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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Sunday, April 1st, 1860

To day in the forenoon negro Dan was buried. In the evening I went fishing and caught 53 fine perch. Weather clear and windy.

There is no mention of where this burial took place . . . but there is a Hall family cemetery . . . now marked with a Texas Historical Marker . . . and the wording on that marker is as follows . . .

Hall Cemetery. Joshua James Hall (1790-1871) gave a portion of his land on this site about a mile from his homestead to be used as a burial ground. Hall Cemetery was already in use when freedmen French Taylor (1842-1937), Bob Denby, & Alf Warfield petitioned Hall for permission to bury their dead in the graveyard. Hall agreed, & the cemetery was used by both Anglo & African American Settlers. The earliest marked grave is that of MARY A. SHARP (1843-1876). Hall Cemetery had several owners during the 20th century. A 1997 count revealed 29 marked & more than 105 unmarked graves. Descendants of early settlers continue to care for & maintain the land. (1998).

As indicated above, the earliest marked grave is that of Mary A. Sharp (1843-1876) . . . aka Mary Alexandrien Lemaire . . . aka Nellie . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma of the Keeper of this family history blog. But if the named gentlemen talked to Joshua James Hall about "permission to bury their dead in the graveyard," then that had to have occurred before Hall's death in 1871. The marker is located on FM 229, 10.9 miles NW of Crockett.