Cemetery Update and the Mayfield Cemetery
Rusk County, Texas
Bonus: The Depot Museum near downtown Henderson, Texas
November 3, 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.
THE DEPOT MUSEUM
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).
Born in Greenville District
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