Anchorage Cemetery
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N 29° 04.083 W 098° 42.523
14R E 528352 N 3215560
Quick Description: This TX historical marker is found 10 miles west of Poteet along FM 2504, at the Brooks Lane junction. The marker is at the fence line of the cemetery and is facing toward the junction of the roadways.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 9/19/2021 2:16:59 PM
Waymark Code: WM14ZTB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
Views: 1

Long Description:
The first paragraph of this historical marker reads like Herman Melville wrote it for his novel, Moby Dick! When a sailor drops anchor, he is intending to stay put for a while. Apparently this was true for Captain Thomas Whittet who is to have given this town its name in 1882 as he and his relatives settled this area. Land for a church and the cemetery was provided and both have survived to present day. The church building is now used as the Anchorage Methodist Memorial Chaple and the Anchorage Cemetery Association is now in charge of the cemetery care and management.
Marker Number: 13595

Marker Text:
The family of William and Mary Allen Stiggins emigrated here from Prince Edward island, Canada, in 1882. Included in the group were their daughter Mary Jane (1855-1935), who had studied medicine, and her fiancé Thomas Whittet (1838-1913), a former sea captain. Whittet is credited with naming this place Anchorage, declaring that this spot would be where the former seafarer would drop anchor.

Thomas and Mary Jane married in the early 1880s, and in 1896 they deeded land for a church and cemetery to serve the communities of Anchorage and Rossville (2 mi. NE). The oldest marked graves, for Mary Allen Stiggins and Annie Theresa Farran, both date to 1896. The Whittets’ general store served as the Anchorage Post Office from 1889 to 1935. Mary Jane practiced medicine throughout the area and delivered many babies, including all nine children in the J.M. Rogers family.

George Bopp, Jr. (1924-1945), a World War II casualty, is buried here. A frame church stood until 1958, replaced by a cinder block building on the same site. By 1979, the congregation was inactive, and the property was deeded to the Anchorage Cemetery Association, which maintains this burial ground and chapel.
Historic Texas Cemetery – 2005



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