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Near Iola in Grimes County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Zion Cemetery

 
 
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By James Hulse, October 15, 2020
1. Zion Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  

Zion Cemetery is the final resting place of early pioneers of Grimes County and their descendants whose memory is preserved here. Methodist Episcopal Church, South, now known as Zion United Methodist Church, formed in 1852 when settlers purchased three acres of land from L.E. Jones. Initially on this property, a log cabin church also served as a school, known as McCary School.

When death entered the settlement, graves were placed among the trees, thus beginning the Zion Cemetery. Although the church later moved to Iola, the cemetery remained in the community and continued to grow. In August 1867, Priscilla McMahan donated 3.46 acres adjoining the original approximate 3-acre tract. Many burials at Zion Cemetery represent early pioneers and settlers of the area, including the gravesite of Katy Holland McDowell Treadwell Cobb (1815-1886), a member of Austin's Old Three-Hundred. The earliest grave in the cemetery is that of John William Diserens (1839-1857), who died on July 12, 1857. John William, the son of early pioneer, john David Diserens (1796 1867), is also buried here.

The cemetery is also the final resting place of
Zion Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, October 15, 2020
2. Zion Cemetery Marker
veterans of the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War. Also represented are those lost to the Yellow Fever Epidemic in 1867 as well as numerous infant burials. The Iola Cemetery Association founded before World War II, manages the historic cemetery with ownership remaining with the Zion United Methodist Church in Iola.
Historic Texas Cemetery - 2017
Marker is Property of the State of Texas

 
Erected 2017 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 20130.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites.
 
Location. 30° 46.139′ N, 96° 5.491′ W. Marker is near Iola, Texas, in Grimes County. Marker is at the intersection of County Highway 108 and Sollock Lane, on the left when traveling west on County Highway 108. The marker is located in the front center section of the Zion Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Iola TX 77861, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Katy Holland McDowell Treadwell Cobb (within shouting distance of this marker); Jozye Church and Cemetery (approx. 13.4 miles away); Site of Bullard Community (approx. 14˝ miles away); Oakland Baptist Church (approx. 15.7 miles
Zion Cemetery and Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, October 15, 2020
3. Zion Cemetery and Marker
The marker can be seen in the far distance along the walkway of the Cemetery.
away); Wilson Chapel Methodist Church (approx. 15.8 miles away); First Baptist Church of Madisonville (approx. 16.2 miles away); Truman Kimbro (approx. 16.3 miles away); Jubal Richard Parten (approx. 16.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Iola, Texas. TexasEscapes.com (Submitted on October 29, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
Katie Holland Cobb tombstone image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, October 15, 2020
4. Katie Holland Cobb tombstone
Her first husband and a cousin were killed at the Alamo.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 29, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 29, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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