Seth F. and Caroline M. Hazel deeded land to trustees of Navidad Baptist Church and Cemetery In November 1853. The cemetery served the residents of the pioneer community of Lyons, it mattered not it they were members of the Navidad Baptist Church. The community was established by the 1840s on land originally granted in 1831 to Kesiah Crier. Most businesses and members of the community moved north toward the new railroad town of Schulenburg in the 1870’s, and Lyons soon ceased to exist, although some residents continued to live in the area.
The oldest known burial in the cemetery dates to 1853. Many of those interred here are early Texas pioneers, including relatives of the Old Three Hundred, the first families Stephen F. Austin settled in Texas. In addition, veterans of conflicts dating to the Texas Revolution are buried here. Although today the community of Lyons is gone, the cemetery remains an important reminder of the early town. This burial ground chronicles the lives of area pioneers.
The church that had adjoined the cemetery has long since been sold and removed to Schulenburg where it is now a residence.
GPS Coordinates: 29.6414, -96.8872
- Added: 2 Jan 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #4988
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