Details for Original Site, Burkeville Methodist Church

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5351011106


Marker Number 11106
Atlas Number 5351011106
Marker Title Original Site, Burkeville Methodist Church
Index Entry Burkeville Methodist Church
City Burkeville
County Newton
UTM Zone 15
UTM Easting 436195
UTM Northing 3429478
Subject Codes churches; Methodist (Methodist Episcopal and United Methodist) denomination
Marker Year 1977
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Marker Location Burkeville Cemetery, 2 blocks S of Juc. SH 87 & SH 63, on SH 87 in cemetery
Private Property No
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text In 1850 John R. and Mary W. Burke sold for one dollar to the local Methodist Episcopal Church, South, a tract of land at this site for a church building and cemetery. The oldest known grave here is that of Burke (d.1855), a Roman Catholic who founded Burkeville. In that era, circuit riders served the congregation, which included both black and white worshipers. A simple frame church with bell tower and steeple erected here doubled as a schoolhouse in the 1870s and served all faiths as a funeral chapel. The structure was removed from this site in 1948.

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