Van Zandt County Cemeteries

Wesley Chapel

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WESLEY CHAPEL CEMETERY

written by Kathie Gilliam Pritchett * transcribed by B. Miller 1999

Wesley Chapel Cemetery is situated more the center of the community of Watkins, named to honer (sic) our first medical doctor. The boundaries of this community extended north to Caney Creek, south to Wise Store, east to Stone Point and west beyond the Blankinship farm to Cedar Creek. This cemetery was founded by the members of the Wesley Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church South, which was established before 1872. Among the Trustees in the early days were members of prominent families including: Barfields, Normans, Oldfields, Paschalls, Sewells, and Shaws. Church records from these early days have been destroyed, but deeds do exist. Members of prominent Dawson community families who are buried here are: Frank Dawson, Robert Bird (Byrd) McCaffity, Normans and J. H. Lambright.

This community was settled in mid-1800s and was well established before 1860. Many in this community were engaged in the Civil War. Veterans of that was who are buried here are: Erasmus Patrick, Arthur Rutledge Gilliam, Robert Bird McCaffity and "Texas Pvt." Ike McCaffity.

World War 1 veterans buried here are: C. P. Paschall and Homer Carlton Miller. Many veterans of World War ii are living in this community and those buried are: Robert Louis Nicholson, U. S. Navy, W. Boyd McCaffity, Private in the U. S. Army and Weldon Earl Norman, U. S. Army.

Land for the church and cemetery was acquired from M. Crosby and wife, Isabell on the 2nd day of December 1872 by deed of gift. Memorial Day is observed annually with lunch spread under the big oak trees.

A trust fund initiated by the late A. J. Paschall will provide for care in the future. Donations for maintenance of the grounds and buildings are made throughout the year, but especially during the day of memorial service.

The earliest marked grave is that of pioneer, John I Sewell, born 1849 in Alabama who died in Van Zandt County, Texas in 1870. A descendant, the late Miss Rebecca Sewell, postmistress of Wills Point, dedicated this marker.

Among the babies who died in infancy, we noted may sets of twins, particularly among the McCaffity families. Longevity was possible four some. Della Teel, daughter of A. R. Gilliam and Pairilee Jordan both lived to be ninety-nine (99).

The old tabernacle, built after 1872, was torn down and a new, small rectangular building was built of frame construction in the early fifties. At this time a chain-link fence was installed around the cemetery portion of the grounds.

For information about families buried here, please refer to Van Zandt County Histories and Biographies, Volume 1 and 2, compiled by Van Zandt County History Book Committee. The Genealogy Library in Canton is an excellent source of information and members of the genealogical society are most helpful. This library contains individual family histories as well as Programs of Watkins Homecomings, in two volumes, published under the direction of Sarah E. Norman. Kathie Gilliam Protchett's notebook, also in this library, contains additional information about the life-style in Watkins community and contains specific information about the Wesley Cahpel Methodist Church and Cemetery.

Most of the early residents were of English and Irish descent who owned tracks of land ranging upward from 150 acres. This was a harmonious place to live, where neighbors, relatives and friends shared similar characteristics. They were honest, hard working people, endowed with a keen sense of wit and humor. These men and women were forward-looking and progressive. They maintained dignity but worked hard and persevered over obstacles. Doors and minds were open. Going to church on Sunday was the way of life. Education was given a high priority. Farmers cultivated both good manners and good land. It was a friendly place. Today, many living in distant cities plan to the buried in this quite, dignified place. Wesley Chapel is a working cemetery, with new burials and new stones added every year.



Surname First Name Birth Death
ALLEN ELIZABETH 1842 1887
BAKER MALISSA 1855 1894
BAKER W. J. 1857 1947
BARFIELD ALICE 1859 1950
BARFIELD C. L. 1835 1910
BARFIELD CARRIE 1884 1940
BARFIELD E. A. 1846 1882
BARFIELD FLETCHER 1838 1917
BARFIELD GROVER CLEVELAND 1888 1888
BARFIELD HALLIE BYRON 1884 1899
BARFIELD IZORA 1853 1891
BARFIELD KATE H. 1840 1885
BARFIELD MILTON M. 1837 1887
BARFIELD T. G. 1832 1877
BARFIELD THOMAS ALFRED 1912 NONE
BARFIELD THOMAS G. 1875 1933
BARFIELD, SR. H. M. 1798 1883
BARNETT HAMLET M. 1892 1897
BARNETT J. W. 1829 1907
BARNETT JAMES B. 1895 1897
BARNETT JIM C. 1871 1907
BARNETT SUSAN EDNA 1897 1901
BARNETT SUSAN M. 1834 1907
BELL F. 55 YRS 1892
BELL NANCY 1841 1898
BLANKINSHIP B. T. 1848 1913
BLANKINSHIP CASSIE D. 1842 1908
BLANKINSHIP CLARA 1886 1969
BLANKINSHIP FRANK 1880 1950
BLANKINSHIP ERNEST M.D. ERNEST M. D. 1882 1936
BLANKINSHIP-ALLEN HATTIE 1882 1950
BLANTON C. S. 1856 1882
BOND C. LARY R. 83 YRS 1879
BOUSE CECIL BENNETT 1906 1956
BOWLES CURT B&D 1975
BOYKIN A. H. 1870 1885
BOYKIN BETTIE 1846 1886
BOYKIN C. V. 1872 1885
BROYLES INFANT B&D 1913
BROYLES J. W. 1845 1890
BROYLES MARY 1849 1890
BRUNSON ROBERT "BOB" 1894 1976
BRUNSON VIRGIA 1894 1982
BULLOCK CHARLES R. 1868 1923
BULLOCK MAMIE 1901 1912
BULLOCK MARY E. 1876 1953
BULLOCK NEAL 1897 1912
BULLOCK VIOLA M. 1910 1911
BURNLEY AL TERRY 1904 1976
BURNLEY C. M. 1883 1959
BURNLEY JANE 1883 1961
BURNLEY-BOYD ELOISE 1908 1969
BURNS Wm. K. 12 YRS 1882
CAMPBELL M. C. 1826 1901
CAMPBELL NEAL BOYD 1860 1890
CASTLEBERRY J. J. 1862 1908
CLARK EDNA 1917 1983
CLARK ERCELL 1907 1982
COUNTERMAN CALLIE 1876 1899
COUNTERMAN INFANT B&D 1899
CRISP, JR. A. W. (Dub) 1929 2000
CRISP ALVIN WESLEY 1895 1971
CRISP JOHN W. 1848 1897
CRISP-PASCHALL EVA MAY 1898 1974
CRISP-PASCHALL PAT" 1918 1938
DANIELS RODDIE 1902 1983
DANIELS-McCARTY OTTIE 1909 1998
DAVENPORT INFANT B&D 1914
DAVENPORT REBECCA FRANCIS 1853 1916
DAVIS FLORENCE 1859 1880
DAVIS FORT 1894 1979
DAVIS INFANT B&D 1880
DAVIS MATTIE 1878 1879
DAWSON CAMMIE 1906 1912
DAWSON ELLA 1860 1944
DAWSON FRANK A. 1841 1903
DAWSON HENRY B. B&D 1890
DAWSON JIMMIE 1878 1950
DAWSON LAURIE E. 1888 1888
DAWSON SALLIE 1881 1968
DAWSON SON B&D 1910
DRAPER JARRETT D. 30 Y 4 M 1884
DREWERY DOCK B. 1886 1974
DREWERY HATTIE R. 1899 NONE
ELLENBERGER PAUL GEORGE 1895 1955
ELLENBERGER-MARSH MINNIE 1902 1989
FANNIN ALLEN PETER 1904 1967
FANNINE JOHN ANDREW 1953 1977
FLETCHER ELLIOTT I. 1874 1965
FLETCHER JOHNIE L. 1872 1909
FLOWERS LORENE E. 1907 1989
FLOWERS PETE 1899 1983
FREEMAN MATTIE 1883 1900
GIBSON JAMES F. 1890 1891
GIBSON ROBERT L. 1889 1890
GILLIAM ARTHUR RUTLEDGE 1836 1890
GILLIAM LAWRENCE M. 1885 1968
GILLIAM MARTHA J. 1840 1883
GILLIAM PRESTON 1874 1945
GILLIAM-VanZANDT-PASCHALL KATIE 1889 1967
GILLIAM-WAITS-WHITE CHRISTINA T 1855 1908
GRAY HATTIE E. 1871 1877
HARDY C. C. 1868 1883
HARDY W. H. 1864 1895
HAYNES E. S. 1815 1900
HAYNES MARY J. 1836 1904
HENDERSON B. J. 1853 1945
HENSLEY ELIZ A. NONE 1888
HENSLEY W. J. 1836 1892
HERRIN A. ORIN 1897 1936
HERRIN EUNICE F. 1901 1921
HERRIN IDA V. 1871 1929
HERRIN NANNIE F. 1869 1898
HERRIN RAYMON 1919 1927
HERRIN WILLIAM B. 1869 1933
HERSCHELL NONE 1909 1913
HOLMES RICHARD EARL 1947 1947
HUBBARD FREDDIE D. 1880 1881
HUBBARD INFANT B&D 1884
HUBBARD JULIA C. 1843 1902
HUBBARD LITTLE FANNIE 1884 1886
HUBBARD MARY E. 1886 1888
HUGHEN RUFUS H. 1902 1975
JANUARY C. D. 1907 1909
JANUARY C. DEROUS 1871 1952
JANUARY MOLLIE 1874 1955
JOLLY ELIZA A. 1872 1879
JOLLY INFANT 1881 1881
JOLLY R. N. 1837 1903
JORDAN PAIRILEE 1866 1965
JORDAN RICHARD N. 1854 1914
LAMBRIGHT JAMES H. 1890 1891
LEATHERWOOD JOHN M. 1853 1888
LODEN MAMIE LOUISE 1914 1915
LONG J. M. 1876 18??
LONG LUCY E. 1882 1885
McCAFFERTY DRUCILLA 1814 1898
McCAFFERTY MARTHA J. 1860 1910
McCAFFERTY NETTIE 1881 1901
McCAFFERTY RUTHEY L. 1889 1890
McCAFFITY EFFIE 1871 1927
McCAFFITY ELLA B. 1881 1883
McCAFFITY HENRIETTA 1874 1952
McCAFFITY IKE NONE 1931
McCAFFITY INFANT NONE NONE
McCAFFITY INFANT TWINS NONE NONE
McCAFFITY JESSIE 1868 196?
McCAFFITY JIM M. 1870 1938
McCAFFITY MARY E. 1843 1918
McCAFFITY MAY' 1884 1901
McCAFFITY ROBERT B. 1844 1932
McCAFFITY ROBERT L. 1878 1918
McCAFFITY SAM 1882 1958
McCAFFITY W. BOYD 1900 1984
McCAFFITY WILLIAM ROBERT M. "BOB" 1876 1965
McCAFFITY Y. D. 1852 1932
McCAFITY CLARENCE 1895 1895
McCAFITY INFANT 1899 1899
McCAFITY LORANCE 1895 1895
McGREW DOGIE (DOOIE) 1896 1897
McGREW HATTIE G. 1862 1884
McGREW LILLIAN E. 1884 1889
McGREW OWEN T. 1880 1897
MANLEY RICHARD DAVID 1948 1949
MILLER EDWARD TITCHE 1902 1904
MILLER HOMER CARLTON 1897 1965
MILLER INFANT 1909 1909
MILLER INFANT B&D 1922
MILLER J. DODD 1852 1946
MILLER JAMES D. 1882 1954
MILLER JENNIE MAE 1910 1922
MILLER JULIA FRANCIS 1862 1907
MILLER MINNIE NELL 1928 1930
MILLER MINNIE T. 1874 1909
MILLER N. JOSEPHINE 1859 1934
MILLER R. J. "DICK" 1877 1948
MILLS U. M. 1858 188?
MOORE JAMES A. 1850 1908
MORLER M. E. 1872 1897
MORRISON INFANT B&D 1913
MORRISON INFANT B&D 1912
NICHOLSON A. W. 70 YRS 1879
NICHOLSON BENNETT ANGUS 1905 1933
NICHOLSON ROBERT A. 1877 1955
NICHOLSON ROBERT ANGUS 1936 1937
NICHOLSON-SEWELL ODESSA 1880 1918
NORMAN ALBIAN A. 1885 1965
NORMAN ALEXANDER B. 1851 1913
NORMAN ANDREW J. 1854 1939
NORMAN CHRISTOPHER LYNN B&D 1983
NORMAN DORA LEE 1866 1906
NORMAN ESTELLE E. 1889 1967
NORMAN ETHOLYN 1915 1980
NORMAN FINNEY C. 1822 1885
NORMAN GRADY RAY 1905 1905
NORMAN JAMES B&D 1958
NORMAN JULIA A. 1831 1908
NORMAN LAWRENCE J. 1880 1883
NORMAN LAWRENCE M. 1856 1937
NORMAN MINNIE LEE 1883 1884
NORMAN OSWALD M. 1887 1931
NORMAN WINIE D. 1901 1903
NORMAN-GILLIAM ABBIE H. 1861 1943
NORMAN-TRAVIS LILLIAN 1894 1967
OLDFIELD ALBERT W. 1879 1958
OLDFIELD AUDIE M. 1890 1980
OLDFIELD CECIL 1885 1885
OLDFIELD CHARLES D. 1872 1903
OLDFIELD CHARLES D. 1872 1903
OLDFIELD FLOYD 1903 1950
OLDFIELD HENRY C. 1893 1983
OLDFIELD J. B. 1868 1873
OLDFIELD LUCILLE NONE NONE
OLDFIELD LULA MAY 1886 NONE
OLDFIELD M. A. 1865 1890
OLDFIELD MACK 1890 1908
OLDFIELD MACK 1890 1908
OLDFIELD SARAH E. 1844 1888
OLDFIELD THOMAS 1832 1900
OLDFIELD W. L. 1861 1898
OLDFIELD WILTON B. 1895 1933
OLDFIELD YOUNG SON 1871 1878
PARK DICKEY 1864 1887
PASCHALL A. J. 1903 1987
PASCHALL ALTON DOUGLAS 1961 1965
PASCHALL BABY B&D 1923
PASCHALL CURRAN P. 1895 1985
PASCHALL DAVID PRESTON B&D 1926
PASCHALL EULA MAE 1902 NONE
PASCHALL HARDY L. 1884 1964
PASCHALL MARY VIDA 1887 1973
PASCHALL NORMAN 1900 1967
PASCHALL RUBY 1906 1982
PASCHALL THOMAS LEE 1932 1934
PASCHELL CURRAN P. 1862 1945
PASCHELL GEORGE A. "UNCLE BOSSY" 1871 1952
PASCHELL MARY ELIZABETH 1865 1939
PASCHELL THOMAS GEORGE 1908 1923
PATRICK ERASMUS 1837 1905
PHILLIPS GEORGE A. 1866 1968
PHILLIPS OLLIE B. 1893 1975
PHIPPS J. C. 1897 1898
PHIPPS L. H. 1877 1900
POWELL MIRIAM 1842 1886
POWELL WILLIAM H. 1836 1915
PRIEST E. M. 1820 1887
PRIEST EARL M. 1887 1966
PRIEST IVA 1917 1917
PRIEST LYDIA V. 1891 1964
PRIEST VIRGIL NONE NONE
PULLEY ELIZABETH M. 1902 NONE
PULLEY HALLIE 1903 1984
PULLEY LILLIE BELLE 1877 1957
PULLEY LINCOLN L. 1903 1975
PULLEY TOM 1905 1970
PULLEY WALTER 1874 1947
PULLEY WALTER G. 1900 1975
SADLER GROVER CLARK 1924 1999
SEWELL A. C. 50 YRS 1897
SEWELL BROWNIE 186? 1889
SEWELL BROWNIE S. 1891 1894
SEWELL CAMMIE S. 1852 1898
SEWELL CLARENCE E. B&D 1910
SEWELL EARL 1898 1937
SEWELL EDGAR R. 1901 1902
SEWELL FRANCIS A. 1854 1884
SEWELL INFANT B&D 1877
SEWELL ISAAC N. 1833 1905
SEWELL J. M. 1827 1892
SEWELL JOHN I. 1849 1870
SEWELL JOHN I. 1851 1900
SEWELL JOHNY LEE 1900 1901
SEWELL LAURA ELIZABETH 1906 1906
SEWELL MATTIE A. 1870 1892
SEWELL N. A. 1822 1904
SEWELL REBECCA F. 1848 1882
SEWELL ROBERT W. 1899 1909
SEWELL SALLIE E. 1829 1890
SEWELL SAMUEL A. 1852 1928
SEWELL SLIJAH B. 1896 1959
SEWELL VERA A. 1885 1886
SEWELL WILEY 20 Y 8 M 1876
SEWELL WILLIAM M. 1881 1881
SEWELL, JR. S. A. 1892 1950
SEWELL-SELLERS M. E. 1831 NONE
SHAW CECIL 1839 1839
SHAW CORA UNREADABLE UNREADABLE
SHAW FATIMA E. 1827 1886
SHAW HADDIB 1883 1956
SHAW JESSE C. 1863 1864
SHAW JESSE H. G. 1823 1877
SHAW JULIAN H. 1903 1903
SHAW PAULINE 1894 1902
SHAW WILLIAM W. 1848 1899
SHAW-SEWELL M. JENNIE 1856 1925
SMITH CYNTHIA YOVVON 1957 1970
SMITH FANNIE NONE 1889
SMITH WILLIAM SIDNEY 1894 1896
STONE ADA B. 1874 1960
STONE Wm. H. 1868 1931
SULLIVAN GREER 1889 1900
SULLIVAN M. A. 1831 1887
SULLIVAN MOLLIE J. 1866 1899
TEAGUE LORENE 1916 1958
TEEL AUTHOR McDANIEL 1890 1890
TEEL THOMAS J. 1860 1931
TEEL-GILLIAM DELLA J. 1866 1965
UDDELL WILLIE 1896 1899
VANCE ANNA S. 1897 1912
VANCE J. V. 1883 1905
VANCE LORILLA V. 1862 1959
VANCE MAUD M. 1882 1906
VANCE Rev. JOHN A. 1858 1919
VANOVEN VESTER 1931 1980
WAITS AMANDA C. 1878 1881
WALKER HATTIE NONE NONE
WARREN BABY BOY 1977 1977
WEST JAMES ALEX 1903 1976
WEST THELMA A. 1897 1977
WHITE ARTHUR J. 48 YRS 1923
WHITE EMILY KATE "KITTY" 1872 1940
WHITE JOHN B. 1847 1930
WILLIAMS MISSOURI E. 1831 1909
WILLIAMS OLIVER J. AGE 72 1893
WILSON CYNTHIA C. 1846 1888
WILSON JESSIE L. 1900 1975

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