by Margarette Berry Hutchins
Younger Cemetery, located off Highway 31 just
west of Silver City, Texas had its beginning as a family cemetery in 1854 when
George Worthington Younger, oldest son of Alexander and Jane Hancock Younger,
was buried on the family farm. Numerous members of the family are buried
there in what is referred to in the deeds as "Old Younger
Cemetery". Adjoining this area on the east is another tract that was
set aside for the slaves. This area is now known as Woodward Cemetery and
is still being used as a public burying ground.
My childhood memories include "cemetery
workings". At that time and for many more years, on the second Friday
in May, relatives and friends of those who are buried there brought their hoes
and rakes, hammers and shovels and cleaned the grounds, repaired fences and
At what point Younger became a community
cemetery there seems to be no extant records. Nor is there any record of
an organizational meeting to form the Association. The first minutes
available are dated May 1921 and in that same month the Younger Cemetery
Association was named in a deed from B. H. and John C. Ragsdale in which one
acre and one half acres dated January 30, 1935. Again on May 15, 1939, J.
S. Callicutt gave one acre of land to the Younger Cemetery Association. On
June 11, 1958, the generosity of the Callicutt family was again demonstrated
when Julia Callicutt deeded one and four tenth acres to Younger Cemetery, part
of which reads, "Beginning at the SW corner of the old part of the
cemetery, being SE corner of the First Addition, and the NE corner of the second
By various gifts by Younger descendents
earlier than these mentioned; on January 20, 1965, the cemetery contained 7.309
acres. There has been one additional purchase of 1.985 acres in 1976.
At present this is a well fenced, beautifully
kept cemetery where relatives and friends still meet on the second Friday in May
for a memorial service, much good fellowship and an abundance of food prepared
by the best cooks I have ever known.