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SUMPTER CEMETERY (BLACK)

 

To get to the Sumpter Cemetery from Groveton, TX take US 287 East 4.6 miles.  Cemetery entrance is on the left.  Follow the road to the cemetery.  The main cemetery has Afro-American buried, as well as a section for blacks following this listing.

 

This list provided by Emma Young, who probably is the only one that knew where these people were buried. Sumpter Cemetery was fully integrated from the beginning, so also check that listing.

 

Sumpter was the first Seat of Justice for Trinity County (1850-1872).  The cemetery lies at the northwest corner, outside, but adjoining the town site.  According to information from Mrs. Armita Roach of Apple Springs, Texas, “Jonathan Roach was a holder of a Class 1 head right land grant.  He gave the land for the Sumpter Cemetery and his family members were buried there as early as 25 July 1840 (Baby Daughter Sarah).”   To get to the Sumpter Cemetery from Groveton, Texas take US 187 East 4.6 miles.  Cemetery entrance is on the left.  Follow the road to the cemetery.

 

A Texas Legislative Act dated 9 February 1850 created Trinity County from Houston County and directed that the county seat would be named Sumpter.  Soloman Adams was reputedly the first permanent settler in the Sumpter area.  His house, the largest in the county, became the temporary courthouse until a suitable one could be built.  Sumpter was accepted by the Texas State Legislature as the first County Seat 8 February 1854, and Soloman Adams helped survey and stake out the town in 1855.  Sumpter was incorporated in 1862, burned 2 November 1872, and lost its status as the County Seat 1873.

 

This ghost town with a pinkish granite marker (1936) on the town site deep into what has been ranch land and now in 1992 is a pine forest, declined into nothingness when the railroad by-passed it.

 

According to Mr. Cecil Willis of Woodlake, Texas, a portion of Sumpter Cemetery was allocated for the burial of Blacks when the Josserand (Black) Cemetery filled up.  Later, when additional land was purchased for the Josserand Cemetery (Black) its use was resumed.  The majority of the more than 125 unidentified graves in Sumpter Cemetery lie in the Black section. 

 

One of the unidentified graves is that of Roach May, a very small, tiny-waisted great-grandmother of Velma Thornton Cocreham of Trinity, Texas.  Velma is the daughter of Frank and Annie Gates Thornton, and is the granddaughter of Elizabeth May Gates. Roach May and her brothers came up the Trinity River by boat.  She recounted that the boat was so crowded that the people had to sit very close together in the dining room.  Mrs. May and her daughter Elizabeth May Gates were seamstresses and made ball gowns in Sumpter.

 

Sumpter Cemetery was transcribed by Letty Harrington on September 2, 2000, as part of the Tombstone Project and may be viewed though our main Cemetery page link associated with this cemetery. 

 

You may contact the cemetery association through Trinity County Historical Commission, P.O. Box 123, Groveton, TX 75845, if you have any corrections, questions or information to add to this listing. 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.

 

List complied: August 27, 2002 by Trinity County Historical Commission.  Lists updated: 14 Oct 2004/pc

Plot

Row

Surname

Given Name

Birth Date

Death Date

Other

17

22

BRADLEY

 Hattie Mae

October 15, 1911

November 3, 1969

 

4

10

BROWN

Tempie Ward

 

05 Dec 1943

 

 

 

BUGGS

Angie

 

 

 

 

 

GARRETT

Eliza

 

 

 

 

 

GARRETT

Harvey

 

 

 

2

16

GOLTEIE

Pearl

 

 

 

 

 

HALL

Frank

 

 

 

 

 

HALL

Mary Truscott

 

 

 

7

17

HAMILTON

Alverstine

23 JUL 1913

20 FEB 2001

 

3

22

HARDY

Floyd

07 OCT 1907

2002

 

3

23

HARDY

Lloyd

07 OCT 1907

18 AUG 1978

 

3

23

HARDY

Lloyd

October 7, 1907

18 AUG 1978

 

12

3

HAWTHORN

Eliza

 

 

Illegible

12

7

HAWTHORN

 Little Sister

September 3, 1906

August 13, 1907

Only sleeping-children of Arrie & Nely H. Hawthorne Double stone with Big Sister

23

2

HAWTHORNE

Clara

1896

1985

 

12

3

HAWTHORNE

 Eliza

 

 

 

 

 

HAWTHORNE

Jason

 

 

Died in the 1930’s, was at least 100 years old

6

10

HAWTHORNE

Jessie Strong

15 NOV 1917

1990

 

12

7

HAWTHORNE

Little Sister

03 SEP 1906

13 AUG 1907

 

23

3

HAWTHORNE

 Marie

November 10, 1915

March 25, 1983

 

23

4

HAWTHORNE

 Nathaniel, Sr.

September 9, 1915

February 20, 1990

PFC US Army WWII Military Marker

23

1

HAWTHORNE

 Nelson

May 5, 1920

October 27, 1986

 

 

 

HAWTHORNE

R. C.

 

 

 

7

22

HODGE

Cary, (Rev.)

1875

1958

 

 

 

HODGE

Henderson, Sr.

 

 

May be at Josserand

 

 

JAMES

Oscar

 

 

 

14

6

PHIPPS

 Hallee

January 31, 1916

March 26, 1988

 

6

16

PICKETT

Emma Young

October 5, 1911

April 4, 1944

 

5

24

THOMPSON

 E. Gray

September 26, 1915

July 13, 1980

 

 

 

TRUSCOTT

Carl

 

 

 

 

 

TRUSCOTT

Cassel

 

 

 

11

18

TRUSCOTT

Catherine

 

1977

 

11

9

TRUSCOTT

Dora

February 9, 1875

September 20, 1882

 

 

 

TRUSCOTT

Fannie

 

 

 

11

10

TRUSCOTT

Henry

November 9, 1913

September 6, ??

 

 

 

TRUSCOTT

Jesse

 

 

 

 

 

TRUSCOTT

McKinley

 

 

(May be Cassel)

11

17

TRUSCOTT

 Otis

July 7, 1912

January 10, 1987

 

8

17

TRUSCOTT

Sarah

August 15, 1909

January 15, 1999

 

11

20

TRUSCOTT

Violet

 

 

 

15

6

WAGNER

Rosie

1891

1970

 

 

 

WARD

John, Sr.

 

 

 

 

 

WARD

Mitchell

 

 

 

 

 

WARD

Sam

 

 

 

6

13

YOUNG

Alice McQueen

October 18, 1865

May 23, 1943

Wife of Charlie Young No Marker

6

12

YOUNG

Charlie

December 25, 1852

November 24, 1932

No Marker

7

18

YOUNG

Dezell, (Rev)

December 1, 1933

February 7, 1996

Military

6

14

YOUNG

Harrison

 

December 24, 1941

Brother of Jason Young No Marker

6

15

YOUNG

Laverne

 

April 4, 1944

Wife of Harrison Young No Marker

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