• Donna Hechler Porter

Segrest Cemetery, Tyler County, Texas

Mike Harris has been kind enough to also offer his pictures of the Segrest Cemetery. He visited that location in January of 2015. The cemetery is located about two miles east of the Cruse Cemetery. The graves of William Cruse, son of Squire Cruse and Piety Pruitt, and his wife, Hester Ann Segrest, are here, as well as the second husband of Hester, George Rich.

The son of the woman who currently owns the land which the cemetery lies upon maintains it by regular mowing. There are, sadly, a number of broken headstone in the cemetery from vandalization by kids about fifteen years ago. There has been no trouble recently.



Wide shot of Segrest Cemetery


The son of the woman who currently owns the land which the cemetery lies upon maintains it by regular mowing. There are, sadly, a number of broken headstone in the cemetery from vandalization by kids about fifteen years ago. There has been no trouble recently. liam Cruse was born on 22 January 1835 in Jasper County, Texas, the first child born to Piety and Squire after the fateful drowning of five of their children in the Mississippi River on the way to Texas. (That event is detailed in Metes & Bounds II: David Crews, Ancestors & Descendants.) William married Hester Segrest, but at the young age of 24 he died from a severe case of big red measles. He and Hester had one daughter, Marinda Cruse, who was the second great grandmother of Mike Harris.



Grave of William Cruse, Tombstone inscription:

He that followeth after righteousness, and mercy find life, righteousness, and honor.



Grave of Hester Ann Segrest

wife of 1) William Cruse and 2) George Rich

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