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FOUND: Scofield Cemetery in a Texas Cornfield
Posted by: Suzy Underwood (ID *****6845) Date: August 14, 2002 at 00:36:30
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Dear Scofield Family,

While on our way home from a trip yesterday, my husband and I spotted a small cemetery, just off of the road in a freshly harvested corn field. There are 13 graves and 8 of them are Scofields. The cemetery is surrounded by a 3ft high chain link fence with a broken gate, and the corn has grown through it. Many of the gravestones have fallen over and others will fall soon. This cemetery needs someone who cares to put it in order. I wish we had had the time, but were several hundred miles from home with a teenager waiting for our return. Following is a list of graves (most had footstones, but I did not write them down. I will include directions to locate the graveyard at the end of this message.

ROW 1 (first row from gate, L-R)

W. B. White
b. Oct. 3, 1856
d. Apr. 17, 1900
"He died as he lived - a Christian"

Pearl White
dau. of W.E. and Hallie White
Born & Died Apr. 26, 1889
"Budded on earth to bloom in Heaven"

ROW 2

James F. Houston
b. Sep. 7, 1818
d. Jun 24, 1884

Bettie Ann Houston
b. Jul. 12, 1825
d. Nov. 29, 1889
"wife of James F. Houston"

ROW 3

James Auther Parker
Oct. 27, 1888
"infant son of E. & A. Parker"

Anna May Scofield
b. Dec. 13, 1894
d. Jun 29, 1895
"dau. of B. and R.E. Scofield"

Auther Lee Scofield
b. Sep. 20, 1872
d. Mar. 17, 1877
son of J.S. and M.R. Scofield

James Houston Scofield
b. Dec 18, 1867
d. Apr. 26, 1870
"son of J.S. and M.R. Scofield"

ROW 4

William R. Scofield
b. July 3, 1853
d. Oct. 27, 1887
"son of J.S. and M.F. Scofield"

Mary Scofield
b. Apr. 11, 1881
d. Apr. 16, 1881
"dau of W.R. and P. Scofield"

Samuel Scofield
b. Aug. 6, 1856
d. July 13, 1880

Rosa Blanche Scofield
b. Jul. 31, 1860
d. Aug. 30, 1873
"dau. of S & M.F. Scofield"

Mary Francis Scofield
b. Aug. 1830
d. 1865

DIRECTIONS

Beginning in Hillsboro, Hill Co., Texas, find Elm Street. Take Elm Street to the the intersection of SH (State Highway) 171. Turn right (North) onto 171 and go 5.1 miles. The cemetery will be on your left about 100 yards beyond CR 1458 (County Road). After going the 100 yards beyond the sign, stop and walk into the cornfield about 60 yards. If the corn is harvested, you can't miss it.

Note, when you go out there, make sure it is after harvest time (mid-August), but before spring. We've passed this way before, but never saw the cemetery because of the corn crop. Also, be prepared for fire ants - they're not everywhere, but you need to watch your step and some mounds are obscured by fallen corn stalks.

If you plan to clean the place up, wear long pants and take something to drink as there is nothing around nearer than Hillsboro. You will need gloves, perhaps a heavy rake, some heavy wire or something to fix the gate with, a flat shovel (to unearth some of the slightly buried stones), and maybe something like pre-mixed ready mix (concrete already mixed in bucket at your hardware store) to set the stones. The good news is that none of the stones appeard to be damaged or broken, and all are ledgible.

I hope this infomation helps some of you, and that someone can take time to tend to this old, lonely cemetery.

Best regards,
Suzy Underwood




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