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Located in Dayton-Kenefick area off Texas Farm to Market Road 1008 (E. Clayton Street).
Directions: Take US HWY 90 from Crosby to Dayton at the first red light turn left on Texas State Road 321. Go to the next red light.At this intersection of Texas State Road 321 is Farm to Market Road 1008 (E. Clayton Street) to the right to go toward Kenefick, Go 2.8 miles. French Cemetery is on the left.
The Main Gate reads French Cemetery Associate Est. 1830
Texas Historical Commission
According to local tradition. This Cemetery derives its name from a group of French Settlers who were killed and buried near the site sometime during the 18th century. Although no physical evidence of the French burials has been found the name has been in common use for more than 100 years. Referred to the mid-1800's as the Pruett family cemetery, the graveyards is located on the land acquired by Beasley Pruett from the Mexican Government in 1824. Upon his death in 1835, Pruett was buried on his land grant in a now-unmarked grave.
The earliest marked grave here dated 1860, is that of Martha Day, a daughter-in-law of Beasley Pruett. Other early Liberty County Settlers and the Pruett Family descendants buried here includes Reason Green (1800-1868), who held several 19th century public offices. Surnames of other prominent citizens buried here include Brashear and Linney. Veterans of four wars and the Korean conflict are interred here. In 1946, Landowners w, t, Jamison, Sr, (1878-1962) and J, n, Coleman (1892-1948) formerly set aside these two acres of the French Cemetery as part of the sale of the surrounding land, The graveyard remains an important reflection of the Liberty County History. Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986.
Note: Please note the spelling of the recorded Will of Beasley Prewitt, dated April 2, 1831, Soverigne State of Coahuila and Texas of the Mexican Confederation. Also note that Beasley's grandson Elisha Prewitt, who was in the Battle of San Jacinto of the Texas Revolution, has numerous documents in the Texas State Archives with the spelling of Prewitt.