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Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Merrilltown Cemetery

 
 
Merrilltown Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, May 31, 2011
1. Merrilltown Cemetery Marker
Inscription. This burial ground has served the surrounding area since the early 1850s. Most of those interred here lived in the Merrilltown community, which Captain Nelson Merrell (d. 1879) established when he settled here in 1837. He operated the post office and a store in the community. Captain Merrell deeded this property to trustees of School District #9 in 1856 for use as a burial ground; he also deeded land for a church and school. Merrell served as Travis County Commissioner (1852-1859) and assisted with the construction of Congress Avenue; he is also recognized as a Texas Ranger for his work in leading a group of Rangers in protecting Austin from attacks by Native Americans.

The oldest marked grave in Merrilltown Cemetery is of Julia Merrell (d. 1852), the young daughter of Nelson and Rachel Merrell (d. 1862). Another noted burial here is of Lemuel Summerwell Woodward (1813-1891), another Travis County Commissioner (1860-1864). Others interred include community leaders and veterans of military conflicts dating to the Civil War. Cemetery features include curbing, vertical stones, obelisks, a Woodmen of the World grave marker and Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) grave markers. Merrilltown residents maintained the grounds until 1982, when the Round Rock School District was named the cemetery’s trustee. In 1996, the Calvary
Merrilltown Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, May 31, 2011
2. Merrilltown Cemetery
Marker is seen to the right of the entrance.
Worship Center assumed this charitable trust from the school district, and today continues to care for the burial ground. Although this area was annexed into Austin, Merrilltown Cemetery persists as a reminder of the Merrilltown community, and serves as a record of this area’s pioneers.
 
Erected 2000 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16037.)
 
Location. 30° 27.236′ N, 97° 41.705′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is on Farm to Market 1325 north of Merrilltown Drive, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14901 Farm to Market 1325, Austin TX 78728, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Gault Homestead (approx. 1.2 miles away); Bratton Cemetery (approx. 1.9 miles away); St. Stephen’s Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); Waters Park (approx. 2.8 miles away); Sam Bass' Death Site (approx. 3.9 miles away); Otto Reinke Building (approx. 3.9 miles away); Old Broom Factory Building (approx. 3.9 miles away); Early Commercial Building (approx. 3.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Austin.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
Capt. Nelson Merrill Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, May 31, 2011
3. Capt. Nelson Merrill Grave Marker
Notice that spelling of the name on the grave marker (Merrill) is different than that on the historical marker (Merrell).
See marker for Gault Homestead. John M. Gault is buried here at Merriltown Cemetery.
 
Also see . . .
1. Merrilltown, TX. Handbook of Texas Online (Submitted on February 27, 2015.) 

2. Captain Nelson Merrell. Link to Find A Grave entry for Captain Nelson Merrell (Submitted on February 27, 2015, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Rachel Merrell Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, May 31, 2011
4. Rachel Merrell Grave Marker
Julia Merrell Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, May 31, 2011
5. Julia Merrell Grave Marker
Earliest known burial (1852). Daughter of Nelson and Rachell Merrell.
USGS Map with Merrilltown, TX image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney
6. USGS Map with Merrilltown, TX
Part of a USGS map showing relation of Merrilltown, TX, to Austin. From Geologic Atlas Of The United States, Austin Folio, Texas: USGS Geologic Folio, 1902 (surveyed 1895). Notice "Pilot Knob (North)" just east of Merrilltown used for reference by travelers in the 1800s (there are other "Pilot Knobs" in Travis and adjacent counties, hence the "North" designation).
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 879 times since then and 46 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   6. submitted on , by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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