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 catalogued 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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