|Death: ||Mar. 1, 1876|
If info on Ancestry trees is correct(?), Rutha was Rutha Dearman who was married to Minitry Nicholas. I find it odd however that her death date here in TX is same as his in AL.
Per the Historical Marker for Menard Chapel Cemetery (see cemetery photos) this cemetery was started with the burial of Ruth Nicholas:
"Michel B. Menard, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, and his brother Pierre J. settled here in 1833. According to local tradition sometime prior to 1854 the Mt. Gilead Baptist Church built a small sanctuary here in Menard Chapel,a farm and ranch community which developed along Menard Creek. Shortly after the Civil War ended Mrs. E.O. Rhoden donated 2 acres here for church and school purposes. The Baptist congregation constructed a new church building which for many decades served as a house of worship as well as a schoolhouse for the Menard Chapel School. Early teacher A.A. Duff also served as pastor. Another early teacher, V.A. Collins, went on to serve Polk County as Texas State Senator. The school was discontinued in 1935 when it was consolidated with the Livingston Independent School District. The cemetery was established with the burial of Rutha Nicholas in 1876. Church and cemetery acreage was set aside n a deed executed by Eli and Unity Rhoden in 1902. A new sanctuary, built here in the 1920's, served as a place of worship until 1983. The cemetery is maintained with perpetual care funds by the Menard Chapel Cemetery Committee. Veterans of the Civil War, World War I, and World War II, are buried here. (1997)"
Mary Jane Nicholas Oliver (1844 - 1917)*
Julia Ann Nicholas Parker (1848 - 1936)*
Menard Chapel Cemetery
Maintained by: Deb
Originally Created by: Herald
Record added: Jan 30, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8334640