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

Flewellen-Thweatt Cemetery

Flewellen-Thweatt Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Randal B. Gilbert, December 26, 2015
1. Flewellen-Thweatt Cemetery Marker
Inscription. The family of Thomas and Frances Maria Drake Flewellen came to Texas from Georgia and Arkansas in the 1850s. In 1859, Thomas Flewellen purchased 1,426 acres of rich farmland on which he established his home and a large farm. When Frances Maria died in 1861 she was buried near the family home, the first burial in what became the Flewellen-Thweatt cemetery.

Three of the Flewellens' nine surviving children married members of the Thweatt family. The Flewellens and the Thweatts engaged in farming activities, using slave labor until after the Civil War. Many of the Flewellen slaves and their descendants are buried in the nearby Fluellen/Flewellen cemetery.

The Flewellen-Thweatt Cemetery is a reminder of the hardships faced in the 19th and early 20th centuries, as 20 of the burials are for children and women under 40 years of age. Others buried here include Thomas Flewellen (d. 1889) and other members of his extended family. In 1919 Thomas and Frances Maria’s daughter, Mary Margaret Flewellen Hill, deeded this property as a cemetery for the lineal descendants of Thomas Flewellen, and it continues in use for that purpose.

As the resting place for members of two prominent pioneer families, who were joined through marriage and are representative of Smith County’s plantation culture, the Flewellen-Thweatt Cemetery
Flewellen-Thweatt Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Randal B. Gilbert, December 26, 2015
2. Flewellen-Thweatt Cemetery
is a physical reminder of this part of Smith County's history.
Erected 2001 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12508.)
Location. 32° 35.268′ N, 95° 29.25′ W. Marker is in Lindale, Texas, in Smith County. Marker can be reached from Old Dallas-Shreveport Road (County Road 452) 0.3 miles west of Old Mineola Highway (County Road 431), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19061 County Rd 452, Lindale TX 75771, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Vial-Fragosa Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away); Camp of the Army of the Republic of Texas (approx. 1.3 miles away); Site of Flora (approx. 2.8 miles away); Duck Creek Soil Erosion Project (approx. 3.1 miles away); Hubbard Family Cemetery (approx. 5.8 miles away); Sabine Methodist Church (approx. 5.9 miles away); Whisenhunt-Kinzie House (approx. 6.8 miles away); Bethesda Presbyterian Church and Cemetery (approx. 7.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lindale.
More about this marker. The cemetery and marker are approximately 350 yards from the entry gate at the road. The roadway has no parking, and if it is raining, it is probably not
Gravestone of Francis Maria Flewellen image. Click for full size.
By Randal B. Gilbert, December 26, 2015
3. Gravestone of Francis Maria Flewellen
Hers was the first burial in this cemetery in 1861.
advisable to drive to the cemetery. The track goes through a pasture. Please do not leave the gate open or the cows might get out!
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers
Flewellen-Thweatt Cemetery Entryway image. Click for full size.
By Randal B. Gilbert, December 26, 2015
4. Flewellen-Thweatt Cemetery Entryway
The cemetery and marker are about 350 yards northwest of this gate.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. This page has been viewed 140 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. 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 20, 2016.
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