Map of Freestone
Publisher: Texas General Land Office
Draftsman: F. G. Blau
knows the exact number of Bennett kin and others buried in the cemetery. Previous reports place the
number anywhere from 25 -50.
Known burials from all information are as follows:
Col Joseph L
Bennett abt 1800-October 30, 1848
Elizabeth Bennett (Seaborne) wife
Seborn J Bennett (son)
Ruben Washington Key
Read about Sherriff Session's account here:
Around 1971, Sherrif Sonny
Sessions of Freestone County had received a report of destruction
occuring at the Bennett Cemetery. By the time he arrived, it was apparently too
late. Accompanied by Constable Cherry, he saw evidence
of disturbed headstones,
and large brush piles.
efforts are being made to contact the current landowner (property has
changed hands since 1971).
- What are the laws regarding a cemetery
on private property? Access?
711.041 of the Health and
Safety Code states that any person who wishes to visit a cemetery that
has no public ingress or
egress shall have the rights for visitation during reasonable hours and
for purposes associated with cemetery visits. The owner of the lands
surrounding the cemetery may designate the routes for reasonable access.
UPDATED: Effective Sept 1 2009 -
Code has been revised. Bill Young has written an overview of these