Bill T. Whitis

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A native-born resident of Marshall, Texas, I have been extensively researching my family's gravesites in the surrounding areas since 2012. From Cass to Morris to Panola to Upshur Counties, to sites all over Marshall and towns in and around Harrison County and beyond.

I have been appointed as the Chairman to the Harrison County Historical Commission for the 2019-2020 term, and I will continue to chair the county's cemetery committee as I have since 2017. I was also the 2016 recipient of 'The Marjorie Perkins Outstanding Volunteer of the Year' award with the HCHC for my work with cemeteries in Harrison County, TX.

I have walked and photographed markers at almost all of the 200+ cemeteries in Harrison County, and many other cemeteries in neighboring counties, and want the information for cemeteries in my area to be as complete as possible for future generations. My goal is to walk, locate, and record them all. I try to add GPS coordinates to individual markers a few times a month in our county. If the markers are legible, I have photographed them and added them on here if missing.

I am trying to gather info on all 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 current attempts at finding the exact location - it is not at the GPS coordinates that were added here on Findagrave.

In 2017, as a partial list, I rediscovered Jackson Cemetery in Marshall near Fisher Drive, a 2 person burial site south of Waskom containing Confederate soldiers wounded at the Battle of Mansfield, Kimberling Cemetery south of Hallsville, a 2nd Friendship Cemetery north of the Hallsville/ Noonday area, Waskom Cemetery near I-20, and a 2nd Taylor Cemetery in the Pirkey Power Plant area.

In 2018, so far, I found McPhail Cemetery near Harleton, Old Canaan Cemetery south of Marshall, Ham Cemetery north of Grange Hall, and have leads on the locations of O'Connor, Old New Zion Cemetery and others. If you have a lead on one not listed here I am happy to research it to try and and find them. With my new chairmanship over the entire Harrison County Historical Commission, my time will be split between other historic endeavors (history fair, state historic markers, state highway signage, locating Rosenwald Schools, and more) until 2020.

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