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Hopkins County Genealogical Society Newest Publication “Mel Haven Cemetery”

Hopkins County Genealogical Society Newest Publication “Mel Haven Cemetery”
  • PublishedOctober 12, 2023

The Hopkins County Genealogical Society is now accepting orders for its latest publication – Mel Haven Cemetery by Rhonda Bechhold and Carole Ann Smith for HCGS.The cover of the book is an MEL HAVEN CEMETERY accumulation of photos of some of the markers found at Mel Haven Cemetery, including veteran markers and some ornate hand-tooled markers. The book is bound using Original Calle the Unbind system with clear covers allowing the front and back of the book to be seen. The table of contents shows the progression of the work done regarding Mel Haven Cemetery. Within the 93 pages of this book is a history of the cemetery, tracing it back to the deeds of land both purchased and gifted to the cemetery. While weaving together the history of the cemetery, it was discovered that the first person buried in what would become the “Colored Cemetery” was a personal servant of a local Civil War veteran. Also included are color photographs documenting “Operation Restore, – 99 involving a clean-up of the cemetery. All the graves in Mel Haven Cemetery have been indexed, sorting the ones with markers and the ones without markers. For those ordering this book in advance of printing, the price will be $25.00. This price will be good through November 30, 2023. After December 1, 2023, the cost will be $30.00. You may place your order by calling HCGS at (903)885-8523, emailing or visiting the library at
611 N. Davis, Sulphur Springs, TX


Information from- Hopkins Co Genealogy Society

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Chloe Kopal was born and raised in Sulphur Springs, Texas. She attended Sulphur Springs High School for 4 years and graduated in 2021. She was also a line member for the Blue Blazes Drill Team for 3 years. Chloe is the Digital Content Creator for Front Porch News. Her love for our community shows through her work. She is very passionate about photography and has been ever since the first time she picked up a camera many years ago.