Near Ranger in Eastland County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Oil discovered in 1917 on land owned by John H. McCleskey (buried here in 1918) started an oil boom that ultimately threatened the sanctity of the Merriman Cemetery. Oil speculators reportedly offered members of the Merriman Baptist Church a large sum of money to lease the cemetery grounds for drilling. The congregation, although its association with the cemetery is uncertain, turned the offer down.
Josie Fox Duncan (d. 1940) deeded 75 acres to trustees of the cemetery in 1938 to provide an income for its perpetual care. The cemetery contains graves of early settlers, veterans of conflicts from the Civil War to Korea, and victims of a 1916-17 influenza epidemic.
Erected 1993 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3347.)
Location. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ranger TX 76470, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Merriman Baptist Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ranger Municipal Airport (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Bankhead Highway (approx. 3.3 miles away); Well Number 19 (approx. 3.3 miles away); Site of First Oil Well Drilled in Eastland County (approx. 3.3 miles away); Roaring Ranger (approx. 3.3 miles away); Ranger Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.6 miles away); Hargus Farm (approx. 5.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ranger.
Also see . . . Merriman Cemetery - findagrave.com. (Submitted on September 13, 2016.)
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 212 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on September 13, 2016.