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SOUTH DEXTER CEMETERY


Transcribed by Barbara Jarvis
© 2003


South Dexter Cemetery, established 1855, predates the incorporation of the town by almost 20 years and is one of Cooke County's oldest graveyards. My thanks to a lifelong resident, Mr. Jim Bean, Jr. who shared some interesting history about Dexter and the cemetery, which has its own 'Boot Hill' on the north side.   Tradition says there are four men buried there head to toe, who were shot and killed by a stranger.  This once bustling place with its main street filled with farmers wagons is now a silent ghost town with a few residents.  You can stand in the old graveyard and look across the road at the only reminder of old Dexter, the church still in use and standing on the corner.

There are many weathered stones that can no longer be read and it was a difficult place to survey.   I used the old survey done in 1980 by Patti Tucker as a guide and have added notes.  Some of the unknown graves are people who were moving west, died and were buried here.   If descendants know of someone buried in South Dexter, whose name does not appear on this list, I would appreciate hearing from you.  Thanks to those who have added markers for family graves!  New pictures were added May 12, 2006.

The cemetery is located on the east side of FM 678 across from the Dexter Community Church.


"Note" During the first survey in 2003 I noticed many old stones that had been tossed across the fence in the tall weeds and brush or perhaps they were there when the cemetery was fenced
I have noticed the same in many old cemeteries...Gene K. Tarvin.

Beginning at the left front by gate:

Unknown   - "__LL?"

Unknown
note: 'Eliza' ? (best guess)
Stone

LAMB, Olan   - no dates
Stone

RICE, H. A.   - no dates
Stone

WOOD, D. D. P.   19 Aug 1881 - 9 Nov 1882
stone is broken and lying by gate
Stone

WOOD, J. T.    25 Feb 1876 - 7 Feb 1891
stone is broken and lying by gate
verse implies this is a male.
Stone

HAMM, Dora E.   1886 - 1962

ZIMMERMAN, Laura Jane   2 Oct 1855 - 1 June 1928
Stone

ZIMMERMAN, John   13 June 1847 - 1 Mar 1933
Pvt. 40th GA Cav. CSA

ZIMMERMAN, George Samuel   26 Oct 1881 - 28 Nov 1938
note: spaces between John and George Z.
Stone

BUTT, J. T.    20 July 1851 - 30 July 1933
Stone

BUTT, Carrie I.   14 Feb 1855 - 3 Oct 1935
Stone

BUTT, Lizzie (wife)   20 Aug 1837 - 26 Feb 1898
BUTT, W. L.(husb.)   20 Oct 1825 - 8 Nov 1911
BUTT, Louisa J. (wife)   11 Nov 1831 - 3 Nov 1877
Stone

BUTT, E. J.   1877
Stone

BUTT, Willie   26 Oct 1883 - 17 Apr 1885
son of W. L. and Louisa J.
Stone

BUTT, Lemuel H.   18 Aug 1873 - 20 Dec 1952
son of W. L. and Louisa J.
Stone

BUTT, N. L.   9 Mar 1856 - 12 Dec 1888
husband of Addie
Stone

BUTT, N. L. Jr.   23 Jan 1889 - 31 Jan 1890
son of Addie
Stone

JONES, S. N.   4 July 1845 - 11 Dec 1883
Stone

SCOTT, Andrew J.   14 Feb 1810 - 26 May 1873
Stone

TINDEL, J. A.   8 Nov 1823 - 18 Jan 1875
Masonic emblem
note: sandstone beside J. A. Tindel has fallen.
Stone

NALL, William R.   5 Feb 1822 - 16 Apr 1873
Stone

BUTTS, Mildred    1925
Stone

BUTTS, Edith   1901; born and died
BUTTS, Lula Culver   25 Mar 1875 - 17 Nov 1906
Stone

BUTTS, George F.   16 Aug 1881 - 8 Dec 1965

CHISUM, Claiborn   Apr 1820 - 21 Feb 1873
note: earliest dated grave now found.
Stone

EVANS, Francis (dau)    25 Aug 1881 - 1 Jan 1882
EVANS, infant (son)   30 Dec 1878; born and died
children of J. F. and I. F.
Stone  

EVANS, infant   Dec ? 187? - _? 1873?
son of J. F. and I. F.
Stone

MORRIS, Rebecca    - age 66 yrs
mother of J. A.
Stone

MORRIS, J. A.   17 Nov 1832 - 10 Mar 1925
Stone

MORRIS, Kittie A.     - died 26 Apr 1881; 46 yrs,6 mo,3da.
Stone

THOMPSON, Reuben B.   19 Dec 1877 - 14 Oct 1878
son of A. J. and Jennie
Stone

THOMPSON, Robert Lewis    21 Jan 1876 - 17 June 1877
son of A. J. and Jennie
Stone

KIRKPATRICK, Mary F.   26 May 1873 - born and died
note: Unknown by her

MCGUINN, Franses N.   7 Apr 1859 - 3 Oct 1873
dau. of M. and Perlenna
Stone  Stone

BRISCOE, William Edgar   15 May 1874; age 16 yrs, 7 mo.
son of R. K. and N. A.
Stone

DERRYBERRY, Mrs. C. W.   6 Oct 1855 - 31 Aug 1939
Stone

DERRYBERRY, C. W.   11 Feb 1842 - 21 Dec 1926
Stone

DERRYBERRY, Hattie L.(dau)   7 Sept 1879 - 24 Oct 1879
Is this MATTIE L?
Stone

DERRYBERRY, Lunce Woodard (son)   16 May 1896 - 23 Dec 1913
Stone

DERRYBERRY, George L. (son)   3 Feb 1876 - 2 Sept 1878
Stone

BEAN, Cecil Mae    12 Nov 1918 - 23 Mar 1935
BEAN, Lillian Zoe   7 Aug 1915 - 23 Mar 1935
Stone  Stone

DEATON, infant   23 June 1894 - born and died
DEATON, Agnes   14 May 1895 - 30 Jan 1896
Stone

DEATON, Cecile   19 July 1896 - 20 Jan 1901
children of W. R. and Dora A.
Stone

WHITFIELD, Dr. Harrison   - died 14 Feb 1895
* my notes - born abt 1826 TN; marr. Sophronia Conn 1845 TN
see below for more about wife.
Stone

KERR, Mrs. Ada    1 Nov 1863 - 25 June 1883
dau. of Dr. H. and S. Whitfield
Stone

MCKEE, Baular    30 Aug 1882 - 21 Sept 1883
child's grave is lost; a ft.stone found
tossed or washed down slope outside back fence
Stone

THORNBROUGH, V. A.   14 Feb 1852 - 3 Jan 1895
wife of J. A.
Stone

HUGHES, Willy    25 Jan 1884 - 24 Mar 1884
son of W. P. and M. P.
Stone

HUGHES, infant son    5 July 1889 - 17 July 1889
son of W. P. and M. P.
Stone

VANLANDINGHAM, Sudie P.   9 Aug 1856 - 2 Apr 1885
wife of J. D.
Stone

VANLANDINGHAM, Ara M.   30 Jan 1881 - 22 July 1883
son of J. D. and S. P.
Stone

HARRISON, Alice I.   18 Feb 1874 - 2 Aug 1883
dau. of John and Rebecca
Stone

SMITH, Evlin    16 Jan 1914 - 3 Apr 1915
dau. of Mark and Ruby (hard to read)
Stone

BEAN, Hazel   12 Dec 1904 - 19 Sept 1914
Stone

BEAN, Alvis Wyndle   2 June 1918 - 30 June 2002
Stone

LAMB, Isham   4 Oct 1820 - 9 June 1883
Stone

BATES, Bonnie B.   9 Aug 1918
Stone

BATES, Walter Earl   10 Feb 1960 - 11 Feb 1960
Stone

WHITE, Julius Ceasar   10 Apr 1802 - 18 Jan 1885
b. Spartanburg, SC - identified by descendant
Stone

WARD, (probably)"J. M. W"
Stone

WARD, L. G.   - no dates
Is this Levi Ward? See next

WARD, Levi G.    1825 - 1884
Stone

Unknown
note: near Andrew Scott

HILL, Jane SEXTON    1828 - 8 Dec 1875
2nd wife of John Jacob Hill
Stone

PHILLIPS, James W.   1813 - 1901
Stone

PHILLIPS, Nancy T.   1821 - 1882
Stone

Names Added From Other Sources


DEATON, William Riley   died 8 Apr 1910 - aged 43 yrs, 6 mo.
source: Geo. J. Carroll F.H. records

WHITE, Mary L. Sanders Moore   21 Nov 1806 - 20 Apr 1896
Grave no longer found; buried by husb. Julius C. White.
Info from White descendant

ST. JOHN, Mandy   14 June 1888 - 8 Oct 1890
On an early DAR survey

WHITFIELD, Sophronia M.   June 1828 - 1901
I have tentatively added her name to this cemetery although there is no record that she is buried here.  In 1900 Cooke Census, 'Sophia M.' was living with her widowed son, Thomas C. & two granddaughters at Dexter.  She died the following year and it seems most likely she would be buried beside her husband and a married daughter.


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