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Olive Branch Cemetery
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 31° 57.794 W 095° 35.884
15R E 254463 N 3539308
Quick Description: Texas Historical Marker at the Olive Branch Cemetery at the end of Anderson County Rd 437, providing some area history, and noting the service of this cemetery -- still active -- to those who live around Brushy Creek.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 9/27/2019 7:51:41 PM
Waymark Code: WM11CHR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member QuesterMark
Views: 2

Marker Number: 8787

Marker Text:
This part of Anderson County was settled in the 1850s. Many of the early settlers were from the vicinity of Brushy Creek, South Carolina, and it is believed that is why the streams in this area and the community were named Brushy Creek. A smaller creek near this site became known as Olive Branch.

In 1858, as the community began to grow, a small one-room building was erected to serve as a church and school. A cemetery was established on land adjacent to the building. Although the land was not officially deeded as a graveyard until 1858, there are marked burials from as early as 1856.

The oldest documented grave is that of Joseph H. Waddell, who died in 1856 at age six. Also interred here are many early pioneers and a number of veterans, including James Eastland (1827-1911), who served in the Mexican War and the Civil War, and later represented Anderson County in the Texas legislature. Daniel Henderson, who deeded the land for the church, school, and cemetery, is also buried here.

This cemetery is a visible reminder of the early settlers of Brushy Creek. The Olive Branch Cemetery Association, organized in 1978, maintains the historic graveyard. (1988)

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