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Amanda Stevens Unveiling The Democrat Historical Marker



Sandra L. Creekmore of Cypress, Texas read a poem she wrote for this special occasion, Click here to read "Our Inheritance". She is a descendant of John Lee Chancellor who donated the land for the cemetery



"Creekmore collection"

Sandy has contributed several photos and other information about the founding fathers of this cemetery and community. Please take time to review the "Creekmore collection" these include photos of John Lee Chancellor, who helped to build the first Cotton Gin in Democrat in 1906 (information received from the Mills County Memories) and who also donated the land that the Democrat Cemetery is built on (in 1905)


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Democrat Cemetery Association
Compiled by
G. W. Stevens
Rt. 1
Zephyr, Texas 76890

Submitted By:
Elisa Stevens Chesser
Secretary / Treasurer
Democrat Cemetery Association
225 Garden Valley Lane
Red Oak, Texas 75154
Phone 972 617 3764

Democrat Cemetery is located 8 miles east of Zephyr , Texas on FM 218. East of cross road of FM 573 & FM 218. J. L. Chancellor deeded three acres for the cemetery to the Democrat and Rock Springs community, on March 6, 1905.

The first grave in the cemetery is Lee Ella Daughter of W. F. and M. L. Deen. Lee Ella was born on June 4, 1903 and died November 26, 1904.

From 1904 to 1960 each grave was maintained by family members. In 1960 the Democrat Cemetery Association was organized, Cemetery working was held twice yearly, with a lunch and business meeting at the Democrat Church.

First president was George Henry from 1960 to 1972. Levert Henry from 1972 to 1978 and G. W. Stevens from 1978 to 1999 and currently M. G. (Mac) Stevens. Secretary Treasurer was Aslie Ellis 1960 to 1984, Lois Aldridge 1984 to 1991 and Laverne Ellis 1992 to 1999 and currently is Elisa Stevens Chesser.

Chain link fence was installed across the front of the cemetery in the mid 1960's. In 1985 a new rock and iron fence and entry was built with funds from O. V. and Yvonne DiSciullo and was dedicated to the memory of Silas and Mary Stevens.

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New Democrat Cemetery Tabernacle -2000

New Rock work in Progress

This is a Partial Listing (with additions added when available)

Legend:
DS = Double Headstone
SS= Single Headstone
FM= Funeral Home
OTH= Other type of marker (sand stone, wooden etc.)
N/A= Not known- information from other sources, i.e. Newspapers, court records, family.
Please note the numbering is a number I assigned as transcribing from the document. It is not plot numbers but used to give you a general ideal of location of Graves in reference to others.

Democrat Cemetery


# Surname Given name Birth Date Death Death Type Notes
31 Adams Norma Jean August 19, 1926 April 20, 1991 DS With Wayne Adams
32 Adams Wayne January 23, 1920 February 5, 1991 DS With Norma Jean Adams
39 Aldridge A.L. 1870 1950 DS With Donnie Aldridge
40 Aldridge Donnie 1879 1970 DS With A.L. Aldridge
41 Aldridge George R. February 26, 1911 August 27, 1991 DS With Lois Matlock Aldridge
42 Aldridge Lois Matlock June 9, 1913 September 23, 2000 DS With George R. Aldridge
163 Alford Viola (Sawyer) May 11, 1901 November 23, 1975 SS  
164 Alford Elton Clyde October 25, 1894 February 8, 1967 SS Texas PVT Co. B. 13 Inf Repl Bn

Headstone Photo
165 Alford Kenneth Mack October 28, 1934 October 29, 1934 SS  
22 Allen Ellen No dates No dates SS  
162 Allen Paul A. 1910 1991 SS  
76 Baskin Lillian September 13, 1888 September 7, 1966 SS  
77 Baskin G.B. May 29, 1846 January 20, 1937 SS  
78 Baskins Rosa Ella August 20, 1852 January 13, 1940 SS  
16 Beaty R. Hilton November 3, 1903 October 21, 1933 DS With Eara D. Beaty
17 Beaty Eara D. May 19, 1906 September 2, 1948 DS With R. Hilton Beaty
36 Beaty Ovilla G. 1902 1959 DS With Frank V. Beaty
37 Beaty Frank V. 1901 1975 DS With Ovilla G. Beaty
38 Beaty Oscar Edward July 27, 1884 November 28, 1957 SS PVT U.S. Army WW I

Headstone Photo
59 Bell Iona July 29, 1875 February 27, 1948 SS  
60 Bell John July 29, 1875 January 24, 1955 SS  
61 Bell Ruth 1887 1913 SS  
63 Blackburn Raymond M. September 6, 1899 April 16, 1977 SS  
64 Blackburn Hugh A. June 19, 1892 December 5, 1949 SS  
89 Blackburn John S. February 17, 1862 September 18, 1919 SS  
obit Bullard F. L. "Smokey" age 89 August 15, 2001   death notice
other Burk Oliver August 30, 1908 Nov 17, 1994 DS CM2 US Navy World War II - Great-Grand-uncle of Gaylon Powell, who provided information-
other Burk Lorene Living   DS Great Grand-aunt of Gaylon Powell , who provided information-
27 Breazeale Elizabeth Ann March 15, 1850 March 26, 1929 SS  
49 Campbell R.M. Infant (1) No dates No dates SS  
50 Campbell R.M. Infant (2) No dates No dates SS  
51 Campbell Bertie B. November 29, 1904 August 9, 1905 SS Daughter of R.M. & Nora A. Campbell
23 Carlisle James Levi March 15, 1869 February 13, 1961 DS With Lou Emma Carlisle
24 Carlisle Lou Emma January 17, 1880 August 31, 1961 DS With James Levi Carlisle
160 Carlisle James 1899 1978 DS With Ruth Carlise
161 Carlisle Ruth 1900 1940 DS With James Carlisle
143 Chancellor Johnnie November 24, 1904 May 31, 1906 SS Son of T.W. and Ollie Chancellor
144 Chancellor Thomas W. September 27, 1872 May 28, 1958 DS With Ollie Chancellor
145 Chancellor Ollie February 29, 1888 January 19, 1969 DS With Thomas W. Chancellor
81 Chapell Mrs. No dates No dates SS  
75 Collins James April 14, 1896 January 4, 1914 SS Son of Mrs. and Mrs. J. W. Collins
175 Curb Myrtle Hallford January 14, 1904 January 3, 1929 SS  
18 Davis John J. April 3, 1856 October 21, 1933 DS With Mary E. Davis
19 Davis Mary E. March 17, 1861 October 30, 1941 DS With John J. Davis
20 Davis Noah D. January 24, 1884 November 18, 1957 SS  
21 Davis Lissie M. March 6, 1871 May 10, 1947 SS  
147 Davis Raymond C. June 6, 1905 September 26, 1908 SS  
148 Davis John April 30, 1908 June 29, 1916 SS  
149 Davis Carl D. 1882 1946 DS With Mamie A. Davis
150 Davis Mamie A. 1875 1930 DS With Carl D. Davis
111 Deen Lee Ella June 4, 1903 November 26, 1904 SS Daughter of W.F. and M.L. Deen - First Person Buried in Democrat Cemetery
115 Driskill Gladys Ellis February 26, 1911 November 19, 1975 DS With Hugh W. Driskill
116 Driskill Hugh W. February 3, 1908 June 9, 1979 DS With Gladys Ellis Driskill
1 Dunlap Ada M. March 1, 1880 May 2, 1968 SS  
2 Dunlap Samuel S. September 2, 1876 October 2, 1959 SS  
53 Dunlap Flora May September 25, 1893 November 17, 1930 DS With Amos Ogburn Dunlap
54 Dunlap Amos Ogburn October 07, 1887 October 21, 1977 DS PVT U.S. Army WW I
55 Dunlap A.J. Decmeber 9, 1855 June 13, 1924 DS With Ellen Dunlap
56 Dunlap Ellen October 16, 1868 October 23, 1942 DS With A.J. Dunlap
57 Dunlap Andrea L. 1954 - SS  
58 Dunlap Hiram C. Dunlap September 27, 1833 April 14, 1907 SS C.O.D. 31 Texas Cav Confederate States Army

Headstone Photo
12 Ellis Katherine Elizabeth November 3, 1907 July 27, 1995 DS With Earl Edwin Ellis
9 Ellis Barbara Nell Living - DS with George W. Ellis
10 Ellis George W. Living - DS With Barbara Nell Ellis
11 Ellis Earl Edwin October 21, 1908 May 3, 1981 DS With Katherin Elizabeth Ellis
13 Ellis Joe Don November 5, 1937 July 30, 1983 DS With Betty Lou Ellis
14 Ellis Betty Lou Living - DS With Joe Don Ellis
33 Ellis Minnie Azalea Gunter September 6, 1901 June 8, 1994 SS  
113 Ellis William Ardell June 12, 1919 July 12, 1984 DS Cpl U.S. Army WW II

(DS/W Frances Laverne Ellis)
114 Ellis Frances Laverne Living   DS With William Ardell Ellis married on May 30, 1947
117 Ellis Mamie E. July 3, 1882 May 27, 1945 DS With Joe L. Ellis
118 Ellis Joe L. August 21, 1874 December 9, 1942 DS With Mamie E. Ellis
120 Ellis Gussie Oleth 1925 1925 SS  
134 Ellis Karen Janette December 31, 1940 October 22, 1941 SS  
136 Ellis Sherrel Boyd December 29, 1937 February 2, 1938 SS  
137 Ellis LaWana Joyce November 15, 1945 November 12, 1948 SS  
119 Ellis Infant June 14, 1907 June 27, 1907 SS Infant Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Ellis
123 Ellis Baby - November 28, 1923 SS  
135 Ellis Infant - November 12, 1939 SS Son of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Ellis
138 Ellis Joseph Casvual February 23, 1915 April 6, 1976 DS With Ethel Kathryn Ellis
139 Ellis Ethel Kathryn Living   DS With Joseph Casual Ellis
28 Ethridge Joe Beth Living - SS  
8 Forbes Infant No dates No dates SS marker photo 
34 Futrell Carla Jo Living - DS With Gary Don Futrell
35 Futrell Gary Don September 14, 1958 June 13, 1993 DS With Carla Jo Futrell
125 Gunter John L. October 17, 1858 June 30, 1935 DS With Mary J. Gunter
126 Gunter Mary J. December 20, 1874 May 3, 1948 DS With John L. Gunter
132 Gunter Ola Mae August 24, 1903 June 30, 1930 DS With John Truman Gunter
133 Gunter John Truman January 2, 1907 December 15, 1955 DS With Ola Mae Gunter
173 Hallford Jim February 12, 1870 December 26, 1955 DS With Ella Hallford
174 Hallford Ella August 21, 1869 February 2, 1946 DS With Jim Hallford
79 Henry George C. Feb 18, 1893 December 15, 1972 DS With Mazie B. Henry
80 Henry Mazie B. Jan 6, 1891 March 27, 1970 DS With George C. Henry
155 Henry Wiley L. June 9, 1903 Living DS With Mary L. Henry
156 Henry Mary L. September 14, 1904 April 7, 1987 DS With Wiley L. Henry
158 Henry Ellen August 21, 1869 May 9, 1945 DS With Wiley Henry
159 Henry Jesse Ray August 8, 1897 February 15, 1914 DS Son of Mr. and Mrs. Wiley Henry
169 Henry Cecil Vada March 13, 1907 April 15, 1915 SS Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Henry
170 Henry Addie R. June 4, 1866 November 18, 1957 SS  
171 Henry M.H. "Doc" October 10, 1902 March 2, 1939 SS  
157 Henry Wiley January 31, 1859 March 23, 1942 DS With Ellen Henry
96 Hickman Stephan April 29, 1825 July 7, 1906 SS  
90 Hill Willie D. August 19, 1920 January 6, 1921 SS  
99 Hill Ida October 5, 1885 March 28, 1911 SS Wife of Arthur Hill
109 Hill Ella November 12, 1860 April 10, 1926 DS With E.A. Hill
110 Hill E.A. June 25, 1853 August 20, 1926 DS With Ella Hill
121 Horner Don Nelton 1937 1937 SS  
122 Horner Geraldine 1937 1937 SS  
127 Hudson Etta January 2, 1870 May 31, 1933 DS With W.F. Hudson
128 Hudson W.F. October 1, 1862 May 17, 1928 DS With Etta Hudson
130 Hudson Jacob Ralph February 7, 1895 March 30, 1968 SS PVT U.S. Army WW I

Headstone Photo
140 Jeffers Lynn 1890 1987 SS PFC U.S. Army  WW I
N/A Johnson LeRoy age 92 September 22, 2002   Death Notice 
5 Johnson Douglas Living   DS with Maurine Johnson
6 Johnson Maurine September 6, 1902 August 21, 1988 DS with Douglas Johnson
43 Johnson William C. 1861 1941 DS With Nancy E. Johnson
44 Johnson Nancy E. 1870 1954 DS With William C. Johnson
46 Johnson Fred Johnson October 11, 1888 January 9, 1975 DS With Willie lee Johnson
47 Johnson Willie Lee November 17, 1890 August 3, 1971 DS With Fred Johnson
105 Johnson Johnnie Milner April 10, 1897 Deceased DS With Lovie Elvie Johnson
106 Johnson Lovie Elvie January 15, 1899 July 1, 1967 DS With Johnnie Milner Johnson
obit Jones Lillie age 90 June 1, 2001 n/a  
129 Lee Golda A. March 13, 1904 July 17, 1940 SS  
91 Matlock Mary E. 1925 1925 SS  
92 Matlock Wanda W. 1926 1927 SS  
66 Mayes Alice D. 1906 1989 DS With Raymond Mayes
67 Mayes Raymond Mayes 1903 1975 DS With Alice D. Mayes
68 Mayes Jewel June 22, 1915   SS  
69 Mayes William D. 1939 1941 SS  
70 Mayes Alpha April 21, 1878 January 29, 1939 DS With Harvey W. Mayes
72 Mayes Estel 1906 1959 SS  
73 Mayes Hester Ellen November 17, 1909 - SS  
74 Mayes Lester August 31, 1911 January 7, 1987 SS U. S. Army WW II

Headstone Photo
71 Mayes Harvey W. October 18, 1861 January 21, 1939 DS With Alpha Mayes
172 McKinney Ethel H. January 13, 1897 March 27, 1968 SS  
65 Mintie Mary 1914 1990 SS  
83 Mosier Fred 1917 1917   There are two death records in Mills County TX DC Bk C Page 164 One record has the parents listed as Fred & Nobie (Carlisle) Mosier and then there is a record with the parents as Wm and ? Mosier Baby was Stillborn on Sept 14, 1917
15 Murry Shirley 1924 1976 SS  
82 Northcutt Baby October 30, 1909   SS  
48 Pennington Julia Fay 1928 1928 SS  
52 Pennington Susie March 19, 1889 November 17, 1930 SS  
124 Rains Baby - February 18, 1924 SS  
25 Ratzow Jewell Carlisle age 95 Dec. 23, 2004 DS With William A. Ratzow-
Death Notice published Published in the Star-Telegram on 12/24/2004
26 Ratzow William A. August 18, 1918 August 6, 1975 DS With Jewell Carlisle Ratzow
141 Sawyer Louis Albert March 14, 1887 March 25, 1951 DS With Kalor Caroline Sawyer
142 Sawyer Kalor Caroline Sawyer November 30, 1892 August 24, 1965 DS With Louis Albert Sawyer
166 Sawyer Mollie L. June 16, 1879 February 12, 1971 SS  
167 Sawyer W.E. January 18, 1875 March 21, 1915 SS Woodsman of the World
168 Sawyer Jeff December 22, 1898 May 2, 1915 SS  
131 Schulz Lessie L. April 6, 1890 July 16, 1980 SS  
87 Scoggin J.B. September 4, 1853 August 1, 1915 DS With Addie Scoggin
88 Scoggin Addie December 1, 1861 July 4, 1955 DS With J.B. Scoggin
93 Scoggin Janus 1881 1950 DS With Pearl Scoggin
94 Scoggin Pearl 1877 1958 DS With Janus Scoggin
95 Scoggin J. L. (Jim) July 3, 1891 September 14, 1965 SS  
7 Scott Mrs Martha 1854 1916 SS marker photo
3 Scrivner Johnnie Pyburn February 8, 1912 April 11, 1983 SS  
4 Scrivner Hubert C. June 19, 1909 August 20, 1980 SS PFC US Army WW II

Headstone Photo
146 Simmons Albert K. October 26, 1872 July 25, 1906 SS Woodsman of the World
45 Slocum Edward Rufus February 7, 1901 June 9, 1962 DS PFC U.S. Army WW II
85 Spivey Dave Dec 14, 1882 February 18, 1920 SS  
86 Spivey Virgil August 7, 1908 November 6, 1923 SS "Son"
97 Stevens Robert W. July 17, 1861 May 14, 1942 DS With Lucy P. Stevens
98 Stevens Lucy P. Aug 16, 1869 September 11, 1929 DS With Robert W. Stevens
100 Stevens Tobias March 15, 1892 November 11, 1972 DS With Dora Stevens
101 Stevens Dora May 21, 1895 July 30, 1976 DS With Tobias Stevens
102 Stevens R. Lee September 8, 1889 June 18, 1920 SS  
103 Stevens Silas May 14, 1901 January 1, 1976 DS With Mary Stevens- married Jan 12, 1922
104 Stevens Mary January 13, 1905 Jan 21 1998 DS With Silas Stevens
107 Stevens Bernard Odell April 28, 1915 August 18, 1980 DS Double stone has wife's name "Clarene Oxford Stevens" because of a remarriage, she is buried in Kermit, Texas, Clarene died March 17, 1997
  Stevens Clarene Oxford Oct. 28, 1916 March 17, 1997 DS Not buried here with Bernard Odell Stevens
- remarried and is buried in Kermit, TX per granddaughter, Debbie House
151 Tomlison J. Gilbert February 14, 1883 July 19, 1911 SS Woodsman of the World
152 Tomlison George Young April 14, 1879 January 30, 1958 DS With Mary Parolee Tomlinson
153 Tomlison Mary Parolee September 29, 1885 June 28, 1938 DS With George Young Tomlinson
154 Tucker Joe Wiley September 5, 1923 February 5, 1925 SS Son of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Tucker
62 Wagner Ruby R. November 30, 1905 August 7, 1915 SS  
29 Walker Joe Wayne November 16, 1937 August 22, 1989 DS With Johnnie E. Walker

Headstone Photo
30 Walker Johnnie E. October 8, 1937 September 21, 1988 DS With Joe Wayne Walker
84 Wells S.W. No dates No dates SS Infant
112 Williams Eddie November 4, 1910 April 28, 1911 SS  



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BIBLIOGRAPHY:

1) Democrat Cemetery Association survey    back to top

2) Mills County Memories, (c) Mills County Historical Commission;  (Taylor Publishing: 1994) back to top

3) Flora Gatlin Bowles, A No Man's Land Becomes a County (Austin: Steck, 1958).(c) Mills County Historical Commission;  back to top

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4)   Goldthwaite Eagle-Mullin Enterprise,   back to top

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