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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Sutton County, Texas

Clickable Map of Sutton 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> Sutton County, TX (35) Crockett County, TX (46) Edwards County, TX (18) Kimble County, TX (62) Menard County, TX (36) Schleicher County, TX (13) Val Verde County, TX (62)  SuttonCounty(35) Sutton County (35)  CrockettCounty(46) Crockett County (46)  EdwardsCounty(18) Edwards County (18)  KimbleCounty(62) Kimble County (62)  MenardCounty(36) Menard County (36)  SchleicherCounty(13) Schleicher County (13)  ValVerdeCounty(62) Val Verde County (62)
Sonora is the county seat for Sutton County
Adjacent to Sutton County, Texas
      Crockett County (46)  
      Edwards County (18)  
      Kimble County (62)  
      Menard County (36)  
      Schleicher County (13)  
      Val Verde County (62)  
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1 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — Albert R. Cauthorn — 1845-1920
Driving 1000 head of sheep, A.R. Cauthorn, with 9 year old son, James Albert, and brother Dan came from Missouri to Abilene in 1882. Wife Marcina Green Cauthorn died in MO. Son Bob came to TX. in 1891. Unhappy with the land, A.R. drifted south, . . . Map (db m119423) HM
2 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — B.M. Halbert — 1867-1946
Married Kidie Itasca Ellis of Edwards County January 19, 1895. Recognized adaptability of Angora goat to Edwards Plateau-imported stock from the Carolinas and stud billies from Turkey and South Africa. Was often called father of Angora goats in . . . Map (db m119249) HM
3 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — 963 — Colonel John S. Sutton — County Named for Texas Confederate — 1812 - 1862 —
(front) At outbreak Civil War, this veteran soldier, Ranger, Indian fighter joined 7th Regiment Texas Mounted Volunteers. Elected Lt. Colonel, led five companies, Arizona-New Mexico campaign designed to make Confederacy an ocean to ocean . . . Map (db m118018) HM
4 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — Crawford Benton (Dutch) Wardlaw — 04-17-1887 - 11-10-1954
Son of Newton Jasper and Nancy Josephine Cody Married 12-24-1911 to Emma Leann Whitehead 12-04-1887 - 02-07-1964 Daughter of Walter and Mary Bell Martin Children: Cody Martin, Crawford Whitehead (Dink), Walter Hadley, Mary Emma . . . Map (db m119419) HM
5 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — D.B. Cusenbary — 1850-1918
A pioneer who came to this area in the late 1880's. He raised cattle, sheep and horses on land in Sutton and Edwards counties. Out of this land he made available six sections which became the Sonora Experiment Station. He married Annie E. Dickinson . . . Map (db m119357) HM
6 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — David & Serena Estes Adams / James & Cora Vincent Trainer
The Adamses came in 1880's. David, Confederate soldier, rancher, farmer, operated Sonora's first hotel. James served in Union Army named Fort Concho's first sutler. Cora moved to Fort Terrett in late 1880's after his death with their sons, George, . . . Map (db m119333) HM
7 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — E.F. & Bessie Wyatt Vanderstucken
Emil Felix Vanderstucken, born in 1866, came to Sonora in 1890 from Menard. He helped organize the First National Bank and served as President for many years. In addition to ranching, he also operated a mercantile business for 54 years. In 1900 he . . . Map (db m119334) HM
8 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — Felipe & Tomasa Lara Virgen
Felipe came from Zaragoza, Coahuila, Mexico with 3 sons in 1907 to work at the Fawcett Ranch. In 1910 he brought all of his family to Sonora. Leonardo, Teadoro, Eligio, Felipe, Jr., and Andres married in Sonora. Eufemia, the only daughter, did not . . . Map (db m119422) HM
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9 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — Fred and Serena Adams Trainer
Married in 1900, both descended from Sutton County founding families, raised their twelve children, Edith, Cora, Fred, Joe, George, John, Jack, Frances, Mercedes (Dee), Clifford, Serena, Mildred (Millie) here. Fred died in 1923. His wife, . . . Map (db m119250) HM
10 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — George H. McDonald & Josie C. McDonald
These Sutton County pioneers were married in Lampasas County in 1886 and came to Sonora in 1890 with their livestock. In 1895, they gave up ranching and moved into town, where they purchased the Wyatt Hotel located in the heart of the business . . . Map (db m119487) HM
11 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — George S. Allison & Wife, Margaret Thornhill — Settled in Sutton County December, 1885
With five children: John, Will, Curt, Dona, and H.P. "Buster". Other children born in Sonora, Sutton Co. Carrie, Clara, Joe, Tot, Dollie, and Sam. John Sutton-Jack and Margaret Will- Curt-George Edward, George Curtis "Son", Patsy and . . . Map (db m119248) HM
12 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — In Memory of Ed Jackson
Early Sutton County pioneer Organized the First National Bank His sister Winnie Reber Harris, married W. L. Aldwell Rancher, Banker, and first Mayor of Sonora Their four children were: George Lea Aldwell Roy Edward Aldwell, I Ida A. . . . Map (db m119365) HM
13 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — Isaac and Victoria Miers
One of the early families in Sonora was that of Isaac and Victoria Miers. They built the fifth house in Sonora. Isaac was born April 13, 1835 in Carrol County, Mississippi. Victoria was born December 11, 1841 in Painsville, Lake County, Ohio. They . . . Map (db m119484) HM
14 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — Joe Berger — 1888-1958
Joe's uncle, Fred, arrived in Sutton County about the time of the county's organization working on the Ft. Terrett Ranch. Joe was born in Austria and emigrated to Sonora in 1907. Married Velma Mittle in 1922. Joe and Velma made land available to . . . Map (db m119420) HM
15 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — Leroy P. & Martha Ann Valliant
"Lee” was born in 1847 in Pontotoc Co., Miss. and came west with a cattle drive. He began ranching in Mason Co. "Sis” was born in 1860 in Hunt Co. She lost her first husband and three children in a flu epidemic, sold her land in East . . . Map (db m119421) HM
16 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — 3765 — Old Mercantile Building
Kentucky native Ed R. Jackson (1860-1911), a prominent local rancher and banker, had this two-story Italianate commercial building constructed in 1902-03. Located on the site of an early hotel and a later mercantile store, both of which were . . . Map (db m117931) HM
17 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — 3798 — Old Rock Schoolhouse
This Italianate schoolhouse was built in 1904 to provide improved educational facilities for a growing population. Rockmason T. S. Hodges of Lockhart used native rock from a quarry east of town to craft the two-story building. Originally housing the . . . Map (db m161280) HM
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18 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — Robert Halbert & Battie Halbert
Robert born June 11, 1891 in Ft. McKavett, Tex. and died Sept. 16, 1983. Battie born Dec. 14, 1894 in Florence, Tex. and died Nov. 26, 1991. They met while attending Howard Payne college and married July 12, 1912. Two daughters survive, Allie (Mrs. . . . Map (db m119486) HM
19 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — 4799 — Site of Fort Terrett
. . . Map (db m143971) HM
20 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — 5973 — Site of Sonora Town Well
Pioneers seeking grazing land in arid Sutton County needed a reliable source of water. In 1887 Sonora's closest well, one of five in the county, was three miles away. Using a horse-driven drill, Charlie Adams sank the town's first well in 1889 at . . . Map (db m117930) HM
21 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — Sol & Ernestine Mayer
F. Mayer & Sons purchased the T-Half Circle Ranch in Sutton and Schleicher counties in 1896. Sol, who became sole owner, was a livestock trader, rancher, banker and philanthropist. The ranch has been continuously operated by his heirs, his son . . . Map (db m119356) HM
22 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — 5156 — Sutton County
Has traces of culture at least 20,000 years old, occupied by Apache Indians up to founding of Fort Terrett, 1852. Anglo-Texan settlement began 1879 at Sonora, a trading post on San Antonio-El Paso Road. Created April 1, 1887, from land then in . . . Map (db m126223) HM
23 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — 5157 — Sutton County Courthouse — Reported missing
This building, site of all land transactions incident to development of county. Water well, a few feet from building, was first water here, where sheepmen watered their flocks, hence locating here as a home. Father of founder of the townsite killed . . . Map (db m128993) HM
24 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — 5158 — Sutton County Jail
Soon after Sutton County was organized (1890), the commissioners authorized the Pauley Jail Building and Manufacturing Co. of St. Louis to erect this jail. Construction was begun in Feb. 1891 under the supervision of Judge J.L. Dunagan. Completed in . . . Map (db m117986) HM
25 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — Sutton County Korea & Vietnam Memorial
In Memory of the Men of Sutton County Who Fought and Those Who Valiantly Gave Their Lives in a Cause for FreedomMap (db m201540) WM
26 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — Sutton County World War I and II Memorial
In Memory Of the Men of Sutton County Who Valiantly Gave Their Lives in World War I and II Map (db m201539) WM
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27 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — The Espy Family
Settled in: Pennsylvania in the 1720's-Texas in the 1830's-Schleicher County in 1900-and spanned 265 years and 9 generations by 1990. Hugh Stockton-Annie L. Harrell Espy's family: Nettie Mae-Sarah E.-Thomas H.-Ruth-Howard D. Thomas and Howard . . . Map (db m119485) HM
28 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — The First United Methodist Church of Sonora
This church was chartered and the first Board of Stewards elected on May 14, 1892. The pastor in charge was the Rev. D.O. McAllister who walked the 35 miles from Sonora to Ozona to serve as minister for the Sonora-Ozona parish. Methodist circuit . . . Map (db m201537) HM
29 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — 5341 — The Frisco Trailway — This Site is One Mile North of the Starting Point of
Important in development of Sutton County. 100-mile Market Lane, used 1900-1930. Built by E.F. Tillman (agent, Fort Worth & Rio Grande Railway), to move cattle via Fort McKavett and Menard to railhead at Brady. Fenced and 250 feet wide (generally), . . . Map (db m117932) HM
30 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — W.J. & Viola Gibbons Fields
W.J., born in 1868, came to Sutton Co. from his home in Manor, TX. in 1887 to operate ranch land his father Dr. J.D. Fields of Manor had owned since 1883. The land remains in the family in 1990. ”Will" met Viola, daughter of Emory Gibbons, in . . . Map (db m119366) HM
31 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — Walter Ephriam Whitehead — Son of George Washington & Rachel Janel (Francis) Whitehead
Settled in Sutton County in early 1880's Walter E. married Mary Bell Martin to whom were born Emma Leanna-C. B. Wardlaw Charles Hadley (Tio)-Bachelor Walter Rowland (Lee)-Dora Davis Willie B. - Della Rose Halbert Francis Harris . . . Map (db m119247) HM
32 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — 5752 — Wentworth — About 200 Yards West is Site of Ghost Town
Situated in 1880's at water well of A. J. Winkler, who platted townsite, gave title bond, and named place for Fort Terrett area rancher P. H. Wentworth. The residents occupied tents and picket homes. Principal building was two-story school, . . . Map (db m161281) HM
33 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — William Forrest Whitehead — Son of George Washington and Rachel Frances Whitehead
Was born in Gonzales County in 1865-settled in the Sutton County area in 1880's. Married Minnie Amanda Bales in Junction 1890. Children born George Robert married Jennie Graham Amor Bales (Boo) married Loddie Lee Rogers Forrest Carl . . . Map (db m119359) HM
34 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — William Lee Miers — 1900-1986
Born September 2, 1900 on the Miers Ranch southwest of Sonora, "Willie” was the only son out of the seven children of William Andrew and Belle Birtrong Miers. Both his parents and his grandparents, Isaac and Victoria Miers and the Tom . . . Map (db m119424) HM
35 Texas, Sutton County, Sonora — WTO Holman and Wife, Annie Gray
WTO Holman and wife, Annie Gray, moved to Sutton County in 1901 with their eight children. They purchased land in Sutton, Edwards and Val Verde counties which has been continuously owned by family members (1990). Grandchildren: Annette Holman . . . Map (db m119355) HM
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May. 29, 2023