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San Marcos in Hays County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

San Marcos Cemetery

 
 
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By James Hulse, September 22, 2021
1. San Marcos Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  This cemetery lies within the Mexican Land Grant acquired by Thomas J. Chambers in 1834. Chambers died in 1865 and in 1867 his widow, Abbey, sold 3,000 acres containing this site to H.N. Duble at an estate sale held in Galveston. A portion of the cemetery site was purchased by Freedman Peter Roberts in Galveston in 1868. Local tradition suggests that slaves of the area's earliest settlers were buried here prior to the first recorded burial, that of Major C. Rogers in 1876.

The San Marcos Cemetery Association was organized in 1876 by Edward Burleson Jr., L.W. Mitchell, W.J. Joyce, E.P. Raynolds, Wallace Carnahan and W.O. Hutchison. That year the association bought 10 acres here from Judy Covington Dixon and her husband, Shadrach Dixon.

By 1924 the cemetery acreage had increased to more than 20 acres due to land acquisitions from: H.S. and Laura Jane Harvey in 1890; W.O. Hutchison in 1892; Dock and Sarah Roberts in 1902; Beverly Hutchison in 1904; and Dock Roberts and John McGehee in 1908. San Marcos acquired the cemetery in 1924 and in 1964 a perpetual care trust fund was created by private citizens.

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By James Hulse, September 22, 2021
2. San Marcos Cemetery and Marker
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here are many pioneer settlers, War of 1812 veteran Louis Lawshe, and veterans of other conflicts ranging from the Texas Revolution (1835-36) to Vietnam.
 
Erected 1993 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10320.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1834.
 
Location. 29° 53.237′ N, 97° 57.341′ W. Marker is in San Marcos, Texas, in Hays County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Memorial Drive and Morning Star, on the right when traveling west. The marker is located in the San Marcos Cemetery near the entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1001 Ranch Road 12, San Marcos TX 78666, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. San Marcos Cemetery Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Peter Cavanaugh Woods (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named San Marcos Cemetery (about 600 feet away); Cemetery Chapel (about 600 feet away); Site of Coronal Institute (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wonder Cave (approx. 0.7 miles away); Augusta Hofheinz House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Ulysses Cephas (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Marcos.
 
Also see . . .  Chambers, Thomas Jefferson .
The view of the San Marcos Cemetery Marker from the road image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, September 22, 2021
3. The view of the San Marcos Cemetery Marker from the road
Thomas Jefferson Chambers, lawyer and land speculator, was born in Orange County, Virginia, on April 13, 1802, the youngest of twenty children of Thomas Chambers and the ninth of his second wife, Mary (Gore). His father died in 1815, leaving a small estate of less than $500. Soon after, the widow and her youngest children moved to Mount Sterling, Kentucky, where relatives lived. Chambers attended the academy of Joshua Worley in Georgetown, where he studied Latin, Greek, and the sciences. Source: The Handbook of Texas
(Submitted on October 14, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 13, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 14, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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