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Near Schulenburg in Fayette County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Navidad Baptist Cemetery

 
 
Navidad Baptist Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 19, 2022
1. Navidad Baptist Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  In 1853, Seth F. and Caroline M. Hazel deeded land to trustees of Navidad Baptist Church and Cemetery. This cemetery served the residents of the pioneer community of Lyons, whether or not they were members of the Navidad Baptist Church. The community was established by the 1840s on land originally granted in 1831 to Kesiah Crier in the 1870s, however, most businesses and members of the community moved north toward the new railroad town of Schulenburg, and Lyons soon ceased to exist, although some residents continued to live in the area.

The oldest known burial in the cemetery dates to 1853. Many of those interred here including are early Texas pioneers, relatives of the Old Three Hundred, the first families Stephen F. Austin settled in Texas. In addition, veterans of conflicts dating to the Texas Revolution are buried here. Today, though the community of Lyons is gone, the cemetery remains an important reminder of the early town. The burial ground chronicles the lives of area pioneers.
Historic Texas Cemetery - 2004

 
Erected 2004 by Texas Historical Commission
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1853.
 
Location. 29° 38.475′ N, 96° 53.24′ W. Marker is near Schulenburg, Texas, in Fayette County. Marker is on Vacek Loop, one mile south of Jahn Lane, on the right when traveling south. The marker is located at the front entrance to the cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2240 Vacek Loop, Schulenburg TX 78956, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Former Town of Lyons (approx. 1.6 miles away); Bermuda Valley Farm (approx. 2.7 miles away); Turner Hall (approx. 2.7 miles away); St. James Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); Jacob Wolters Log Cabin (approx. 2.8 miles away); Old Anderson Place (approx. 2.8 miles away); Schulenburg (approx. 2.9 miles away); Lyons Lodge No. 195, A.F. & A.M. (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Schulenburg.
 
Also see . . .  Old Three Hundred. Texas State Historical Association
The name Old Three Hundred is sometimes used to refer to the settlers who received land grants in Stephen F. Austin's first colony. In January 1821 Austin's father, Moses
The Navidad Baptist Cemetery Marker on the gate of the cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 19, 2022
2. The Navidad Baptist Cemetery Marker on the gate of the cemetery
Austin, had received a permit from the Spanish to settle 300 families in Texas, but he died in Missouri a short time later before he could realize his plans. Stephen F. Austin took his father's place and traveled to San Antonio, where he met with the Spanish governor Antonio María Martínez, who acknowledged him as his father's successor. Austin quickly found willing colonists, and by the end of the summer of 1824 most of the Old Three Hundred were in Texas. During 1823–24 Austin and the land commissioner Baron de Bastrop issued 272 titles, but Bastrop was called away in August 1824, and the work remained unfinished until 1827, when the new commissioner, Gaspar Flores de Abrego, issued the remaining titles.
(Submitted on September 20, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The front gate of the Navidad Baptist Cemetery and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 19, 2022
3. The front gate of the Navidad Baptist Cemetery and Marker
The view of the Navidad Baptist Cemetery from the road image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 19, 2022
4. The view of the Navidad Baptist Cemetery from the road
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 20, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 19, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 20, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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