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150-year-old Huntington cemetery named historic landmark

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Brown Cemetery (Source: KTRE Staff) Brown Cemetery (Source: KTRE Staff)
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Seven generations gathered to celebrate family archives buried six feet underground.

"Its history, real history," said Dorsey Walker, 4th generation Brown.

Thursday Brown Cemetery became a state landmark and was honored as a Texas Historic Cemetery.

4th generation Brown, Dorsey Walker manages the cemetery and says the cemetery has been in the family for more than 150 years.

"I used to walk about three miles down the road to school but we didn't fool around with graves or nothing back then," Walker said.

In 1849, Benjamin Franklin Brown purchased the land and established Brown Ferry on the Angelina River.

"He brought his family here in 1851, shortly after he passed away and became the first burial in this cemetery," said Darrell Bryan of the Angelina Co. Historical Commission.

The first headstone is from 1879, family members say it was one of Brown's children.

"Most of those interned here are his children or his descendants, " Bryan said.

J.P. Womack says both of his parents, nieces and nephews are buried here.

"I'm real proud, real proud of it some of these old people out here can be labeled landmarks," Womack said.

One maker reads, "To the past we lose to the future we gain," and the historical commission hopes the marker will not only honor the family but have a lasting impact for years to come.

"Future generation will know how important their ancestors were to an establishment in this wilderness," Bryan said.

Officials with the Angelina County Historical Commission say there are more than 100 cemeteries in the county and only a third of those have been registered with the state.

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