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

Owen Cemetery

 
 
Owen Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, August 16, 2020
1. Owen Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  

David Allen Owen came to Texas with his first wife, Mary (Langsdon), who died enroute, and their 5 children. They traveled with family members and others from Randolph County, Alabama to Henderson County, Texas in 1851. Owen served as chief justice (county judge) from 1860 to 1869 and was a pioneer member of the Pilgrim's Rest Primitive Baptist Church at Baxter. He later settled in the Mill Run community and set aside part of his land for this cemetery.

The earliest marked grave is for Owen's son, Silas Monk Owen, who died in 1873. Friends and neighbors, as well as other Owen family members, are buried here. Tombstones dated before 1900 bear the names of Clayton, Davis, Hanks, Hester, Moon, Ratcliff, Regester, and Rogers. David Allen Owen (1817-1885); his second wife, Lucinda (Woodard) (1834-1925); sons Jefferson Davis (1861-1916), David Randolph (1864-1927), Jordan Wade (1869-1947), Joseph Collins (1875-1930), and Dewitt Judson (1872-1943); and Mary Matilda (Clayton) Pace (1849-1930), a daughter by his first wife, also are buried here.

Although many of the graves are unmarked or are marked only with rocks, the Owen
Owen Cemetery Gate and Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, August 16, 2020
2. Owen Cemetery Gate and Marker
Cemetery stands as part of the recorded history of this area of Henderson County.
 
Erected 1985 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10369.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 32° 7.38′ N, 95° 50.151′ W. Marker is near Athens, Texas, in Henderson County. Marker is on Pace Ranch Road half a mile south of County Highway 4622, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Pace Ranch Road, Athens TX 75751, 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. Henderson County C.S.A. (approx. 4˝ miles away); John Matthews McDonald (approx. 5.3 miles away); Pilgrim’s Rest Primitive Baptist Church (approx. 5.3 miles away); Athens Cemetery (approx. 5.4 miles away); Clinton Williams Murchison, Sr. (approx. 5.4 miles away); Dulcinea Ann Holland Thompson Avriett (approx. 5˝ miles away); Sid Williams Richardson (approx. 5˝ miles away); Stella E. Parsons La Rue (approx. 5˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 30, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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