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Cravens Slave Cemetery, Fannin County, Texas

Slaves of Mary E. Cravens, brought to Texas from Christian County, Ky, in 1845. Most of these were buried in the cemetery on land owned by Gershom Cravens and his mother, Mary E. Cravens. This plot of land chosen for the slaves’ cemetery was on the west side of the road, west of the Cravens’ family cemetery, north of the community of Bantam. The list of the birth of slaves, both those brought to Texas and those born in Texas, have been taken from written records in the family Bible belonging to Mary E. Cravens. Unfortunately we do not have the date of deaths.

Remember that slaves were not given surnames, particularly in rural areas, until after the war between the states when many assumed their owners’ names.

Joseph, b. 5 Apr. 1822.
Jenny, b. 22 May 1822.
George, b. 18 Oct. 1824.
Ann, b. 5 Dec. 1825.
Dorcos, b. 18 Feb. 1827.
Simon, b. 11 July 1827.
Alzary, b. 3 Apr. 1829.
Mary, b. 18 Oct. 1830.
Wesley, b. 18 Apr. 1832.
Washington, b. 1 Mar. 1834.

Those born in Texas:
William Burrel, b. 19 Nov. 1846.
Aggy, b. 22 Oct. 1849.
Jackson, b. 25 July 1850.
Prisella, b. 24 Mar. 1835.
Francis, b. 3 Oct. 1863.

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