Kyle Pioneer Family Cemetery

Kyle Pioneer Family Cemetery (HM2920)

Location: Kyle, TX 78640 Hays County
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N 29° 57.744', W 97° 53.892'

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Known locally as the Old Slave Cemetery or Kyle Slave Cemetery, the Kyle Family Pioneer Cemetery lay unnoticed and forgotten for many years, tucked to the right of the entrance to the Kyle Community Cemetery. The cemetery is the final resting place for some of Claiborne Kyle's slaves and former slaves, many with ephemeral markers no longer visible. According to the 1850 Hays County slave census, Claiborne Kyle owned 28 slaves, ranging in age from two years to 80. By 1860, that number increased to 29, ranging from one to 63. Presumably, the 80-year-old passed away and is believed to be the first burial in this cemetery.

At first glance, there are around a dozen stones marking burials, but a survey revealed many more burials, taking place from the 1850s to 1938. Very few headstones remain intact with several carved by hand and others cut by skilled stone cutters. One headstone, that of Philis Martin (1822-1887), lists the stonemaker as M.E. Aten, old Round Rock (Williamson County). Another legible headstone belongs to Vinie Kyle (1837-1908). In unmarked graves beside her lie
her husband, Samuel (b. 1839), and several of their children. Samuel Kyle is believed to be one of Claiborne's slaves and, possibly, his son with Kitty Kyle who is said to be buried here. WW I veteran, William Calvin (1888-1938), is also buried here.


1899, the nearby Kyle Cemetery for Colored People (now known as Skyview Cemetery) was established and quickly became the primary burial location for the African American community of Kyle. With community involvement and grants, the restoration and preservation of the Kyle Family Pioneer cemetery began in the 1990s.
HM NumberHM2920
Year Placed2015
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 606309 N 3315129
Decimal Degrees29.96240000, -97.89820000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 57.744', W 97° 53.892'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 57' 44.64" N, 97° 53' 53.52" W
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Area Code(s)512, 361
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2303 S Old Stagecoach Rd, Kyle TX 78640, US
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