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EVANT SCHOOL YARD CEMETERY

June 8, 2003

This afternoon we visited the school yard cemetery in Evant.  The graves are immediately south of First Baptist Church and north of the school.
 
If I could have jumped across the fences and had something to use in making the letters stand out, I am sure that I would have more information. 
 
Some of the gravestones are on the school side of the driveway and some are in the grass on the church side of the driveway.  Some may have been under a paved driveway located between the church and the school.
 
A few of the graves in the school yard are enclosed in  fences--others are not.
 
Beginning at the east end:
1.  Grave with concrete on top and a new marker.  This grave was at east end of a fenced plot: (not inside the plot)
NAME BORN DIED OTHER
LEE, MARY BUSH 1859 1887

?

 
-
 
2. Next is a fenced plot with several (at least 4 and maybe parts of another one or two) stones--most broken and displaced.
On one stone I could read
NAME BORN DIED OTHER
LACK____,  BIRTHA ? ?

?

Birtha Lack_
This stone is the only one which appears to be still "planted"
From outside the fence, I could not read the dates.  If the other three broken stones inside the fence had engravings, it must have been on the bottom side.
 
3. The other fenced area had one stone on the inside:
NAME BORN DIED OTHER
CURRY, MARTHA E/F. May ______ April 5, 1889 Husband:  G./C. H. Currey
 
 
4. & 5. On the north side of this fenced plot were two markers lying on the ground face up with the bottom of the stones perpendicular to the fenced plot.
(The stonecutter did not center the lettering on the stone)
 
NAME BORN DIED OTHER
CASOR, J. J. Aug. 26, 1861 Oct. 13, 1884

?

ANDREWS, __AIC__  I./L. P. Jan. 4, 1884 June 11, 1884

?

 
6.  & 7. Across the driveway in the grass on the churchside were two gravestones.
NAME BORN DIED OTHER
WALTON, EMILIE ? ? Husband:  __. __. Walton
E. W.**

1849

1891

?

 
** And 2 other pieces which were not the same kind of stone as that of Emilie Walton's stone.  These other two pieces appeared to fit together one half had
E. W.
and the other half had
b. 1849
d. 1891
 
There may be another plot--at least it was a curbed area around a couple of trees (on the church side) but I did not see any evidence of a gravestone inside the curbing.
 
From the street on the south side of Evant's square, it is easy to find the school yard cemetery by turning south between Bee House Lodge and First Baptist Church and driving toward the school.  
 
From US281 turn east on at the north edge of the school property and drive to the area behind First Baptist Church.
 
Joe Lee remembers that in his childhood, this cemetery was  larger and perhaps was called Baptist Cemetery.

 

8. & 9. From Bobbie Ross:

While doing a look up for someone I ran across this in the Coryell County Families book:  Morris Mercellis Brown and Helen Drucella Brown were were married on wagon trains that stopped in Evant.  They lost 2 children that were buried where the new school is now.  There tombstones are still there (in 1988?).  Page 147 
NAME BORN DIED OTHER
BROWN, CHILD ? ? Parents:  Morris Mercellis & Helen Drucella Brown
BROWN, CHILD ? ? Parents:  Morris Mercellis & Helen Drucella Brown

EVANT

 

 
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