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Near Novice in Coleman County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Atoka Cemetery

 
 
Atoka Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 18, 2014
1. Atoka Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Settlement of this area began in the 1850s with the establishment of Camp Colorado, a United States Cavalry outpost. At the outbreak of the Civil War the camp was occupied by Texas state troops and Texas Ranger units. The existence of the camp spurred permanent settlement in the area, and many families moved here from the southern United States after the Civil War. The settlers established farms and ranches, and the Atoka community included a general store operated by D.A. Parker and S.N. Edenborough, a combination church/school building, and a cotton gin built by D.A. Parker.
     This cemetery was established in 1880 on land deeded by C.E. Bush. Among the early pioneers buried here are the Rev. Hugh Martin Childress, Sr., a former Texas Ranger and Republic of Texas soldier; his son, Elisha Childress, who served as the first Coleman County Sheriff; veterans of the Civil War; and several workers killed in an explosion that occurred during the construction of a Santa Fe Railroad bridge across Jim Ned Creek in 1910. The cemetery, which is maintained by an assoication of descendants of those buried here, is one of the few physical reminders of the Atoka community and its pioneer settlers.

To Commemorate the Life and Work of Jack Shields
 
Erected 1996 by Texas Historical Commission
Atoka Cemetery Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 18, 2014
2. Atoka Cemetery Entrance
. (Marker Number 232.)
 
Location. 31° 59.637′ N, 99° 40.366′ W. Marker is near Novice, Texas, in Coleman County. Marker is on County Road 441 0.1 miles west of County Road 490, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Novice TX 79538, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Townsite of Content (approx. 4.6 miles away); Alec Simmons (approx. 4.8 miles away but has been reported missing); Counts Cemetery (approx. 5.3 miles away); Ranger Campsite (approx. 5.5 miles away); Ranger Peak (approx. 5.5 miles away); Cotton Production in Runnels County (approx. 5.5 miles away); Crews (approx. 7.5 miles away); Silver Valley Cemetery (approx. 7.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Novice.
 
Also see . . .
1. Atoka Cemetery Official Website. (Submitted on October 24, 2014.)
2. Rev. Hugh M. Childress, Sr. From the findagrave.com website. Includes a biography and images. (Submitted on October 24, 2014.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Hugh M. Childress Historic Site
The burial place of Hugh Martin Childress, Sr. is Historic Site No. 427 of the United Methodist Church. The site is
View to West Along County Road 441 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 18, 2014
3. View to West Along County Road 441
marked by a UMC Plaque.
    — Submitted October 24, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.

 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers
 
View to East Along County Road 441 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 18, 2014
4. View to East Along County Road 441
Atoka Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 18, 2014
5. Atoka Cemetery
View to northeast from the
southwest corner of the cemetery
Atoka Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 18, 2014
6. Atoka Cemetery
View to southwest from the
northeast corner of the cemetery
Childress Family Plot image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 18, 2014
7. Childress Family Plot
From left to right, graves of Hugh Martin Childress, Sr. (1800-1886), Susannah Childress (1809-1882), Elisa Childress (1837-1884), and Mary Childress (1832-1912).
Burial Place of Hugh Martin Childress, Sr. image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 18, 2014
8. Burial Place of Hugh Martin Childress, Sr.
Historic Site No. 427 of the United Methodist Church
United Methodist Church Historic Site Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 18, 2014
9. United Methodist Church Historic Site Plaque
Memorializing the burial place of
Hugh Martin Childress, Sr.
East Section of Atoka Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 18, 2014
10. East Section of Atoka Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 288 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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