Cotton Gin Cemetery Main Index


Directions: From Teague Texas take US 84 West for seven miles to FM. 1366, turn right and go eight tenths of a mile to FM 1366 Spur. Turn right on FM. 1366 Spur and go seven tenths of a mile to the cemetery.

More information can be found at Find-a-grave:

Historical Marker: Margarette Wills, her slaves and her son James S. Wills came to this area in 1845. Dr. James S. Wills is credited with the establishment of the Cotton Gin Community in 1848. According to family history, Dr. Wills gave the land for a public cemetery with separate sections for Anglo and African Americans. Though it is likely that there are earlier burials, the oldest legible gravestone in the Anglo section is that of Mary Manning, who died in 1854 at 59. The next identifiable death date is that of an infant daughter of J. W. and A. A. Story, buried in 1858. Among the Military Veterans interred here is Abraham Roland (ca. 1794 - 1868), who fought in the war of 1812. There are at least 67  Civil War Veterans interred here, as well as Veterans of other major conflicts.

Dedicated June 10, 2000

Entrance to Cotton Gin Cemetery.

Appreciation Marker at Cotton Gin Cemetery.

Tombstones of Cotton Gin Cemetery.

Confederate Soldiers buried in Cotton Gin Cemetery

The following came from pages from a book used at the dedication of the Historical Marker at Cotton Gin Cemetery in Freestone County on June 10, 2000. The book was given to us by Bobby Sharp . I have transcribed them so they would be easier to see.
Some of the dates are hard to read from the scanned pages (hard to distinguish between numbers 5, 6, & 8's) so if you have a correction on the dates please let me know.

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