From US 377, go south on Debbie Lane 3/10ths mile. The cemetery is on the north side of the road, just past house #901 (the second house on the north side of the road from the highway).
(Debbie Lane is a dead-end road. It is just south of Lone Star Mortgage, on the opposite side of the road.)
The cemetery is unmarked, but there is a dirt road that leads into the cemetery. The cemetery itself is an overgrown lot (about an acre) with big trees and lots of underbrush (poison ivy, poison oak, and brambles).
There has been an attempt to clear a pathway to the three major collections of markers, but there are many markers standing alone or in pairs well off these paths.
There is a small, fenced enclosure down the main path, that has no markers within. This is the site where many stillborn babies from the home for unwed mothers in Pilot Point were buried around the turn of the century.
Historical Marker (1998)
In the early days of Pilot Point, Lucinda (Glasscock) and Richard Skinner set aside a 2.44-acre piece of land to be used as a cemetery. The first recorded burial was that of 5-year-old Josiah Taylor in March of 1858; his father, Josiah Sr., died the following July. Predominantly of Anglo-Saxon Protestant descent, most of those buried here came from Kentucky, Virginia, Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee. Many were farmers or ranchers. Significant graves include that of J. D. Merchant, Sr., a local businessman who built the first brick building in the area. Also here are several victims of yellow fever, including Prissie and Sarah Wilson, sisters who died within 2 months of one another during the epidemic of 1872 and 1873. Two people named James Graham, born on the same date two years apart, died on the same September day in 1867. Lucinda Skinner, the last charter member of the Pilot Point First Baptist Church, died in 1890. By 1900, there were probably 200 graves in the cemetery. The land was sold by John Skinner to the Skinner Cemetery Association in 1905; the last recorded burial was that of Joe Mylo Phipps, an infant who died in 1928. The Skinner Cemetery remains a vital link to the early settlers of the Pilot Point community. (1998)
Other sources report that in May of 1987, a bulldozer was brought in to clear the cemetery of growth since the 1930's. The group doing the cleaning removed many of the markers from their burial sites and stacked them to allow the bulldozer to enter the cemetery. The stones were never been replaced; some were later found in a burn pile the group was using to burn rubbish.
Today, the cemetery is again overgrown. There are three main areas where groups of stones are found have been collected. There are 20-30 other markers spread acorss the site, presumably in their original locations.
GPS Coordinates: 33.3869, -96.9489
- Added: 2 Jan 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #6942
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