Led by Baptist missionary William M. Pickett, this congregation was organized on Oct. 5, 1849, one year after the Mount Vernon Post Office was established. Early worship services were held in a log building located about one-half mile east of the . . . — — Map (db m232766) HM
Organized 1855, with 13 charter members: Mrs. Joel Arrington, Capt. and Mrs. Baker, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Matthews, Mr. and Mrs. Jackson Parchman, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wylie Parchman, Mr. and Mrs. John D. Parchman, and Squire and Mrs. C. S. Yates. The . . . — — Map (db m232765) HM
Formed from Titus County
Created March 8, 1875
Organized April 30, 1875
Named in honor of
Benjamin C. Franklin
1805 – 1873
Hero of San Jacinto
District Judge of the
Republic of Texas.
Member of the . . . — — Map (db m119672) HM
Mt. Vernon was established in 1849 on land donated by Stephen and Rebecca Keith, and a public square was surveyed in the 24-acre plat. When Franklin County was created in 1875, Mt. Vernon was voted county seat, and a wooden building northeast of the . . . — — Map (db m232761) HM
The picnic area on US 67 in Franklin County is an early roadside park developed by the Texas Highway Department - now Texas Department of Transportation. It was built from 1939-1940 using labor from the National Youth Administration, a Federal Works . . . — — Map (db m120299) HM
Came to Texas from Tennessee in 1845, settling (1846) near site of Mount Vernon, which he helped found (as town of Keith) in 1848. Member 3rd Texas Legislature (1849-50); sponsored Mount Vernon Male and Female Academies bill – leading to public . . . — — Map (db m234991) HM
Primitive Baptist Church charted 1842.
Oldest marked grave 1870.
Land donors to expand are listed on the historical plaque
located in the center of cemetery grounds.
Perpetual care established in May 1968.
Gate erected in 1980.
Arch . . . — — Map (db m234989) HM
Established in 1845, Providence Cemetery served as a burial ground for the congregation of Providence Primitive Baptist Church. The church was organized in 1842 by William J. Caudle and his wife, Sarah Daffern Caudle. In the 1840s, churches provided . . . — — Map (db m234987) HM
Ambrose Ripley and his wife Rachel (Wood) brought their family to Texas in 1837, settling near here in what was then Red River County. They established their home near the Nacogdoches Road (Cherokee Trace) and a stream now known as Ripley Creek. . . . — — Map (db m119349) HM
Oldest business in Mt. Vernon, opened in 1869 by John Griffith Lock Rutherford (1851-1936), Texas-born great grandson of American Revolution general for whom a Tennessee county was named. Young Rutherford began by handling a small line of drugs in . . . — — Map (db m119668) HM
The present building was erected in 1910 after a fire destroyed the original M&P bank building. The Merchants & Planters Bank and First National Bank merged in March of 1932, during the national "Great Depression," which began in 1929. The Mount . . . — — Map (db m120193) HM
Residence of Mt. Vernon's first physician, William C. Wright (1820-1890), a North Carolinian who married Mary Rutherford in Tennessee and moved here in 1850. About 1870, Dr. Wright built this house, making earlier home into hospital. (It was so used . . . — — Map (db m232763) HM
Unmarked graves here may date from the 1840s, when the nearby town of Gray Rock was settled along a frontier highway of the 411 marked graves, the oldest is that of an infant, Lula Smith, who died Feb.15, 1872. Although the land was deeded to two . . . — — Map (db m186654) HM
This burial ground served the farming community of Rockhill, settled after the Civil War (1861–65). The high childhood mortality rate of that era accounts for many graves here. Earliest known burial was Mary Hitchens who died about 1875 at . . . — — Map (db m160938) HM