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Copeville in Collin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Thompson Cemetery

Thompson Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jesse Nelsen, January 12, 2021
1. Thompson Cemetery Marker

Collin County pioneer Abner Thompson came to this area about 1850 and settled on land that was originally part of the Silvester Williams Survey, deeding a portion of it to be used as a cemetery. The first burial, that of Thompson himself, took place in 1852. His grave is marked with two large square stones which have deteriorated through time and have become nearly illegible. Tall posts of bois d'arc, which mark the nearby grave of one of Thompson's employees, have stood the effects of weathering for more than one hundred years.

Also buried here are Miles and Emily J. Graves who, in 1862, donated over an acre of land to the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, which was organized five years earlier. When the congregation divided in the early 1880s, that land was given to the Thompson Cemetery, which was enlarged several more times in later years.

A Memorial Day service has been held at the Thompson Cemetery each year since the early 1950s, bringing together people from the nearby communities of Lavon and Copeville. There are over 800 graves here which are given perpetual care by the Thompson Cemetery Association.
Thompson Cemetery Sign and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jesse Nelsen, January 12, 2021
2. Thompson Cemetery Sign and Marker
Thompson Cemetery
Established 1852
2005 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6212.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites.
Location. 33° 3.41′ N, 96° 25.361′ W. Marker is in Copeville, Texas, in Collin County. Marker is on Highway 78 south of Highway 790, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Copeville TX 75121, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Abston Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Copeville (approx. 1.7 miles away); Empire Masonic Lodge No. 586 (approx. 3.1 miles away); Charles C. Stibbens (approx. 7.1 miles away); First Baptist Church of Wylie (approx. 7.3 miles away); Thomas and Mattie Brown House (approx. 7.3 miles away); Brown Cottage (approx. 7.3 miles away); Wylie (approx. 7.4 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on January 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 13, 2021, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 13, 2021, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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