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Bozarth-Smith Chapel

Black & White Cemetery


Take US Hwy 77 north from Giddings for 2.9 miles and turn right on County Road 114 (Loebau Rd) for 2 miles then turn right on County Road 134 for 1.6 miles.  The Smith Chapel Church and school was on the left near a bent tree, now a pasture. The cemetery is on private property. 

These directions and history information was taken in 1979  by Jan Conn, Mrs. E. E. Smith and Mr. Jarvis Smith so directions may be completely different as of today. 

This is a very old cemetery on land first owned by Stephen Bozarth.  Later a Mr. Joe Seale gave permission for the black people of Smith Chapel Church to bury, therefore, both black and white are buried  here.  

James Smith was owned in slavery by a Smith family in Virginia and brought to Tennessee near Nashville and sold to a Stockton family.  There he married Millie and was brought to Lee County Texas by the Stockton family.  Sometime just before or just after the slaves were freed, James and Millie would give suppers on Saturday nights and Mr. Stockton would let him keep his money.  He saved his money and purchased almost a section of land in this area.  James and Millie had 7 children all born on this land.  James Smith was the found of the Smith Chapel Church and School, giving land for same.

Last First/Maiden DOB DOD Notes
Alcorn Thomas 4-Aug-1870 38-Mar-1923 death certificate
Daniel Edward 9-Jun-1914 -- Days Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home
Davis R. D. 15-May-1871 15-Jun-1965 Moses Funeral Home Marker
Filmore Augusta 26-Feb-1851 25-Nov-1925 death certificate
Filmore Mayne 1870 19-Mar-1952  
Filmore Jake 2-Feb-1882 24-Jul-1956  
Fillmore James 22-Sep-1879 21-Dec-1963 Moses Funeral Home Marker
Fillmore James 10-Feb-1920 28-Feb-1964  
Green Wardell 26-Mar-1892 20-Aug-1959 PFC317 Sply TN 92 Div WWI 
Hill Miss Eva   11-Feb-1960 Moses Funeral Home Marker
Hill Garfield Nov 1883 1954  
Holloway James Edward   10-Apr-1967 Jackson Funeral Home
Langston Mrs. Beatrice 7-Jan-1911 21-Sep-1957 Moses Funeral Home Marker
Smith Mattie J. 24-Sep-1881 13-Jul-1953  
White Rosetta Hodge 1894 1959  

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