“William A. and Sarah (Hall) Graham of North Carolina migrated to Texas with their family, settling in this area in 1856. The Grahams attended Old Salem Methodist church in Zollicoffer’s mill (later Irene). According to family history, slaves and former slaves were buried in and around this site, but the earliest marked grave is that of William and Sarah’s granddaughter, six-year-old Mary Graham, buried in 1866. Abe Mason of Tennessee, a Confederate veteran wounded at the Battle of Shiloh, moved to Hill County in 1869. He married the Grahams’ daughter Margaret Elizabeth in 1870. When he died in 1906, Mason owned 1100 acres including this site and was among the largest landowners in Hill County. Containing 22 graves at the dawn of the 21st century, the cemetery remains the property of Graham-Mason descendants. (2000)”
Graham-Mason Cemetery (map) 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 on her 5th wedding anniversary in 1887, leaving 3 small children behind.
These are my original digital images of the cemetery, taken on 22 July 2006. Descendants Frank & Judy Graham most graciously met me there and allowed me to inventory and photograph the headstones. The beautiful “Bluebonnet” photo (above) was taken by Judy Graham in 2003 and is used with her permission.
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