Plum Creek once bustling, community now gone

Abe Jones

Information courtesy of Sessions Reflections, usgwarchives.net, and Patricia Pratt

In the area between Dew and Cross Roads (Butler, as it is known today) on FM 489 in the Plum Creek area there was a rural community called Abe Jones. Named for a man born into slavery that accomplished much even in the bad years following the Civil War and freedom. I have heard many complimentary stories concerning this man, his wife, and family. In this community, the last common school district was Trahan, which operated into the 1970's in a small two-room schoolhouse, just to maintain the county school superintendents office and jobs. There were also three cemeteries nearby, Brown Chapel Cemetery, Brooke Family Cemetery, and Willis Family Cemetery. The community was virtually an independent area because of the enterprising leadership of Abe Jones. At the December 2006 meeting of the Freestone County Historical Commission Abe C. Jones' grandson, Eddie Jones presented a program on his grandparents at the Butler "E.E. Wheat" Community Center. Much of the following information came from that speech.

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