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Athens in Henderson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Athens Cemetery

 
 
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By Amanda Hartley, June 5, 2010
1. Athens Cemetery Marker
Inscription. After citizens petitioned for its closure, an unofficial burial ground in this area (large lot 13) closed in 1857. That same year, local residents buried prominent planter, Mason and school superintendent William J. Brantley here on one acre donated by Pleasant Tannehill to Masonic Lodge No. 165. Adjoining land was set aside for the interment of a girl, named Ward, who could not be buried in the Masons' cemetery. The two adjacent burial grounds eventually joined, and further donations of land by Nathaniel Pope Coleman (1823-1888), Joseph Marion La Rue (1825-1887) and Joseph Thomas La Rue (1864-1930) added to what is now known as the Pioneer Section of this cemetery. An association established in 1922 bought an additional 12 acres from Matthias E. Richardson, Jr. (1850-1919), designating the front portion as a park. A trust initiated in 1959 by Sid Williams Richardson (1891-1959) continues to help fund the site's upkeep. Chronicled here are the generations that forged the rich heritage of the city of Athens, along with veterans of the Indian Wars, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
 
Erected 2002 by Texas Historical Commission.
 
Location. 32° 11.964′ N, 95° 51.354′ W.
Athens Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Amanda Hartley, June 5, 2010
2. Athens Cemetery Marker
Marker is in Athens, Texas, in Henderson County. Marker is on South Prairieville Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 312 S. Prairieville Street, Athens TX 75751, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dulcinea Ann Holland Thompson Avriett (within shouting distance of this marker); Stella E. Parsons La Rue (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Joseph Thomas La Rue (about 500 feet away); John Matthews McDonald (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Athens Review (approx. mile away); Henderson County (approx. 0.9 miles away); William Richardson (approx. 6.5 miles away); First United Methodist Church (approx. 9.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Athens.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Athens Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Amanda Hartley, June 5, 2010
3. Athens Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Amanda Hartley of Tyler, Texas. This page has been viewed 653 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Amanda Hartley of Tyler, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Picture of entire entrance. • Close up picture of plaque on other side. • Can you help?
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