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Near Moran in Shackelford County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Moran Church of Christ

 
 
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Photographed By Saundra Nobles
1. Moran Church of Christ Marker
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The Hulltown Church of Christ organized shortly after the establishment of the village of Hulltown (later Moran) in 1883. In the early years, the congregation met in different homes. In 1886, real estate investor, Bem Scott, deeded Block 30, Lots 3 and 4 of the original town site to the church for construction of a church building, and work soon began at the corner of Cooper and Grace Streets. Hulltown/Moran pioneer, John C. English, did the rock work for the foundation while carpenters, E.A. Merritt and Frank McLaury, worked on the building with the help of church members.

Three of the earliest ministers were Silas Scarborough, W.A. Bentley and Squire L. Barker. During his ministry, Barker wrote numerous articles for national Christian publications, and while advocating for relief efforts during the severe drought of 1886, he toured Red Cross founder, Clara Barton, around the Hulltown area. The longest-serving minister of the church was Elder, Cole Jackson (1882-1958), who was installed in 1910, a position he held until his retirement in 1949. The property was expanded and remodeled in 1954 with the capacity for almost 200
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Although the church continued to prosper, in the 1990s, membership had decreased until the church was closed in 2011. The building was sold in 2016 and a scholarship was created for young ministers at Abilene Christian University with the proceeds. The 130-year-old cast iron bell, manufactured by the C.S. Bell Company of Hillsboro, Ohio, was retained by the membership and relocated to a monument built to honor the church in the Moran Cemetery. (2017)

Marker is Property of the State of Texas
 
Erected 2017 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18805.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Clara Barton series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1883.
 
Location. 32° 32.557′ N, 99° 8.401′ W. Marker is near Moran, Texas, in Shackelford County. Marker can be reached from State Road 2408 east of 133, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located in the southernmost portion of the Moran Cemetery along a cemetery access road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Moran TX 76464, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Granville E. Waters (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Moran Cemetery (about 600 feet away); Cottle No. 1
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(approx. 1.4 miles away); Moran (approx. 1.4 miles away); Ibex (approx. 9.7 miles away); Dothan Cemetery (approx. 10.3 miles away); Hittson Ranch Headquarters on Battle Creek (approx. 11.1 miles away); Burkett Pecan Tree (approx. 11.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Moran.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 26, 2020, by Saundra Nobles of Albany, Texas. This page has been viewed 331 times since then and 9 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on January 26, 2020, by Saundra Nobles of Albany, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
 
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