Rice in Navarro County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Rice community was settled during the late 1860s and was named for William Marsh Rice, who donated land for the town's railroad station and later founded Rice University. In 1868, the citizens of the community were granted land for a cemetery by the trustees of the William M. Rice interests. Originally located about one and one-half miles south, the Rice Cemetery was removed to this site during the 1870s.
The three original cemetery trustees, William D. Haynie, John A. Clopton, and Isaac B. Sessions, are buried in the oldest, or northern, section of the graveyard. That section also contains many burial sites that are marked only with small rock fragments or similar material.
Rice Cemetery contains marked graves of numerous war veterans, including that of Joseph Calloway Bartlett, a veteran of the Texas War for Independence. In addition, four participants in the Civil War, two Spanish-American War veterans, and numerous World War I and II veterans also are interred here. Tombstones reflect the high infant mortality rate of the 1880s and the early 20th-century flu epidemic.
A good example of a pioneer graveyard,
Erected 1985 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11628.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1868.
Location. 32° 15.357′ N, 96° 29.681′ W. Marker is in Rice, Texas, in Navarro County. Marker can be reached from North Dresden (County Highway 1070) one mile north of Calhoun Street. The marker is located in the center section of the Rice Cemetery along the cemetery road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rice TX 75155, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Haynes Memorial Methodist Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Rice (approx. 0.9 miles away); First Baptist Church of Rice (approx. one mile away); The Fortson Family (approx. 1.1 miles away); Alma (approx. 3.7 miles away); General Lucian K. Truscott, Jr. (approx. 5 miles away); Francis Marion Martin (approx. 5 miles away); Baptist General Association of Texas (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rice.
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