Near Fayetteville in Fayette County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Breeding Family Cemetery / First School in Fayette County
Breeding Family Cemetery
(300 yards northwest, across the highway)
David and Sarah Davis Breeding came to Texas from Kentucky and settled here in 1833 with sons John, Richard L., Napoleon B., Fidelio S., and Benjamin W.; John, Napoleon, and Fidelio Breeding fought in Texas Army during the War for Independence, participating in the victory at San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.
In 1838 David Breeding was a member of the board of Land Commissioners of Fayette County. John was the first county sheriff, also taking office in 1838.
Family cemetery was opened with burial of David Breeding, 1843. Sarah and John Breeding also lie here.
First School in Fayette County
In a log house on Breeding's land, the first known school session in Fayette County was taught in 1834 by a Mr. Rutland. Attending were Edward, George, Gus, and James Breeding, orphan nephews of David Breeding; Lyman Alexander, Patsie Dougherty, Marian and Sally York, and Emily Alexander (later Mrs. Joel Robison, wife of one of the captors of Santa Anna), whose father Sam Alexander kept four students as boarders. Capt. Jesse Burnham (or Burnam) brought his children 15 miles and built a shed tent with a long bedstead for the girls; the boys slept under the trees.
Incise in base:
Marker Sponsor: Fayette County Historical Survey Committee and Seth D. Breeding.
Erected 1972 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 499.)
Location. 29° 57.591′ N, 96° 36.821′ W. Marker is near Fayetteville, Texas, in Fayette County. Marker is on State Highway 159 0.3 miles north of Darden Loop, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fayetteville TX 78940, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Henniger Family Cemetery (approx. 3.7 miles away); Town of Shelby (approx. 4½ miles away); Site of Svrcek Building (approx. 5.3 miles away); Site of Svrcek Garage (approx. 5.4 miles away); Zapp Building (approx. 5.4 miles away); Charles Fordtran (approx. 5.7 miles away); Nassau Plantation (approx. 8 miles away); Frnka Family Cemetery (approx. 8.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fayetteville.
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