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

Solis in Cameron County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Solis Cemetery

Solis Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, January 27, 2021
1. Solis Cemetery Marker

Juan Jose Solis, grantee of Porción 107 in Starr County and founder of El Soliseño, Mexico, was patriarch of the Solis family in this area. His grandson Francisco (1801-1876), and his wife Anastacia Rivas de Solis (b. 1808), were early residents of Point Isabel and Brownsville, later settling in La Feria. Their son Lazaro (1840-1904) and his brother-in-law Ysabel Cantu (b. 1849) bought about 5,000 acres of the La Feria grant in July 1898, establishing the Solis Ranch. Within its boundaries the men and their families raised cattle, horses and goats and grew several crops. When Lazaro died suddenly while visiting family in Point Isabel, his body was brought back to the ranch for burial, a common practice in that era. His is the first burial in Solis Cemetery, also known as San Francisco Cemetery. In 1905, Lazaro’s widow Francisca (1853-1911) partitioned Lazaro’s land among herself and her seven children. Lazaro and Francisca’s hand-lettered concrete Spanish-language grave marker is signed “Juan, Mateo and Gumercindo del mísmo appelído” ([sons] Juan, Mateo and Gumercindo of the same last name).

In 1929, Solis Cemetery
The entrance to the Solis Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, January 27, 2021
2. The entrance to the Solis Cemetery
was surveyed and platted and a public road was developed to provide access. The cemetery is an active family burial ground of more than three acres. Sparsely shaded by mesquites and other native trees, the cemetery has more than 300 graves, most of which have markers of wood, stone, bronze or concrete. Solis Cemetery is the final resting place of known and unknown people of Hispanic, Anglo and African-American descent, and as many as five generations of the Solis family. Veterans of World War II and the Korean War are buried here. This burial ground is testimony to generations of local ranching and family traditions.
Historic Texas Cemetery – 2002
Erected 2002 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16522.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites.
Location. 26° 9.467′ N, 97° 50.628′ W. Marker is in Solis, Texas, in Cameron County. Marker can be reached from Calle Solis 0.1 miles east of Solis Road. The marker is located at the front gate of the Solis Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: La Feria TX 78559, 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. La Feria Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Baptist Church of La Feria (approx. 1.2 miles
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away); Site of First Bank in La Feria (approx. 1.2 miles away); Town of La Feria (approx. 1.3 miles away); Camp Mercedes (approx. 4.2 miles away); The American Rio Grande Land and Irrigation System (approx. 4.3 miles away); Dr. Héctor P. García (approx. 4.3 miles away); Mercedes City Hall (approx. 4.3 miles away).
Regarding Solis Cemetery. The marker text "mísmo appelído" (same last name) should be "mismo apellido".
Credits. This page was last revised on February 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 4, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 4, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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