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FLOYD HILL, TX

FLOYD HILL, TEXAS. Floyd Hill is on Farm Road 2345 between State Highway 77 and Farm Road 995, some five miles southwest of Douglassville in Cass County. On October 9, 1854, four acres of a land grant in Cass County made to John Stiles was deeded to the Missionary Baptist Church by Killis S. Floyd. The church was to be known as Floyd's Hill Church. Worship services were held in the Frifogle House, former home of a pioneer family, until a log church was built in 1855. About 1858 this log building was replaced by a large one-room structure built of virgin timber on a rock foundation with the help of slave labor. The slaves worshipped in Floyd's Hill Church with their masters until Floyd donated land for their church, Floyd Valley Church. The Floyd's Hill Cemetery, which comprises 200 known graves, received a Texas Historical Marker in 1977 and was still in use in 2000. The community's site was on pioneer routes to Texas from Georgia and Alabama during and after the Civil War. Mail to the Floyd Hill community was routed through the Cusseta post office. The farming community declined after World War I, and regular church services ended in 1926. In 1932 a storm damaged the church, and the structure was dismantled. On the same rock foundation Henry Grady Riddlespurger built a smaller structure that still stood in 2000. The Floyd's Hill Church Cemetery Association, established in 1948, sponsors an annual homecoming on the second Sunday of September for the descendants of early families. The Riddlespurger family reunion was held there each year on the second Sunday in November from 1986 to 1996. These celebrations included having worship services in the church, decorating the graves in the cemetery, holding business meetings, and having lunch under the oak trees on the grounds. In 2000 the cemetery association continued to hold its meetings there.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

The Floyd Hill Church Minutes 1854 to 1871 (Atlanta, Texas: Cass County Genealogical Society, ca. 2004). Historical marker files, Texas Historical Commission, Austin (Floyd's Hill Church – Cemetery).

Martha Spurger Moore

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Martha Spurger Moore, "FLOYD HILL, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hrf39), accessed April 19, 2014. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.