While driving in Sulphur Springs, Hopkins Co. TX.yesterday,I came across ancemetery named Shook Chapel Methodist Church which had a cemetery located behind it with late 19th centuryheadstones erected and visible from Hwy 154 South towards Yantis.I hopesomeone islooking for this family in North Texas.
From what I've just read on the Gafford board, the name of A J Gafford, 1st Lieutenant, CSAseems to be the progenitor to this line.So, here are several GAFFORDS buried at Shook Methodist ChurchCemetery, located on Hwy 154, ca 3 miles south of Sulphur Springs.The church had a State of Texas Historical marker according to the text,it was a early community to the area settledabout 1889.
Fred Gaffordb.June 28, 1873 - d.Feb 23, 1931Single headstone Majorie Gafford, b.Dec 10, 1873 -d.May 13, 1941Single Headstone but side by side to Fred's.
Irby Gafford 1887 - 1970Single headstone next to Majorie Gafford's. Nellia Gafford 1885 - 1894Single headstone next to Irby Gafford
Three in One GAFFORD:Next row up and to right of Nellia Gafford's Harold O. "Mutt"-- b. July 31, 1917 d.Aug 12, 1946; Mary Beth, --b. May2, 1880--d. Jan 17, 1951; Carmell H.-- b.Mar 30, 1883 d.Dec 4, 1957end of names on larger headstone with 3 members.
Jeff Gaffordb. Sept 7, 1914 -d. June 18, 1995Single Headstone but next to Sibyl's Sibyl Gaffordb.August 3, 1916d.No Date as of yet
The names below were in aGafford Plotfound immediately upon entering through a walk through gate. A J Gafford, 1st Lt, Co D, 32 Tx Cav CSA b. April 20, 1833d. August 24, 1907...Also on the tombstone wereletters inscribed ina circle, found bottom right hand corner of stone,but I don't know their meaning:K S H T W S S Tstarting at the 9 o'clock position.ORfrom 8 o'clock:T K S H T W S Setched/drawn within about a4-5inch circle.
Elizabeth Gafford 1846 - 1935Single headstone
To the right of his single headstone:LOVEwife ofA OGafford, b August 30, 1879 d Sept 14, 1904 Nexttaller obelisk stone to the right:Lois Gafford Dau of A O & Love,b.Feb 26, 1902d Oct 9, 1904
Other surnames I came across were Anderson, Beckham, Ferguson, Stone, Ross, Campbell, Jones, Miller to namea few.The cemetery is L shaped lying directly behind the Shook MethodistChurch on the corner of Hwy 154 and a side street.The shorter leg of the L extends on the left side of the church building itself.Was just in the neigborhood visiting from Dallas, (Tx)for the afternoon and became intrigued as to the dates of the older headstones and surnames to be found!