rev. Rivers Cartlidge of Athens and the other was Rev. A. C. Parker of
Photos by Dana