The Marcelina Baptist Church Cemetery

Wilson Co. Cemeteries of TX

 Info  and photos Submitted by Tracy Myers
 

From Floresville at the intersection of SH 181 and SH 97E (going to Stockdale) go 5 miles east on SH 97E. At Cr 404 turn right (south) and go .5 mile. Cemetery will be on your right adjoining the Marcelina Baptist Church.

The original Marcelina Cemetery was the private burial plot for the Samuel H. Foster family. The first person buried in the cemetery was Martin Donaho who died in 1882. When Mr. Foster sold the farm where the burial plot was located, he kept the 1.5 acre cemetery. On May 18, 1901 Isaac and Melinda Sims sold 6.5 acres to the Marcelina Baptist Church for use as a church and cemetery. The new cemetery was fenced. This land was joined to the Foster Family Cemetery. In the next few years the fence between the two cemeteries disappeared and the two became one.

The Marcelina Baptist Church is a little church with six pews on each side and forty-five members. They have small Sunday School classrooms that were later added onto the church building. Isaac and Malinda Sims, a couple that used to live in the area, gave six and one-sixth acres to Marcelina Baptist Church on May 18, 1901 at the price of $95.00. Four acres were for church purposes and two and one-sixth for a graveyard. There are actually two graveyards, both under the title of Marcelina Graveyard. The first graveyard was called Marcelina Graveyard. The other one was called the Foster family graveyard. Over the years they got too full and then they finally just grew together. The graveyard is not open to the public and they only allow people that are family. A little part of the Marcelina Cemetery was part of Mr. and Mrs. Foster's farm. It was only for people in the Foster's family. The Fosters later sold the part of their farm that was part of the Marcelina Cemetery. When it was sold, it was surveyed and fenced very carefully. At that time, the cemetery did not have a name. Mr. Foster reserved a section next to the church for strangers and other people who died friendless or poor. 

Sources: 
Wilson County History
, by Louise Stadler, 1990 Taylor Publishing Company, Dallas, Texas.
Meyr, Irma M. Cemeteries of Wilson County, Texas (Over 130 Cemeteries and Burial Plots) privately published

Marcelina Community Marker: Located on the Old San Antonio-Indianola Road, this rural settlement, named for nearby Marcelinas Creek, began in late 1873, when Wiley R. Franklin (1837-93) bought land in the area (1.5 miles S) and built a small horse-powered cotton gin. In 1874, a Baptist congregation was organized, holding services in the home of Gabriel Moffit; a one-teacher school opened in 1875; and the cemetery was begun in 1882 with the death of Martin Donaho. William Y. Elkins established a mercantile store in 1886, and was named postmaster when the post office opened on Feb. 1, 1887. By the mid-1890s, Marcelina had 2 stores, 2 cotton gins, a blacksmith and wheelwright shop, gristmill, large school and church buildings, and several homes. From the beginning, the local economic base had been agriculture, primarily cotton production, but in 1901, the crops became infested with boll weevils and the prosperous community began to decline. Improvements in transportation diverted trade to Floresville (5.5 miles W), and the advent of rural mail delivery caused the post office to close on Oct. 1, 1906. All that remains of the Marcelina Community are the cemetery and the Baptist Church. The present sanctuary was erected in 1935. (1974)

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APPLING
Sarah E. 13 Sept. 1884 - 3 Apr. 1923

ARNOLD
Henry 1870 - 1958

ATKINSON
Janie M. 29 Jan. 1918 - 12 Jul. 1894

BAILEY
Gertrude 1903 - 23 Sept. 1956

BAIRD
Dorothy Mae 26 Aug. 1921 - 6 Jun. 1973
Everette T. 2 Aug. 1941 - 26 May 1974
Rhoda 27 Feb. 1889 - 5 Dec. 1961
Sam 2 Dec. 1866 - 20 Jan. 1970
William A. 21 Apr. 1911 - 29 Jan. 1976

BARBER
Laura Marie 16 Mar. 1928 - 7 Aug. 1941
Letha 9 Jun. 1900 - 19 Nov. 1947
Neva T. 8 Nov. 1907 - 13 Apr. 1979
Rudolph Otis 17 Jan. 1903 - 25 Jun. 1976

BILES
Martha 29 Nov. 1929 - 16 Dec. 1909
Thomas E. 21 Oct. 1928 - 3 Dec. 1909

BIRKETT
Della Ray 4 May 1863 - 19 Jan. 1893

BOWIE
John W. 1865 - 21 Jan. 1904

BOX
Mary Elizabeth 1939 - 16 Feb. 1908

BRADDY
Martha 1939 - 1925
Nancy 4 Jul. 1920 (only date)

BREMER
Inez M. 12 Jul. 1891 - 9 Apr. 1968

CALE
George B. 22 Apr. 1858 - 8 Jan. 1913
Mary 1851 - 9 Oct. 1886
Mary Belle 10 May 1867 - 25 Feb. 1953

CALLAWAY
Alice 16 May 1881 - 23 Dec. 1932
J. H. 17 Jul. 1883 - 2 Oct. 1916
Mary E. 26 Jan. 1852 - 20 May 1938
Mary Lou 18 Dec. 1871 - 16 Oct. 1895
William T. 12 Sept. l848 - 27 Jan. 1929
Willis T. 6 Jul. 1885 11 Aug. 1902

CALVERT
Charles W. 20 Mar. 1914 - 20 Mar. 1981

CARMICHEAL
Ellza Jane 1844 - 10 May 1904

CATCHTNGS
Malissa Ann Beth 8 Jun. 1883 - 13 Oct. 1899
Jesse Martin 4 Jun. 1885 - 29 Jun. 1908

CHAPMAN
James Deen 24 Feb. 1864 - 12 Aug. 1921
N. H. 11 Jan. 1834 - 29 May 1911
Phredonia 9 Jan. 1856 - 3 Jan. 1924

CHAPPELL
Alfred 1915 - 1924
Alfred Jefferson 24 Mar. 1879 - 15 Mar. 1955
Maud 1882 - Mar. 1919 

CHILDS
Bernice S. 28 Mar. 1901 - 27 Jan. 1973
Marshall M. 8 Aug. 1910 - 2 May 1974

CONN
Annie Velma 22 Apr. 1893 - 17 Apr. 1982
Grace May 15 May 1912 - 9 Jan. 1918
Hugh Wm. 31 Jan. 1883 - 7 Jul. 1943
Kathryne M. 21 Dec. 1921 - 10 Dec. 1981

COX
Alma Lou 28 Feb. 1892 - 29 Jan. 1918
Elbert Luther 10 Dec. 1914 - 19 Jan. 1981
Elmer R. 1917 - 1979
Emma Lee 5 Jan. 1887 - 3 Apr. 1887
George Reece 29 Oct. 1914 - 30 Oct. 1914
Hector 11 Feb. 1868 - 28 Mar. 1922
James E. 27 Apr. 1827 - 16 Jul. 1891
John Randall 27 Aug. 1860 - 4 Apr. 1946
Julie E. 20 Feb. 1866 - 25 Jun. 1899
Lois 9 Nov. 1909 - 5 Aug. 1956
Missouri 15 Aug. 1874 - 3 Jun. 1930
Missouri 6 Nov. 1838 - 18 Nov. 1908
Velda Evaughn 18 Aug. 1926 - 2 Dec. 1927
Virgie 24 Mar 1878 (only date)

CRAIN
Almo Holcombe 1 Aug. 1883 - 12 Dec. 1902

CRYER
Alice 7 Aug. 1875 - 24 Apr. 1920
Jane 17 Feb. 1839 - 20 Jan. 1886

CUNNINGHAM
Clarence R. 1 May 1900 - 19 May 1902

DAVEE
Lillian E. 1895 - 1966

DAVISON
Robert Elmer 28 Aug. 1908 - Nov. 1908

DEEN
John W. 9 Jun. 1813 - 8 May 1903
W. T. 14 Apr. 1831 - 11 Dec. 1920

HESTER
H. T. 1878 - 1942
Harry 1904 - 1910
Leona 1899 - 1900

HOLCOMBE
C. C. 12 Oct. 1876 - 22 Nov. 1934
Everette George 21 Oct. 1911 - 2 Jun. 1985
Harvey P. 13 Apr. 1916 - 6 Apr. 1976
Helen L. 19 Mar. 1922 - 6 Sept. 1957
Melissa Caroline 18 Jun. 1844 - 20 Mar. 1912
Sallie 13 Mar. 1845 - 5 Jun. 1919
W. H. 22 May 1835 - 1 Apr. 1904

HOPKINS
Aubrey N. 11 Feb. 1933 - 7 Sept. 1979

HOUCK
Infant (no dates)
Claude 31 May 1906 - 29 Mar. 1911
George Washington 21 Mar. 1840 - 7 Aug. 1840

HUGHES
Emory W. 1837 - 1921

JACOOBS
Mary 1830 - 1905

JAMES
Dorsey 4 Jul. 1904 - 7 Nov. 1961

JOHNSON
George W. Jr. 22 Sept. 1927 - 17 Jul. 1974
Pauline H. 30 Jul. 1885 - 13 Apr. 1969
Reginald 29 Nov. 1882 - 14 Dec. 1966

JONES
Elizabeth D. 10 Apr. 1878 - 7 Jan. 1903
Grover C. 5 Apr. 1890 - 31 Jan. 1931
Mollie J. 5 Jun. 1853 - 26 Aug. 1918
Robert B. Jr. 28 Mar. 1875 - 1 Jan. 1923

KOLAK
Russel W. 1933 - 1976

LAND
D. O. 9 Mar. 1873 - 28 Jan. 1901
Evey 12 Nov. 1897 - 9 Dec. 1899

LAYTOM
Steve Brian 7 Aug. 1955 - 5 Feb. 1965

LYNN
Sarah E. 18 Mar. 1883 - 13 Apr. 1956
William E. 26 May 1883 - 12 Jan. 1965

MAHAR
Theodore Napoleon 5 Feb. 1911 - 29 Jun. 1986

MANGUM
Inez 1902 - 2 Sept. 1936

MATTHEWS
Clint 10 Oct. 1877 - 3 Aug. 1933

MCINVALE
Infant 16 May 1921 - 16 May 1921
Infant 25 Jan. 1921 - 31 Jan. 1921
Andrew Giles 25 Nov. 1888 - 3 Nov. 1959
Dewitt Henry 3 Jun. 1922 - 30 Apr. 1973
Floyd Andrew 17 Nov. 1935 - 23 Feb. 1962
Frances 1893 - 1953
George Edwin 23 Sept. 1924 - 20 Nov. 1925

RILEY
Julius Houston Jr. 29 Oct. 1948 -  1 Apr. 1987
Julius Lee Sr. 10 Oct. 1948 - 13 Feb. 1981
Julius Lee Jr. 30 Dec. 1971 - 13 Feb. 1981
Laney W. 16 Jun. 1847 - 24 Nov. 1929
Monro Houston 14 Dec. 1914 - 8 Oct. 1916
Sara Caroline 13 Nov. 1873 - 22 Jun. 1920
Thomas S. 12 Mar. 1880 - 2 Aug. .1968
Viola V. l4 Jan. l872 - 27 Apr. 1949
William 5 Jul. 1875 - 26 Mar. 1952
William H. (no dates)

RISLEY
George William 1875 - 1919
George William Jr. l4 Jul. l902 - 10 Apr. 1916

ROBBINS
Dora 1881 - 1910
Elmo B. 3 Apr. 1921 - 15 May 1981
Frank 21 Dec. 1875 - 14 Mar. 1952
Ollie Elizabeth 17 Aug. 1901 - 11 Aug. 1964
Ray M. 8 Oct. 1922 - 19 Nov. 1973

ROBINSON
Dicey A. 27 May 1845 - 29 Dec. 1928
Ferdinand 18 Aug. 1839 - 6 Jun. 1896
Texas 11 Jul. 1881 - 3 Oct. 1888

ROSIE
Granville 6 Feb. 1823 - 21 Mar. 1914

ROYAL
Sallie Abees 1846 - 17 Jul. 1899

ROUNDTREE
Ivy Jewel 22 Jan. 1902 - 3 Feb. 1985
James Oscar 19 Jul. 1939 - 3 Jun. 1987

SAMPLE
L. W. 19 Mar. 1831 - 3 May 1915
Mahoda 3 Jul. 1799 - 1 May 1888
Min 14 Dec. 1855 - 2 Nov. 1910

SANDERS
Leola 6 Oct. 1893 - 25 Nov. 1946

SELLERS
Infant (no dates)
Infant (no dates)
Infant 1913 (only date)
Infant 1920 (only date)
Infant 13 Nov. 1920 (death date)
Infant 22 Jul. 1902 (only date)
Abbie 13 Sept. 1876 5 Aug. 1902
Archie 1907 1908
David Arthur 7 Nov. 1878 30 Jun. 1957
Ida Amelia 31 May 1880 3 Oct. 1947
Laura 1868 1951
Lora Ellen 1906 1908
M. J. 13 Jan. 1847 1 Jun. 1930
Mattie J. 29 Jun. 1870 26 Jul. 1967
Meatelle 18 Sept. 1875 12 Feb. 1901
William Harvey 15 Jun. 1846 14 May 1933