Farm roads 1998 and 2199
5 miles E of Marshall
bronze Scottsville marker from 1936 |
population was reported as 300 in 1929, as 50 during the Great Depression, and
as around 260 by 1950 - which is just about where it stands today.|
still has its post office (granted in 1869) and ten businesses.
is a dispersed community with no discernable center. The main attraction to the
town is the cemetery.
view of the Scottsville cemetery and chapel. |
TE Photo October, 2001
Texas and William Thomas Scott
family remembered their dead monumentally and the volume of artistic memorials
makes one think that they may have kept a stonecutter/ sculptor on the payroll.
The Rose and Scott families joined each other in marriage prior to their
arrival in Texas. The Yourees, Austins and Randolphs came later. The repetition
of names in the cemetery would confuse all but the most knowledgeable genealogist
or family member.
Scott names on the monument’s base|
was named after William Thomas Scott, who moved to Texas from Louisiana
in 1840. That year he built a plantation home, based on the plan of Jefferson
Davis’ Biloxi, Mississippi home of Beauvoir. *(See
Forum below.) Prior to the Civil War he was the largest slaveholder in Harrison
The Scotts also built a school and volunteered the services
of the family governess to teach the local children.
During the Civil
War the plantation provided provisions for Confederate troops.
Scott Confederate Monument |
displays a Confederate monument that is much larger than many found on courthouse
lawns around the state. The Scotts involvement in the war is reflected in seven
of the names inscribed on the pedestal. Many of the others were relatives. |
from the church at Scottsville Cemetery c. 1904 |
at the cemetery was erected by the family of William Scott Youree after he was
killed in Mexico in 1904.
weeping angel that marks his grave has become a popular regional photographic
subject. It bears a striking resemblance to a memorial for a Hill family member
in Houston’s Glenwood
cemetery – even down to the missing hand. |
The inscription on
the Youree Monument|
“It happens in the
best of families….”|
| On of
the smallest stones in the Scottsville Cemetery is that of Major Herman Kretz
– 2nd Battalion. Pennsylvania Infantry U.S. Army. A Yankee. It’s 18 inches of
height would pales by comparison to the 50 foot tall Confederate monument. The
fine print reads: Barried [sic] Lot 3593 Arlington National Cemetery. That probably
makes everyone happy. The only reason it appears at all is that it is placed alongside
his wife’s tombstone. |
Scottsville Cemetery is one of the most picturesque in Texas
and is worthy of a trip – even if it takes you out of your way. The histories
of the families demonstrates the closeness and inter-dependence that existed between
pioneer families in the early development of East
I went to see
the Weeping Angel at Youree Memorial Cemetery. Thanks for the information in TE.
Sad to see the vandalism. - Barclay Gibson, May 05, 2006 Subject:
found your [magazine] and have enjoyed traveling around Texas in it. I did a Google
search for Scottsville Cemetery and found your article. I am interested in finding
out more history of this cemetery and the founding families. I am looking for
early photo history. Could you put me in touch with anyone who might know about
the Scottsville, Texas Cemetery and church? - Wilfred Smith Keithville, Louisiana,
firstname.lastname@example.org, May, 06, 2006Subject:
Sirs, In the article (which was by the way very nice!) on the cemetery in Scottsville,
the author mistakenly refers to Jefferson Davis's Biloxi home as "Bellerieve"
. In truth, the name of his Biloxi home is "Beauvoir". I know because I just came
back from Biloxi and took photos of its damage from Katrina. Attached is a photo
with the correct spelling. It's a small thing, spelling, but history buffs will
notice! - Kathy L. Baumgarten, March 09, 2006
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