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San Patricio in San Patricio County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Old Cemetery on the Hill

 
 
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By Larry D. Moore, August 11, 2018
1. Old Cemetery on the Hill Marker
Inscription. This cemetery is believed to have been used for generations by Indian tribes and Mexican settlers who lived in this area previous to Anglo colonization. Following the establishment of San Patricio de Hibernia in 1830 by empresarios John McMullen and James McGloin, the colonists continued to use the old cemetery on the hill.

According to local oral tradition, early graves in the cemetery were marked by wooden crosses and stones bearing Spanish and English inscriptions. Among those interred here are Lt. Marcelino Garcia, who was killed at the battle of Lipantitlan in 1835. Also buried here are soldiers who died in the battle of San Patricio on February 27, 1836; James McGloin, whose grave was never marked; victims of diseases such as scarlet fever; men killed fighting duels; and many early settlers and their descendants.

After a new cemetery was consecrated at San Patricio by father Antoine Maury in 1872, the old cemetery on the hill was used infrequently. The old cemetery was neglected for many years until restoration efforts were begun in the 1960s. Some tombstones were destroyed or lost over the years, but the historic graveyard is now maintained.
 
Erected 1990 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3703.)
 
Location.
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By Larry D. Moore, August 11, 2018
2. Old Cemetery on the Hill Marker Area
27° 57.56′ N, 97° 45.74′ W. Marker is in San Patricio, Texas, in San Patricio County. Touch for map. Marker is in a cemetery .1 mile north of E. Fitzgerald St (County Rd 21) via a dirt driveway. Marker is in this post office area: Mathis TX 78368, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Education in San Patricio (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old Dougherty House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Saint Patrick's Catholic Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Battle of San Patricio (approx. 0.8 miles away); Josepha Rodriguez (approx. 0.8 miles away); San Patricio de Hibernia (approx. 0.8 miles away); White Point / Rosita (approx. 11 miles away); Early Odem Area Schools (approx. 11 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Patricio.
 
More about this marker. There is a duplicate of the marker in front of San Patricio City Hall, corner of Main St (FM 666) and McGloin St.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 17, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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