Stockdale in Wilson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Before the Stockdale Cemetery was begun in the 1870s, most burials in the area took place in private, family graveyards. About 1873, however, a young man who was not related to any of the local settlers was thrown from his horse and killed. To provide a place for his burial, Dr. T. M. Batte gave one acre of land at this site, and the burial ground has been used by Stockdale citizens since that time. Additional acreage was purchased in 1881 and 1904, and in 1938 area resident Paul Ballard donated an acre of land for use by anyone who did not have a family plot and needed a place for burial.
The earliest marked grave in the Stockdale Cemetery, that of Sallie A. Pope, is dated 1873. Many early settlers are buried here, including the town's founder, John R. King, and the first schoolteacher, Martin West. The cemetery also contains the graves of numerous war veterans and victims of a post-World War I flu epidemic.
The women of Stockdale formed an organization in the early 1900s to care for the gravesites, and in 1965 the Stockdale Cemetery Association was formally organized.
In use for more than 100 years,
Incise: Dedicated to Alton Akin, Birdie Lorenz, and Walter Stout
Erected 1983 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5124.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites.
Location. 29° 13.817′ N, 97° 58.025′ W. Marker is in Stockdale, Texas, in Wilson County. Marker is on Cemetery Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 Cemetery St, Stockdale TX 78160, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Reagen Baker (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Town Named for Governor F.S. Stockdale (approx. 0.3 miles away); King-Lorenz House (approx. 0.4 miles away); The First Baptist Church of Stockdale (approx. 0.4 miles away); Christ United Methodist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sutherland Springs School Site (approx. 6.1 miles away); Sutherland Springs (approx. 6.3 miles away); Pat Higgins Grass Farm (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stockdale.
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