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Griffis Family Cemetery

Hughes Springs

Transcription has been done by Dana Thomas (offsite).  Dana also furnished the following information about the cemetery:

Some additional info is listed from the CCGS publication called Morris County Texas Cemeteries Southern Section:

From Hwy 161 about .1 mile northwest of Harris Chapel Church, turn west on Cass County Road 1592.  Drive 1 mile to Morris County line, road turns to Morris County Road 2306.  Follow this for 1 mile, it turns to CR 2307.  Follow this for 1 mile, turn left on dirt road into the woods and follow for .4 mile.

Earliest grave appears to be 1856.  When this cemetery was first established, it was in the corner of Titus, Morris and Cass Counties.  Since that time, the county lines have changed, and it is now just over into Morris County from Cass. 

The cemetery is fenced.  Rhena Mae Black Carwile, a descendant of this Griffis family, has researched this family.  She is mainly responsible for the restoration and fencing of this cemetery.  She personally placed markers on most of the unmarked graves.  Only five of the twenty-two graves had tombstones.  (This figure does not include the two rows of slave graves.) 

This cemetery contains graves of family and slaves of John M. Griffis from Alabama, plus a few others.  John M. Griffis is the ancestor of many prominent Cass County families. 

Cemetery is known to be predominantly white.

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LOCATION:  From Hwy 161 about .1 mile northwest of Harris Chapel Church, turn west on Cass CR 1592.  Drive 1 mile to Morris County line, road turns to Morris CR 2306.  Follow this for 1 mile, it turns to CR 2307.  Follow this for 1 mile, turn left on dirt road into the woods and follow for .4 mile.

 

Earliest grave appears to be 1856.  When this cemetery was first established, it was in the corner of Titus, Morris and Cass Counties.  Since that time, the county lines have changed, and it is now just over into Morris County.

 

This cemetery is fenced.  Rhena Mae Black Carwile, a descendant of this Graffis family, has researched this family.  She is mainly responsible for the restoration and fencing of this cemetery.  She personally placed markers on most of the unmarked graves.  Only five of the twenty-two graves had tombstones.  (This figure does not include the two rows of slave graves.)

 

This cemetery contains graves of family and slaves of John M Griffis from Alabama, plus a few others.  John M. Griffis is the ancestor of many prominent Cass County families.

 

Cemetery was read April 24, 1995 by Audrey Rankin.  Beginning at the NW corner, rows running North to South.

 

Thiscemetery is known to be predominantly white.

 

NAME BIRTH  DATE DEATH DATE INFORMATION
 

 

 

 

UNKNOWN

 

 

Row 1; Rock marked grave

GRIFFIS, Mary Edna

1876

Died young

Row 1

GRIFFIS, Elmer

1878

Died young

Row 1

GRIFFIS, Baby

No dates

 

Row 1; S/o Jas and Mollie

GRIFFIS, Jasper Newton

Jan 14, 1849

1905

Row 1; Doye Mathis Watkins, whose husband was a great grandson, said this man was known as “Big Jas”

BARRETT, Baby

 

1904

Row 2; Infant of Charles

GRIFFIS, Mainard Harris

Sep 12, 1854

Oct 13, 1856

Row 2; S/o John M

GRIFFIS, John M

1816

Aug 7, 1884

Row 2; Age 68 years 7 days; birth calculated Aug 1, 1816.

GRIFFIS, Alie Connell

Dec 29, 1815

Oct 28, 1897

Row 2; W/o John M

GRIFFIS, J D

Jan 1, 1847

Apr 1, 1895

Row 2; S/o John M and Alie C

STRICKLAND, Ida

 

1863

Row 3; D/o Gus and Litt, M/M Augustus Mane

STRICKLAND, “Jas”

1858

Died young

Row 3; S/o M/M Augustus M

GRIFFIS, Daisy

Jun 4, 1872

Aug 22, 1873

Row 3

GRIFFIS, Clementine

Mar 2, 1874

Feb 27, 1875

Row 3

O’DELL, John W

Nov3, 1870

Nov 24, 1873

Row 3

RARDIN, Nancy Virginia

1852

1890

Row 4; Nickname “Duck”; O’Dell relative

RARDIN, Charles

No Dates

 

Row 4; S/o Nancy V

NOBLES, Francis

1860

 

Row 5; O’Dell Friend

NOBLES, Georgia

1867

 

Row 5; Legend is that while the Nobles family was visiting with the Solomon O’Dells, Francis and Georgia, children of this family, died and were buried here in the Griffis Family Cemetery.

BOLTON, Bryant R

Jan 7, 1825

Jun 12, 1885

Row 5

AMOX, Amanda A BOLTON

1864

1882

Row 5; 1st W/o Frank

AMOX, Bryant C

 

1887

Row 5; S/o Frank and Nettie; Frank married 2nd wife Nettie, sister of his 1st wife Amanda

 

On the East end of this cemetery, one row of unmarked slave graves are inside the cemetery fence, another row outside the fence.  When they put up the fence, they did not realize they were not enclosing all the graves, but discovered later that one row was outside the fence.  There are two rows of slave graves, all unmarked.

 

The following listed in CCC BOOK 1976 as buried in this cemetery:

WOODELL, John                  1870                1873

 

This information was copied from the MORRIS COUNTY CEMETERY BOOK – SOUTHERN SECTION of 1999 which was Compiled by the Cass County Genealogical Society in cooperation with the Morris County Historical Commission.  

 

Janette Tigert Cook

janettetigertomaha@yahoo.com

January 20, 2008

 

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