“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Somerset in Atascosa County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Old Rock Baptist Church

Old Rock Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By John A Hensarling, June 21, 2012
1. Old Rock Baptist Church Marker
Inscription.  Organized as Medina Baptist Church in April 1857 at Mann's Crossing, near Macdona. Until 1866, when members built an arbor here near Old Somerset, the services were held in homes or in a schoolhouse.

Site for meetinghouse and cemetery (2.5 acres here) was bought for ten dollars in 1867 by committeemen F.M. Avent, Elisha A. Briggs, and W.D. Johnson on behalf of Medina Church. This committee also drew the plans; Briggs, a settler from Massachusetts and a stonemason, did much of the construction. Worship began here in 1869 as soon as house had roof and walls—although door and window spaces were empty and there was no floor except bare ground. In those early days, four ordained ministers took turns as unpaid pastors. Avent was clerk and sexton. Medina Church membership was racially integrated. Some of the Negro members lie buried in honored graves in the cemetery.

In 1892 Medina Church relocated at Bexar. Cemetery maintenance was continued here; "Old Rock" was used at times for funerals or worship. In 1921, after local petroleum discoveries, Grayburg Oil Company and some of its employees helped renovate the meetinghouse.
Old Rock Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By John A Hensarling, June 21, 2012
2. Old Rock Baptist Church Marker
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Congregation renamed itself for the Old Rock Church and regular worship has continued here ever since.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark-1971

Erected 1971 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 3795.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & Religion. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1857.
Location. 29° 11.45′ N, 98° 40.82′ W. Marker is near Somerset, Texas, in Atascosa County. Marker is on Old Rock Road, 0.3 miles south of Roseville Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Somerset TX 78069, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Benton City Cemetery (approx. 6.2 miles away); Rossville Cemetery (approx. 6.9 miles away); Ruiz-Herrera Cemetery (approx. 7 miles away); Rossville (approx. 7.3 miles away); Lytle Methodist Church (approx. 7.6 miles away); Atascosa Lodge No. 379, A.F. and A.M. (approx. 7.9 miles away); Krause House / Mann's Crossing Post Office (approx. 8 miles away); McCulloch Cemetery (approx. 8 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 20, 2012, by John A Hensarling of Campbellton, Texas. This page has been viewed 700 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 21, 2012, by John A Hensarling of Campbellton, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 30, 2022