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Near Brownsboro in Henderson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Rock Hill Cemetery

 
 
Rock Hill Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Amanda Hartley, June 5, 2010
1. Rock Hill Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  Rock Hill Cemetery has served this area since the late 1800s. It is located on land granted to pioneer Alexander J. Clayton, who migrated here from Alabama with his wife, Martha (Carver), and his children in 1854. Clayton, who was born in North Carolina, was a farmer and leader in the Rock Hill community, which developed around the Rock Hill Baptist Church. Residents of Rock Hill, and the nearby settlements of Martin Springs and Pine Hill, were the first to use this cemetery. The earliest recorded interment here, of Juno Martin, a young daughter of settlers Robert James and Lenora (Taylor) Martin, dates to 1885.
In 1900, one of Alexander Clayton's sons, Rufus, sold property he inherited, including two acres set aside for burials, to his brother Columbus, formally establishing the cemetery. Rufus and Columbus were farmers and school district trustees. Others buried here include farmers, early area settlers, community leaders and veterans of military conflicts.
Features in the cemetery include curbing, an enclosed wall of sandstone surrounding a grave, vertical stones and Woodmen of the World markers. Through the years, need for
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additional land arose; various individuals graciously contributed property to the cemetery in 1979 and 1984. In 1982, relatives of those interred here established the Rock Hill Cemetery Association to maintain the burial ground. Today, Rock Hill Cemetery continues to serve the area and remains as a testament to the early Henderson County pioneer and residents of the Rock Hill, Martin Springs and Pine Hill communities.
 
Erected 2006 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14885.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1854.
 
Location. 32° 17.525′ N, 95° 32.424′ W. Marker is near Brownsboro, Texas, in Henderson County. Marker is on County Road 3405, on the right when traveling south. Marker is near Rock Hill Baptist Church. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brownsboro TX 75756, 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 Crane (approx. 3.1 miles away); Yarborough House (approx. 3.9 miles away); Brownsboro Norwegian Lutheran Cemetery (approx. 4.3 miles away); Site of Old Normandy (approx. 4.3 miles away); Cherokee Exodus from Texas (approx. 4.4 miles away); The Antioch Rosenwald School
Rock Hill Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Amanda Hartley, June 5, 2010
2. Rock Hill Cemetery
(approx. 4.4 miles away); County Line Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 6.1 miles away); Site of C.W. Morris Cotton Gin (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brownsboro.
 
Rock Hill Cemetery Information Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Amanda Hartley, June 5, 2010
3. Rock Hill Cemetery Information Marker
Rock Hill Cemetery was established March 19, 1900 by two brothers, Lum & Ruf Clayton, who donated 2 acres for free burial. In 1958 1/2 acre was donated by Mason & Hazel Wyatt. Relatives & friends of the donors wish this to be a memorial in their honor forever. Nov. 3, 1997
An example of a gravestone in Rock Hill Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Amanda Hartley, June 5, 2010
4. An example of a gravestone in Rock Hill Cemetery
Hope
Ardis
Son of T.J. & B.B.
Pitman
Born May 17, 1882
Died Apr. 10, 1904
His many virtues form the noblest monument to his memory
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 7, 2010, by Amanda Hartley of Tyler, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,362 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 7, 2010, by Amanda Hartley of Tyler, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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