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

King-Williams Cemetery

King-Williams Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 25, 2018
1. King-Williams Cemetery Marker

Bardin King (1819-1891) and Elizabeth Susan Salter (1822-1879) married in Lowndes County, Alabama in 1842. The following year, they traveled west by wagon with their young son William and Susan’s parents and siblings, settling in Louisiana. Bardin was successful growing cotton, but in the late 1850s the extended family moved to Texas, settling first in Navarro and Washington counties before arriving in Limestone County in 1870.

The Kings bought 189 acres here from John and Lucinda Wilson, and the family raised cotton and grains, and were active in the Headsville community. Bardin King was a lay minister at Ebenezer Baptist Church (1 mi. S), and sons John, Cullen and Moses also served later in the same capacity, while youngest son Finley became an ordained Baptist minister. Bardin was a charter member of the local Masonic lodge and active in the Patrons of Husbandry, or Grange.

Susan King died in March 1879 and the family buried her here on the farm. The surrounding land became a dedicated cemetery in 1881, when Bardin divided his holdings among his nine living children and set aside one acre for a graveyard. Daughter
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Photographed By James Hulse, August 25, 2018
2. King-Williams Cemetery and Marker
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Susan Leuticia married Robert Holden Williams, and they and their children later continued cotton and corn farming on the family land. Ten members of the King and Williams families were buried in what became known as King Williams Memorial Cemetery and then King-Williams Cemetery. Robert H. Williams died in 1944 and was the last to be buried in the graveyard, which features historic limestone headstones shaded by pine and cedar trees. Family tradition holds an African American freedman named Speight is also buried here in an unmarked grave.
Historic Texas Cemetery - 2006
Marker is Property of the State of Texas
Erected 2006 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14004.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1879.
Location. 31° 16.899′ N, 96° 29.998′ W. Marker is near Kosse, Texas, in Limestone County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 7 and Ebenezer Church Road (County Highway 462), on the right when traveling east on State Highway 7. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kosse TX 76653, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kimik Kiln (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct
King-Williams Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 25, 2018
3. King-Williams Cemetery
line); Brown Family Cemetery (approx. 8 miles away); Kosse Tabernacle (approx. 8 miles away); Love High School (approx. 12.6 miles away).
Also see . . .  Kosse Texas. TSHA Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on September 29, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 29, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 29, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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