“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Near McKinney in Collin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Stiff Chapel Cemetery

Stiff Chapel Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jesse Nelsen, December 14, 2020
1. Stiff Chapel Cemetery Marker

Jesse Stiff (1796-1871) came to Texas from Virginia in 1835 and settled on several thousand acres of land in this area. His brother, Louis, arrived in 1849, and a community known as Stiff Chapel developed around their homesteads. In 1847, Jesse's son, James, died while serving as a Texas Ranger. He was buried near his father's house on land that later was deeded as the Stiff Chapel Cemetery. Most of the graves in the two-acre family burial ground date from the 1800s. The last burial in the Stiff Chapel Cemetery, that of Minnie Swaim, took place in 1935.
Erected 1984 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6206.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites.
Location. 33° 15.591′ N, 96° 31.45′ W. Marker is near McKinney, Texas, in Collin County. Marker is on Highway 412 east of Highway 409, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: McKinney TX 75071, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of World War II Prisoner of War Camp (approx. 5.3 miles away); Van Winkle Cemetery
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(approx. 6 miles away); Old Settlers Park (approx. 6.3 miles away); Coffman Cemetery (approx. 6.4 miles away); Site of Elm Saloon (approx. 6.6 miles away); Pleasant Grove Cemetery (approx. 6.7 miles away); 1911 McKinney Post Office (approx. 6.7 miles away); Waddill-Morris Homesite (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McKinney.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 16, 2021, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on January 16, 2021, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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Feb. 25, 2021