Gough Cemetery, Lamar County, TX
The 1989 General Highway Map of Lamar County, revised to May 1, 1992, incorrectly refers to this cemetery and actually locates it in the place of Killingsworth Cemetery which is marked on Highway 38 by a road sign. It is believed to be a separate cemetery and not part of Killingsworth. The Booth records do not give specific road directions. It would be in Block 45 of the Lamar County Road Map produced by American Drafting and Services revised December 1993.
From the records of Elizabeth Booth: 'Located north of Roxton on the Ralph Shipman farm (John T. and Maxine Counts live on the old farm in 1971) in the southwest quadrant of the county. Some information was taken from a family Bible in possession of Villa Gough Taylor, wife of Grover Taylor. Several graves were marked at one time. Once on the land of Augustus Gough, the burial ground is overgrown. Vines, fallen and dead cedar trees made this 75X75 foot plot hard to record.'
There is reference to this family in 'Backward Glances' by A. W. Neville, in THE PARIS NEWS, 19 Jan 1971: 'Marcus Gough of Roxton raised shallot onions, so called by the French. The onions were brought to Texas by his parents, when they came in 1857 [editor note: this is inconsistent with 1845 death date of Augustus Gough]. The family came overland by wagon, the father driving the wagon with the household goods and the mother rode horseback. They were several weeks making the trip. On arriving at the scattered settlement, where now is Roxton, the father found a man from Illinois who had bought some land, but for some queer reason wanted to sell and go back to Illinois. They made the trade, Mr. Gough putting up the wagon and team as part of the consideration. Mr. Gough was appointed statistition for the Dept. of Agriculture with respect to the cotton crops. He visited every gin in the county at regular intervals, listing number of bales. This information was sent to Washington. On these figures, Wall Street made its reports of the price of cotton. Aunt Mary Gough never married and lived with the family in Roxton. After the family farm was sold and at their death moved to Paris with the Grover Taylor family.'
There are 10 identified graves in the cemetery with the oldest being that of Augustus Gough, a child who died in 1845. The following persons are known to be buried here: Asher Augustus Gough died Feb 1866, Augustus Gough died 1845, Bradford Gough 31 Dec 1864 - 7 Oct 1885, Elizabeth N. Gough 27 Sep 1826 - 20 Aug 1899, Ella Gough 20 Dec 1859 - 19 Jul 1880, H. R. Gough 3 Apr 1845 - 1895, Ithmar Gough 9 Mar 1853 - 24 Apr 1855, Mary Gough died 1846, Mary Gough 30 May 1849 - 19 Feb 1916, and Amanda Green died 30 Jun 1883.
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