Forest Lawn Cemetery, Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas
T.F. SMITH PLOT
FOREST LAWN MEMORIAL PARK
4955  Pine St, Beaumont, TX  (409) 892-5912
BEAUMONT, JEFFERSON COUNTY, TEXAS
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EARLY BURIALS FOUND ON NECHES

One of Area's Private Cemeteries Uncovered on DuPont Tract

One of the Area's early private burial grounds, apparently forgotten for decades, was uncovered recently near the banks of the Neches river in the McFaddin Bend area, on property now owned by the DuPont company which will be location for a chemical plant.
A crew stumbled across a grave marker, aged and unreadable, while taking preliminary surveys.  Subsequent investigation showed 22 persons had been buried there, most of them relatives of the T.F. Smith family.  Only one grave marker was found.
Permission Granted
DuPont requested the remains be moved and, after a petition was filed by Caldwell McFaddin and Perry McFaddin, who sold the property to DuPont, county court at law issued a judgment granting permission for the move to Magnolia cemetery.
The petitioners said they had received permission to move the cemetery from all the next-of-kin they could locate.  None of these were husbands, wives, parents, brothers or sisters of the persons buried in the cemetery.
The cemetery is in the middle of 45.7 acres known as the T.F. Smith homestead tract in the J.S. Johnson league.

Citation Unanswered

Judge L. B. Hightower assigned the petitioners to remove the cemetery after no answer was made to a citation appearing in the Jefferson County Court News.
Caldwell McFaddin said his family had owned the property more than 25 years and none of the members of his family knew of the existence of the cemetery.
A T.F. Smith, reportedly buried in Magnolia cemetery, is said to have died around the turn of the century.  However, it is thought the burial ground antedates this time by many years.
Listed as buried in the plot were Carline Sparks, Edward Sparks, John L. Sparks, William Sparks, Joseph Sparks, Susan Sparks Crawford, Phillip Crawford, James C. Sparks, Luna Sparks Spriggs, James M. Court, Julia A. Court, James F. Court, Lillian Court Smith, Irvin Smith, Francis Court Sparks, Viola Court Sparks, Madison Court, Sarah A. and Edna Court, Beulah Court and a Mrs. E. Bordenan and child.
Names of those presumabley buried there were obtained from descendant relatives living in the general region.

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1961 Record
Garden of Peace
Garden of Peace 2
T.F. Smith Graves
Graves 2
Graves 3
Graves 4
T.F. Smith

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