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ROSS PRAIRIE, TEXAS

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St. John Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery

Fayette County, Central Texas S
About 16 Miles NE of La Grange
About 20 Miles NW of Columbus
2 Miles S of Fayetteville off Ross Prairie Road
Population: Usually included with the Fayetteville Census

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Ross Prairie TX - St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery
Ross Prairie - St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, December 2009

History in a Pecan Shell

The namesake of the community was James J. Ross, one of the “Old 300” of Stephen F. Austin's Colony. Settled in the 1820s, the original Anglo settlers sold out to incoming Czech and German immigrants in the 1840s. Many of these settlers’ descendants continue to live in the area.

A German Lutheran church was built there in 1861. The fertile flat to rolling land produced fine grain and cotton crops from 1850 to 1950 although today much of the land is used for hay production and some cattle raising.

The community’s nearness to Fayetteville prevented independent growth, but its presence has never been forgotten. A historical marker on Highway 71 gives the history of Ross Prairie's namesake, and the cemetery was recently designated as Historic Texas Cemetery with a marker.
Ross Prairie TX - St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery  fenced graves
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, December 2009
Ross Prairie TX - St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery  Angel
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, December 2009
Ross Prairie TX - St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery  cast-iron fenced graves
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, December 2009
Ross Prairie TX - St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery cast-iron fenced graves
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, December 2009
Ross Prairie TX - St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery  angel
Ross Prairie Cemetery Angel
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, December 2009
Ross Prairie TX - St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery Marker
St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery
Historic Texas Cemetery
TE Photo, October 2011
Ross Prairie TX - St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery  Sign
St. John Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Ross Prairie, Texas
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, December 2009
Ross Prairie TX - James J. Ross Historical Marker
James J. Ross, Ross Prairie's namesake, Historical Marker
TE Photo, October 2011
Ross Prairie TX - St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery  view of church
St. Mary's Catholic Church viewed from Ross Prairie Cemetery
TE Photo, October 2011
Ross Prairie TX  view of   St. Mary's Catholic Church
View of St. Mary's Catholic Church
TE Photo, October 2011
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