Sulphur Springs City Cemetery Walk
Sunday, November 4
2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
Hosted by the Hopkins County Genealogical Society
Business sponsors are City National Bank, Alliance Bank and Guaranty Bond Bank.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children available at banks and HCGS library.
Guided tours will leave every 30 minutes to locate costumed performers who will tell stories of seven prominent citizens buried in the City Cemetery. The one-hour guided tour to the gravesites will be a short walking distance within the “old” section of the cemetery. Enter the cemetery through the main gate on Seventh Street and follow the drive west to the back of the cemetery.
This year’s featured citizens:
Rev. Thomas Emory Sherwood – Elected the third mayor of Dallas after it was incorporated. He spent 33 years with the Texas Methodist Conference.
Susan Jane Buford Thomas – Married to William “Buck” Thomas, successful businessman who established the Buford and Thomas mercantile store in 1857. He was a Methodist lay preacher in later years. Her step-father was Capt. William R. Buford who organized and outfitted several Civil War units from Hopkins County.
Capt. L.D. King – Married to Mary E. Hopkins, daughter of early pioneer Eldridge Hopkins. He was a prominent Sulphur Springs criminal attorney and the father of Professor Sam J. King who founded many local schools.
Elizabeth Askew Buford – Daughter of Mr. And Mrs. John Askew of the Bethel community. She married John Christopher Buford, son of Capt. William R. Buford. Their son William Askew Buford founded the Askew & Buford Drug Store.
Joel Edward Askew – Indian fighter, stagecoach driver and participant in the Lincoln County, New Mexico cattle wars. He was son of Mr. and Mrs. John Askew of the Bethel community.
Nancy “Nannie” Miltner Dabbs – Born in Virginia, she was the wife of John W. Dabbs. She is most remembered as the founder of the City Cemetery Association in 1887.
Major Claiborne Birthright – Founder of Hopkins County town of Birthright. He was a native of Virginia who moved his family to Texas in 1865 and settled on Morgan Creek in northern Hopkins County.
For additional information, contact the Hopkins County Genealogical Society at (903)885-8523.