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Ratliff Family Cemetery
Roans Prairie
Grimes County
Texas  USA

Cemetery notes and/or description:
Take HWY 30 east of out Roans Prairie, TX. Turn right onto FM 2562 and go to County Road 219. When you get to the first house on your left (large white house) turn right onto a cattle guard into Mr. Bracewell's pasture. From the road it will be about 1.7 miles to the cemetery. When you come to a board fence around the cemetery grounds go in the gate, turn right and walk around to the front of the cemetery.

On this hill once stood a small fort built by Joshua Hadley and used by the settlers in the community as a place to gather for protection during an indian raid. In 1840, on one such occasion, a young woman, Mrs. Taylor, took refuge here with her two children. Her husband was at the home of Anthony D. Kennard about 2 miles east of here. She became hysterical and set out with her two children to join her husband. The indians captured her within sight of the fort, killed and scapled her taking the children with them. The settlers pursued and succeeded in recapturing the children unharmed except that one had an arrow through his hand. The lady was buried at the site of her death with only a broken rock to mark the spot. The exact location is unknown. She was the last person to be killed by Indians in Grimes county. The old fort later became the home of the Ratliff family.
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