“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Utopia in Uvalde County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Waresville Cemetery

Waresville Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 5, 2020
1. Waresville Cemetery Marker

​The Waresville Cemetery is one of the last reminders of the Old Waresville Settlement on the Sabinal River established by Captain William Ware (1800-1853). Ware came to Texas in 1828 and first settled in Montgomery County. He fought for Texas independence at the Siege of Bexar and the Battle of San Jacinto. During his military service Captain Ware saw the Sabinal Canyon and decided to bring his family here to settle in 1852. Unfortunately, a few months after building a cabin, he became ill and died. His burial in March 1853 on his property was the beginning of the Waresville Cemetery.

By 1880 the Waresville Community boasted a cotton gin, a gristmill, a sawmill, two flour mills, two churches, homes, and a school. In 1886 Waresville was renamed Utopia for its location and climate. 

Those interred here include members of the Ware Family and other early settlers; Henry Fuller, former slave of Captain Ware; victims of conflicts with local Indians; and descendants of early Waresville pioneers. The older part of the cemetery is still bounded by its original fieldstone fence. In 1951 the cemetery was surveyed and deeded
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to the Waresville Cemetery Association.
Erected 1991 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5718.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & SettlersWar, Texas Independence. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1853.
Location. 29° 35.743′ N, 99° 31.574′ W. Marker is near Utopia, Texas, in Uvalde County. Marker is on Waresville Cemetery Road, ¼ mile west of Ranch to Market Road 187, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Utopia TX 78884, 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. Captain William Ware (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Waresville (approx. half a mile away); William Ware (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old Rock Store (approx. 1.3 miles away); Jones Cemetery (approx. 2½ miles away); Benjamin F. Highsmith (approx. 2½ miles away); Site of Old Taylor School (approx. 4.1 miles away); Captain John Coffee Hays (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Utopia.
Also see . . .  William Ware History. (Submitted on August 31, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Waresville Cemetery Entrance image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 5, 2020
2. Waresville Cemetery Entrance
Credits. This page was last revised on September 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 218 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 31, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 5, 2023