I love ghost stories!
I spent one afternoon before Christmas in the North Richland Hills Library looking for books on Texas Cemeteries, burial customs and traditions. During my search through the digital repository I noticed a title that intrigued me, “Ghosts in the Graveyard, Texas Cemetery Tales.” I decided to check it out with my other selections of cemetery research guides and books on
Olyve Hallmark Abbott has written a delightful book filled with ghosts from at least twenty graveyards in
You may have read some of my accounts of my childhood memories in and around the community of Lingleville in
Her story, “Skip-a-Rope” is an account of apparitions and laughter – the sound of children that are said to have been students in the old school that once stood there. The story is told that the graveyard overlapped the old foundation of the school. Some of the Lingleville residents who went to school there were also buried in this small graveyard called
“According to Dave Julian of ‘The Shadowlands’, the theory is that former school sites may have a buildup of psychic energies of emotional events having previously transpired there. This is an open invitation to spirits.”
I decided to go with my sister and sister-in-law to find this little graveyard and take pictures and record any information on tombstones found there. Being stubborn females, we refused to allow my brother to call his friend, Mike, for directions. So we bundled up since it was a bitterly cold day and drove to the area where we remembered School Hill to be located.
There are two School Hill Cemeteries – the
Since we refused to ask for directions to the Upper School Hill Cemetery, we only got pictures of the better known (to us, at least) Lower School Hill Church and Cemetery. Newspaper reports from the area records
The day we visited, there was no one around even though the cemetery was obviously well cared for. The abandoned church building was open to the elements with some heavy screens on the windows but open doors.
The building held old church pews that were scattered around and pieces of the ceiling were falling down.
My photo taken in 2008
In 2002 when Charlie Turnbo visited Lower School Hill he found and wrote about a podium sitting on top of some pews. He also posted a picture of that scene at Texaescapes.com. I took a picture of that same pew in 2008 and the pictures look almost identical.
There is a beautiful mural on the wall behind the pulpit where the podium once sat and it also looks virtually the same in the 2002 and 2008 photos. It was painted by Annie Lynn Leatherwood, 1952.
“When indexed in 1970 by Weldon Hudson, there were five marked graves dating back to 1905. There have been more recent burials here not included on
Maybe another day I’ll ask my brother’s friend, Mike, for those directions to Upper School Hill where I might be one of the “fortunate” ones to hear the children singing and playing “Skip-a-Rope.”
There is not a curved lichgate but the double gate was unlocked.
You can reach it by turning northeast off Highway 8 onto 397
west of Lingleville going toward Desdemona.
Apr. 17, 1828
Oct. 18, 1908
There is a closed Bible on top of marker and has the Gates of Heaven symbol inscribed on front.
I could not make out all of the inscription on this stone
but it has the same last name as the taller one just above.
At RootsWeb George and Elayne Gibbons have transcribed the above stone as reading:
Glenn, Mertie infant dau of J. W. & M. A. 3 May 1905
Some of the family names found here are Moon, Elston, Glenn, Sims, and Armstrong.
You can see more of my photographs of
“Ghosts in the Graveyard,
Texasecapes.com, “The Churches of School Hill,” 2002, Charlie Turnbo,
Pictures taken by Judith Richards Shubert, copyright 2008