Rice Cemetery
Historical Marker
Rice, Navarro County, Texas


Historical Markers || Rice Cemetery


Located at the 
Rice Cemetery, 

1.4 miles NE of 

Rice TX

Rice Cemetery

The Rice community was settled during the late 1860s and was named for William Marsh Rice who donated land for the town's railroad station and later founded Rice University. In 1868 the citizens of the community were granted land for a cemetery by the trustees of the William M. Rice interests originally located about one & one-half mil south, the Rice Cemetery was removed to this site during the 1870s.

The three original cemetery trustees, William D. Haynie, John A. Clopton, and Isaac B. Sessions, are buried in the oldest northern section of the grave yard. That section also contains many burial sites that are marked only with small rock fragments or similar material. Rice Cemetery contains marked graves of numerous war veterans including that of Joseph Calloway Bartlett, a veteran of the Texas war for independence. In addition, four participants in the Civil War, two Spanish-American War veterans, and numerous World War I and II veterans are also interred here. Tombstones reflect the high infant mortality rate of the 1880s and early 20th century flu epidemic. A good example of a pioneer grave yard, the Rice Cemetery is an important part of Navarro County's record in history. (1985)


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