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Burketown Cemetery

Burketown Cemetery is six miles north of Apple Springs, Texas. From Groveton, Texas to Apple Springs, turn left on FM 2501, go approximately 5 ˝ miles, turn left on Burketown Cemetery Road (next to Cedar Hill Ranch), go about 1 mile, turn right on first road which goes to the cemetery.

This cemetery is a genealogist gold mine for the several families! Mr. Gilbert Spring has done a great deal of work to preserve this cemetery and to honor his ancestors. He has replaced numerous old headstones with new ones, procured military markers for those deserving men who served in various wars. Etched on the stones are the names of children and grandchildren of these people, as a way of recording for posterity, the genealogies of Benjamin Burke and Adeline Gandy Odom Smith with her two husbands.

This Cemetery was originally on the property of Benjamin Burke, Sr., who was the first one to be interned in this cemetery. His grave display Citizen of the Republic of Texas and Texas Historic markers. You can read the Texas Historic Marker information here. On a granite marker that Mr. Gilbert Spring raised is the Citizen of the Republic of Texas citation, which reads:

"Dedicated to the memory of Benjamin Burke, Sr., born in Kentucky AD 1793, Married January 19, 1829, came to Texas 1829, served as a volunteer in the War between Texas and Mexico 1836-1837, Died May 4, 1863, age 70 years."  "Susan Ogden Burke, born in Montgomery County, North Carolina, October 21, 1808, died July 27, 1890, buried in Rising Star, Texas, was the daughter of Benjamin Ogden and Susannah Moore Samuel Burke, born circa 1800, married circa 1826, died 1828 and buried in Arkansas, Susan's first husband"  On the back of the large headstone of Benjamin Burke, Sr., are the names of his ten children, their children, and grandchildren.

List compiled: 14 March 2002 by Trinity County Historical Commission.  Updated 10 November 2005 /pc

Surname

Given Name

Birth Date

Death Date

Other

ALLEN

Julia F.

May 8, 1831

Jul 21, 1919

A Loving Mother; Dbl stone/ William

ALLEN

William

Jan 25, 1835

May 2, 1878

A True Father; Dbl stone/ Julia

ANDERSON

Baby

Mar 1919

Mar 1919

Son/ Ferdinand and Tennie Belle Smith Anderson

BURKE

Addie Ann

Feb 7,1936

Dec 28, 1936

Infant Dau/ Ingram and Allie; From Mother's Arms

BURKE

Aline Blakeway

1913

 2004

Married March 1, 1930; Dbl stone/ James Ingram

BURKE

Benjamin

Jan 8,1848

Feb 24, 1918

Citizen of the Republic of Texas. Co. M. 1st Texas Vol. Inf. CSA

BURKE

Benjamin Pinkney

Apr 3, 1878

Jul 27, 1881

 

BURKE

Benjamin Sr.

1793

May 4,1863 

Came to Texas 1829. Served as a volunteer in the War for Independence between Texas and Mexico 1836. [First interment in cemetery] 

BURKE

Donnie

Jan 4,1902

Sep 30,1902 

 

BURKE

Ella

Oct 18, 1871

Jul 30, 1881

 

BURKE

Ellen D.

Nov 18,1862

Mar 18, 1950

Dbl stone/ J. M. Burke

BURKE

Francis Marion Jr.

Feb 14, 1874

Nov 17, 1878

[Illegible inscription]

BURKE

Francis Marion, Sr.

May 29,1832

Sep 15, 1893

Co. M. 1st Texas Inf. CSA; Dbl stone/ Mary Ella

BURKE

Infant

Jul 6,1901

Jul 26, 1901

Infant Dau/ A.B. & Ollie

BURKE 

Infant

May 28,1910

May 28,1910

Infant Son/ J.R. and M.E.

BURKE

J. Russell

1884

1950

 

BURKE

James Ingram, Sr.

1913

1996

Married March 1, 1930. In Loving Memory. Dbl stone/ Aline Blakeway - 1913

BURKE

James Morrison

Oct 1, 1848

Mar 5,1918

Father. In Loving Memory; Dbl stone/ Ellen D.

BURKE

James Oliver

Dec 11, 1845

Apr 16, 1916

Citizen Republic of Texas Pvt. Co. B. Maris Batt'n, Texas Calvary [CSA Marker]

BURKE

Jannie

Apr 29, 1898

Aug 2, 1900

Dau/ A.B. and Ollie Burke

BURKE

Mary Ella

Aug 16, 1846

Jul 23, 1900

Married December 17, 1868; Dbl stone/ Francis Marion, Sr.

BURKE

Mary Ella

Oct 18, 1871

Jul 30, 1881

 

BURKE

Mayetta

1885

1941

 

BURKE

Minnie

Aug 12, 1884

Mar 10, 1888

[Broken stone]

BURKE

Sarah

Apr 26, 1834

Aug 26, 1925

A tender mother and a faithful friend

BURKE

Susan

Jan 14, 1836

Apr 23, 1883

Dau/ Benjamin Burke. Citizen Republic Of  Texas

BURKE

V. E.

Feb 14, 1876

Nov 27,1901

[Illegible inscription]

BURKE

William Pinkney

1842

ca 1855

 

BURNEY

Arthur

Feb 24, 1820

May 5, 1903

Father. Dbl stone/ Rosada Burney

BURNEY

Rosada

Oct 14, 1828

Aug 5, 1909

Mother. Dbl stone/ Arthur Burney

CAMPBELL

Fannie

1869

1906

Dbl stone/ Seba W. Campbell

CAMPBELL

Seba W.

1865

1927

Dbl stone/ Fannie Campbell

CAMPBELL

William Alexander

Sep 5, 1892

Aug 6, 1941

Father

DIAL

Odessa Campbell

Sep 9, 1913

Feb 9,1970

Mom

FREDREGILL

B.F.

1871

1939

Dbl stone/ Francis Fredregill

FREDREGILL

Francis

1864

1919

Dbl stone/ B.F. Fredregill

HAVARD

Jimmy

Feb 1913

Dec 25 1933

 

HUTSON

W.C.

Apr 29, 1877

May 21,1905

Home unto me. Gone but not forgotten.

JERNIGAN

W.A.

Mar 10, 1841

Nov 7, 1915

Our Father has gone to a mansion of rest -- Only sleeping; Pvt. Co. M 1st Texas Regt. CSA.

LEE

Florida E.

Dec 21, 1882

Jul 22, 1883

Dau/ H.F. and Florida

LEE

John

May 30,1881

Aug 19,1883 

Son/ H.F. and Florida

MOORE

Infant

Apr 12, 1885

Apr 12, 1885

Infant Dau/ W.L. & M.E. Suffer Little Children Come Unto Me.

ODOM

Abbie Pearl

Jan 4, 1932

Nov 2, 1989

 

ODOM

Baby

Aug 19, 1934

Aug 19, 1934

Baby/ Clarence and Eva Chapman Odom

ODOM

Bennie E.

Oct 1, 1867

Apr 12, 1944

Dbl stone/ James Albert

ODOM

Clarence

Mar 3, 1899

May 1, 1984

Son/ J. Albert & Benny Burke OdomDbl stone/ Eva Chapman 

ODOM

Clora Estelle

May 6, 1897

Sep 21, 1992

Dbl stone/ James Thomas Odom

ODOM

Dorothy Mae

Apr 4,1920

Dec 16, 1972

 

ODOM

Eva Chapman

Aug 17, 1904

Aug 26, 1986

Married December 10, 1925. Dau/ W. Tommie & Dee Deaton Chapman; Dbl stone/ Clarence

ODOM

Gordon

Sep 15, 1903

Apr 25, 1973

Dbl stone/ Modenia Odom

ODOM

Harrell James

Feb 25 1915

 

Dbl stone/ Patricia Ann Vernon

ODOM

Infant

1893

1893

Son/ Albert & Bennie

ODOM

James Albert

Jul 28, 1861

Mar 20, 1904

Dbl stone/ Bennie E.

ODOM

James Manly

May 30,1832

Sep 22, 1862

PVT. Co B 11th  BATTN LA INF   CSA

ODOM

James Thomas

Aug 13, 1891

Feb 2, 1982

Dbl stone/ Clora Estelle Odom

ODOM

Lorraine

May 6, 1930

Feb 4, 1932

 

ODOM

Manly

Dec 1, 1889 

Dec 15, 1889

Infant Son/ Albert & Bennie

ODOM

Mary Clare Croly

Mar 28 1934

Sep 19 1999

Beloved wife of Wendell

ODOM

Modenia

Feb 16 1919

 

Dbl stone/ Gordon Odom

ODOM

Ola Fay Newton

Dec 4 1924

May 5 1996

Dbl stone/ Wendell Albert

ODOM

Patricia Ann Vernon

Nov 3, 1926

 

Dbl stone/ Harrell James

ODOM

Wendell Albert

Jun 14 1920

Feb 5, 2005 

Dbl stone/ Ola Fay

RISENER

Infant

 

Feb 28, 1905

Dau/ Isaac & Leolie 

RISENER

Infant

 

Feb 26, 1918

Son/ Isaac & Leolie

RISENER

Vida

Oct 4 1914

Dec 27, 1928

 

ROACH

Infant

Apr 4 1934

Apr 9, 1934

Dau/ Hayne & Evie

ROACH

Infant

Apr 4 1934

Apr 11, 1934

Son/ Hayne & Evie ‘‘Budded on earth to bloom in heaven~~

SMITH

Adeline

Aug 25, 1842

Dec 16, 1933

Born in Butler Co. Alabama 

SMITH

Connie J.

Sep 15, 1933

 

Dbl stone/ John F.

SMITH

Dwight T., Jr.

Jul 18 1946

Mar 31, 1991

[Son/ Dwight & Margaret Smith SA US Navy Vietnam

SMITH

Earl

Feb 14 1914

Apr 3, 1984

Dbl stone/ Syble Smith

SMITH

Earl Nelson

Mar 11 1940

Jul 31, 1992

 

SMITH

G.W. ‘Wash

Dec 22, 1866

Jul 4, 1952

 

SMITH

Infant

 

Feb 12, 1902

Dau/ G.W. & Ellen

SMITH

John F.

Nov 7, 1930

Nov 6, 2004

CPL, U.S. Army  KoreaDbl stone/ Connie J.

SMITH

John H.

Dec 8 1903

Apr 3, 1941

 

SMITH

Julius C.

Jan 28, 1898 

Jan 11, 1911

Son/ G.W. & Tennie

SMITH

Linda K.

Jul 18, 1947

Dec 9, 1957

 

SMITH

Minta Caroline

Mar 20 1920

Oct 3, 1994

Sister. We Shall Meet Again.

SMITH

Simon Jackson

Nov 24, 1842

Jan 14, 1877

PVT CO E 27th Regiment LA INF C.S.A.

SMITH

Syble

Sep 18 1918

Mar 7, 1997

Wed Jan 18, 1935Dbl stone/ Earl Smith

SMITH

Tennie

Mar 15, 1867

Jan 4, 1900

Wife/ G.W.

SMITH

Vannie Adell

Aug 15 1901

Aug 24, 1992

Married Apr 12, 1919 Dbl stone/ William Dale

SMITH

William "Mickey"

Jan 9 1938

Dec 25, 1997

Brother. One of God's Special Angles "Gone Home"

SMITH

William Dale

Feb 16,1896 

May 14,1979

Pvt. U.S. Army WWI Dbl stone/ Vannie Adell

SPRING

Eva Della

Mar 13, 1895

Feb 1, 1991

Married July 6, 1913 Together Forever; Dbl stone/ Wayne Milledge [Children & grandchildren listed]

SPRING

Gary Lynn

Oct 1, 1934

 

Dbl stone/ Greta Poteet

SPRING

Gilmer Rayburn

Oct 24 1932

Jan 24, 1988

Played end U of T 1951, 1952, 1953 Wed 1954 Graham TX to Jane Moody Div. Jul 29, 1968 [Three children listed on back of stone]

SPRING

Greta Poteet

Oct 9, 1934

 

Dbl stone/ Gary Lynn

SPRING

Wayne Milledge 

Feb 12, 1894

Sep 18, 1992

Married July 6, 1913 Together Forever; Dbl stone/ Eva Dell Odom Spring [children & grandchildren listed]

SPRING

Wayne Milledge Jr.

May 5, 1922

Aug 30, 1922

The Lovely Flower Has Faded

SULLIVAN

Anna P.

Dec 2, 1884

Jan 8, 1895

Dau/ E. J. & S.E. Gone to rest

SULLIVAN

E. J.

Jul 26, 1863

Feb 5, 1899

 

SULLIVAN

Odis Stanley

Sep 4, 1888

Oct 30, 1913

Husband/ Addie Burke Sullivan. God's Finger Touched Him and He Slept.

SULLIVAN

Susan L. Burke

Mar 14, 1869

Sep 22, 1905

Wife/ E. J. Sullivan

SULLIVAN

Vera B.

Jan 8, 1908 

Aug 19, 1909

Dau/ E. J. & Sarah Sullivan. Age 1 Yr. 7 Mo. 10 Days

TEETER

Marion

Mar 6, 1847

Jun 4, 1912

Dbl stone/ Sarah Teeter

TEETER

Sarah

Jul 17, 1852

Oct 2, 1912

Dbl stone/ Marion Teeter

TULLOS

Morris

1910

1925

 

UNKNOWN

 

 

 

Approximately 7 unmarked graves

 

For the compiled list, both Trinity County Cemeteries ©1980 and the second edition Trinity County Texas Cemeteries © 1992 both published by Trinity County Historical Commission (TCHC) were consulted.  Letty Harrington took photos of the tombstones, which will give you more information. Choose the Burketown Cemetery under the Trinity County TXGenWeb Tombstone Project. You may contact the cemetery association through Trinity County Historical Commission Museum at P.O. Box 123, Groveton, TX 75845, if you have any corrections, questions or information to add to this listing. We have a listing of all landowners and cemetery association contacts. The cemetery was surveyed November 2002 by TCHC Cemetery Committee Members: Virginia Buckle Arnold and Mary Lee Mason Abshier

The information has been submitted and is offered free to all who visit. The ownership/copyright stays with the submitter Trinity County Historical Commission.   

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