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Near Ranger in Eastland County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Merriman Cemetery

 
 
Merriman Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 8, 2016
1. Merriman Cemetery Marker
Inscription. According to local tradition this site was established as a community graveyard about 1873, the year Eastland County was organized and one year prior to the community of Merriman’s selection as county seat. Although there are many unmarked gravestones in the cemetery, the earliest recorded burial is that of Orthosias Scarborough (d. 1879). The first legal record of the Merriman Cemetery occurred in a deed executed by the Taylor Charcoal Company conveying two acres for use as a public burial ground to trustee M.V. Brewer in 1891.
     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 Civil War to Korea, and victims of a 1916-17 influenza epidemic.
 
Erected 1993 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3347.)
 
Location.
Entrance to Merriman Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 8, 2016
2. Entrance to Merriman Cemetery
View to east from Farm-to-Market Road 2461
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.
 
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.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Merriman Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 8, 2016
3. Merriman Cemetery
Marker is next to structure on right side
Grave (on Right) of John H. McCleskey image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 8, 2016
4. Grave (on Right) of John H. McCleskey
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 247 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 13, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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