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Bill T. Whitis (#48066287)
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Bio Photo A native-born resident of Marshall, Texas, I have begun researching my family's gravesites in the surrounding areas. From Avinger to Upshur County to sites all over Marshall and towns in and around Harrison County.

I have walked and photographed markers in and around Harrison County at many of the cemeteries and want the information to be as complete as possible for future generations. My goal is to walk, locate, and record them all. I try to locate and add GPS coordinates every so often at the around 200 cemeteries in our county; I have even had funeral homes ask me to help them locate burial sites. If the markers are legible, I have photographed them and added them on here if missing. More get added all the time, and I try to stop and check for new ones now and then.

I have found hidden and lost cemeteries in Harrison County (some that the county and state records do not even show exist) and added them to this website, like Saint Marks/Carver and Cornerstone in the Harleton area, Pace Memorial Garden in the Hallsville area, and Elizabeth Cemetery in eastern Harrison County near Leigh. I am trying to gather info on Harrison County cemeteries that have incorrect directions or none and locate them so they accurately appear on the Maps tab; if you know where a cemetery is but can not get to it, let me know! Batts Cemetery is one of my newest attempts at finding the exact location.

I recently finished photographing all of Mount Olive Cemetery in Greenwood, LA.

Please use the 'Edits' tab to submit changes or request a transfer, not through 'Messages'.

If you have your messages disabled or your email is not available, please do not leave me an odd edit request. If I cannot contact you to verify sources or if I have a question, your edit may be declined. Reasonable changes are rarely questioned.

Also per Findagrave guidelines, I will not add an obituary, or link to an obituary, to a memorial without permission from the original media publisher/newspaper/website. Just stating where you got your information is not legally binding as getting permission to republish that information.

Thank you.
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Sharon Risner
RE: H J Yates / West Irvine Cemetery
Bill, I don't know. June Phillips gave me the info and the picture of his grave marker. I don't know if she is on find a grave or not. She is on
Added by Sharon Risner on Jul 26, 2016 7:26 AM
Angela Kay Key
RE: Bray Family Cemetery
G.K. Bumble and Thomas Richardson found it and took me to see it. It's on private land, South of I-20 off of Hwy 450.

32 degrees 27' 59" N
94 degrees 35' 06" W

G. K.'s son was also with us.

Once we were there, Thomas Richardson and I discovered that we are distant cousins. Our G-grandmothers were Ferrell sisters. This cemetery is on land owned by Lewis Ransom Bray after the Civil War. Please let me know if there is any kind of a marking or sign put up. G. K. mentioned possibly getting one.
Angela Kay Key
Nacogdoches, TX
Added by Angela Kay Key on Jul 19, 2016 1:41 PM
L. Renee Briggs
RE: Briggs Family Cemetery, Waskom, TX
You said the Briggs family cemetery was at Waskom. I only know of the one at Karnack. That is located on private property with a locked gate.
Added by L. Renee Briggs on Jul 19, 2016 8:36 AM
Mike Casey
Cave Springs: SHAW
Bill, thanks for your time and diligence toward improving Chainsaw's memorial by adding such valuable info and linking his mother. This, and all your efforts are much appreciated.
Added by Mike Casey on Jul 18, 2016 3:09 PM
Ann Bonfoey Hallman
Davis Brainerd Bonfoey
My 2nd great-grandparents, Davis and Emily Bonfoey are buried in the Marshall, Texas cemetery. I was very pleased to find them on Emma was an educator and ran a girls' school in Marshall for some years. Davis was mayor in 1861 and 1864. He was elected Harrison County Judge in September 1865, but relinquished that to become Collector of Internal Revenue. I'd like to add more information to what you have contributed. Can you advise?
Thank you.
Nan Bonfoey Hallman
Tucson, AZ
Added by Ann Bonfoey Hallman on Jul 17, 2016 12:04 PM
Bev Key
RE: William Arthur Adair, Harrison Cemetery
Many thanks! I submitted another inscription for his headstone, as best as I could decipher.
Added by Bev Key on Jul 13, 2016 10:27 PM
Tricia the Spirit Chaser🌺
Temple Emanu-El Cemetery
Wow, this is gonna truly be confusing to a lot of people. They will be putting up duplicates, I fear. We will probably have them in both cemeteries unless the funeral homes are going to start designating the cemetery as Temple Emanu-El.
Added by Tricia the Spirit Chaser&... on Jul 13, 2016 10:21 AM
Naomi Snider (Yocom) McFadden
Constance Bass Parker
It is a wonderful service that you are doing. Constance is my 3 cousin once removed. I am sure you will take good care of her.
Added by Naomi Snider (Yocom) McFa... on Jul 13, 2016 12:43 AM
Bev Key
William Arthur Adair, Harrison Cemetery
Hi Bill, thanks so much for the many hours spent for the love of family history. I am unable to read the inscription on this man's marker (a nice one). Will you please add it to Find A Grave?
Many thanks,
Added by Bev Key on Jul 08, 2016 9:58 PM
Clifford Williams
Offering my help

I've noticed your name all over findagrave, and now I know why! I recently started looking for headstones for out of state folks. Just wanted to offer my help if you would like to "divide and conquer" here in Harrison county. I work shift work, so my schedule allows me to have a lot of time off during the week. I appreciate the goal of documenting all the sites and want to be a part of that. Contact me at or here if you are interested.

Del Williams
Added by Clifford Williams on Jun 20, 2016 4:21 PM
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