Proffitt Cemetery

Proffitt Cemetery (HM1RBK)

Location: Newcastle, TX 76372 Young County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 10.97', W 98° 51.98'

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Members of the Robert Smith Proffitt family came to this area about 1862 and established homes. A son, John Proffitt (1846-1925), amassed large landholdings and built a gin and other businesses. The developing community was named Proffitt. At its height it boasted homes, a post office, school, retail businesses, a Methodist church, and Baptist church.
     On July 17, 1867, three young men were killed in an Indian raid near this site. They were buried in a common grave on John Proffitt's land about one mile south of town. Theirs was the first burial in the community graveyard which became known as Proffitt Cemetery.
     The cemetery contains both marked and unmarked graves of area pioneers. The numerous interments of infants and children illustrate the often harsh conditions of frontier life. The largest number of burials occurred in the years between 1910 and 1920, and include many victims of the World War I-era influenza epidemic. Also buried here are veterans of the Civil War, World War I, and World War II.
     Maintained by a cemetery association, this historic graveyard stands as a memorial to young county pioneers.
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Marker Number4131
Year Placed1990
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 512460 N 3671564
Decimal Degrees33.18283333, -98.86633333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 10.97', W 98° 51.98'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 10' 58.2" N, 98° 51' 58.8" W
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Area Code(s)940
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near US-380, Newcastle TX 76372, US
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