“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Redland in Angelina County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Walker Cemetery

Walker Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, September 18, 2009
1. Walker Cemetery Marker
Inscription. This part of Angelina County has long been called Red Land, or Redland, for the red soil ridge that forms the center of the community. In 1846, Thomas R. Walker moved into the area from North Carolina. In 1851, he wed Emily Z. Briscoe, and the couple farmed and reared their children on their homestead. Walker served as county sheriff and county judge, and was a member of the local masonic lodge.

Upon his death in 1877, Walker was buried in this cemetery, which had been established before he purchased the land in 1858. Originally known as Red Land cemetery, this burial ground was in use for decades before Walker was buried here. One early marked grave is that of Nathaniel S. Abney (d. 1855), the young son of settler Paul C. Abney.

In March 1892, Walker's widow deeded part of the cemetery land to community trustees. At this same time, J. W. Chamblee deeded another portion, making it a three-acre plot. Additional acreage was acquired in the 20th century, increasing the burial ground to its current size.

Maintained by a cemetery association, the Tom Walker cemetery, as it is known today, holds the history of this early east Texas community and its people.
Erected 2003 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14371.)
Walker Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, January 25, 2010
2. Walker Cemetery Marker
31° 23.77′ N, 94° 43.055′ W. Marker is in Redland, Texas, in Angelina County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 59 and Old Highway 59 (County Road 107), on the right when traveling north on U.S. 59. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lufkin TX 75901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Redland Baptist Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Angelina & Neches River Railroad (approx. 1.9 miles away); Machinery from Early East Texas Logging Railroads (approx. 3.3 miles away); The Civilian Conservation Corps and Forestry in Texas (approx. 3˝ miles away); German POWs in the East Texas Timber Industry (approx. 3˝ miles away); Mantooth Farm (approx. 3˝ miles away); Angelina (approx. 3.7 miles away); Southland Paper Mills, Inc. (approx. 3.7 miles away).
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 24, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,341 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 24, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas.   2. submitted on January 25, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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