Vance Cemetery

Vance Cemetery (HMG8Y)

Location: Barksdale, TX 78828 Real County
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N 29° 48.856', W 100° 0.824'

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One of the earliest settlers of this area was Henry Wells (1850-1923), who first came to the Neuces Canyon in 1866. He founded the town of Bullhead in 1873. The name was changed to Vance in the mid-1880's.

In 1875 a guest in the home of the Wells family, C.J. Fowler, died and was buried on the family's farm. The land surrounding Fowler's grave became known as Vance Cemetery. Henry Wells often worked as a coffin builder for members of the community.

Rancher Z.H. Pannell (1862-1925) donated additional land in 1909 for the cemetery and a church. The Vance Baptist Church was built in 1917, the same year Henry Wells gave more land to enlarge the cemetery.

In addition to the graves of Fowler and Wells, the Vance Cemetery is the burial site of many early pioneers of this area. Six Civil War veterans are interred here, as well as veterans of World War I and World War II. Epidemics of diphtheria and influenza in the early 20th century claimed the lives of many area citizens who are buried here.

The Vance Cemetery Association was organized in 1952 and is responsible for maintenance of the graveyard, which is still in use by descendants of the pioneer settlers.
HM NumberHMG8Y
Year Placed1988
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 3:45pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 402043 N 3298635
Decimal Degrees29.81426667, -100.01373333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 48.856', W 100° 0.824'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 48' 51.36" N, 100° 0' 49.44" W
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Area Code(s)830
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 25 Ranch Rd 335, Barksdale TX 78828, US
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