Shanks Cemetery

On 950 just east of FM 80
Kirvin, Freestone County, Texas, USA
Memorials 430 added (89% photographed)

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Directions: 3 miles south of Kirvin, on 950 just east of FM 80.
Historical Marker: Matthews and Robert Shanks of Alabama settled here with their families in 1859. A small farming community developed, and in 1870 a school was built on a one-acre site donated by R. C. Murray. Land beside the schoolyard became a public burial ground, known as Shanks Cemetery after Shanks Post Office opened in 1896. The earliest recorded burial was Burgess A. Whatley (1854-1892). In 1893 G. W. Bell deeded another half acre east of the graveyard. The school building was torn down in 1917. Shanks Cemetery Association has maintained the site since 1935.


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GPS Coordinates: 31.7322, -96.3308

  • Added: 2 Jan 2000
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #6861