Myrtle Springs Cemetery 
New Summerfield Cherokee County, Texas
Cemeteries of Texas Coordinator: Dolores I. Bishop

Information provided by the State of Texas Atlas Site

3 miles south of New Summerfield on rural road between FM 235 and FM 2274 

Marker : 
Begun during the 1860s, this cemetery served as a burial ground 
for citizens of the town of Lone Star as well as other scattered settlements 
in the area. Many homesteads were located nearby, and a union church 
was attended by many families until the 1920s. The cemetery is located 
on land deeded to the Myrtle Springs Church by area pioneer Thomas Garrison. 
Though several hand-cut sandstone markers are illegible or contain only 
initials, the earlier marked grave is that of Martha C. Wallace, born in 1852, 
and buried here in 1866. At least fifteen veterans of the Civil War are interred 
here, and more are believed to rest in unmarked graves. In October 1950, an 
additional tract for land was added to the original cemetery plot. In 1963 
a group of area citizens formed a cemetery association for the care 
of the burial ground. The state of Texas granted a perpetual care charter 
ot the association in 1967. Although the settlement of Lone Star became 
a ghost town, the cemetery has served a widespread rural community, 
including the town of Ponta and area farms and homesteads. Texas Sesquicentennial 1836 - 1986