Corner of FM 487 and FR 3061
Dr. John Herndon Graves (1807-1889) and his family
settled in this area in 1858. They acquired
several large tracts of land over time, and Dr.
Graves' daughter and her husband deeded the land
around this site for Lilac Baptist Church in 1880.
It was intended for use as a cemetery as well.
According to oral history, another area resident
subsequently deeded a strip of land across the
south end of the cemetery. The earliest marked
grave on this site is that of Calvin McCormick (d.
1870). Dr. John H. Graves' marker indicates that
he was the earliest-born of those interred here.
Other burials of interest include four Civil War
veterans, one Spanish-American War veteran, nine
veterans of World War I and a number of veterans
of other wars and conflicts. Lilac Cemetery
continues as a chronicle of Milam County history.