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Pilot Point in Denton County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Belew Cemetery

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Photographed By Jackson Frye
1. Belew Cemetery Marker

Around 1856, Richard (Dick) Aaron Belew (1820-1900) and Mary Jane Belew (1822-1902), their five children and 39 other families came together by wagon from Tennessee to Denton County. They stopped on a hill in the area later known as the Belew Schoolhouse Settlement, part of the A.G. Stapp Survey north of Aubrey. A school soon opened in a log cabin at the site and was later used as a church. The cemetery was located in close proximity to the school. The first piece of land was purchased in October 1880 from Richard Aaron Belew by the citizens of the Belew Schoolhouse Community to be used as a public grave yard. Over 70 red sandstone rocks mark many of the early graves in this original 2.8 acres. By the early 1900s, the Belew Cemetery was established as the main burial ground for the Aubrey area.

In 1902, a Ladies Cemetery Society was organized by Kate Hodges (1857-1906), Mary L. (Mollie) Henderson (1854-1919), Ola Price (1877-1955), Bettie Catlett (1855-1918), Mary Caddell (1854-1940) and Nora McIntosh (1872-1965) to raise funds for the care of the cemetery. To raise money for additional land, the Ladies Cemetery Society voted
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to hold a Thanksgiving dinner for the community. For 85 years, this fundraiser was a success and allowed the society, later renamed the Belew Cemetery Association, to purchase additional land in 1903 and for the construction of a house for the sexton in 1906 and a pavilion in 1910. Additional land was acquired in 1962 and 1983. The Association's first directors represented rural school districts in the surrounding area. Early settlers, Association founders and veterans from the Civil War to the Gulf War are buried here. This historic cemetery continues to honor the area's heritage and ancestors.
Historic Texas Cemetery - 2011
Marker is property of the State of Texas

Erected 2011 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17216.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1856.
Location. 33° 20.501′ N, 96° 58.355′ W. Marker is in Pilot Point, Texas, in Denton County. Marker is on Belew Road west of Massey Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pilot Point TX 76258, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Christian Church of Aubrey (approx. 2˝ miles away); Pilot Point Church of Christ
Belew Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jackson Frye
2. Belew Cemetery Marker
(approx. 3.6 miles away); City of Pilot Point (approx. 3.8 miles away); Pilot Point Post-Signal (approx. 3.9 miles away); St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church (approx. 4˝ miles away); Elm Fork Bridge (approx. 4.7 miles away); Green Valley Schools (approx. 5.6 miles away); Oak Grove Methodist Church (approx. 8.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pilot Point.
Belew Cemetery and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jackson Frye
3. Belew Cemetery and Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on October 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 13, 2021, by J Frye of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 157 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 14, 2021, by J Frye of Fort Worth, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 3, 2023