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Near Markley in Young County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Markley Cemetery Decoration Day

 
 
Markley Cemetery Decoration Day Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, October 21, 2018
1. Markley Cemetery Decoration Day Marker
Inscription.  

Cemetery was begun in 1881, with interment of M. C. Norfleet, adjacent to the old Plum Grove School. By 1890, the burial ground had fallen to neglect. A group of men from the surrounding rural community, including J. C. Calvin, J. W. Cox, R. E. Currie, S. G. Dean, Nelson Owen, M. A. Stewart, Andy and Ike Tinney, J. M. Wallace, and W. M. Watson, organized an annual "Graveyard Working Day", to be held on the first Saturday in May. In the early years, people came by wagon and horseback, some camping overnight. After the cleaning work had been completed bouquets of wildflowers were replaced on the graves.

About 1900, the settlement was named "Markley", in honor of A. C. Markley, an area landowner who had served in the frontier army during the Indian wars.

In 1925, the observation was changed to the first Sunday in May. Although a perpetual care program has been initiated, decoration ceremonies have persisted as an annual social event, preserving a heritage of community cohesiveness and participation.

Among the grave decorated each year are those of thirteen Confederate veterans of the Civil War: John F. Bussey, J.
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By James Hulse, October 21, 2018
2. Markley Cemetery and Marker
C. Butler, Jessie Byrd, R. E. Currie, George J. Lucas, J. D. Mankins, J. L. McDaniel, J. L. Norfleet, Nelson Owen, J.C. Stanley, James Stinnett, Cates Thompson, and David White.

Christopher E Lofton
 
Erected 1975 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3220.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 33° 21.957′ N, 98° 26.775′ W. Marker is near Markley, Texas, in Young County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 16 half a mile north of Farm to Market Road 1769. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Loving TX 76460, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Stone Houses (approx. 4˝ miles away); Indian Exodus 1859 (approx. 4˝ miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Markley Texas History. TexasEscapes.com (Submitted on September 12, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
Sunrise at the Markley Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, October 21, 2018
3. Sunrise at the Markley Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 12, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 12, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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