view of the cemetery|
are three cemeteries in Chappell Hill, but we are featuring the Masonic cemetery
since it contains most of the historic interments and it is the most picturesque.
Signage on the main street will direct you to the cemetery which is just NW of
There is a marker for Jacob Haller, the cemetery's first interment,
but the exact location of his grave is not known. Because of the unusual spelling
of Chappell - many of the markers that were engraved out of the region have the
standard Chapel spelling.
family of Alamo defender Wm. B. Travis is buried in the Chappell Hill cemetery.|
marker at |
the Masonic Cemetery
tombstone of Susan Grissett |
addition to members of the Crockett and Travis clans being buried there, there
are a few other things worthy of note:
misspelling of Chappell Hill is even written in stone. Although members of the
Chappell family have their name right, many tombstones are inscribed with Chapel
- A grave covered with seashells, TE photo|
Right - Vandalized Tombstone of
William Travis' daughter Susan Grissett.
It has since been mended
Photo circa 1960 courtesy Texas State Library & Archives Commission
are at least two graves decorated with seashells - a practice that dates to Roman
times. In Texas graves decorated in this manner are found in Native American,
African-American, Caucasian and Mexican cemeteries. An excellent book with more
information on seashell graves and other burial practices is TEXAS GRAVEYARDS
by Terry G. Jordan, University of Texas Press.
Left - A practical solution
to a common problem|
Right - Vandalized headstones have had the pieces kept
by cementing them in place.