Merriman Cemetery Historical

Merriman Cemetery Historical (HM1UCQ)

Location: Ranger, TX 76470 Eastland County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 25.442', W 98° 41.861'

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According to local tradition this site was established as a community graveyard about 1873, the year Eastland County was organized and one year prior to the community of Merriman's selection as county seat. Although there are many unmarked gravestones in the cemetery, the earliest recorded burial is that of Orthosias Scarborough (d. 1879). The first legal record of the Merriman Cemetery occurred in a deed executed by the Taylor Charcoal Company conveying two acres for use as a public burial ground to trustee M.V. Brewer in 1891.
     Oil discovered in 1917 on land owned by John H. McCleskey (buried here in 1918) started an oil boom that ultimately threatened the sanctity of the Merriman Cemetery. Oil speculators reportedly offered members of the Merriman Baptist Church a large sum of money to lease the cemetery grounds for drilling. The congregation, although its association with the cemetery is uncertain, turned the offer down.
     Josie Fox Duncan (d. 1940) deeded 75 acres to trustees of the cemetery in 1938 to provide an income for its perpetual care. The cemetery contains graves of early settlers, veterans of conflicts from the Civil War to Korea, and victims of a 1916-17 influenza epidemic.
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HM NumberHM1UCQ
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Year Placed1993
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 528423 N 3587478
Decimal Degrees32.42403333, -98.69768333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 25.442', W 98° 41.861'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 25' 26.52" N, 98° 41' 51.66" W
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Area Code(s)254
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 708 Ranch Rd 2461, Ranger TX 76470, US
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