Ranchito in Cameron County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
This graveyard was named for Carlos Villarreal Esparza (1828-1885), whose family's occupation of the surrounding ranch land began in the early 19th century. According to family records, the original Esparza Cemetery was established south of this site in the mid-1800s. In 1888, Carlos' widow Francisca Garcia Esparza moved his grave and those of other family members because of flooding and other problems at the old cemetery. It is believed that Carlos' parents, Pedro and Felicidad Villarreal Esparza, are interred here. The cemetery is the resting place of family members who served in World Wars I and II, local civic and political leaders, officers in law enforcement and the Texas Rangers. A record of the area's Mexican American pioneers, it continues to serve the community.
Erected 1999 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11779.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites.
Location. 26° 1.484′ N, 97° 37.636′ W. Marker is in Ranchito, Texas, in Cameron Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Benito TX 78586, 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. Matanza of 1915 (approx. 5.7 miles away); Water District Building (approx. 7.3 miles away); St. Benedict’s Church (approx. 7.3 miles away); First Methodist Church of San Benito (approx. 7.6 miles away); Historic U.S. Post Office (approx. 7.6 miles away); San Benito Post Office (approx. 7.6 miles away); Getsemani Presbyterian Church (approx. 7.6 miles away); Las Rucias (approx. 8.4 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 26, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 26, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.