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Clarksville in Red River County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Rev. William Stevenson

(October 4, 1768 - March 5, 1857)

 
 
The Rev. William Stevenson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
1. The Rev. William Stevenson Marker
Inscription. Frontier minister; friend of Stephen F. Austin, father of Texas. A circuit rider in Missouri Conference, Methodist Church, Mr. Stevenson in 1815 made a pastoral trip to Pecan Point, home of Claiborne Wright, member of newly-arrived Anglo-American colony on Texas side of the Red River. Records indicate that his preaching to Wright and friends in 1815 constituted the first Protestant sermons ever given in Texas, then part of Catholic "New Spain." He thus established a beachhead for religious freedom in Texas at this point of entry.
 
Erected 1972 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 10894.)
 
Location. 33° 36.682′ N, 95° 3.019′ W. Marker is in Clarksville, Texas, in Red River County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Walnut Street and Broadway Street. Touch for map. Located in town square, former location of courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 114 Walnut Street, Clarksville TX 75426, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stagecoach Stand, C. S. A. (here, next to this marker); Five Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence from Red River County (a few steps from this marker); Members of Confederate Congresses
The Rev. William Stevenson Marker on right side of photo. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
2. The Rev. William Stevenson Marker on right side of photo.
(a few steps from this marker); Home of Col. Charles DeMorse (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Northern Standard (about 600 feet away); Red River County War Memorial (about 700 feet away); Red River Courthouse (about 800 feet away); Red River County Jail (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clarksville.
 
Also see . . .  Texas State Historical Association article on William Stevenson. (Submitted on August 15, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Churches & ReligionNotable Persons
 
Marker in town square to right of Confederate statue. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
3. Marker in town square to right of Confederate statue.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 149 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 15, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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