Casey Cemetery (on Camp Maxey), Lamar County, TX
Casey Cemetery is located inside old Camp Maxey in the northwest quadrant of the county. It is in Block 16 of the Lamar County Road Map produced by American Drafting and Services revised December 1993. The old Casey home stood near this burial site.
Arrangements to enter to the camp will need to be made in person at the range support office located in the first building on the right after you enter the gate. You will be asked to sign in when you enter and sign out when you leave. There are signs that will direct you to the cemetery once inside the gate. From the National Guard Armory continue westerly for 9/10 miles to an intersection with CR 33970. (GPS 33.781 & 95.552). Take CR 33970 northwesterly for 1.3 miles to the intersection with CR 33900. (GPS 33.789 & 95.570.Take CR 33900 northwesterly for 8/10 miles and the cemetery is on the left and plainly marked. (The GPS coordinates are provided at each turn since the actual roads so not have road signs.)
GPS coordinates are 33° 47' 24.13 N, 95° 35' 04.11 W. (33.79005 Latitude and -95.58485 Longitude)
Information on the Casey family was furnished by Mrs. Joe Casey in November of 1970 by telephone to Elizabeth Booth. Mrs. R. J. (Hattie) Payne supplied information on the Hazelwood families. According to Eunice Ford of Deport the area around the cemetery was known as Ford's Academy. There was once a two room school there. Eunice allowed school teachers to live with them during the school term. Some of the teachers during the early and late 1930s were C. C. Cooper, (still living at Garretts Bluf), Vera Dodd Cooper, wife of C. C. Cooper, Myrtle Smith, Jane Burton (who may have married William Campbell) and Travis Jackson. Around 1940 the school did not have enough students.
There are 19 unreadable funeral director markers, posts and rocks within the site. The oldest grave is that of the Infant of Mary W. and D. G. Casey who died 21 Oct 1905. The cemetery was recorded by Tony and Elizabeth Booth on 7 Nov 1968. At present there are 49 recorded graves.
Photo below provided courtesy of Lawrence and Sue Dale.
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