Cool Spring Cemetery

Directions - This cemetery is just a few miles west of Laneville. From Henderson, take US 79S (southwest) to FM 1798, turn left (south). Go passed FM 839 and CR 4198 then watch for the green county cemetery sign on the left. Turn right onto County Road 4181D. The road makes a hard curve to the right then meanders past some houses and fades into the pastures. Follow the track, keeping to the right. The cemetery is actually in a pasture and you should get permission to visit BEFORE you go out there.

There are many unmarked graves and graves marked with field stones. The cemetery was damaged by a tornado several years ago and cattle have roamed through it since the fence came down.

The unmarked graves of which I am aware are Dora Agnes Turner Reed and probably William Jay. Stones that are now missing belonged to Mackey F Cochran, Jettye Hortense Irwin, and Hugh W McKnight.

From Joel Atcheson:
I am researching the Atchison/Atcheson family that originated (at least as far back as can be found) in Edgefield County, S.C. S.J. (Samuel Jackson Atchison) came from S.C. to Bibb/Chilton Co, AL when he was about 10 yrs old, with his father James Atchison b. 1770 and the rest of the family. He moved from Bibb Co. AL in Oct. 1866, to Rusk Co., TX, under very unusual circumstances, relating to the Civil War.
   He and his entire family (about 12 to 15 members) arrived there in late Nov. 1866. His entire family are buried in the New Salem Cemetery, near there. For some reason, Mary (Crumpton) Atcheson, his wife was not buried with him, even though his [tombstone] says "with Mary".
   He left Alabama because he believed that there were bands of outlaws (Blackwell's Raiders was one) at the end of the Civil War, who were after him and wanted to kill him. I actually have photo copies of Bibb Co Probate Court Records of 1866, that state this as fact. It's very curious to me that 1 year to the month after leaving AL, he dies as a relatively young man, compared to the rest of his family.
   I am one of many gg-grandson's of his older brother, Yancy D. Atchison. S.J. has literally hundreds of descendants (another long story, he has one son killed in the war, who left a wife and 3 kids here, who did not go to TX) that still live here. (See more at New Salem Cemetery.)

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Atcheson, S J  Jan 25 1817 - Oct 20 1867  h/o Mary
Brown, Elizabeth  Nov 17 1844 - Oct 23 1865
Brown, H H  Feb 17 1809 - Feb 1 1885
Brown, S E  Nov 8 1822 - Dec 9 1892 Mason
Compton, Infant  Aug 27 1902 -Sept 5 1902  c/o CC & GA
Compton, Jesse Vernon  1891 -Oct 24 1893  s/o CC & GA  2y 9m 2d
Compton, Martha  May 25 1825 -Dec 4 1920
Compton, Tommie Alvin  Oct 31 1899 - Jul 15 1900
Compton, W C  Jul 25 1825 - Dec 18 1868
Conner, Carrie May  Nov 7 1883 Aug 15 1884
Conner, Willie Mar 22 1882 Apr 17 1882
Edmonds, T. H. Feb 14 1828-? born in Ireland
Edmonds, W. M. Aug 24 1839 Jul 13 1895
Edmonds, Winnie E. Aug 2 1839 Jul 10 1895 w/o T. H.
Forman, Ben Dec 13 1813 - May 10 1887
Forman, Elizabeth M  Jul 26 1820 - Jun 4 1882
Hardwick, A C  Aug 4 1840 - ?  w/o WL
Hardwick, W L  Aug 29 1834 - Jul 13 1915
Harmon, Eller  Apr 16 1870 - Oct 4 1872  d/o JH & C
Harmon, Hughey A  Oct 30 1882 - Mar 13 1883  s/o JH & C
Harmon, James  Oct 31 1880 - Nov 11 1880  s/o JH & C
Harmon, John W  Oct 13 1878 -Sept 1 1879  s/o JH & C
Harmon, John  1806 - Feb 8 1878  72 yrs  Mason Lodge # 87 of New Salem
Harmon, M A  Apr 7 1884 - May 7, 1884  d/o AJ & MM
Harmon, M M  Sept 19 1850 - Aug 20 1900  w/o AJ
Harmon, M S  1812 - Mar 12 1885  73 years
Harmon, Martha E  Dec 25 1876 - Oct 7 1886  d/o JH & C
Harmon, Nancy  Sept 3 1849 - Feb 13 1884
Harmon, Orrie  Oct 18 1886 - Jul 17 1911  d/o AJ & MM
Heath, Laura M  Aug 19 1857 -Dec 10 1887  w/o TJ
Hodges, Jesse D  Oct 9 1860 -Oct 27 1910  wotw
Hodges, Mary Annie 1870 Oct 11 1938 age 68 years
Hodnett, B F  Apr 1822 - Apr 1884  Mason
Holman, Annie H  1860 - Dec 1930
Holman, P A  Feb 18 1822 - 1921
Hopkins, Jessie Neal Wells  Oct 02 1869 - Feb 28 1918
Irwin, Anna F L  Mar 26 1857 -Nov 18 1870
Irwin, G A  Sept 29 1832 - Dec 4 1879  48y 2m 5d   w/o H B
Irwin, H B  Oct 9 1831 - Jun 22 1918  Mason Lodge # 87 of New Salem
Irwin, Infant  ? - ?  c/o CA & HB
Irwin, Infant  ? - Oct 8 1914  d/o
Irwin, Infant  Nov 1880 - Nov 1880  s/o JT & BM
Irwin, Mary A  Sept 27 1844 -Nov 4 1895  w/o H B
Irwin, O H  Jun 1 1885 - Mar 26 1925
Johnson, Samuel  May 6 1809 -Dec 31 1875
McKnight, D A  Feb 23 1858 - Aug 24 1909  wotw
McKnight, Elizabeth  1868 - 1933  w/o DA
McKnight, Livy  Dec 3 1896 - Jan 25 1901  s/o DA & E
McKnight, Louisa A  May 15 1867 - Oct 9 1867  d/o SW & LF
McKnight, Ophelia  Sept 28 1859 - Sept 9 1902
McKnight, Reubenia  Jun 8 1978 - Jul 1 1880  d/o SW & LF
McKnight, S W  Dec 19 1818 - Nov 30 1878  Mason
Newsom, L  Apr 17 1808 - Apr 7 1882
Newsom, Nancy  Jul 17 1814 - May 15 1896
Quinn, Julia A  Sept 10 1828 -Jul 20 1902  w/o Uriah
Quinn, Uriah  Mar 20 1828 - Apr 12 1910  Mason Lodge # 87 of New Salem
Simmons, Eliza J Newsom  Dec 28 1834 - Oct 17 1902
Simmons, John  Oct 1 1831 - Aug 29 1908
Stewart, Clarence L  May 8 1902 - Feb 25 1916
Watkins, J R  Mar 26 1840 - Jan 8 1877  Ector's Brigade Co B, CSA
Watkins, M E  Sept 1 1867 - Oct 16 1871

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