Mount Zion Cemetery

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Mount Zion Cemetery

Clarksville, Red River County, Texas, USA
Memorials 10 added (30% photographed)

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This cemetery is located in the southeast quadrant of Red River County, Texas. This cemetery is located one block west of Zion Traveler Baptist Church in Clarksville. The oldest marked burial is that of Nancy Russell who died on 27 Jul 1843. The following story was researched and written by Bob Merriman of The Paris News, Monday April 20, 1998... HISTORY SHOWS BANDITS HAVE LITTLE LUCK AT CLARKSVILLE BANK--CLARKSVILLE-- This robbery occurred in the 1890's. The bad guys might have been from the Clarksville area or maybe they just robbed a bank in Clarksville. In any event, after the robbery the crooks fled across the Red River to Oklahoma. 'There was a marshal or deputy marshal there saw them riding along the trail in Oklahoma,' Lee Somerville said. 'He knew who they were, so he got behind a tree.' Somerville is a writer of Western and mystery stories and novels. The lawman, Somerville said, had a good rifle and was a good shot. 'He dropped the three of them, right there.'_____ 'The three men were buried in unmarked graves outside the old Catholic Cemetery,' Somerville said. 'Now, good men are always buried facing east, so on the day of judgement, they'll rise up facing the sun. However, the bank robbers were buried facing west, so that on Judgement Day they could get a running start.' County Clerk and historian Mary Hausler agreed that there were three bank robbers and their bodies were returned to Clarksville for burial. 'I always heard they were buried in old Mount Zion Cemetery,' she said. That cemetery is not too far south of St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery. 'The graves were not marked.' Possibly, these were the last burials in old Mount Zion Cemetery and they occurred on July 13, 1894. Mrs. Hausler said she understood the robbers were buried face down and with their heads to the west. This cemetery is at present badly overgrown and contains no markers. There have been some of the old graves that have washed into the creek. Excerpted from CLARKSVILLE TIMES, 7 July 1961: In 1941, at the edge of the cemetery, when the channel of the creek was changed three skeletons were found in the face down, facing west position. This article would be worth the time to read from the microfilm. On a visit to the cemetery on 25 Feb 1999 we talked with an elderly black lady who, not knowing the above, related the following 'my daddy when I was a little girl.. worked on the crew that straightened Delaware Creek, they found a body that was buried on the creekline and buried face down with the hands tied behind the back'. This cemetery was surveyed by Lawrence and Sue Dale on 25 Feb 1999. As of 29 Jan 2003 the site is once again overgrown and harder to find the remaining markers. We took the GPS Coordinates at this time. We returned to the site on 26 Jan 2004 and took pictures of some of the markers. As of 31 Dec 2004 this cemetery had 10 documented burials.

Sadly, all but one marker in this cemetery has been placed in a 'rubble pile' along with remnants of cast iron fences that surrounded some of the markers. (7 Mar 2014)

All information for this cemetery location/notes is from the books ‘Burial, Cemetery and Death Records for Red River County, Texas' by Lawrence and Sue Dale, Copyright © 2014.


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GPS Coordinates: 33.61048, -95.04703

  • Added: 1 Sep 2010
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