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

Chapel Hill Cemetery

Chapel Hill Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, June 11, 2021
1. Chapel Hill Cemetery Marker
The first recorded burial here is for Able Allison Lewis, a veteran of the American Revolution, in 1838. Oral tradition identifies his widow, Patsey Lewis, as giving land along El Camino Real for a public graveyard after his death. She and several of her family members are buried in the cemetery. These and other burials of the 1830s and 1840s are oriented north-south, several marked with slabs of hewn native rock. Other early burials include Dr. Samuel Thompson and his wife, Precious Wofford Thompson; and Sumner Bacon, an ordained Cumberland Presbyterian Minister who served as chaplain and courier for Sam Houston during the Texas Revolution. Veterans of conflicts dating to the American Revolution are interred here, with several having fought in the Texas Revolution and the Indian Wars of the 1830s. Gravestone materials include native stone, marble, granite and cement. Familiar names here include Fussell, Johnson, Layfield, Noble, Rhodes, Smith and Williams.

In 1912, the cemetery expanded to the west through land bought from B. B. Fussell. Chapel Hill Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was located on the property and served the community

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for many years. The entire community helped with donations, materials and labor to build a new church building in 1937. Chapel Hill continued to prosper as a rural community with cotton as the main crop until World War II, when most residents left for combat or war industries such as the shipyards in Beaumont. The community cotton gin closed after the war, and the church discontinued services in the 1990s. The Chapel Hill Cemetery Association maintains the graveyard and church building. The cemetery remains active and continues to serve the area while also serving as a chronicle of community history.
Historic Texas Cemetery
Marker is property of the State of Texas

Erected 2010 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16935.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, Texas IndependenceWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1838.
Location. 31° 29.228′ N, 94° 1.17′ W. Marker is in San Augustine, Texas, in San Augustine County. Marker is on State Highway 21 near County Road 141, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Augustine TX 75972, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Thompson Family (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the home of Elisha Roberts
Chapel Hill Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, June 11, 2021
2. Chapel Hill Cemetery Marker
(approx. 2.4 miles away); Kings Highway Camino Real — Old San Antonio Road (approx. 2.4 miles away); Two Miles Southeast to McMahan's Chapel (approx. 2.7 miles away); McMahan's Chapel (approx. 3.9 miles away); a different marker also named McMahan's Chapel (approx. 3.9 miles away); County Line Baptist Church and Cemetery (approx. 4.1 miles away); A Snapshot In Time?/¿Una instantánea en el tiempo? (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Augustine.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 15, 2021, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 146 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 15, 2021, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.

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May. 29, 2023