This cemetery is located in the northwest quadrant of Red River County, Texas. This cemetery dates from the late 1800's and was created on the Knight's Ranch land. In time there was a large lumber mill established in the area to the north and west of the cemetery. In reading all the extant newspapers during the time that Shipps Mill was in operation, there was not a single article that specified burial in this cemetery, all such deaths being noted as burial in Blanton Creek Cemetery. At the time of it's creation it was just east of the road from Midway Community to the Manchester Community and was just to the north of Dinwiddie Bayou.
With the closing of the mill and the changing of the road to the present location, the cemetery is now cut off from any country road. There is no easy way to reach the old cemetery. Possibly the best way to go to the area now is to go north of Bagwell on the current Bagwell to Manchester road to the crossing of Dinwiddie Bayou, find a place to pull off the road and then head west along the bayou until you reach the old washed-out trace that was the Midway to Manchester road. It is suggested that you invest in a GPS device and then, using it, retrace to the coordinates given earlier. This is not a Sunday afternoon excursion and is not for someone wanting a short pleasant walk in the woods. This is an extremely primitive area. It is badly overgrown and is full of mosquitos and snakes.
All that remains of the old burying ground at this time, 29 Sep 2003, is a single stone marker as the old wooden stobs have long since been burned or rotted. On the above date, we were guided to the area by Delma Gibbs and his sister, Venita Jo Gibbs Oldfield Morris. We remained on the sight for a short hour filming and taking pictures and locating the old fence corners of the cemetery. From what was found the cemetery is about 20 feet by 60 feet in size and possibly contains about 10 to 15 graves. About half of the site has been used as a bull-dozer dump area and as such is over-filled to a depth of about 24 to 30 inches with topsoil. We were able to locate three of the four corners of the cemetery and possibly with more time the last of them could be found. Remember, this is on International Paper Company land and is to be entered only with their permission. There has not been a set-aside found in the County Clerk's office for this cemetery. As of 31 Dec 2013 this cemetery has 2 documented burials.
All information for this cemetery location/notes/burials is from the books ‘Burial, Cemetery and Death Records for Red River County, Texas' by Lawrence and Sue Dale, Copyright © 2014.
GPS Coordinates: 33.74252, -95.20457
- Added: 1 Sep 2010
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2368532
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