Near Mt. Vernon in Franklin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
This burial ground served the farming community of Rockhill, settled after the Civil War (1861–65). The high childhood mortality rate of that era accounts for many graves here. Earliest known burial was Mary Hitchens who died about 1875 at age 12. Oldest dated stone marks the grave of two-year-old Willie Terrell (d. 1881). Of the 148 known graves, 90 are unmarked. A cemetery committee bought the site in 1919, like many rural settlements, Rockhill began to decline in the 1930s depression. The community's churches and school vanished, but the cemetery remains a link to its past.
Erected 1977 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9850.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites.
Location. 33° 4.98′ N, 95° 9.08′ W. Marker is near Mt. Vernon, Texas, in Franklin County. Marker can be reached from Rock Hill Cemetery Road ¼ mile north of County Highway 3122. The marker is located at the back of the Rock Hill Cemetery after going through two gates.Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Vernon TX 75457, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Monticello Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 3.7 miles away); Cherokee Trace (approx. 5.1 miles away); Ripley Massacre (approx. 6.6 miles away); Historic Roadside Park (approx. 7.2 miles away); Leesburg Cemetery (approx. 7½ miles away); Rutherford Drugstore (approx. 8.3 miles away); Site of the Merchants and Planters National Bank (approx. 8.4 miles away); Franklin County (approx. 8½ miles away).
Regarding Rockhill Cemetery. The child mortality rate in the United States, for children under the age of five, was 462.9 deaths per thousand births in 1800. This means that for every thousand babies born in 1800, over 46 percent did not make it to their fifth birthday. Source: https://www.statista.com/
Also see . . . Mortality in the early modern age. Wikipedia (Submitted on November 26, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
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