“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Tyler in Smith County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Smith Cemetery

Smith Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Randal B. Gilbert, December 12, 2015
1. Smith Cemetery Marker
Inscription. In 1846, Mary M. "Polly" Long received 640 acres in this area from the State of Texas. She deeded half to her son, Richard B. Long, in 1852. He sold this tract in 1881, reserving one acre to preserve the existing cemetery, which was used as early as 1857 by local settlers, many of whom were Long's relatives or neighbors. The earliest marked grave dates to 1862. The cemetery takes its name from the numerous members of the Smith family buried here. Other graves include those of "Polly" Long, early County Commissioner William Green, and Civil War veterans F.Y. Smith and James Dark.
Historic Texas Cemetery - 2004

Erected 2008 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16639.)
Location. 32° 15.383′ N, 95° 20.05′ W. Marker is near Tyler, Texas, in Smith County. Marker can be reached from Blue Mountain Boulevard north of West Cumberland Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The historic cemetery is located at the rear of the new Rose Lawn Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2003 Blue Mountain Blvd, Tyler TX 75703, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Colonel Richard B. Hubbard / Governor R. B. Hubbard
Frank Y. Smith Tombstone image. Click for full size.
By Randal B. Gilbert, December 12, 2015
2. Frank Y. Smith Tombstone
(approx. 4.1 miles away); Thomas Glover Pollard, Sr. (approx. 4.6 miles away); Ordnance Plant (approx. 5.6 miles away); The Major John Dean House (approx. 5.6 miles away); Site of Confederate Arms Factory (approx. 5.8 miles away); Butler College (approx. 5.8 miles away); James Calhoun Hill (approx. 6 miles away); Woman's Building (approx. 6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tyler.
Regarding Smith Cemetery. There is an intriguing story concerning one of the persons buried in this cemetery. Frank Y. Smith (1824-1912) was enlisted in the 14th Texas Infantry (CSA) but was detailed to work as a gunsmith at the new Tyler Texas Ordnance Works in October 1863. The arrival of over 700 Union Prisoner of War at nearby Camp Ford in early November 1863 caused a panic as there was no stockade and only 38 militia guards. Ordnance Department workers, including Smith were sent to the Prison Camp as extra guards while a stockade was hastily built. On November 11, 1863, Smith fatally shot Private Thomas Moorehead, Company “I”, 26th
Frank Y. Smith Modern Military Marker image. Click for full size.
By Randal B. Gilbert, December 12, 2015
3. Frank Y. Smith Modern Military Marker
Indiana Infantry for crossing the camp “deadline”. Moorehead died the next day, and in 1867 the deceased prisoners from Camp Ford were reinterred to the Pineville, Louisiana National Cemetery. Moorehead is buried in Section A, Grave 808.
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. This page has been viewed 108 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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