Photographer's Note: Newberry is located about 10 miles
west of Weatherford
on Newberry Road. My map shows it as Preble but nothing is mentioned
of it on the marker.
Robert S. and Nancy
Ann Porter settled on the fertile land in this area in 1855. Robert
Porter became the first county judge for the newly organized Parker
County the following year. Among their early neighbors were the
Baker, Cowan, Dick, Dillard, Doss, Hemphill, Hightower, Johnson, Kidwell,
Lane, Nevil, Newberry, Peters, Potter, Simpson, Strain and Witherspoon
The Brazos congregation of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church was
organized on the fifth Sabbath in May 1868, near the town of Dennis.
By 1871 many families had moved north to the Grindstone Creek area.
Robert C. Newberry and his family hosted a Cumberland Presbyterian
Church service in their home on April 23, 1871. The church became
known as the Grindstone Congregation of the Cumberland Presbyterian
Church, meeting in members' homes until Jim D. Newberry gave land
for a church and cemetery in 1874. The earliest marked grave in the
cemetery is that of sixteen-year-old R. W. Newberry, son of R. C.
Newberry, who drowned in the Brazos River in 1879.
A new frame building was erected for a church and school in 1880.
The church became known as Newberry Cumberland Presbyterian Church
in 1892, and the community took the Newberry name, as well.
A tabernacle was built in 1901 and the school was moved to this site
in 1903. In 1929 the school was consolidated with the Millsap
At the dawn of the 21st century, there were about 625 identified and
75 to 100 unidentified graves in the cemetery. Church meetings were
held once a month. The Newberry church and cemetery remain as chronicles
of those who shaped Parker
on US 180 (9.9 mile W of Weatherford,
1.2 mile S on Newberry Rd.)
Photo courtesy Barclay
Gibson, April 2015
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