Notes from the past…

Tombstone Tuesday: Graham-Mason Cemetery

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G-M Cem Graham-Mason Cemetery 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 in 1887, leaving 3 small children behind.

Graham-Mason is a wonderful example of a restored and well-kept rural Texas cemetery.  The Graham-Mason Cemetery Association is very active in both the care of the cemetery and in following the many descendents of its first “inhabitants’, the William Graham family. The Association’s yearly meeting occurs in the spring, usually in April, when the Texas Bluebonnets are at their finest!

The lovely photo above was taken by Judy Graham in 2003.

mary The oldest headstone here is that of 6-year-old Mary H Graham, who died in 1866. Her original headstone is almost unreadable and had been replaced with a beautiful granite marker.

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According to the family history, slaves and former slaves are buried in the cemetery proper and also in the woods nearby. There is at least one grave marked only with rocks.

Graham-Mason is believed to be the only rural cemetery in Texas to display both a Texas Historical Marker and a Texas Historic Cemetery Medallion.

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