Uncovered Texas


Mount Zion United Methodist Church and Cemetery

Although few written records of this church exist before 1871, it is thought that the congregation was organized just prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. In 1871 the fellowship built a sanctuary at this site during the pastorate of the Rev. Jehu John Allen. The Mount Zion Church has produced sev....

Historical Marker - Alto.

Lynches Chapel United Methodist Church and Cemetery

Although Methodist worship services may have been held in this area before 1860, the first written records of this congregation date from that year, with the Rev. J. A. Srugs as the earliest known pastor. The church has been informally called "Blackjack" throughout its history, probably for the grov....

Historical Marker - Alto.

Hill, Stella Salmon

Moved to Texas, 1908, from Arkansas. Taught in Rusk and Alto before marrying Dr. James C. Hill in 1919. Teacher, civic, social and religious leader who championed her beloved East Texas. Stella Hill Memorial Library honors her name.....

Historical Marker - Alto.

Shiloh Methodist Church and Cemetery

The burial of a child, James W. Rozelle, was allowed on this wooded rise in 1850 by land owners Edwin and Martha Harry. In 1854 the Harrys allotted one acre at this site for a Methodist church, called Shiloh after the popular biblical place name. The original trustees were David Byrd, Edwin Harry, D....

Historical Marker - Alto.

Cook Cemetery


Historical Marker - Alto.

Palestine Cemetery, Old

Henry and Helena (Dill) Berryman deeded four acres of land at this site to trustees of the old Palestine Baptist Church in 1853. Seven years later Helena, by then a widow, gave an additional two acres on which a schoolhouse and community graveyard already were in existence. Many early graves are und....

Historical Marker - Alto Vicinity.

Myers Cemtery

Samuel Houston Myers (1810-1874) and his wife Martha "Patsy" Wallace Myers came to Texas with their six children in 1851. Patsy Myers died in 1853; Sam Houston married Cynthia Ann Bales in 1854; she bore 5 children and died in 1865. Sam married Mary Hunter in 1866. The first recorded burial in this ....

Historical Marker - Alvarado.

Duke Cemetery

Dr. John Duke (1827-1884), his wife Martha (1836-1888), and their family moved to Johnson County in 1854. They established a farm in the area later called the Willow Springs Community. When their ten-year-old daughter Zilla died in 1870, they buried her on the family farm. Zilla was soon joined by s....

Historical Marker - Alvarado.

Outlaws Benjamin Bickerstaff and Josiah Thompson

Near this site in 1869, Alvarado citizens ended the lives of outlaws Benjamin Bickerstaff and Josiah Thompson. A former Confederate veteran and prisoner of war, Bickerstaff was wanted for the murder of an African American man in Louisiana shortly after the Civil War. He later joined Alvarado busines....

Historical Marker - Alvarado.

Alvarado Glenwood Cemetery

Two early area families established cemeteries at this site in the 1870s. During that time, the Campbell and Sansom families purchased land in this vicinity. The first documented burial is that of seven-month-old Ula Sansom (d. 1876), who was buried in the Sansom family plot. The following year, Lou....

Historical Marker - Alvarado.

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