Near Markley in Young County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Markley Cemetery Decoration Day
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.
Christopher E Lofton
Erected 1975 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3220.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1881.
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. 4½ miles away); Indian Exodus 1859 (approx. 4½ miles away).
Also see . . . Markley Texas History. TexasEscapes.com (Submitted on September 12, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
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