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Near Mt. Calm in Limestone County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Mt. Antioch Cemetery

 
 
Mt. Antioch Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, November 21, 2020
1. Mt. Antioch Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  

In 1854, Ezekiel J. Billington came to this area of Texas from Kentucky with his wife, Kitty Ann and their three children. Billington organized a Baptist Church the following year and named it Mt. Antioch. The six charter members of the Mt. Antioch Baptist Church were Ezekiel and Kitty Ann Billington, Nancy Billington, Houghton Hughes, Median Hughes, and M.J. Billington.

The nearby spring was a favorite camping spot for travelers in the area. As early as 1846, this site was used for the burial of those who died while passing through, and the graves of these persons remain unmarked. The first marked grave in what became the Mt Antioch Cemetery was that of George Kimmel (d. 1860), the infant son of early settler James Kimmel.

Between 1860 and 1875 the community that developed around the Mt.Antioch Baptist Church and Cemetery grew and prospered. About 1874, however, members of the church began moving to the town of Mt. Calm (2 Mi. N), where they organized a new congregation. The cemetery continues to be used and maintained by the local residents and descendants of the early settlers.

A good example of a pioneer
Mt. Antioch Cemetery Marker with the church and cemetery in background image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, November 21, 2020
2. Mt. Antioch Cemetery Marker with the church and cemetery in background
graveyard, Mt. Antioch Cemetery stands as a reminder of the early heritage of this part of Limestone County.
 
Erected 1985 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3517.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 31° 43.766′ N, 96° 50.946′ W. Marker is near Mt. Calm, Texas, in Limestone County. Marker is on Farm to Market Road 339 ¼ mile south of LCR 131, on the left when traveling north. The marker is located in front Mt. Antioch Baptist Church by the road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Calm TX 76673, 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. Mt. Calm Confederate Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away); Mount Calm Cemetery (approx. 1.6 miles away); Mt. Calm Methodist Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 2.9 miles away); Col. Leonard Williams (approx. 3.7 miles away); Prairie Hill Cemetery (approx. 5½ miles away); Prairie Hill Baptist Church (approx. 5.7 miles away); The Hubbard City News (approx. 8.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mt. Calm.
 
Also see . . .  Billington Texas. TSHA Texas State
Mt. Antioch Cemetery Marker by the road image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, November 21, 2020
3. Mt. Antioch Cemetery Marker by the road
Historical Association (Submitted on December 4, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
Mt. Antioch Baptist Church and Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, November 21, 2020
4. Mt. Antioch Baptist Church and Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 4, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 18 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 4, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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