Touring The Texas Backroads & The Big ‘D’!

Posted by on November 5, 2012

This morning we took a drive 60 miles north to a little tiny cemetery just north of Royse City, Texas.  Josephine Cemetery is the final resting place of Michael’s maternal grandparents & great grand  parents.  We’d never been there to pay our respects so today we made the journey.  The cemetery is way out in the middle of nowhere off of a dirt road and unfortunately is not taken care of properly.  It took us a while to locate the graves we were looking for as the grass/weeds have overtaken most everything.  We took a little bit of time to pull some weeds from Granny & Papaw’s grave and also from Michael’s great grandparents (Lillie Mae & John Miles) graves.  There are 4 infant children of Lillie Mae & John buried here as well and the area where their graves are has a lot of weeds, without gloves or tools it was just too much to tackle but we did at least clean up around the markers so that they were more easily seen.

Josephine Cemetery (also known as Reeds Chapel Cemetery)

The sad reality

Michael’s grand parents

Great Grandparents

Great Great Grandparents

After doing some weeding

From the cemetery we planned on heading toward Dallas to visit Michael’s oldest brother and his wife.  We’d packed a lunch and decided to find a place for lunch.  We found the perfect little picnic area off the road that had covered picnic tables.  The  picnic area bordered a small cemetery (yes, we’re back to our cemeteries!) and overlooked a lake so it was a very nice spot to enjoy our lunch.  After lunch we decided to hop the small fence (literally!) and do a little exploring.  There were a lot of small wooden crosses and we wondered what they were.  We found that most of them had ‘God Only Knows’ carved into them.  After a little more investigation we found a historic marker that explained that this was originally set aside as a family plot and at one point a slave was given a small home a small parcel of land in exchange for maintaining the cemetery.  The slaves wife and child are buried there too.

Our picnic area…

…the lake it overlooks…

…and the cemetery it borders

Sad little crosses

After lunch we decided to head a little more north than planned and take a drive through Farmersville, Texas.  The birthplace of Michael’s dad.  Farmersville is a tiny little town that has put a lot of effort into beautifying their town by lining the street into downtown with lightposts, adding street pavers to downtown and working on the buildings in their downtown area.  We found while we drove through that Audie Murphy had ties to Farmersville too!

Downtown Farmersville, Texas

After our detour we hit the road again and finally got to Eddie & Val’s in Plano (a suburb of Dallas).  We had a really nice visit – going out for an early dinner at Genghis Grill.  We were there for quite a while enjoying our dishes and spending time together.  Both Eddie & Val are having medical issues that don’t allow them to drive so we took them to Wal-Mart to pick up a few items (we had some things to pick up too).  Before long it was time for us to head back to Canton and we said our good-byes.  Hoping that it’s not quite so long until our next visit together.

Genghis Grill


Tom (Eddie) Jr. & Val Barnett

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