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Athens in Henderson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

John Matthews McDonald

 
 
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1. John Matthews McDonald Marker
Inscription.  North Carolina-born John Matthews McDonald (1827-1883) came to Texas in 1848 and lived first at Larissa, Cherokee Co. and then Mound Prairie, Anderson Co., where his brother Murdoch earlier settled. Two years later, he moved to the young town of Athens and became a teacher and a lawyer. He also served as the town's first mayor. He wed Mary Ann Elizabeth Pinson (1842-1931) in 1858, and the couple had ten children. During the Civil War, McDonald fought with the Confederate Army as part of Hood's Texas Brigade. Active in public service, he held the offices of justice of the peace, county judge and state representative. His pioneer leadership proved vital to the early development of his adopted home.
 
Erected 2005 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13285.)
 
Location. 32° 11.848′ N, 95° 51.445′ W. Marker is in Athens, Texas, in Henderson County. Marker can be reached from South Prairieville Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 312 S. Prairieville Street, Athens TX 75751, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the
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2. John Matthews McDonald Marker Site
crow flies. Athens Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stella E. Parsons La Rue (approx. 0.2 miles away); Joseph Thomas La Rue (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dulcinea Ann Holland Thompson Avriett (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Athens Review (approx. 0.4 miles away); Henderson County (approx. 0.8 miles away); Pilgrim’s Rest Primative Baptist Church (approx. 5.6 miles away); William Richardson (approx. 6˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
 
More about this marker. Marker is located inside Athens Cemetery. The cemetery has maps that show the location of the historical markers.
 
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3. John Matthews McDonald Headstone
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4. John Matthews McDonald and wife Mary E. McDonald's headstones
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 10, 2010, by Amanda Hartley of Tyler, Texas. This page has been viewed 794 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 10, 2010, by Amanda Hartley of Tyler, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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