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Lorena in McLennan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Lorena Cemetery

Lorena Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 30, 2020
1. Lorena Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  The original two-acre tract of this burial ground was set aside for the pioneer settlers of the area by Daniel Aerl, who is interred here. The establishment of the cemetery on December 12, 1881, was in conjunction with the sale of sixty acres of land to financier Gen. Grenville M. Dodge. He had the property platted for the town of Lorena, which developed along a line of his Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad. Dodge named the village for Lorena Westbrook Robertson (1861-1952), also buried here, who was the daughter of local land owner C.A. Westbrook.

The first burial at this site was that of Lemuel Crook, the infant son of S.J. and G.S. Crook, who died in 1882. The cemetery was next used two years later for the interment of a nine-year-old boy, Jacky Pool. Other graves include those of pioneer area families, early leaders of the community, and many veterans of military action.

Additional land for the cemetery was later acquired from the Westbrook families, and from the family of Walter Evans, Sr. The Lorena Cemetery Association was established in 1914 to provide funds for the maintenance of the site and in 1970 a perpetual
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Erected 1981 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3122.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical date for this entry is December 12, 1881.
Location. 31° 22.465′ N, 97° 13.045′ W. Marker is in Lorena, Texas, in McLennan County. Marker is on Front Street south of Lowry Lane, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lorena TX 76655, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Lorena United Methodist Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); McBrayer City Park (approx. 0.9 miles away); Martin Irons (approx. 3.6 miles away); Site of Bruceville Methodist Church (approx. 3.7 miles away); Bruceville Baptist Church (approx. 3.8 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 5.8 miles away); Flowers House (approx. 5.8 miles away); Eddy Methodist Church (approx. 5.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lorena.
Lorena Cemetery Marker Area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 30, 2020
2. Lorena Cemetery Marker Area
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 3, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 181 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 3, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.

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