Details for Wharton Cemetery (Atlas Number 5481012958)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5481012958


Marker Number 12958
Atlas Number 5481012958
Marker Title Wharton Cemetery
Index Entry Wharton Cemetery
Address East Ave at Caney St
City Wharton
County Wharton
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 782361
UTM Northing 3245752
Subject Codes cemetery
Marker Year 2002
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Private Property No
Marker Location East Avenue at Caney Street
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size HTC marker
Marker Text Wharton County was established in 1846, and the county seat, Wharton, was laid out on the Mexican land grant of "Old 300" colonist William Kincheloe. In 1866, county commissioners appointed James Whitten to find a suitable location for a cemetery. The site chosen was just a few blocks from the courthouse square and was already used as a graveyard. The oldest marked burial is that of Barbara Betts (d. 1843). Official plats of the cemetery in 1912 and 1928 show the burial sites of many of Wharton's earliest families, city founders and important figures, such as Amanda Armstrong Watts (d. 1924), first public schoolteacher in Wharton in 1880 and city postmistress in 1881. More than 140 veterans are buried here, including those who served in the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, Korean War and Vietnam Conflict. The Wharton Cemetery exhibits detail in planning and development. Features include obelisks, brick cairns, decorated fencing, curbed plots and a large number of vertical stones. A 1931 marker indicates the city had a cemetery committee as early as 1906. A committee still maintains the burial ground, preserving the history of Wharton for future generations. Historic Texas Cemetery - 2002