Chapter History

The John Abston Chapter was organized 17 October 1975 with a membership of twenty.  Mrs. Sterling Bailey was Organizing Regent.

About John Abston and the Abston Cemetery

John Abston (1761-1856), a Soldier in the American Revolution, was a native of Virginia. In the 1830s, Abston and his family moved to Missouri. In 1853 he moved to Collin County, Texas, with the family of his son, Jesse. 

Following Jesse's death that year, the family moved farther south in the county. John Abston and Jesse Abston's widow, Sarah, purchased land about a mile north of Lavon, Texas in 1854. A small plot of land was set aside as a family burial ground. John Abston's burial here in 1856 was the first in the cemetery. 

There are thirty-seven marked graves, including those of several generations of the Abston and related families. All but one of the stones bear 19th-century death dates. 

According to family tradition, Sarah Abston, at one time, gave a small house and a parcel of land to a former slave, Elias Bellew, with the agreement that he would maintain the cemetery. As a result, the graveyard has also been referred to as the Old Bellew Cemetery. Descendants of those interred in this cemetery still reside in Collin County. The graveyard stands as a reminder of the area's heritage. (1988)

Compiled from the Historical Marker found at the Abston Cemetery


Chapter Officers


Dorcas Abbott Helms

1st Vice Regent
Jeanne Ogsbury Brandone
2nd Vice Regent
Cathy Mills Leiker
Shalmir "Shalli" Goodall Lukich
Recording Secretary
Jodie Mills Yowell
Corresponding Secretary
Vickie Kirby Anthume
Margret Withers Hannum
Faustine "Teena" Darsey Humphris
Assistant Registrar
Carol Baskin Tatum
Jodessa "Jodi" Robinson Reed
Katharine Sherwood Oehmann
Margaret Manning Wilemon
Cathy Howard Peterson
Linda Wilcox


We meet at 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month in
McKinney, Texas

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