It is known that there are many more
people buried in this cemetery, but no information has been found to
verify names of these people. Any additional information you may be
willing to share will be very much appreciated. Please contact me if
you wish to contribute!
Contact People: Barbara & Richard
In 1866, Messrs. James S. Hanks, P.
W. Ezell, Bennett Posey, L. G. Suggs, M. McDonald and others
established and had chartered a school which they named Stovall
Academy for its first teacher. The house stood three miles from
where Neches now stands. In 1872, the I. & G.N. railroad was built
and the school house was moved to Neches. It has been known as the
Neches Normal Institute and finally the Neches High School. During
the early history of Stovall Academy, pupils were in attendance from
Palestine, Rusk, Tyler, Starrville and other places.
Much about this cemetery is
supposition, as no one living today knows much about it. It seems to
have been both for whites and blacks. The late Lill Anderson, Sr.,
had a sister and parents buried there and he and members of his
family cleaned it for as long as he lived, according to Adell
Jackson. Many of the markers have been vandalized or otherwise
destroyed. In the early part of this century it was simply called
the Academy Cemetery, due to it being on, or near the Stovall
Today the grounds are completely
grown over with trees and underbrush. There are only a few
headstones left with an estimated 100 people buried there.