Red River County
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This is an old, abandoned cemetery created by the African-American population in the area and is located at the site of their church. This cemetery is located in the northeast quadrant of Red River County, Texas. OBIT: CLARKSVILLE TIMES 16 Oct 1969 has mention of this cemetery and has location north of Hopewell Community (Chapel Hill Baptist Church also referred to). On 14 May 1926 an instrument was made conveying 1 acre of the David Bruton survey from Bowie Co TX to Chapel Hill Cemetery Association and duly filed for record on 24 Sep 1926 in Book CH Vol 118 Page 202. Over the years this cemetery has been called Snell Creek and Hopewell due to the actual locations. On 1 Dec 1999 Lawrence and Sue Dale set out to find this lost cemetery. With the help of 2 local men, after over a mile drive to the northeast from Hopewell Community and a 1/2 mile walk round-trip into the big woods we finally located the old water well and the cornerstone of the old church. The inscription on it was 'Chapel Hill Baptist Church 22 June 1913, Rev. E. Banks, Pastor & Rev. A. S. Russell, supporter'. After a search of about an hour we were able to come up with several marked graves. These burials were duly recorded. The oldest marked burial is that of Rev. A. S. Russell on 4 May 1918. The oldest recorded burial we have is that of Beauty Alberta Nunley who died on 22 Jul 1917. We visited the site again on 2 Mar 2004 and took the GPS readings. While there we photographed all markers. The old water well casing was not found on this trip. As of 31 Dec 2013 this cemetery has 23 documented burials.
All information for this cemetery is from the books ‘Burial, Cemetery and Death Records for Red River County, Texas' by Lawrence and Sue Dale, Copyright © 2014