Honey Grove Preservation League

Saving and Documenting the History of Honey Grove, Texas


69. Doris Yeager; 70. J.A. Yeager; 71. Mrs. J. A. Yeager; 72. Willard Yeager; 73. W. F. Simmons; 74. Mrs. John Parham; 75. Sherwood Reece; 76. Joe Leeman Dawson; 77. Mrs. Pearl Williams; 78.  Lorene Williams (Hohenberger); 79. Mrs. Ima Jean Phillips; 80. Lena Mae Boles; 81. Esse Lee Williams (Thornton); 82. Cliff Robinson; 83. Mrs. Cliff Robinson; 84. William Robertson; 85. Edgar Williams; 86. Ralph Williams; 87. J. A. W. Houston; 88. John Wesley Houston; 89. Lillian Ruth Reece; 90. Mrs. A. P. Williams; 91. naomi Yeager; 92. Dalphene Isaacs; 93. Neal Coker; 94. Mrs. Buck Brown; 95. M. G. Lindsay, Mrs. M. G. Lindsay; 96. Martha Jane Kilpatrick; 97. Ray Edward McCraw; 98. Clara Lois Moses; 99. Mrs. Tom Bevis; 100. Tolbert Houston, Jr.; 101. Robert E. West, Jr.;  102. Joe Frank Reece; 103. Troy Dawson; 104. Robert Raiden; 105. Sam Reece; 106. Elizabeth Raiden; 107. Wanda Williams; 108. Christian Houston; 109. Mary Lillian Rodgers; 110. Ruth Bowles; 111. Mrs. Robt. West; 112. Maggie West; 113. Maurine West

1. Earl Bankston; 2. Mrs. Earl Bankston; 3.  W. O. Barnes; 4. Mrs. W. O. Barnes; 5. J. W. Beavers; 6. Mrs. Lucile Beavers; 7. Mrs. Harvey Clark; 8. Tom Bevis; 9. Mrs. May Bevis; 10. Landon Blair; 11. Willie Blair; 12. John Bomar; 13. Mrs. John Bomas; 14. Earl Boles; 15. Mrs. Earl Boles; __ Martin Castles; 16. Mrs. Lydia Cisco; 17. Marshall Clark; 18. Mrs. Marshall Clark; 19. Mrs. Grace Clark (Fley's wife); 20. Eugene Clark; ___ Clifton Clark; 21. Mrs. Neal Coker; 22. J. E. Cooper; 23. Mrs. J. E. Cooper; 24. Cliff Cooper; 25. Mrs. Dortha Lee Melton; 26. J. P. Dawson; ___ C. P. Combs; 27. Mrs. . P. Dawson; ___ J. R. Dawson; 28. Mary Catherine Dawson; 29. Mrs. Martha Duke; 30. Mrs. Laura Ellis; 31. Joe Holland; ___ Marie Holland; 32. Mrs. Lois Holland; 33. Frank Howell; ___ Ralph Howell; 34. Mrs. Frank Howell; ___Mrs. Lucinda Houston; 35. Tolbert Houston; 36. Mrs. Tolbert Houston; 37. Mrs. J. A. W. Houston; 38. Camilla Houston; 39. Luther Isaacs; ___ Mrs. Luther Isaacs; 40. Mrs. Rosa James; 41.  Henry James; 42. Mrs. Alwyne Mann; 43. C. B. Kilpatrick; 44. Mrs. Belle Kilpatrick; 45. Mrs. Ollie Moses; 46. C. W. Oliver; 47. Mrs. C. W. Oliver; 48. Walker Oliver; 49. Wayne Oliver; 50. Keith Oliver; 51. Edward Parsons; 52. Mrs. Hattie Parham; 53. Mrs. Lilie Riaden; 54. Mrs. Lucinda Reece; 55. Willie Reece; 56. Mrs. Eliza Sandel; ___ J. S. Reece; 57. James Reece; 58. Geraldine Reece; 59. James Isom Reece; 60. John D. Reece; 61. Mrs. Travis Rodgers; ___ Horace Strickland; 62. Wm. Spence Rodgers; ___Jude Strickland & Mrs. Strickland; 63. Miss Ina Pearl Rodgers; 64. Mrs. Sarah Jane Turner; 65. Geo. L. Walters; 66. Mrs. Geo. L. Walters; 67. Harry Yeager; 68. Mrs. Harry Yeager

91. Mrs. Grace Clark; 92. Eugene Clark; 93. Clifton Clark; 94. J. A. Yeager; 95. Mrs. J. A. Yeager; 96. Williard Yeager; 97. J. P. Dawson; 98. Mrs. J. P. Dawson; 99. Mary Catherine Dawson; 100. Troy Dawson; 101. Joe Leeman Dawson; 102. Miss Johnnie Mann; 103. Camilla Houston; 104. Tolbert Houston; 105. Mrs. Tolbert Houston; 106. Tolbert Houston Jr.; 107. Christine Houston; 108. J. R. Dawson; 109. Travis Rogers; 110. Mrs. J. R. (Blanche) Dawson

61. Mr. Jude Strickland; 62. Mrs. Jude Strickland; 63. W. F. Simmons; 64. Mrs. Johnnie Parham; 65. Sherwood Reece; 66. Mrs. Kate H. Vaught; 67. Mrs. R. L. Wilson; 68. Mrs. J. C. Luttrell; 69. Mrs. Weldon Nelson; 70. Harry Yeager; 71. Mrs. Harry Yeager; 72. Doris Yeager; 73. Naomi Yeager' 74. Ray Edward McCraw; 75. M. G. Lindsay; 76. Mrs. M .G. Lindsay; 77. Mrs. L. C. Barnett; 78. Mrs. Ima Jean Phillips; 79. Ralph Williams; 80. Edgar Williams; 81. Tom Bevis; 82. Mrs. Tom Bevis; 83. Earl Bankston; 84. Mrs. Earl Bankston; 85. Marshall Clark; 86. Mrs. Marshall Clark; 87. Mrs. Hattie Parham; 88. Eugene Parham; 89. Mrs. Esse Lee Thornton; 90. Mrs. Laura Ellis

31. C. B. Kilpatrick; 32. Mrs. C. B. Kilpatrick; 33. Martha Jane Kilpatrick; 34. Ruth Boles; 35. Mrs. A. P. Williams; 36. Vera Jo Williams; 37. Mrs. T. L. Rogers; 38. Mary Lillian Rogers; 39. C. W. Oliver; 40. Mrs. C. W. Oliver; 41. Walker Oliver; 42. Wayne Oliver; 43. Keith Oliver; 44. Mrs. Lucille Beavers; 45. Landon Blair; 46. Willie Blair; 47. John Bomar; 48. Mrs. John Bomar; 49. Earl Boles; 50. Mrs. Earl Boles; 51. J. W. Beavers; 52. Mrs. Alyne Mann; 53. Mrs. Rosa James; 54. Henry James; 55. Mrs. Ollie Moses; 56. Edward Parsons; 57. Lucinda Reece; 58. Willie Reece; 59. Elmo Reece; 60. Mrs. Eliz Sandel

1.  Mrs. E. D. Turner; 2.  Mrs. W. O. Barnes; 3. C. R. Cooper;  4. Mrs. M. J. Duke; 5. Geraldine Glover; 6. Mrs. T. S. Cisco; 7. Mrs. Pearl Williams; 8. Mrs. Delmer Hohenberger; 9. C. B. Kilpatrick; 10. Mary Belle Kilpatrick; 11. Martha Jean Kilpatrick; 12. Mrs. W. M. Raiden; 13. Robert Raiden; 14. Elizabeth Raiden; 15. Mrs. O. L. Bevis; 16. Mrs. A. R. Brown; 17. James M. Reece; 18. John D. Reece; 19. Joe Frank Reece; 20. Sam Reece; 21. Mrs. Geraldine Bostivic; 22. James Isom Reece; 23. Frank Howell; 24. J. E. Cooper; 25. Mrs. J. E. Cooper; 26. J. A. W. Houston; 27. Mrs. J. A. W. Houston; 28. John Wesley Houston; 29. Daphene Isaacs; 30 W. S. Rogers

125. Elizabeth Raiden; 126. Wanda Williams; 127. Christene Houston; 128. Mary Lillian Rodgers; 129. Ruth Boles; 130. Mrs. C. T. Terrell; 131. Mrs. Kate Hitch Vaught; 132. Geraldine Glover; 133. Eugene Parham; 134. Miss Johnnie Mann

94. Mrs. Pearl Williams; 95. Lorene Williams; 96. Mrs. Ima Jean Phillips; 97. Lena Mae Boles; 98. Esse Lee Williams Thornton; 99. Cliff Robinson; 100. Mrs. Cliff Robinson; 101. William Robinson; 102. Edgar Williams; 103. Ralph Williams; 104. J. A. W. Houston; 106. Lillian Ruth Reece; 107. Mrs. A. P. Williams; 108. Naomi Yeager; 109. Daphene Isaac; 110. Neal Coker; 111. Mrs. Buck Brown; 112. M. G. Lindsay; 113. Mrs. M. G. Lindsay; 114. Martha Jean Kilpatrick; 115. Ray Edward McCraw; 116. Clara Lois Moses. 117. Mrs. R. L. Wilson; 118. Mrs. Tom Bevis; 119. Tolbert Houston, Jr.; 120. Robert E. West Jr.; 121. Joe Frank Reece; 122. Troy Dawson; 123. Robert Raiden; 124. Sam Reece

63. Mrs. Lucinda Reece; 64. Willie Reece; 65. Mrs. Eliza Sandel; 66. Elmo Reece; 67. J. W. Reece; 68. James N. Reece; 69. Geraldine Reece; 70. James Isom Reece; 71. John D. Reece; 72. Mrs. Travis Rogers; 73. Wm. Spencer Rogers; 74. Ina Pearl Rogers; 75. Jude Strickland; 76. Mrs. Jude Strickland; 77. Horace Strickland; 78. Mrs. Sarah Jack Turner; 79. Geo L. Walters; 80. Mrs. Geo. L. Walters; 81. Mrs. Robt West; 82. Mazie West; 83. Maurine West; 84. Harry Yeager; 85. Mrs. Harry Yeager; 86. Doris Yeager; 87. J. A. Yeager; 88. Mrs. J. A. Yeager; 89. Willard Yeager; 90. W. F. Simmons; 91. Mrs. Johnnie Parham; 92. Sherwood Reece; 93. Joe Leeman Dawson

32. J. R. Dawson; 33. Mary Catherine Dawson; 34. Jacob Duke; 35. Mrs. Martha Duke; 36. Mrs. Laura Ellis; 37. Joe Holland; 38. Mrs. Marie Holland; 39. Mrs. Lois Holland; 40. Frank Howell; 41. Ralph Howell; 42. Mrs. Lucinda Houston; 43. Tolbert Houston; 44. Mrs. Tolbert Houston; 45. Mrs. J. A. W. Houston; 46. Camilla Houston; 47. Luther Isaacs; 48. Mrs. Rosa James; 50. Henry James; 51. Mrs. Allyne Mann; 52. C. B. Kilpatrick; 53. Mary Belle Kilpatrick; 54. Mrs. Ollie Moses; 55. C. W. Oliver; 56. Mrs. C. W. Oliver; 57. Walker Oliver; 58. Wayne Oliver; 59. Keith Oliver; 60. Edward Parsons; 61. Mrs. Hattie Parham; 62. Mrs. Lillie Raiden

1. Earl Bankston; 2. Mrs. Earl Bankson; 3. W. O. Barnes; 4. Mrs. W. O. Barnes; 5. J. W. Beeavers; 6. Mrs. Lucille Beavers; 7. Mrs. Harvey Clark; 8. W. H. Bevis; 9. Tom Bevis; 10. Mrs. May Bevis; 11.  J. R. Blackwood; 12. London Blair; 13. Willie Blair; 14. John Bomar; 15. Mrs. John Bomar; 16. Earl Boles; 17. Mrs. Earl Boles; 18. Mattie Castle; 19. Mrs. Llydia Csoco; 20. Marshall Clark; 21. Mrs. Marshall Clark; 22. Mrs. Grace Clark; 23. Eugene Clark; 24. Clifton Clark; 26. Mrs. Neal Coker; 27. Mrs. J. E. Cooper; 28. Cliff R. Cooper; 29. Mrs. Dorthy Lee Melton; 30. J. P. Dawson; 31. Mrs. J. P. Dawson

63. S. W. Williams, Sr.; 64. Mrs. S. W. Williams, Sr.; 65. A. I. Yates; 66. W. E. Yates; 67. Melba Yates; 68 Jessie Mae Yates.

32. Nellie Kirk; 33. Hazel Kirk; 34. Raymon Kirk; 35. L. W. McCleary; 36. Maggie McCleary; 37. Mildred McCleary; 38.  J. B. McCraw; 39. Madgie McCraw; 40. Johnie McCraw; 41. Mabel McCraw; 42. Allie Mann; 43. Francis Mann; 44. Johnie Mann; 45. Jessie Mann; 46. Ella Paulk; 47. C. L. Robinson; 48. Mattie Robinson; 49. L. C. Scott; 50. N. A. Stroud; 51. Mable Truss; 52. Hattie Truss; 53. Tom Truss; 54. Catherine Cunningham; 55.  Thelma Cunningham; 56. Clara Carter; 57.  M. G. Lindsey; 58. Carie Lindsey; 59. Velma Lindsey; 60. Mars. Barnie Durham; 61. Elberta Livingston; 62. S. W. Williams, Jr.

1. W. M. Avary; 2. Elen Avary; 3. Lois Avary; 4. Virggie Avary; 5. Julia Baldridge; 6. Ernest Bankhead; 7. Bessie Bankhead; 8. Dewy Baldridge; 9. Roxie Baldridge; 10. Elbert Baldridge; 11. W. H. Beevis; 12. Ella Beevis; 13. Della Boles; 14. W. S. Collard; 15. Ada Collard; 16. Jessie Collard; 17. Mary Collard; 18. Geo Dibley; 19. Edna Dibley; 20 W. T. Hunt; 21. Della Hunt; 22. Alice Hulen; 23. J. L. Johnson; 24. Annie Johnson; 25. W. H. Kirk,Sr.; 26. W. H. Kirk, Jr.; 27. Elen Kirk; 28. Myrtle Kirk; 29. Virggie Kirk; 30. Mary Kirk; 31. O. C. Kirk.

92. Mrs. Barnie Durham; 93. J. B. McCraw; 94. Mrs. J. B. McCraw; 95. Irene McCraw; 96. Mable McCraw; 97. Johnie McCraw; 98. Jessie Mann; 100. J. E. Adams; 101. Thelma Cunningham; 102. Catherine Cunningham

61. Francis Mann; 62. Mary Mann; 63. Olllie Mann; 64. Johnie Mann; 65. Myrtle Rogers; 66. Mattie Robinson; 67. N. A. Stroud; 68. Mabel Truss; 69. S. W. Williams, Sr.; 70. Elberta Williams; 71. L. C. Williams; 72. Henry Williams; 73. Daisy Williams; 74. A. I. Yates; 75. W. E. Yates; 76. Ora Yates; 77. Hattie Truss; 78. Louisa Truss; 79. Miller Truss; 80. Tom Truss; 81. Mrs. S. W. Williams, Sr.; 82. S. W. Williams, Jr.; 83. W. T. Hunt; 84. Sebe Adams; 85. Earnest Bankhead; 86. Bessie Bankhead; 87. Melba Yates; 88. Jessie Mae Yates; 89. Mary Kirk; 90. C. L. Robinson; 91. Geo Dibley.

31. Birtha Batterton; 32. J. H. Floyd; 33. J. F. Floyd; 34. Mary Floyd; 35. G. W. Floyd; 36. Letitia Floyd; 37. Jessie Floyd; 38. Allie Floyd; 39. William Floyd; 40. Tom Flowers; 41. Mary Flowers; 42. J. L. Johnson; 43. Annie Johnson; 44. W. H. Kirk, Sr.; 45. O. C. Kirk; 46. Nellie Kirk; 47. W. H. Kirk, Jr.; 48. Ellen Kirk; 49. Myrtle Kirk; 50. Virggie Kirk; 51. Hazel Kirk; 52. Raymon Kirk; 53. Bessie Kilpatrick; 54. M. G. Lindsey; 55. Carrie Lindsey; 56. Velma Lindsey; 57. L. W. McCleary; 58. Maggie McCleary; 59. Mildred McCleary; 60. Allie Mann; 61. Alice Hulen

1. W. M. Avary; 2. Minnie Avary; 3. Ellen Avary; 4. Willie Avary; 5. Lois Avary; 6. Velma Avary; 7. Virggie Avary; 8. O. P. Anderson; 9. Minnie Adams;

10. Benton Adams; 11. Evans Adams; 12. George Adams; 13. Leck Adams; 14. Julia Baldridge; 15. Della Baldridge; 16. Dewy Baldridge; 17. Ruth Baldridge; 18. Clara Baldridge; 19. Roxie Baldridge; 20. Elbert Baldridge; 21. W. H. Belvis; 22. Ella Belvis; 23. Stella Belvis; 24. Della Belvis; 25. Annie Blair; 26. W. S. Collard; 27. Ada Collard; 28. Jessie Collard; 29. Mary Collard; 30. Edna Dilley; 31. Ella Paulk

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Geo Adams and Irene McCraw


Homer Milford and Mary Mann


Ed Scott and L. C. Williams


Jno Carter and Clara Baldridge


Sebe Adams and Velma Avary


Ruth Baldridge and Junot McKee

Bishops:  Jno. M. Moore, J. E. Dickey and Sam R. Hay

P.E.:  O. T. Cooper, C. N. Simpson, A. J. Weeks

P.C.:  T. M. Kirk, C. P. Combs, J. P. Blackburn

The Church Register of the McCraw's Chapel Methodist Church was discovered in an attic in Honey Grove in 2012.  We are so fortunate that this volume has been saved.  The entire document has been scanned and is available HERE.  Some of the pages are shown and transcribed below.  The book is too large to scan the double pages, but we have done our best to display the pages are double pages.

Settlers farming the blackland prairie in this area gathered in the home of Ezekiel Phillips Warren (1828-1903) in 1859 to organize a Methodist congregation.  Warren, a native of Tennessee who moved here in 1956, hosted the group for several years.


In 1877 two acres of land for a church and cemetery were donated by William Bain McCraw (1841-1878) and others.  The Rev. N. A. Keen was then minister for the Dodd City Circuit, which included the church here.  McCraw, a native of Kentucky who served in the Confederate Army, was the first to be buried in the cemetery.  An additional four acres adjacent to the Church grounds were purchased in 1887.


In the late 19th century, 10-day-long camp meetings were held on the Church grounds in August.  John M. Raiden taught school in the Church building during the same years.


A tornado destroyed the structure in 1918, and meetings were held in the nearby schoolhouse.  A new building was erected in 1919, serving as an anchor for the congregation and the community.  Membership fell from 170 in 1933 to 38 in 1963, and the Church was disbanded in 1966.  The building was razed in 1983, but the grounds continue to host an annual community homecoming on the first Sunday May.


Information on the cemetery is on the Fannin County GenWeb site.

This photo is from the August 5, 1966 issue of the Honey Grove Signal-Citizen.  

Read a detailed history of the church written in 1966

McCraw's Chapel Methodist Church