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Arter Cemetery,
Anderson County, Texas

AKA "1. Black Arter Cemetery"

GPS Coordinates:
Lat. 31 40.965 N.
Long. 095 23.778 W.
Elev. 608 (Position taken between the two existing bases)

 Directions and Notes: Located on Private road .45 miles south of Anderson County Road
This is the first road leading south after you cross Gal Creek eastbound on
Anderson County Road 1225.
Located on the West side of the road. The two headstones
been stolen, only the bases remain. Temple Industries owns the property that
the cemetery is located on. The cemetery originally had two headstones. As of March
2005 both of these stones were missing. (Last Visited 30 March 2005)

by Karla Lang 

View #1 - Photo taken looking across what we think was the cemetery
View #2 - The base of two headstones are all that remains
View #3 - Photo taken by Kay Watkins on March 10, 1965 showing the missing tombstones shown in view #2
According to Kay Watkins the tombstone are those of Hariet Ann Arter and her son Samuel E. Arter.  Hariet Ann Arter was born 1832 and died December 6, 1888. Samuel E. Arter was born February 6, 1868 and died March 17, 1889.
From Paula Trigg:

The Arters were a black family listed on the 1880 Anderson County, Texas census. Hariet (spelling on gravestone) Ann was born in Tennessee. Her husband Alex was a farmer born in Georgia. Their children, all born in Texas, were Mary Ann, age 14; Sam. E., age 11; Thos. H., age 7; and Ellan T., age 2.

In 2008, my husband and I visited with Mr. Louie Melton who lives in the Sand Springs area where the Arter family lived. He told us that still today, an uphill section of County Road 1225 near where they lived is known as Alex Arter Hill.

Mr. Melton said that in years past there were three headstones. When Kay Watkins took the picture of the headstones in 1965, there were only two. Kay provided the inscriptions from the two now missing headstones.

In 2006, Relf Huddleston searched for the headstones but found only the two bases.

Transcription of Cemetery

No other photographs of this cemetery
are available at this time.

To contribute photos, a transcription or information about Arter Cemetery,
please contact me.

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This page was last updated  26 December 2011

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