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Alphabetical information and layout order list follow on this page.

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    Briar Branch Cemetery is a couple of miles out to the east of Alvord. Start out of Alvord to the northeast on Fm Rd 1655 and turn right in town just past the railroad tracks. This is Pine Street but it becomes Old Decatur Road. Follow it a couple of miles and as the road swings to the east you will see the cemetery off in the pasture on the right. There's a pipe gate on the road with a sign that says Marcon Operating Co. - Clyde Smith Lease.

Historical Marker
Huff Family Massacre
An atrocity of 1874, in one of last Wise County Indian raids, while C.W. Huff and son worked in remote part of land recently settled by the family, Indians killed Mrs. Huff and daughters, Palestine and Molly. Neighbors buried the scalped and mutilated victims in a wagon bed, in one grave. It is said that lumber was later obtained for coffins and the victims were reburied.
In 1879 land around plot was given for cemetery by C.W. Huff.
(Recorded – 1968)

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There were 48 headstones when we took photos in October, 2000.
Layout order listing-
We started at the gate and went south and then back (east) in rows.
(Full alpabetical information is at the bottom of this page.)

Row - #  - Last Name - First Name
1 1 Smith Elizabeth
1 2 Smith John
2 3 Jones Phillip
2 4 Jones W.H.
2 5 Smith J.L.
2 6 Jones M.A.
2 7 Smith R.R.
3 8 Lee W.A.
3 9 Lee America Ann
4 10 Evans J.H.
4 11 Evans Anna
4 12 Smith Annie
4 13 Smith Myrtle
5 14 Huff C.W., Mrs
5 15 Huff Palestine
5 16 Huff Molly
5 17 Covington Oscar M.
5 18 Covington Anna
6 19 Munkres Penelope
6 20 Munkres Richard
6 21 Free John
6 22 Free Nancy Ann
7 23 Carpenter John
8 24 McIntire Vollie Valentine
8 25 McIntire Shark A.
8 26 McIntire Rex D.
9 27 Smith Egbert
9 28 Smith John H.
9 29 Lowry Lulu Bell
9 30 McConnell Charlie F.
9 31 Cook Margaret Emaline
9 32 Davis Martha
9 33 Davis Ambrous L.
10 34 McDonald Sam
10 35 McDonald Dewey Neff
10 36 McDonald Nancy
10 37 McDonald Mary A.
10 38 McDonald Mark
10 39 McDonald James T.
10 40 Murray Veatress
11 41 Reynolds John A.
12 42 Whitlow Infant
12 43 Killingsworth Martha M.
13 44 Jones Jessey T.
13 45 Ross John Franklin
14 46 Reeves Mary E.
14 47 Miller T.O.
14 48 Miller W.H.

# Last Name First Name Born Date of Death Information

23

Carpenter John

1859

1924

 

31

Cook Margaret Emaline

Feb 13, 1830

Mar 27, 1910

 

18

Covington Anna

Jan 11, 1885

Aug 10, 1885

Daughter of S.M. & E.H.

17

Covington Oscar M.

Aug 16, 1880

Jan 30, 1884

Son of S.M. & E.H.

33

Davis Ambrous L.

Nov 17, 1837

Sept 13, 1900

Husband of Martha

32

Davis Martha

May 29, 1839

Sept 16, 1902

Wife of Ambrous L.

11

Evans Anna

Nov 15, 1853

Sept 7, 1913

Headstone with J.H.

10

Evans J.H.

Sept 11, 1848

Mar 16, 1899

Headstone with Anna

21

Free John

1846

Feb 25, 1893

 

22

Free Nancy Ann

1866

Feb 23, 1890

 

14

Huff C.W., Mrs  

1874

Killed by Indians

16

Huff Molly  

1874

Daughter of Mr. & Mrs.C.W. - Killed by Indians

15

Huff Palestine  

1874

Daughter of Mr. & Mrs.C.W. - Killed by Indians

44

Jones Jessey T.

Nob 20, 1890

Dec 21, 1894

Son of J.W. & E.

6

Jones M.A.

1829

1887

Swife of W.H.

3

Jones Phillip

1858

1900

 

4

Jones W.H.

1834

1900

 

43

Killingsworth Martha M.

Nov 10, 1893

Aug 10, 1894

Daughter of I.D. & E.C.

9

Lee America Ann

Sept 5, 1837

Oct 8, 1887

Wife of W.A.

8

Lee W.A.

Feb 9, 1831

Dec 6, 1895

 

29

Lowry Lulu Bell

Oct 14, 1895

Sept 25, 1899

Daughter of W.P. & M.E.

30

McConnell Charlie F.

Oct 7, 1878

Nov 25, 1891

Son of J.P. & P.E.

35

McDonald Dewey Neff

1903

1930

Headstone with Sam

39

McDonald James T.

July 27, 1895

Sept 9, 1919

Son of M. & Mary

38

McDonald Mark

June 8, 1848

Dec 28, 1915

Headstone with Mary A.

37

McDonald Mary A.

Sept 13, 1858

Apr 6, 1944

Headstone with Mark

36

McDonald Nancy

Dec 18, 1882

Feb 7, 1886

Daughter of M. & M.A.

34

McDonald Sam

1897

1965

Headstone with Dewey Neff

26

McIntire Rex D.

1945

1979

Headstone with Shark A.

25

McIntire Shark A.

1907

1973

Headstone with Rex D.

24

McIntire Vollie Valentine

June 5, 1905

Sept 19, 1986

 

47

Miller T.O.

no dates

   

48

Miller W.H.

no dates

   

19

Munkres Penelope

June 21, 1837

Feb 23, 1914

 

20

Munkres Richard

1830

Apr 5, 1893

 

40

Murray Veatress

Dec 5, 1893

July 3, 1894

Daughter of J.R. & O.A.

46

Reeves Mary E.

Sept 14, 1860

Feb 5, 1905

 

41

Reynolds John A.

Jan 20, 1903

Nov 6, 1927

 

45

Ross John Franklin

1881

1936

 

12

Smith Annie

1904

1907

Headstone with Myrtle

27

Smith Egbert

Aug 18, 1885

Apr 16, 1906

 

1

Smith Elizabeth

1849

1934

Wife of John

5

Smith J.L.

1889

1890

Son of J. & E.

2

Smith John

1853

1943

Husband of Elizabeth

28

Smith John H.

Oct 22, 1877

Spet 20, 1883

 

13

Smith Myrtle

1912

1933

Headstone with Annie

7

Smith R.R.

1891

1892

Son of J. & E.

42

Whitlow Infant

May 3, 1895

  Child of T.N. & T.C.