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Near Kyle in Hays County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Kyle Pioneer Family Cemetery

	Kyle Pioneer Family Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, July 3, 2018
1. Kyle Pioneer Family Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  The official name Kyle pioneer Family cemetery is what the African American descendants of people who were enslave and freed , Known locally as the Old Kyle Slave Cemetery , the Kyle Family Pioneer Cemetery lay unnoticed and forgotten for many years, tucked to the right of the entrance to the Kyle Community Cemetery. The cemetery is the final resting place for some of Claiborne Kyle's enslave people and former , many with ephemeral markers no longer visible. According to the 1850 Hays County slave census, Claiborne Kyle owned 28 slaves, ranging in age from two years to 80. By 1860, that number increased to 29, ranging from one to 63. Presumably, the 80-year-old passed away and is believed to be the first burial in this cemetery.

At first glance, there are around a dozen stones marking burials, but a survey revealed many more burials, taking place from the 1850s to 1938. Very few headstones remain intact with several carved by hand and others cut by skilled stone cutters. One headstone, that of Philis Martin (1822-1887), lists the stonemaker as M.E. Aten, old Round Rock (Williamson County). Another legible headstone belongs to Vinie
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Kyle (1837-1908). In unmarked graves beside her lie her husband, Samuel (b. 1839), and several of their children. Samuel Kyle is believed to be one of Claiborne's slaves and, possibly, his son with Kitty Kyle who is said to be buried here. WW I veteran, William Calvin (1888-1938), is also buried here.

In 1899, the nearby Kyle Cemetery for Colored People (now known as Skyview Cemetery) was established and quickly became the primary burial location for the African American community of Kyle. With community involvement and grants, the restoration and preservation of the Kyle Family Pioneer cemetery began in the 1990s.
Erected 2015 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18617.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1850.
Location. 29° 57.744′ N, 97° 53.892′ W. Marker is near Kyle, Texas, in Hays County. Marker can be reached from South Old Stagecoach Road (County Road 136) 0.2 miles south of C Kyle Log House Road. The marker is located in Kyle Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2607 S Old Stagecoach Road, Kyle TX 78640, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kyle Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Beef for the Confederacy
Kyle Pioneer Family Cemetery Marker Area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, July 3, 2018
2. Kyle Pioneer Family Cemetery Marker Area
(approx. 1.3 miles away); The Kyle Auction Oak (approx. 2.1 miles away); Cora Jackman Donalson House (approx. 2.1 miles away); Katherine Anne Porter (approx. 2.2 miles away); Old D. A. Young Building (approx. 2.2 miles away); First Baptist Church of Kyle (approx. 2.2 miles away); Kyle (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kyle.
Kyle Pioneer Family Cemetery and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, June 3, 2019
3. Kyle Pioneer Family Cemetery and Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 4, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 529 times since then and 82 times this year. Last updated on September 16, 2019, by K Robinson of Kyle, Hayes. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 4, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.   3. submitted on September 18, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 3, 2023