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Irene, Hill County, Texas
RR 1946, just outside of Irene, Tx.
Lat: 31° 57' 05"N, Lon: 96° 53' 44"W
Contributed by Debra Newton, Apr 30, 2001, last edited May 20, 2008 [email@example.com]. Total records = 875.
The cemetery is 16 mi due east of Hillsboro. From I35 in Hillsboro take TX171 to Bynum, from Bynum take RR1946 thru Irene to Salem.
The first interment here was in 1870, but that grave was later moved. Oldest graves now are those of twin infants E. and P.J. Sheet, who died Feb. 9, 1871, and Synthia Green, who died Aug 9, 1871, before the land was donated to the church. There are approximately 1000 graves in this cemetery.
R.M. and W.J. Graham and F.M. Reed donated land to the Methodist Episcopal Church south in 1876 to be used as a site for a church, school, and cemetery.
The first Salem Cemetery Association was organized in 1904. The church was closed in 1913, and the school consolidated with Irene in 1917. The cemetery is now owned and very well maintained by the Salem Irene Cemetery Association P.O. Box 63 Irene, TX 76650-0063.
Salem Cemetery is just across the Navarro county line in Hill County but many residents of Navarro are buried here.
I have compiled this transcription from tombstone inscriptions, sexton records, and previous transcriptions. Completed May 08, 2005.
- Debra Newton
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