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Heath in Rockwall County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Sterling Rex Barnes

(Gravesite in Heath Cemetery)

 
 
Sterling Rex Barnes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Amanda Hartley, June 12, 2010
1. Sterling Rex Barnes Marker
Inscription. Virginia native Sterling Rex Barnes (1799-1866) migrated to this area from Mississippi with his wife Martha Ann (Mitchell) (b.1809) and family in 1846. A pioneer settler in the community of Black Hill, now Heath, he was a charter member of East Trinity Masonic Lodge No. 157 in Rockwall, organized in 1854. Barnes was the local justice of the peace in 1852 and operated a toll bridge at a site on the East Fork of the Trinity River, now under the waters of Lake Ray Hubbard. Five sons and one son-in-law served with the Confederacy during the Civil War.
 
Erected 1981 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6135.)
 
Location. 32° 50.386′ N, 96° 28.762′ W. Marker is in Heath, Texas, in Rockwall County. Marker is at the intersection of Smirl Drive (Farm to Market Road 1140) and Terry Lane, on the left when traveling east on Smirl Drive. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1500 Farm to Market Road 1140, Rockwall TX 75032, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Heath Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chisholm Cemetery (approx. 5.9 miles away); Brooklyn Lodge No. 386, A.F. & A.M.
Sterling Rex Barnes Marker and Heath Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Amanda Hartley, June 12, 2010
2. Sterling Rex Barnes Marker and Heath Cemetery
(approx. 5.9 miles away); Hillcrest Cemetery (approx. 6 miles away); The Forney Messenger (approx. 6.2 miles away); Forney (approx. 6.4 miles away); Dixie Overland Highway (approx. 6.4 miles away); 1899 Automobile Trip (approx. 6.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Biography of Sterling Rex Barnes. He began the trip to Texas in 1846 with his wife and nine children ranging from the oldest, Amanda Caroline, and her husband, William Jordan Bowden, and youngest, baby Lucy Ann, two months old. Their slaves Jim and Jane Collier came also. Eight children born in Texas were recorded in the Barnes family Bible. (Submitted on July 24, 2010.) 
 
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Sterling Rex Barnes Headstone image. Click for full size.
By Amanda Hartley, June 12, 2010
3. Sterling Rex Barnes Headstone
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Amanda Hartley of Tyler, Texas. This page has been viewed 990 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Amanda Hartley of Tyler, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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