FAYETTE COUNTY, TEXAS
This information is taken from the booklet, Cistern Black Cemetery, by Norman C. Krischke c1999:This cemetery is located in the town of Cistern and fronts on Manchester Street and encompasses two city blocks; Blocks 14 and 15. The cemetery is 198 feet wide on Manchester Street and 430 feet deep. It is situated between the Cistern City Cemetery and Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church & Cemetery. There are twelve graves marked with concrete, marble, or granite stones. Six possible graves have lilies on them and one grave is marked with a funeral home marker. The first burial, according to tombstone dates is that of B.H. Bratcher in 1900 and the last to be buried here was Willie Jones in 1997.
The Black farmers came to Cistern when it was known as Whiteside's Prairie in the later part of the 1850's. The place was later named Cockrell's Hill; Milton; and in 1863, Cistern, after the many cisterns in town needed because the well water was bad. Black farmers brought their cotton to the Marburger and Knight Gin. They grew vegetables, corn, sugar cane and fodder for the animals. They raised their families here, schooled them, worshiped here and some were buried here.
Bratcher, B. H.
16 Apr 1832
29 Sep 1900
Concrete marker; born a slave
9 Feb 1839
25 Aug 1916
Concrete marker; born a slave; probably wife of B. H. Bratcher
23 Sep 1923
Military marker: Texas, Pvt 1st Cl, 12 Reserve Labor BN, QMC, WWI
8 May 1878
12 Sep 1923
8 Oct 1859
6 May 1942
Shares concrete marker with Mary Fikes and Sallie Howard; "Grandparent"; born a slave; Fayette County death record, 8/86: Farmer, died of coronary occlusion.
1 Jan 1856
21 Apr 1937
Shares concrete marker with Joe Fikes and Sallie Howard; "Grandparent"; born a slave; FCDR, 6/531: Daughter of William Clark who was born in Virginia. Died of heart disease.
Shares concrete marker with Joe and Mary Fikes; "Mother"
Concrete marker; Aged 36 years
Jones, Willie 1943 1997 Funeral home marker McCook, Alma 12 Dec 1907 15 Jul 1990 Unmarked, married Shelley Howard, info from obituary McCook, Jurde 1 Feb 1882 4 Apr 1955 Concrete marker; FCDR, 10/439: Farmer. Son of Tom & Beckie (Clark) McCook McCook, Laura 24 Apr 1924 20 Apr 1992 Granite marker Williams, Ellen 1862 1917 Concrete marker Williams, Gim 1866 1924 Concrete marker
Thanks to Yvonne Chambers for providing information on Alma McCook's grave.