Near Ranger in Eastland County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Oil discovered in 1917 on land owned by John H. McCleskey (buried here in 1918) started an oil boom that ultimately threatened the sanctity of the Merriman Cemetery. Oil speculators reportedly offered members of the Merriman Baptist Church a large sum of money to lease the cemetery grounds for drilling. The congregation, although its association with the cemetery is uncertain, turned the offer down.
Josie Fox Duncan (d. 1940) deeded 75 acres to trustees of the cemetery in 1938 to provide an income for its perpetual care. The cemetery contains graves of early settlers, veterans of conflicts from the
Erected 1993 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3347.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1873.
Location. 32° 25.442′ N, 98° 41.861′ W. Marker is near Ranger, Texas, in Eastland County. Marker can be reached from Farm to Market Road 2461, one mile south of Interstate 20, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ranger TX 76470, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Merriman Baptist Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ranger Municipal Airport (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Bankhead Highway (approx. 3.3 miles away); Well Number 19 (approx. 3.3 miles away); Site of First Oil Well Drilled in Eastland County (approx. 3.3 miles away); Roaring Ranger (approx. 3.3 miles away); Ranger Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.6 miles away); Hargus Farm (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ranger.
Also see . . . Merriman Cemetery - findagrave.com. (Submitted on September 13, 2016.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 351 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 13, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.