#52ancestors Week 17 “Cemetery”

This weeks topic is “Cemetery”

Coontown Cemetery


In May 2017 I decided to take a road trip to Lake Texoma. It was a multi purpose trip, camping, trail running and  a little genealogical history. My family came to Texas and lived in Fannin County from the 1840s to the 1940s before moving to Grand Prairie.

One of the stops I wanted to make was Coontown Cemetery. A few of my relatives are buried there including my 2nd great-grandfather Lewis Hutchins and his wife Phoebe.

PH_Lewis Hutchins

Coontown was a small community located 2 miles outside of Savoy named after Thomas and Owen Coonrod. The cemetery is all that remains. In June of 2000 The Coontown Cemetery Association was formed to restore and protect the cemetery. The site was surveyed cleaned up and fenced and in June 2002 it was named a Historic Texas Cemetery. It has since become overgrown again.


The cemetery is located on private property that has cattle on it. It is 1/4 mile down this road.


Another relative Elizabeth Hutchins Gunter 4th great-aunt. I believe this is a replacement headstone for one that was damaged.


Some other headstones I photographed.


I think I will be headed to Jack County this year to try to track down where my 3rd great-grandfather Zachariah Hutchins Jr. died and is buried. His wife Lydia Hutchins is buried there in Lost Creek Cemetery, but he is not/



52 Ancestors in 52 weeks “Is a series of weekly prompts to get you to think about an ancestor and share something about them. The guesswork of “who should I write about” is taken care of.


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