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Hargiss/Day Cemetery

Hugh Springs

LOCATION:  North on CR 2115 from Highway 49 at Veal Switch for .8 miles.  Then right on CR 4114 for .4 mile.  Cemetery is on the right and marked.

Although burials predate this time, it was established as a cemetery by deed in 1875.  On November 29, 1875, T A Hargiss and his wife, Martha deeded 564 acres to George C Chambers.  This 564 acres located four miles east of the town of Daingerfield “save and except two (2) acres known as the Old Graveyard to hold and to have together with all and singular the rights members of Hargiss family”.  This recorded in the Morris County Clerk’s office, Vol A, pages 115 and 116.  The oldest grave is supposed to be that of “The Wagon Train Baby” buried here between 1848 and 1876 by a family traveling through Texas on Trammel’s Trace.  This according to Georgia Henson’s, “The Trace’s Secrets” in Country Faith and Fate, a publication of Northeast Texas Community College.  The Day family began burying here in 1917.

First read by Audrey Rankin and Lucille Wallace Feb 12, 1996.  Updated Feb 18, 1999 by Gerald Hammock and Charles Steger.

This cemetery is known to be predominantly white.

This cemetery is listed in the New Cass County Cemeteries – Marietta Section, Vol 6 as Day Cemetery.

NAME BIRTH  DATE DEATH DATE INFORMATION
 

 

 

 

UNKNOWN

 

 

Row 1; Reputed to be the “Wagon Train Baby”. No dates. Once marked by a large rock with “Wagon Train Baby” scratched on it. Now marked by a cedar tree and two rocks.

HULSEY, H

No dates

 

Row 1; Red rock marked grave; from records of George Irvin

GORDON, Newt

No dates

 

Row 2; Marker removed

DAY, John J

Feb 24, 1900

Aug 26, 1964

Row 2; TX Pvt Medical Dept WWII; s/o F S & Fannie G

DAY, F S

1869

1938

Row 2; Could be Fred Summie Day; b/o Elsie James

DAY, Fannie Gorden PHILLIPS

1875

1917

Row 2; W/o Fred Summie; ch Dorothy Ann and John D; d/o J H Phillips

DAY, F S, Jr

No dates

 

Row 2; Could be Fred Summie, Jr.; s/o Fred and Fannie G PHILLIPS

DAY, M M

No dates

 

Row 2; Could be Mary Magnolia; b Jul 18, 1888; d/o Daniel Harrison & Cora RICHEY; Kenny Williams record has d/o Martha A

 

These last two are very small stones with initials only, no dates.  At the foot of these graves is a flat stone which reads: WAGON TRAIN BABY 1800s

 

HARGISS, Infant

No dates

 

Row 3; Carved rock false crypt. Possible infant of Thomas Alex and Martha

HARGISS, Child

No dates

 

Row 4; Carved rock false crypt. Possible child of Thomas Alex and Martha

HARGISS, Martha “Mattie”

Jun 1850

 

Row 4; W/o Thomas A; ch Ora Lee, Alexander, Charles, David & Dudley

HARGISS, Thomas Alexander

Oct 1846

 

Row 4; S/o Alex & Mahala

HARGISS

 

 

Row 4; No name or dates, marked by rocks

HARGISS

 

 

Row 4; No name or dates, marked by rocks

HARGISS

 

 

Row 4; No name or dates, marked by rocks.

There were many more rock marked graves here at one time but disappeared through mining and timber cutting.

This information was copied from the MORRIS COUNTY CEMETERY BOOK – SOUHERN 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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