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Zephyr in Brown County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Zephyr Cemetery

 
 
Zephyr Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
1. Zephyr Cemetery Marker
Inscription. The unincorporated town of Zephyr, located on land granted to early settlers Benjamin Head and Felix Wardziski, was established in the 1860s. As the settlement grew, a school was opened in the 1870s, and churches and businesses were established. Mail was delivered weekly from Brownwood.
†††††This cemetery has served the residents of Zephyr and the surrounding area since the 1870s. The earliest known burials in the graveyard are those of three children of the Staggs Family, who died in 1878 and 1879. Another early grave is that of Ann Catherine Sewell Ward (1843-1879).
†††††The first official deed of cemetery property took place in 1899, although it was in use prior to that time. Subsequent land acquisitions have increased the size of the graveyard to more than seven acres.
†††††Among those buried here are thirty-three victims of the devastating tornado of May 29, 1909, which almost completely destroyed the town, and veterans of six wars: the Mexican War, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.
†††††The Zephyr Cemetery stands as a reminder of the pioneer spirit of the areaís early settlers. It is maintained by the Zephyr Cemetery Association.
 
Erected 1988 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5948.)
 
Location.
Zephyr Cemetery<br>Historic Texas Cemetery Medallion image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
2. Zephyr Cemetery
Historic Texas Cemetery Medallion
31° 39.867′ N, 98° 47.158′ W. Marker is in Zephyr, Texas, in Brown County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of County Road 259 and U.S. 183. Touch for map. Marker is located in the center part of Zephyr Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Zephyr TX 76890, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Zephyr Gospel Tabernacle (approx. 0.8 miles away); Original Location of Zephyr (approx. 0.8 miles away); First Baptist Church of Zephyr (approx. 1.2 miles away); Zephyr Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.2 miles away); Mullin United Methodist Church (approx. 10.2 miles away); Site of the Settlement of Williams Ranch (approx. 10.4 miles away); Walter U. Early (approx. 10.8 miles away); Heflin Cemetery (approx. 15.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Zephyr.
 
More about this marker. The adjacent Historic Texas Cemetery medallion (Texas Marker Number 17457) includes tablets with the following:

“The eight acres s.e. of the original Zephyr Cemetery were fenced and donated by A.R. & Pauline (Glass) Hochhalter 1992”

“Water in Zephyr Cemetery provided in memory of Frank T. Greer (1871-1964) & Miss Pearl Greer (1900-1996) 2005”
 
Also see . . .
Zephyr Cemetery Marker and<br>Texas Historic Cemetery Medallion image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
3. Zephyr Cemetery Marker and
Texas Historic Cemetery Medallion

1. Zephyr, TX. From the Texas State Historical Associationís “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on October 15, 2015.) 

2. Zephyr Cemetery - findagrave.com. (Submitted on October 15, 2015.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesDisastersSettlements & Settlers
 
Zephyr Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
4. Zephyr Cemetery
View to north from marker locaton
Zephyr Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
5. Zephyr Cemetery
View to south from US 183
Central Part of Zephyr Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
6. Central Part of Zephyr Cemetery
Graves of the Staggs Family Children image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
7. Graves of the Staggs Family Children
Earliest known burials in cemetery
Headstone of Grave of Ann Catherine Sewell Ward image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
8. Headstone of Grave of Ann Catherine Sewell Ward
Headstones of Graves of Cabler Family and Kenneth Mayfield image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
9. Headstones of Graves of Cabler Family and Kenneth Mayfield
Four of the 33 victims of the May 29, 1909 tornado
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 15, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 217 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on October 15, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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