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May 14, 2013

Spring Hill Cemetery receives grant

Corsicana — The George H. and Alva Hudson Smith Foundation of Hillsboro recently awarded a grant of $2,000 to the Spring Hill Cemetery Association for continuing restoration of the cemetery.  

Dr. George Washington Hill, for whom Hill County is named, is interned at The Spring Hill Cemetery located two miles northeast of Dawson near the place of the Indian Trading Post established by Dr. Hill following his appointment an Indian Agent by Texas President Sam Houston in 1840.

Dr. Hill was born in Tennessee in 1814 and came to Texas in 1837. He was a member of the Congress of Texas 1839 to 1842 and served as Secretary of War under Republic of Texas Presidents Houston and Jones. He died in Navarro County in 1860 leaving this statement in his final will: “I desire and direct, that after setting a part of my home place, two acres of land as a perpetual burying place, the present grave yard to form the center of said two acres, etc.”

The first burial in the Texas Historical Cemetery, dedicated in 1998, was in 1848 and it continues to used today.

“We appreciate the help and support of The George G. and Alva Hudson Smith Foundation to permit us to complete the restoration of the old cemetery,” said Spring Hill Cemetery Association President Bill Matthews.

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