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Terrell in Kaufman County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Ables Springs

 
 
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By Rheba Bybee, September 11, 2016
1. Ables Springs Marker
Inscription. This small settlement, which lies in a region of natural springs, was named for an early Kaufman County family. James W. and Eliza (Godfrey) Ables moved to this area in 1853 and settled on land granted to his father, Ezekial Ables, in 1848. The Ables were active Methodists who, in 1878, deeded nearly nine acres of their land to the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. A church building, a tabernacle, and a public school were built on the land. Part of the site was set aside for this cemetery. The oldest marked grave here is dated 1880.

Never the scene of much commercial activity, Ables Springs has remained a quiet, rural settlement throughout its history. Besides the Methodist congregation, Church of Christ and Baptist fellowships also have been organized here. Prior to World War I, the community had an active Woodman of the World Lodge. The tabernacle on the Methodist church property has been the site of many religious camp meetings, and the school played a vital role in the community until its consolidation with other school districts.

A reminder of the early settlement in northeast Kaufman County, Ables Springs is an important part of the area's pioneer heritage.

Supplemental:
Marker should read James Ables (1829-1891), not James W. Ables (1860-1944). James's father, Ezekiel, received Nacogdoches
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By Rheba Bybee, September 11, 2016
2. Ables Springs Marker
land grant number 25 in 1838, not 1848.
 
Erected 1985 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 8485.)
 
Location. 32° 48.841′ N, 96° 7.16′ W. Marker is in Terrell, Texas, in Kaufman County. Marker is at the intersection of County Route 338 and County Route 339, on the left when traveling south on County Route 338. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Terrell TX 75161, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The W. E. Henderson House (approx. 4.6 miles away but has been reported missing); Poetry Baptist Church (approx. 7.1 miles away); Poetry Methodist Church (approx. 7.4 miles away); Dry Creek Cemetery (approx. 8.4 miles away); Terrell State Hospital Cemetery (approx. 9.1 miles away); Porter Farms (approx. 9.3 miles away); Terrell State Hospital (approx. 9.9 miles away); Public Education in Terrell (approx. 10 miles away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Terrell.
 
More about this marker. The supplemental marker was issued marker number 14986 and erected 2002.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers
 
Ables Springs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rheba Bybee, September 11, 2016
3. Ables Springs Marker
Ables Springs image. Click for full size.
By Rheba Bybee, September 11, 2016
4. Ables Springs
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Rheba Bybee of Seagoville, Texas. This page has been viewed 126 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Rheba Bybee of Seagoville, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on September 16, 2016.
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