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The Chappell Hill Masonic Cemetery
Chappell Hill, Texas

Hwy 290, FM 1155 and 2447
63 miles NW of Houston
98 Miles E of Austin
10 miles E of Brenham


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Chappell Hill Masonic Cemetery

A view of the cemetery
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There are three cemeteries in Chappell Hill, but we are featuring the Masonic cemetery since it contains most of the historic interments and it is the most picturesque. Signage on the main street will direct you to the cemetery which is just NW of town.

There is a marker for Jacob Haller, the cemetery's first interment, but the exact location of his grave is not known. Because of the unusual spelling of Chappell - many of the markers that were engraved out of the region have the standard Chapel spelling.

Jacob Haller of Chappell Hill marker

The Haller Marker
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Travis' son's tombstone Chappell Hill cemetery obelisk Travis' daughter Susan Grissett  tombstone
The family of Alamo defender Wm. B. Travis is buried in the Chappell Hill cemetery.
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Another marker at
the Masonic Cemetery
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The tombstone of
Susan Grissett
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In addition to members of the Crockett and Travis clans being buried there, there are a few other things worthy of note:

The misspelling of Chappell Hill is even written in stone. Although members of the Chappell family have their name right, many tombstones are inscribed with Chapel Hill.

seashell tombstone   vandalised tombstone
L - A grave covered with seashells, TE photo
R - Vandalized Tombstone of
William Travis' daughter Susan Grissett.
It has since been mended
Photo circa 1960 courtesy Texas State Library & Archives Commission

There are at least two graves decorated with seashells - a practice that dates to Roman times. In Texas graves decorated in this manner are found in Native American, African-American, Caucasian and Mexican cemeteries. An excellent book with more information on seashell graves and other burial practices is TEXAS GRAVEYARDS by Terry G. Jordan, University of Texas Press.

Birdbath with spigot   tombstone fragments
L- A practical solution to a common problem
R - Vandalized headstones have had the pieces kept together
by cementing them in place.
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The Masonic Cemetery is an active one and plots are still sold. A clean and well-maintained restroom is available near the northern boundary.

John Troesser

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