Shady Grove Cemetery, Lamar County, TX
Shady Grove Cemetery is located in the southeast quadrant of the county near the Pattonville community. It is at the intersection of County Roads 13550 and 14400 in Block 50 of the Lamar County Road Map produced by American Drafting and Services revised December 1993. The cemetery is beside the Shady Grove Methodist Church. The oldest inscribed grave in the cemetery is that of Mary Lewis Wynne Stell who died 28 Aug 1848. The cemetery was recorded by Betsy and Butch Mills and Elizabeth House with assistance from Ruth Renfro and Roberta Woods, completed on November 28, 1992.
The following description appears in LOOSE LEAVES OF THE HISTORY OF LAMAR COUNTY, by Ed H. McCuistion, p. 121-122: "THE PARIS NEWS, Friday, Aug. 5, 1921: Starting a Graveyard-- Back in 1844 there was a very great deal of sickness. That was the year when Capt. Beauchamp reached Lamar County. He made his settlement on Tallett's Prairie some five or six miles above the point where Mrs. Featherstone had been killed by the Indians nearly four years previously. Seemingly everybody in the county was sick and the Captain's family was no exception. There came to the county with Capt. Beauchamp a promising young fellow by the name of Young, but neither his given name nor his initials are recalled by Dr. J. E. Fuller, who relates the story. The young fellow had been animated by the spirit of adventure which had lured so many into the wilderness of the West. He was not that type of youngster who had come out to Texas to live off of seeing bull fights; neither had he come expecting to take a bunch of Indian scalps and a belt of wampum, and then go back to the old states to dazzle his former associates and become the center of an admiring throng. He was fairly well educated, thoughtful and sedate. He came to Texas because it was a new country, and he believed a land of munificent opportunities. His ambition was to obtain and improve a farm, make a home, and then go back after a young lady who would think his coming was long delayed even at the earliest moment he could arrange or be ready to go. A bee is proverbially busy, but she is not animated by, or lured on by the anticipations of glorious and golden hours in the future; she simply obeys an instinct and is therefore in a sense mechanically industrious. But not so with this ambitious son of the West. As his thoughts often flew away over forests, rivers, and mountains, as though they were no impediment, and at least never in his way. He worked like a slave, taxed himself too much, perhaps beyond his strength. At least he soon fell sick. He was at times delirious and it was plain in those periods that he was wandering in mind back to his mountain home, and that pleasant visions danced before him for even in his delirium a sunny and happy smile would light up his face. But his condition continued grave and ultimately grew so much worse that his was despaired of. Captain Beauchamp felt constrained to advise him of his condition thinking he might have some message or some business affairs to arrange. He received the message like the hero he was. He was clean in life and had nothing to fear in death. After giving the Captain messages for all those he was to leave behind, he then told him that when death did come he wished him to get his horse and go across Brushy Creek and there in that beautiful grove near the crossing, he wanted him to pick out a quiet and restful retreat and bury him there where he could sleep until the Judgment. The Captain followed his instruction, and Young filled the first lone grave in what afterwards became Shady Grove graveyard."
The cemetery contains 1,048 known graves.
Photograph below provided courtesy of Lawrence and Sue Dale.
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