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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Fannin County, Texas

Clickable Map of Fannin County, Texas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Fannin County, TX (33) Collin County, TX (169) Delta County, TX (7) Grayson County, TX (96) Hunt County, TX (65) Lamar County, TX (46) Bryan County, OK (14)  FanninCounty(33) Fannin County (33)  CollinCounty(169) Collin County (169)  DeltaCounty(7) Delta County (7)  GraysonCounty(96) Grayson County (96)  HuntCounty(65) Hunt County (65)  LamarCounty(46) Lamar County (46)  BryanCountyOklahoma(14) Bryan County (14)
Bonham is the county seat for Fannin County
Adjacent to Fannin County, Texas
      Collin County (169)  
      Delta County (7)  
      Grayson County (96)  
      Hunt County (65)  
      Lamar County (46)  
      Bryan County, Oklahoma (14)  
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1 Texas, Fannin County, Bailey — 8836 — Ashley Lodge No. 681, A. F. & A. M.
Chartered on December 12, 1889, this was the seventh Masonic lodge organized in Fannin County. The first official meeting occurred in January 1890, in a two-story frame building which the lodge shared with the Baptist church. In 1912 the lodge . . . Map (db m119526) HM
2 Texas, Fannin County, Bonham — 8835 — Arledge Ridge Cemetery
Among the early settlers of this area were Joseph and William Arledge, brothers who arrived from Alabama in the 1850s. Both established successful farms in the area, and the growing settlement became known as Arledge Ridge. Joseph Arledge operated . . . Map (db m119512) HM
3 Texas, Fannin County, Bonham — 8902 — Bailey Inglish(CA. 1797-1867)
In 1837, Bailey Inglish moved his family to this area from western Arkansas, where he had been an influential leader of pioneer settlers. Here he was active in the formation of Fannin County, serving on the land board and later as chief justice. To . . . Map (db m128647) HM
4 Texas, Fannin County, Bonham — 8847 — Bonham Daily Favorite
In 1887 Dr. J. M. Terry, who gave up medicine for journalism, established the “Weekly Fannin Favorite.” He expanded in 1892 by starting this newspaper, the oldest daily publication in Fannin County. For 45 years its offices were in the . . . Map (db m128654) HM
5 Texas, Fannin County, Bonham — 12459 — Bonham High School Auditorium and Gymnasium
Using funds from the Federal Public Works Administration and local tax dollars, this structure was built to provide space for school and community assemblies, performances and athletic events. Architects Voelcker and Dixon of Wichita Falls . . . Map (db m160383) HM
6 Texas, Fannin County, Bonham — 8921 — Congressman Sam Rayburn
Born in Tennessee on Jan. 6, 1882, Samuel Taliaferro Rayburn came to north Texas with his parents in 1887. His political career began in 1906 with his election to the Texas House of Representatives, where he was Speaker of the 1911-13 Session. . . . Map (db m175084) HM
7 Texas, Fannin County, Bonham — 8872 — Fannin County
This area was first settled by Anglo - Americans who traveled up the Red River by steamboat in 1836. Fannin County was created in 1837, organized 1838, and named for James W. Fannin (1805-36), who was massacred with his soldiers at Goliad (March 27, . . . Map (db m96688) HM
8 Texas, Fannin County, Bonham — 8871 — Fannin County Courthouses
Commissioners’ Court first met at Jacob Black’s cabin on Feb. 26, 1836, before Fannin County was officially organized. In 1838 Warren (near present Ambrose in Grayson County) was named the county seat. The courthouse built there in 1840 was a . . . Map (db m128644) HM
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9 Texas, Fannin County, Bonham — James Butler Bonham
(panel 1) Born February 20, 1807 in South Carolina • Studied at South Carolina College 1825-1827 • On the staff of the Governor of South Carolina at the time of the Nullification Controversy 1832 to 1833 • Practiced law at Pendleton, . . . Map (db m128658) HM WM
10 Texas, Fannin County, Bonham — John Wesley HardinThe Most Dangerous Gunman in Texas
Texas Ranger, T.C. Robinson once described him, “He kills men just to see them kick. He can take two six shooters and turn them like wheels in his hands and fire a shot from each at every revolution.” Others have described Fannin . . . Map (db m128660) HM
11 Texas, Fannin County, Bonham — 8923 — Sam Rayburn House
In 1916, three years after he began his career in the U.S. Congress, Sam Rayburn built this home for his parents, who had left their farm at Windom. The 2-story house had a front porch on each floor. In 1934 architect W. B. Yarborough enlarged "The . . . Map (db m175408) HM
12 Texas, Fannin County, Bonham — Spanish-American War Memorial
Erected 1898 in honor of the victories of the American Navy over the Spanish Navy at Manila, May 1, 1898, under Dewey, and Santiago De Cuba, July 3, 1898, under Sampson and Schley.Map (db m128657) WM
13 Texas, Fannin County, Ector — 9145 — Ector Lodge No. 687, A. F. & A. M.
This lodge began in 1887, when a group of Masons in the town of Ravenna joined together and petitioned the Grand Lodge of Texas for a charter. In 1889 the lodge was moved to the new railroad town of Ector, and in 1901 the name was changed to Ector . . . Map (db m128687) HM
14 Texas, Fannin County, Ector — 8910 — Little Jordan Cemetery
Sid H. (1833-1914) and Suzan Brown Pierce (1845-1923) donated this burial ground, near the Little Jordan Baptist Church (active 1850-1893). The Ector Baptist Church, organized by former Little Jordan members, deeded the cemetery to Savoy . . . Map (db m204484) HM
15 Texas, Fannin County, Honey Grove — 8899 — Honey Grove City Hall
In 1885, ten years after the town of Honey Grove was incorporated, Mayor J. P. Gilmer brought to the attention of the City Council the need for a city hall and jail building. This structure was completed four years later. It is Fannin County's only . . . Map (db m127943) HM
16 Texas, Fannin County, Honey Grove — 8912 — McKenzie Methodist Church
This church traces its history to early Methodist services held in the Union Church of Honey Grove in the 1840s. Methodist members of the Union Church erected their first church building here in 1881 and named it for J. W. P. McKenzie, a pioneer . . . Map (db m127944) HM
17 Texas, Fannin County, Leonard — 8904 — Dr. William Chamberlayne Jones(Aug. 31, 1929 - June 11, 1903)
A native of Alabama, William Chamberlayne Jones migrated to Texas in 1852 and resided near the Monkstown settlement in northeastern Fannin County. Trained as an attorney, he sold his Red River plantation after the Civil War and began studying . . . Map (db m163234) HM
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18 Texas, Fannin County, Leonard — 8882 — First Presbyterian Church of Leonard
This congregation was organized as a mission of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., in 1875 at valley creek (3 mi. N) through the efforts of H.L. Parceled, the community’s founder and leading merchant. The Rev. Deconta Howard Dodson, a noted . . . Map (db m163335) HM
19 Texas, Fannin County, Leonard — 8885 — First United Methodist Church of Leonard
This brick structure was built as the second sanctuary for the Leonard Methodist congregation which was organized three years after the founding of the town in 1880. Completed in 1906, it was constructed during the pastorate of the Rev. E.G. . . . Map (db m163272) HM
20 Texas, Fannin County, Leonard — 8901 — Indian Creek Baptist Church and Cemetery
The oldest readable gravestone in this burial ground bears the date 1870, four years before the founding of the Indian creek Baptist Church. Worship services were first held in a schoolhouse 1/4 mile south of this site. Doc Holcomb donated this . . . Map (db m163232) HM
21 Texas, Fannin County, Leonard — 8916 — John Cadwallader Neale(Apr. 20, 1838 - Dec. 13, 1906)
Born in middle Tennessee, John Cadwallader Neale enlisted in the Confederate army during the Civil War and served with the 9th Tennessee Cavalry, in 1877 three years after he migrated to Fannin County, he purchased a nearby farm. He later opened a . . . Map (db m163271) HM
22 Texas, Fannin County, Leonard — 8908 — Leonard
Settlers began arriving in this area in the 1840s and 1850s. Solomon L. Leonard (1811-1861) planned to move here from Missouri because of his sympathy with the Confederate cause. Before his death, he accumulated holdings of 10,000 acres on the . . . Map (db m163231) HM
23 Texas, Fannin County, Ravenna — 12884 — Joseph Sowell
Joseph Sowell In September 1836, Joseph Sowell (1804-1841) came to Texas shortly after the republic was established. Settling on his 1280-acre land grant just south of the Red River, Sowell made his home about 1.5 miles northwest of this site. In . . . Map (db m119511) HM
24 Texas, Fannin County, Ravenna — 18610 — Mulberry Cemetery
Located approximately two miles south of the Red River, Mulberry was established in the early 1880s as a small farming community. One of the first settlers in Mulberry was Civil War Captain Thomas Lightfoot and his family from Alabama, who bought . . . Map (db m203533) HM
25 Texas, Fannin County, Ravenna — 8934 — Site of the Smith Plantation
Gideon Smith (b. 1815), a native of Alabama, moved to Fannin County in 1851 and purchased a 3000-acre tract. He deeded half of the property to his brother John C. Smith, who joined him in 1855. Gideon smith served one term in the Texas Legislature . . . Map (db m203438) HM
26 Texas, Fannin County, Ravenna — 18932 — Union Cemetery
A historically African American community developed near this site on what had been the Smith Plantation before the Civil War and emancipation. Families established Siloam Baptist Church in 1870 adjacent to already existing burials, according to . . . Map (db m203591) HM
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27 Texas, Fannin County, Savoy — 8888 — Fort Warren(Site Six Miles North)
First settlement and fort In Fannin County. Built in 1836 by Abel Warren, Indian trader from Arkansas, to protect his trading post. Constructed of bois d'arc wood, the structure had a two-story guardhouse at all four corners. Kiowa, Tonkawa, Caddo, . . . Map (db m204489) HM
28 Texas, Fannin County, Savoy — 8930 — Savoy Methodist Church
This congregation traces its beginning to 1873, one year after William Savoy founded the town of Savoy on the Transcontinental (Texas & Pacific) Railroad line. Led by the Rev. James Graham, the members first met in the Roberts schoolhouse on the . . . Map (db m204493) HM
29 Texas, Fannin County, Trenton — 8852 — Burns Cemetery
Land for this cemetery was donated in 1876 by Tennessee native William Boyd Burns (1821-1907), whose log cabin home was located adjacent to the site. Pioneer settler of the Trenton community, he also gave nearby property for a Union church . . . Map (db m163383) HM
30 Texas, Fannin County, Trenton — 8879 — First Methodist Church of Trenton
In 1887 members gathered at the Union Church in Trenton to organize the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The first pastor was the Rev. W. J. Bludworth. In 1896 the first sanctuary was built, and the congregation included 200 members. . . . Map (db m163348) HM
31 Texas, Fannin County, Trenton — 8881 — First National Bank of Trenton
Founded in 1901 by John Donaghey, J.B. Robinson, and Y.B. Reed - major officers for 33 years, descendants still operate institution. In early days old-timers gathered here to discuss town events. Bank is still center of community news. At same . . . Map (db m163340) HM
32 Texas, Fannin County, Trenton — 11877 — Trenton
The earliest Anglo settlers in this area, drawn to the fertile farmlands probably came to the locality known as Wildcat Thicket in the mid-1800s. By the 1870s a community had begun to form, and settler A.J. Russell reportedly named Trenton for a . . . Map (db m163382) HM
33 Texas, Fannin County, Trenton — Y.B. Reed
Built 1910 by Y.B. Reed, who in 1894 had bought out grandfather and uncle Burgher and Burgher. A complete hardware store: had plows, binders, hay balers, hand tools. Sold wagons and buggies, nails, wire, hinges, nuts, bolts. Harness division made . . . Map (db m163343) HM
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Jun. 2, 2023