Mt. Tabor Cemetery Update and the Mayfield Cemetery
Rusk County, Texas

Bonus: The Depot Museum near downtown Henderson, Texas

November 3, 2005

Created 11/03/2005

by Paul Ridenour email

Mt. Tabor Cemetery Update

I went to visit the cemetery because I heard things have changed.  I heard there was a new mobile home blocking the road from CR 156 and that there was a big hole in the ground right next to the mobile home.

UPDATE: The land was bought this past year and it is now private property. For their privacy, I took down the exact directions and map of the cemetery. If you want to visit the cemetery, please email Maryellen And Michael Knighton at: MYSTIC66TX@aol.com

Foliage at Roseannell Leverett's home in Leverett's Chapel made the house look pink.


A Caddo and Cherokee archeological display on two walls at this museum in Henderson, Texas, was created by Patti Haskins (Texas Archeological Steward with theTexas Historical Commission) and Susan Weaver (Vice Chairman of the Rusk County Historical Commission).  The Cherokee wall displays pictures of Stand and Sarah Bell Watie, John Thompson Adair and Penelope Mayfield Adair, William Penn and Sarah Adair, the Harlan and Nancy Bell Starr Home, a letter from Sarah Watie to Stand Watie,  a letter from Penelope Mayfield Adair to her sister, and history of Texas Cherokees (Duwali - Chief Bowles), the Starr Family, and the old Mt. Tabor Community.  Next time you are in Henderson, visit the museum - $2 per adult.

The Cherokee Wall - The middle top is the Cherokee Treaty of 1836

From Henderson, I went looking for the Mayfield Cemetery


 East of Pirtle, Texas, a community which was once also known as Bellview in the 1860s

Mary Adair's great grandfather Jesse Mayfield (1793 1857) is buried in the Mayfield Cemetery

Cemetery is on Willie George's property that he bought from Shack Laird (Laird Hill, Texas - Thompson Cemetery)

Note:  There is another Mayfield Cemetery near Mt. Enterprise, Texas, with a Jessie Mayfield born 1814

Directions - From Henderson, Texas, go north on 259.  Turn right on 322.  Turn left on 850.  Turn right on 2276.  Go past the bridge and turn left at the first tar road (CR 118).  Look for three metal buildings/barns on the left at the top of the hill.  Two modern houses are across the street.  The double gate to the property is painted blue.

Four graves by the barn in the distance (near the tree)

Mayfield Cemetery just outside the barn

Another view - Jesse Mayfield's marker laying on the ground.   The two twisted trees in the above photograph are Honey Locust trees from Oklahoma.  They would have been transplanted from the Cherokee/Indian Territory prior to 1907 (Oklahoma statehood).

Jesse Mayfield
Born in Greenville District
South Carolina
May 18, 1793 December 14, 1857

Sarah C. Mayfield
Daughter of Jesse and Sarah Mayfield
Born August 5th, 1821 ?
Died October 12th, 1878

One Mayfield Cemetery webpage has a unknown Mayfield born 1821 - died 1887
I cannot find any info on Sarah C. Mayfield even in the Cherokee Mixed-Bloods book by David Keith Hampton

David Hampton said it may be Sabina Mayfield who married Wyche

Dr. Newton J. Howell
August 8, 1835 October 5, 1873

Cows behind the barns