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Yoakum in Lavaca County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery

 
 
St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, February 8, 2021
1. St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  

Catholics in the Brushy Community, which was a rural settlement that developed beginning in the 1830s along the Brushy and Supple Jack Creeks, first organized a church around 1847, building a log sanctuary. However, it wasn't until 1869 that, under the direction of Father John Anthony Forest, third Bishop of the San Antonio Diocese, area Catholics began to build the St. Joseph Parish. The structure was completed in 1876 on property donated by John H. and Stephen Dunn. Known by settlers as Brushy Church, St. Joseph served Lavaca and bordering counties until a new church was built in 1912 to accommodate the growing community. The Brushy Church was destroyed by fire in 1932. St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, however, continued to serve the area.

The earliest known burial in this cemetery is of John B. Vollentine, who died in 1871. Many of the individuals interred here were ranchers, farmers or sharecroppers, reflecting the nature of the area's rural communities. A noted interment is of Pat May, a founder of Yoakum. Others buried include members of fraternal organizations and veterans of conflicts dating to the Civil War.

Religious
St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, February 8, 2021
2. St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery Marker
statuary and iconography illustrate the burial ground's connection to Catholicism. Other cemetery features include curbing, obelisks and vertical stones. It also contains five mausoleums for above-ground burials. St. Joseph Parish maintains the cemetery, which is still open for descendants of the original parishioners. Today, St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery remains a link to the former rural communities of this area and to the faithful Catholics who lived near Brushy Creek.
Historic Texas Cemetery - 2009
 
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16384.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites.
 
Location. 29° 17.067′ N, 97° 8.047′ W. Marker is in Yoakum, Texas, in Lavaca County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Sheehan Street (Farm to Market Road 318) and Maple Street. The marker is located in the western section of the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Yoakum TX 77995, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Methodist Church of Yoakum (approx. 0.3 miles away); Asberry School (approx. 0.9 miles away); Municipal Power Plant (approx. one mile away); Yoakum National Bank (approx.
The view of the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, February 8, 2021
3. The view of the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery
1.2 miles away); Yoakum (approx. 1.7 miles away); Chisholm Trail Memorial Park (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Trail Drivers of Southwest Texas (approx. 1.8 miles away); von Hugo - von Clausewitz Family Cemetery (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yoakum.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 19, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 20, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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