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Graham-Mason Cemetery – "William A. and Sarah (Hall) Graham of North Carolina migrated to Texas with their family, settling in this area in 1856. The Grahams attended Old Salem Methodist church in Zollicoffer’s mill (later Irene). According to family history, slaves and former slaves were buried in and around this site, but the earliest marked grave is that of William and Sarah’s granddaughter, six-year-old Mary Graham, buried in 1866. Abe Mason of Tennessee, a Confederate veteran wounded at the Battle of Shiloh, moved to Hill County in 1869. He married the Grahams’ daughter Margaret Elizabeth in 1870. When he died in 1906, Mason owned 1100 acres including this site and was among the largest landowners in Hill County. Containing 22 graves at the dawn of the 21st century, the cemetery remains the property of Graham-Mason descendants.”

Graham-Mason Cemetery (map) is located 1 1/2 miles southeast of the little hamlet of Irene in Hill County, Texas. It contains less than 30 marked graves and is the final resting place of Jennie Margaret Melton, the wife of my great granduncle Francis Lee Turner. Jennie Turner was only 23 years old when she died on her 5th wedding anniversary in 1887, leaving 3 small children behind.

The following are my original digital images, taken on 22 July 2006. Descendents Frank & Judy Graham most graciously met me at the cemetery and allowed me to inventory and photograph the headstones. The beautiful “Bluebonnet” photo (first image ) was taken by Judy Graham in 2003 and used with her permission.

Chatt-Jessie Cemetery-“Chatt is off Interstate Highway 35 some four miles south of Hillsboro in central Hill County, Texas. It apparently was established about 1884, when it was named Jessie for Jessie McClure, a pioneer settler who built and operated a general merchandise store there. A two-story school was built on land donated by W. A. Ficklin in 1896. By the 1905–06 academic year the school had sixty-eight students and two teachers. A post office operated in the community from 1896 to 1910. The town apparently adopted the new name Chatt sometime after the tracks of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad arrived, because the line already passed through another Texas town called Jessie. Chatt was identified on the 1984 county highway map, but only a cemetery was shown at the site.” ***

Chatt-Jessie Cemetery (map) in rural Hill County, Texas is the final resting place of my second great-grandparents, Isaac Turner and Sarah Sharpe Vance. Several of their children are also believed to be buried in the Turner plot. A separate grave also exists for the Turner’s tenth child, daughter Edna Lenora Turner Matthews.

I inventoried and photographed Chatt-Jessie over two weekends in June and July, 2006. These are the original digital images taken at that time.

***The Handbook of Texas Online







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