Linwood, Cherokee County, Texas
Cemeteries of Texas Coordinator: Dolores I. Bishop
Information provided by the State of Texas Atlas Site
on SH 21 5 miles east of Alto
In 1834 surveyor William Roark (1803-1862) and his family
came to Texas from Tennessee. Roark's mother Nancy (Chambliss)
and brother Napoleon were buried in the one-half-acre graveyard about
1837-38. Joseph, Delila and James H. Durst deeded this cemetery to
Roark in 1838. Roark's daughter Elizabeth married Benjamin Franklin
Selman in 1855 and the site became known as "Selman-Roark Cemetery".
As Linwood community grew, more families used the burial ground. In 1861 a
Roark descendant deeded an additional 0.8 acre adjoining the cemetery.