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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Grimes County, Texas
Adjacent to Grimes County, Texas
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| Organized November 11, 1844. Baptist General Convention of Texas organized here in 1848. Twenty-three of Texas' thirty-four Baptist churches were represented. Present building was constructed with native rock by slave labor and finished in 1855. . . . — — Map (db m128637) HM|
|Built in 1834 by Henry Fanthorp as a home for his bride, Rachel Kennard. Enlarged for hotel purpose. Served as first mercantile establishment and first post office (1835) in the region. Here Kenneth Lewis Anderson, Vice-President of the Republic of . . . — — Map (db m118940) HM|
On road used 1690 by Spanish explorer Alonso de Leon. In 1821 Andrew Millican began settlement. Henry Fanthorp opened his inn 1834, a post office 1835. Kenneth Anderson, last Vice-President, Republic of Texas, died at Fanthorp's, 1845. After his . . . — — Map (db m118977) HM|
Unique Victorian Texas public building. Third courthouse here. Site, in an 1824 land grant from Mexico, was donated 1850 by Henry Fanthorp, first permanent settler in county.
Built 1891 of hand-molded brick with native stone trim. Vault is . . . — — Map (db m118975) HM|
Civil War military concentration point for troops and ordnance. Rich farm land.
By 1861 densely populated. Favored secession by 907 to 9 vote. Sent 5 cavalry, 4 infantry companies to Confederate Army.
Arms and ordnance works at Anderson . . . — — Map (db m118976) HM|
|Mathew Caldwell was called Paul Revere of the Texas Revolution. Caldwell’s daughters Lucy Ann and Martha Elizabeth came to Grimes County from Gonzales. Martha E. Married Isham Dixon Davis and settled N. Grimes County at Mesa, near Iola, by 1846. . . . — — Map (db m111903) HM|
Erected by the State of Texas
in memory of
Kenneth Lewis Anderson
Born in Hillsboro, North Carolina, Sept. 11, 1805
District Judge, Speaker of the House of the Sixth Congress
and last Vice President of the Republic of Texas . . . — — Map (db m118937) HM|
| This short stretch of road is the last remaining local portion of two very important early Texas roads. La Bahia Road (early 1700's) was an old Spanish military road that forked southwesterly from the Old San Antonio Road west of Nacogdoches, to . . . — — Map (db m118974) HM|
| Born in Tennessee. In 1828 he and family joined Robertson's Colony, bound for Texas. Arrived in 1830, probably having stopped to "make a crop" along the way.
Lived in present Grimes County; was granted a third of a league of land in Robertson's . . . — — Map (db m118939) HM|
|This historic bridge was originally located on CR 263 (known locally as CR 180) over Rocky Creek. Constructed around 1905, the Warren pony truss measured 50 feet in length and is a rare survivor of a once-common structure. The single-span, four . . . — — Map (db m111910) HM|
| Of the Southern Confederacy established in 1861 · In operation until 1865 · Cannon, cannon balls, guns, pistols, swords, sabers, bayonets and gun powder were manufactured
Erected by the State of Texas 1936 — — Map (db m157882) HM|
| Built before 1860. Log walls are unspliced. Slaves hand-hewed the timbers, stones, made doors, window shutters. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1965 — — Map (db m157834) HM|
In memory of
Colonel Benjamin Fort Smith,
Dr. Robert C. Neblett, Veterans of
The War of 1812
Colonel Benjamin F. Smith
Veteran of the Black Hawk War, 1832
Jared E. Groce, Joshua Hadley
William Robinson, delegates to the
First . . . — — Map (db m118943) HM|
| The Rev. Anderson Buffington (1806-91), a Baptist missionary who fought at the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836, organized this church in 1848. Services were held in a small schoolhouse until the 1850s. In 1859 the congregation built this structure, . . . — — Map (db m171442) HM|
| Named for North and South Bedias creeks, which in turn were named for the Bidai Indians, an agricultural people reputed to have been the oldest inhabitants of the area. "Bidai" means "brushwood", which may refer to the building material used in . . . — — Map (db m171440) HM|
| In 1822, at the age of seven, Katy Holland migrated to Texas with her parents as a member of Stephen F. Austin's "Old 300" Colony. Her life reflects the harshness of frontier life in Texas. Twice widowed before her marriage to William Cobb in the . . . — — Map (db m158888) HM|
| Zion Cemetery is the final resting place of early pioneers of Grimes County and their descendants whose memory is preserved here. Methodist Episcopal Church, South, now known as Zion United Methodist Church, formed in 1852 when settlers purchased . . . — — Map (db m158885) HM|
| Located on land which is adjacent to the 1873 subdivision of Courtney known as McAlpine town this cemetery was established by developer Dugald McAlpine (1795 - 1876). The oldest documented grave in the cemetery is that of W.S. Draper (1828 - . . . — — Map (db m159520) HM|
| Organized in 1866, drawing members from old church at Washington, Texas. First building, erected in 1876, was replaced in 1894 by this Victorian Edifice finely crafted in the taste of its English builders. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark . . . — — Map (db m159691) HM|
| The first worship services of the Methodist Church in Navasota were held in 1853 in the community schoolhouse. The Rev. T.W. Blake served as part - time pastor for most of the Antebellum and Civil War years.
In 1866 the Houston & Texas Central . . . — — Map (db m159575) HM|
| Frank Augustus Hamer became the Navasota City Marshal in 1908, after the Navasota City Council made a plea to the Governor of Texas for help. Grimes County had become a battleground for the decade prior to his arrival plagued with political and . . . — — Map (db m159681) HM|
| Around 1865, Reverend J.J. Reinhart established the Navasota Colored School for African American students. After several buildings were destroyed by fire, a brick building was built in 1942. A few years later, the school became officially known as . . . — — Map (db m159522) HM|
| This Methodist Congregation was founded in 1860, and worshipped with the Baptist Church in shared facilities in Navasota. A church building was erected in 1866 in what was called "Freeman's Town". The Methodist group was formally organized in . . . — — Map (db m159525) HM|
| Eliza Johnson (d.1876) had this building constructed in 1874 following a fire which destroyed several structures on the block. It was made of limestone rubble to comply with a city ordinance requiring all new construction to include fireproof . . . — — Map (db m159666) HM|
| A faithful Negro slave. Came to nearby Courtney, Grimes County in 1851 with his master, John W. S. West from North Carolina. West was a prominent and wealthy pioneer planter and landowner.
At the outbreak of the Civil War, West sent Kelly "to . . . — — Map (db m119574) HM|
| Early Texas plantation home in architectural style of the Atlantic states. Malcolm Camp, wealthy cotton planter, built this structure in 1859, with lumber hauled from East Texas sawmills. High-ceilinged rooms are very large. Formal dining room in . . . — — Map (db m168051) HM|
| Treacherously slain by his own men near this spot in March 1687 Born Rouen France November 22 1643 Explorer of the Mississippi River Frontier Statesman - Empire Builder A Nobleman in Rank and Character — — Map (db m159591) HM|
| In 1864, Bishop Alexander Gregg organized an Episcopal Mission in Navasota that became a Parish in 1866. Originally known as the Church of the Holy Comforter, it was renamed in 1870, when the church building from St. Paul's in Washington (7 mi. . . . — — Map (db m159580) HM|
| Built by Ira M. Freeman, 1856; Way Station and Hotel for passengers on several stage lines through city.
Two-story pine building housed many travelers, among them, Sam Houston. Important visitors, officers stayed here in Civil War. Coaches and . . . — — Map (db m159583) HM|
| In the spring of 1860, six men formed this church, one of the first of any faith in the railroad town of Navasota. By fall there were 52 members, and growth continued. Services were held in the town's schoolhouse, and then in a Methodist church, . . . — — Map (db m159530) HM|
| A native of Connecticut Lewis J. Wilson (1832–1895) moved with his parents to Grimes County in 1851. His father Samuel opened a general merchandise business in Anderson. Lewis managed the store until 1861 when he left to serve in the Civil . . . — — Map (db m159676) HM|
| Local Architect, Contractor and Stonemason James Davern and his brother-in-law C.C. Camp built this commercial edifice in the 1880s. Constructed of cement-covered stone rubble, it was remodeled with renaissance revival detailing in the 1890s, . . . — — Map (db m159645) HM|
| Settlers mostly from the Lower South (Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia) settled this part of Grimes County near John's Creek. By the late 19th century, Blackberry became a largely African-American settlement. Most families raised livestock . . . — — Map (db m128635) HM|
| Organized May, 1861, with Rev. N.T. Byars as pastor. Worship was in a schoolhouse until erection of this building, which was dedicated Aug. 4, 1872. Cost $2,701.73, paid in gold. Church bell came by oxcart from San Antonio. Building, including . . . — — Map (db m169124) HM|
| Organized May 19, 1861, by elders N.T. Byars and George W. Baines. The Rev. Mr Baines was the great - grandfather of the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson. — — Map (db m169126) HM|
| Settlers from the southern United States began arriving in this area as early as the 1830s. A post office opened in 1856 as Plantersville, a name suggested by Sarah Greene to honor local planters. Members of her family are buried here.
This . . . — — Map (db m169130) HM|
| The first recorded visit of a Catholic priest to Plantersville occurred in the summer of 1860. Infrequent worship services subsequently were held at the home of James Kelly Markey until the first church building was constructed in 1873.
An . . . — — Map (db m128636) HM|
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| Organized 1854. First pastor was George W. Baines, great grandfather of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Congregation worshipped in school room till 1872 when present church was built. Church was moved to this site in 1913. Recorded . . . — — Map (db m158880) HM|
| Born in Tennessee in 1801 Came to Texas in 1819 Participated in the Battle of San Jacinto as member of Captain James Gillespie's Company — — Map (db m169880) HM|
| Born in Blount County, Tennessee, Andrew Jackson Montgomery came to Texas in 1819 with the James Long Expedition. In 1823, as the first known settler in Montgomery County, he opened a trading post at the crossing of two Indian trails. From his . . . — — Map (db m169881) HM|
| Native of Alabama Came to Texas in 1830
Participated in the Battle of San Jacinto A member of Captain James Gillaspie's Company — — Map (db m169871) HM|
| Early settlers of Stoneham, established in 1885, attended Methodist services in nearby Plantersville. This congregation was organized by 12 members of the Plantersville Church in 1885. Services were held in a school and led by circuit riding . . . — — Map (db m169181) HM|
| Franklin Jarvis Greenwood (1804 - 1882), who came to Texas in 1829, donated land for this cemetery. It was originally called "High Point" for a nearby settlement. The first known interments were Greenwood's daughters Mary Anne (b. 1840) and . . . — — Map (db m169140) HM|
| Generally known as "Groce's Retreat" • Here he died November 20, 1836 • • The name "Retreat" was continued for a postoffice and village two miles to the east after the house was torn down — — Map (db m169378) HM|
| Organized in Sawyer community about 1865; had 27 members that year. In 1870 Dougald McAlpine donated this 3 - acre site. Church building was erected in 1880 and Union Baptist Association
held its annual convention here. This congregation (1882) . . . — — Map (db m169241) HM|
| As communities were developed by early settlers in Texas, small rural schools were established. Primarily serving farm families, the schools were often closed when children were needed to help harvest crops or perform other farm chores.
A . . . — — Map (db m169238) HM|