Friday, March 19, 2010
Dr. V.M. Holland and his wife Evangeline, with his Uncle S.T. Allison organized major moment and restoration projects in the 50's like this one.
Latitude: 32.1501615 Longitude: -94.5410376 USGS GNIS FID: 1350123
Fairplay, Panola Co. Cemeteries of TX
By Panola Co. Hist. & Genealogical Assn(1998)
Photos and submitted by Gloria B. Mayfield, Cemeteries of TX(2003)
Location:- North of US Highway 79, one mile west of Fairplay.- Situated on a hillside near the original home of Pivines and John Williams Families, where Panola County's first Methodist Church was organized by Littleton Fowler at the Williams Home.- A small weather worn replica of the log church building which once stood there is at the back of the cemetery; and an official marble stone marks the place where Bethel Church stood.- That church was later moved to Fairplay and it is active as Allison's Chapel.- -
In 1952, descendants and interested citizens erected a memorial gate and large marble monument, with this tribute; "In memory of our Pioneer Forefather, 1837 1922.- Remains of John Allison rest here;- He was Panola County's First County Judge.
In 1952 other graves were numbered and a small marker was placed by each grave, bearing the assigned- number.- At that time a large memorial stone was erected with identification for as many graves as descendants could secure.- There are seven graves either child or grandchild of John & Betty Williams, 4 slaves of the Allison's and at least 40 known unmarked grave.