LOCATION: New Dora Cemetery is a black cemetery located in the southeast quadrant of the county in the Biardstown community in Block 56 of the Lamar County Road Map produced by American Drafting and Services revised December 1993. DIRECTIONS: It is located west of the intersection of Farm Market Road 1498 and Lamar County Road 14690. Turn west on County Road 14700; this road dead ends at the home of J. O. Creighton. GPS COORDINATES: 33° 30' 33.40 N, 95° 32' 38.61 W
(33.5092778 Latitude and -95.5440583 Longitude)
OLDEST KNOWN BURIAL: The oldest inscribed grave is that of John W. Harman, son of Daniel and Mollie Harman, who died 16 Sep 1878. NUMBER OF GRAVES: There are 39 known graves in the cemetery. (July 2017) SIGNS/MARKERS: There is not a state highway marker for the cemetery.
Historic Texas Cemetery: No Texas Historical Commission Marker: No
LAST ENUMERATION: This cemetery was surveyed by Ron Brothers and Butch and Betsy Mills on 2 Apr 1995. ADD'L INFORMATION: From Jeannie Griffin, P.O. Box 1043, Van, TX, 75790: 'My grandmother said that a group of Black families that included 'Aunt Martha Gunn' (as she was called) came from Alabama with John Thomas Sanders, his wife Ada Byron Slaughter Sanders, and their family (some of my ancestors who had land adjoining the Black families property). At one of the Sanders' funerals the Black families 'paid their respects' and they walked to the Sanders' home from that direction. I remember it myself. She even remembered that Aunt Martha's children became teachers and merchants and how well they had done in life.' PICTURE(S):
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