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Pioneers of Newton County

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  • Burke, John Roland 1792 - 1855 Founded Burkeville in 1844. Buried at Burkeville City Cemetery.

  • Byerly, Thomas C. 1803 - 1861 Received land grant in Newton in 1842; buried at Byerly Ben cemetery in Burkeville.

  • Cochran, Henry C. 1808 - 1850 Received land grant in Newton in 1849; buried at Old Belgrade Cemetery.

  • Holmes, Thomas 1800 - 1869 First chief justice of Newton County. Buried in Jasper County.

  • McFarland, Thomas Stuart 1810 - 1880 Buried at McFarland-Wilson Cemetery in Bleakwood.

  • McFarland, William 1774 - 1840 Buried at McFarland-Wilson Cemetery in Bleakwood.

  • McBride, Stephen Alexander 1834 - 1920 Cofounder of Shankleville community; started McBride College.

  • Phelps, Enoch S. S. 1804 - 1869 First pastor of Old Union Church and is buried there at the cemetery.

  • Stephenson, Rev. Henry 1772 - 1841 Charter member of Spears Chapel Methodist Church. Buried at McMahon Cemetery in Burkeville.

  • Wilson, Francis 1790 - 1867 Methodist minister starting in 1815; moved to Newton County in 1847; buried at Old Belgrade Cemetery.

  • Woods, John 1785 - 1863 Father of Sebern; came to Texas in 1840; buried at Woods Cemetery in Burkeville.

  • Woods, Sebern 1809 - 1865 Living in Newton in 1850; buried at Woods Cemetery in Burkeville.


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State Coordinator: Gina Heffernan .

Assistant State Coordinators:
Jane KepplerLaura Gregory Roberts   and Carla Clifton



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