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Atoka Cemetery Historical Marker
Texas Historical Commission: Historical Marker #232, 1996



Historical Marker: Atoka Cemetery
Texas Historical Commission: Historical Marker #232, 1996

Marker Title: Atoka Cemetery
City: Novice
Year Marker Erected: 1996
Marker Location: From Novice take FM 1770 3 miles west. Turn north onto county road and continue about 1 mile to cemetery on the left fork of the road.

Marker Text: "Settlement of this area began in the 1850s with the establishment of Camp Colorado, a United States cavalry outpost. At the outbreak of the Civil War the camp was occupied by Texas State Troops and Texas Ranger units. The existence of the camp spurred permanent settlement in the area, and many families moved here from the southern United States after the Civil War. The settlers established farms and ranches, and the Atoka community included a general store operated by D.A. Parker [David Absalom PARKER]and S. N. Edenborough, a combination church/school building, and a cotton gin built by D.A. Parker. This cemetery was established in 1880 on land deeded by C.E. Bush. Among the early pioneers buried here are the Rev. Hugh Martin Childress, Sr., a former Texas Ranger and Republic of Texas soldier; his son, Elisha Childress, who served as the first Coleman County sheriff; veterans of the Civil War; and several workers killed in an explosion that occurred during the construction of a Santa Fe Railroad bridge across Jim Ned Creek in 1910. The cemetery, which is maintained by an association of descendants of those buried here, is one of the few physical reminders of the Atoka community and its pioneer settlers. (1996)"

Internet References to Historical Marker:
http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/common/viewform.asp?atlas_num=5083000232&site_name=Atoka
http://www.forttours.com/pages/hmcoleman.asp#Atoka
http://www.9key.com/markers/marker_detail.asp?atlas_number=5083000232
http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Wtx/Coleman/HM/AtokaHis.txt
http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/tx/coleman/history/histmrk.txt

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Linked toCHILDRESS Elisha; Rev. CHILDRESS Hugh Martin, Sr.; EDENBOROUGH Spencer N.; PARKER David Absalom

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