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    Nacogdoches TX - Oak Grove Cemetery
    Oak Grove Cemetery
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    Historical Marker Text

    Oak Grove Cemetery

    Originally called "American Cemetery," Oak Grove Cemetery is located on the 1826 land grant of Empresario Haden Edwards. The leader of the 1826 Fredonian Rebellion, Edwards is interred here. The earliest marked burial on this site is that of Franklin J. Starr (d. 1837), a native of New Hartford, Connecticut and a local realtor.

    Many graves from the early Spanish cemetery of
    Nacogdoches were relocated to this site when the county courthouse was erected on the Spanish cemetery grounds in 1912. The earliest grave from that burial ground is marked, "Father Mendoza," 1718.

    Oak Grove Cemetery is filled with historical figures important both to Nacogdoches County and the State of Texas. Perhaps the most famous is Thomas Jefferson Rusk, judge, statesman and Sam Houston's secretary of war. Like Rusk, Charles Stanfield Taylor, John S. Roberts and William Clark, Jr., signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. Other statesmen and soldiers interred here include Captain Haden Arnold and Elias E. Hamilton, veterans of the Battle of San Jacinto; Jacob Lewis; James Harper Starr; General Kelsey H. Douglass; George F. Ingraham; Nicholas Adolphus Sterne; Captain Frederick Voigt; and Dr. Robert A. Irion, who also was Sam Houston's personal physician.

    Other burials of interest include those of former slaves Mitchell Thorn, Lawrence Sleet and Eliza Walker. Frost Thorn was among Texas' early millionaires; Deidrich Anton Wilhelm Rulfs,
    Nacogdoches' master architect, designed Zion Hill Baptist Church on the north side of the cemetery. Richard William Haltom founded and edited Nacogdoches' "The Daily Sentinel," and poet Karle Wilson Baker was the third person named a fellow to the Texas Institute of Letters.

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    Nacogdoches TX - Oak Grove Cemetery Historical Marker
    Oak Grove Cemetery Historical Marker
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    Nacogdoches TX - Oak Grove Cemetery Buried list
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    Franklin Jefferson Starr tombstone- Oak Grove Cemetery , Nacogdoches TX
    Franklin Jefferson Starr Tombstone
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    Franklin Jefferson Starr tombstone- Oak Grove Cemetery , Nacogdoches TX
    Oldest Dated Grave: 1837
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    Thomas J. Rusk Monument - Oak Grove Cemetery , Nacogdoches TX
    Thomas J. Rusk Monument
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    Thomas J. Rusk Monument - Oak Grove Cemetery , Nacogdoches TX
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    Charles Standfield Taylor Centennial Marker - Oak Grove Cemetery , Nacogdoches TX
    Charles Standfield Taylor
    1936 Texas Centennial Marker
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    Dr. Robert Irion tombstone - Oak Grove Cemetery , Nacogdoches TX
    Dr. Robert Irion Tombstone
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    Haden Edwards TX Centennial Marker - Oak Grove Cemetery , Nacogdoches TX
    Haden Edwards
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    Haden Edwards TX Centennial Marker - Oak Grove Cemetery , Nacogdoches TX
    Haden Edwards
    1936 Texas Centennial Marker
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    John S. Roberts TX Centennial Marker - Oak Grove Cemetery , Nacogdoches TX
    John S. Roberts
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    John S. Roberts TX Centennial Marker - Oak Grove Cemetery , Nacogdoches TX
    John S. Roberts
    1936 Texas Centennial Marker
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    William Clark, Jr. TX Centennial Marker - Oak Grove Cemetery , Nacogdoches TX
    William Clark, Jr.
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    William Clark, Jr. TX Centennial Marker - Oak Grove Cemetery , Nacogdoches TX
    William Clark, Jr.
    1936 Texas Centennial Marker
    Photo courtesy Dana Goolsby, November 2010
    Oak Grove Cemetery grave sites , Nacogdoches TX
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