“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Somerset in Atascosa County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Old Rock Baptist Church

Old Rock Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By John A Hensarling, June 21, 2012
1. Old Rock Baptist Church Marker
Inscription. Organized as Medina Baptist Church in April 1857 at Mann's Crossing, near Macdona. Until 1866, when members built an arbor here near Old Somerset, the services were held in homes or in a schoolhouse.

Site for meetinghouse and cemetery (2.5 acres here) was bought for ten dollars in 1867 by committeemen F.M. Avent, Elisha A. Briggs, and W.D. Johnson on behalf of Medina Church. This committee also drew the plans; Briggs, a settler from Massachusetts and a stonemason, did much of the construction. Worship began here in 1869 as soon as house had roof and walls—although door and window spaces were empty and there was no floor except bare ground. In those early days, four ordained ministers took turns as unpaid pastors. Avent was clerk and sexton. Medina Church membership was racially integrated. Some of the Negro members lie buried in honored graves in the cemetery.

In 1892 Medina Church relocated at Bexar. Cemetery maintenance was continued here; "Old Rock" was used at times for funerals or worship. In 1921, after local petroleum discoveries, Grayburg Oil Company and some of its employees helped renovate the meetinghouse. Congregation renamed itself for the Old Rock Church and regular worship has continued here ever since.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark-1971

Old Rock Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By John A Hensarling, June 21, 2012
2. Old Rock Baptist Church Marker
1971 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 3795.)
Location. 29° 11.45′ N, 98° 40.82′ W. Marker is near Somerset, Texas, in Atascosa County. Marker is on Old Rock Road 0.3 miles south of Roseville Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Somerset TX 78069, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Benton City Cemetery (approx. 6.2 miles away); Rossville Cemetery (approx. 6.9 miles away); Rossville (approx. 7.3 miles away); Lytle Methodist Church (approx. 7.6 miles away); Atascosa Lodge No. 379, A.F. and A.M. (approx. 7.9 miles away); First Baptist Church of Lytle (approx. 8.2 miles away); Anchorage Cemetery (approx. 8.7 miles away); Sand Branch Baptist Church (approx. 10 miles away).
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by John A Hensarling of Campbellton, Texas. This page has been viewed 448 times since then and 91 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by John A Hensarling of Campbellton, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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