THE POWELL-TULL CEMETERY
Chilton, Falls County, Texas
The cemetery was first called POWELL Cemetery because the land was donated by the POWELL family and John POWELL, who died March 28, 1889, was the first person to be buried there (#13). Over the next fifty-four years about twenty-two other persons were buried there.
Charles Roy TULL, son of William Abraham TULL and Georgia Etta Ferguson TULL, died in 1896 and was the first TULL to be buried in this cemetery (#23). Various other families are buried there including more recently the four graves of the WHITAKER family.
For the next forty years the cemetery was neglected. Weeds, briars, shrubs and trees began to invade the cemetery. In the early 1980s, Sam TULL, George Edwin TULL, Audry and Wesley McKEE, Durwood VASSER, James L. TULL, Hollie TULL, Bertie BAXLEY and Netom STEED met to discuss cleaning, fencing and maintaining the cemetery. There was also a discussion about organizing a Cemtery Association and calling it the POWELL-TULL Cemetery Association. Sam TULL later met with attorney Robert CARTER in Marlin, Falls County, Texas to discuss legal requirements to form a Cemetery Association. Legal notices were posted in the newspapers. On June 19, 1983, at the TULL-HICKS reunion, the POWELL-TULL Cemetery Association was organized. Hubert McKEE was elected President; Netom STEED as Vice-President; and Beatrice JOHNSON as Treasurer. The following were elected Directors: Sam TULL, Hollis VASSER, George Edwin TULL. Hollie TULL donated $100 to open a bank account. Beatrice JOHNSON also donated $1,000 from the sale of her book of family records. Money has been added to this fund from family and friends through the years. A meeting was called for May 17, 1987 for the purpose of electing Durwood VASSER as Vice-President to replace Netom STEED who has resigned. Mary Ann COHN was also elected Treasurer. At the June 18, 1989 meeting, Hubert McKEE, Sam TULL, Hollis VASSER, George Edwin TULL and Hollie TULL met to discuss the type and cost of fence to be put around the cemetery with a gate at the entrance.
A group representing the POWELL-TULL families has worked several years to clean the cemetery and put it back in an honorable condition. In February, 1996, a group of family members, under the direction of Hollis VASSER, put up a five wire barbed wire fence around the entire cemetery and a metal gate at the entrance. Work was also begun clearing all the underbrush. They met again in March and April to continue working and cleaning the cemetery. Some damaged headstones have also been repaired. Every effort will be made to maintain the cemetery in the best manner possible using volunteer help.
The research on this cemetery was done by Clayton HICKS on February 9, 1996 with help of his wife Selma CRAWFORD HICKS, Hubert McKEE, Roy JUCH, Isabell TULL WELCH and Mary Nell HELFER.
A numerical index showing the grave locations is included as a part of this project in order to assist in locating the graves of those buried there. The #1 grave identification begins with Thomas Marion TULL.
There are twenty-seven graves located, or assigned and all but one was identified. Any misleading information of unmarked graves is unintentional. Their identity and location was determined by word of mouth and family history. There may be other unmarked graves that were not found or identified.
The WHITAKER family owns property on three sides of the cemetery and has been active in maintaining the cemetery. Their efforts are very much appreciated.
Volunteers have worked hard to maintain the Powell-Tull Cemetery in a respectful and dignified manner but funds are always needed to continue this effort. Please send your tax-deductible donations to:
3409 State Hwy 7
Chilton, TX 76632
Funds in any amount are very much appreciated!
Located about five miles East of Chilton, Falls County, Texas. From Chilton proceed Eastbound on State Highway #7 and turn left onto County Road #419 (also Post Oak Blvd). Go .3 miles to the first road on the left (unmarked in 1996), which is the road just before the C. W. Whitaker place. Go North .1 mile to the cemetery entrance on the left. The cemetery proper is located about fifty yards West down into the post oak grove of trees and is surrounded by a barbed wire fence and has a metal gate.
GRAVE LOCATION NUMBER
#1 TULL, Thomas Marion #12 POWELL, Nancy C. #20 BOLTON, William
Born - 11 Nov 1836 Born - 9 Oct 1832 Born Sep 1855
Died - 4 Mar 1921 Died - 28 Jul 1901 Died 1 Oct 1898
Civil War Marker Inscription - Wife of John POWELL Inscription In memory of William Bolton
As a wife devoted Husband of Louisa Bolton
#2 TULL, Amy CAPLE As a mother affectionate
Born - 10 Aug 1835 As a friend ever kind & true
Died - 30 Jan 1919
Wife of T. M. TULL #13 POWELL, John #21 McREA, A. R.
Born - 8 Dec 1826 Cement marker with no writing
#3 TULL, William Abraham Died - 28 Mar 1889 Informant-Isabell Tull
Born - 1 Jul 1854 Inscription - In memory of husband
Died - 4 Sep 1943 of N. C. POWELL. Blessed are the
Oldest son of T. M. TULL pure in heart for they shall see God.
And Amy CAPLE TULL Made by C. G. Matthews, Marlin, TX
#4 TULL, Georgia Etta (FERGUSON) #14 SUGGS, W. M. #22 McREA, (Mrs. A. R.
Born - 21 Dec 1854 Born - 11 Mar 1908 Informant Isabell Tull
Died - 4 Apr 1925 aged 48 years
Inscription - Called Higher. Prepare
#5 GREER, Sophia A. (TULL) to meet me in Heaven.
Aged 51 years 11 months (2 Dec 1998)
Inscription She is at the beautiful #15 BUSBY, Mulisia #23 TULL, Charlie Roy
Gate waiting and watching for us Born 9 Jan 1850 Born 27 Feb 1896
Wife of Eliza Greer Died 15 Sep 1902 Died Aug 1896
Inscription Wife of J. M. BUSBY Headstone with initials CRT
#6 SYLVESTER, Hattie Roberter Not lost. Blessed Thought Son of William Abraham TULL &
Born 26 Dec 1890 But Gone Before Georgia Etta FERGUSON TULL
Died - 17 May 1894 Where We Shall Meet
Dau. Of C.T. & E. V. To Part No More
#7 Baby Dau. Of John Oliver SIMS #16 SUGGS, Martha #24 WHITAKER Charles Clarence, Jr.
Died 4 Jul 1931 Died 30 Mar 1901 Born 26 May 1931
Informant: Mary N. SIMS HELFER Aged 80 years
Inscription Wife of Eli SUGGS
#8 Child of Dorothy GREEN & Flem SIMS Not Lost But Gone Before
Died 27 Sep 1931
Informant Mary N. SIMS HELFER #17 SUGGS, Elick A. #25 WHITAKER, Mary Earl Sproull
Born 8 Jul 1864 Born 9 Mar 1933
#9 SIMS, Dorothy GREEN Died 21 Dec 1889
Died 27 Sep1931 Inscription at top We Love Him
#10 No name #18 TAYLOR, Earnest Lee #26 WHITAKER, Bryce Russell
Unmarked rock for a headstone Born 25 Apr 1897 Born 15 Mar 1972
Died 27 Sep 1898 Died - 15 Mar 1972
#11TULL, Mattie L Son of P.T. & D. A. Taylor son of Charles & Mary Whitaker
Born 14 Aug 1882
Died 19 Nov 1901 #19 TAYLOR, Wm. Ennis #27 HARRISON, Aurie Layla
Inscription Wife of M. L. TULL Born 21 Feb 1898 Born 19 Jul 2012
Died can not read date Died - 19 Jul 2012
Son of P. T. & D. A. TAYLOR son of Tana & Rob Harrison
Inscription Asleep in Jesus blessed sleep great grandson of Charles & Mary Whitaker
From which none ever more to weep
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