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 Olive Branch Cemetery, Anderson Co., Texas, United States


Latitude: 31.9573, Longitude: -95.6237

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OLIVE BRANCH CEMETERY (Also called Brushy Creek Cemetery)

This part of Anderson County was settled in the 1850s. Many of the early settlers were from the vicinity of Brushy Creek, SC, and it is believed that is why the streams in this area and the community were named Brushy Creek. A smaller creek near this site became known as Olive Branch.

In 1858, as the community began to grow, a small one-room building was erected to serve as a church and school. The cemetery was established on land adjacent to the building. Although the land was not officially deeded as a graveyard until 1858, there are marked burials from as early as 1856.

The oldest documented grave is that of Joseph H. Waddell, who died in 1856 at age 6. Also interred here are many early pioneers and a number of veterans, including James Eastland (1827-1911), who served in the Mexican War and the Civil War, and later represented Anderson County in the Texas legislature. Daniel Henderson, who deeded the land for the church, school, and cemetery, is also buried here.

This cemetery is a visible reminder of the early settlers of Brushy Creek. The Olive Branch cemetery association, organized in 1978, maintains this historic graveyard.

Texas Historical Commission (1988)


Headstones

 Thumb Description Status Location Name (Died/Buried)
Benjamin Franklin Louis Elrod
Benjamin Franklin Louis Elrod
(1828 - 1902)

Husband of Catherine Martin Elrod 
Located    Benjamin Franklin Louis ELROD (d. 4 Jan 1902)
 
Catherine Murphy Elrod
Catherine Murphy Elrod
(1832 - 1903)

Wife of Benjamin Franklin Elrod 
Located    Catherine MURPHY (d. 8 Nov 1903)
 
Charity Elizabeth Pickle Holland (1845 - 1918)
Charity Elizabeth Pickle Holland (1845 - 1918)
Wife of Elisha Moses Perry Holland 
Located    Charity Elizabeth PICKLE (d. 1 Mar 1918)
 
Dr. Charles Murphey
Dr. Charles Murphey
(1820 - 1880)

Son of Ezekiel and Charity Hester Martin Murphey 
Located    Charles MURPHEY (d. 31 Mar 1881)
 
Gravestone of William Chesley Pickle and his two wives.
Gravestone of William Chesley Pickle and his two wives.
The left-most stone is that of Mary (Polly) Murphey Pickle, William's first wife. William's is the center stone, and the right-most stone is that of his second wife, Almedia E. A. Huddleston Pickle. 
Located    Almedia E. A. HUDDLESTON (d. Apr 1887)
Mary (Polly) MURPHEY (d. 14 May 1866)
William Chesley PICKLE (d. 4 Nov 1884)
 
Infant son of Thomas and Mary Rogers
Infant son of Thomas and Mary Rogers
Born and died July 8, 1898 
Located    Infant ROGERS (d. 8 Jul 1898)
 
Infant son of Thomas and Mary Rogers
Infant son of Thomas and Mary Rogers
 
Located    Infant son ROGERS (d. 26 Jun 1875)
 
Infant son of William Murphey Pickle and Georgia Ann Tubb Pickle
Infant son of William Murphey Pickle and Georgia Ann Tubb Pickle
 
Located    Infant Son PICKLE (d. 28 Dec 1875)
 
John Columbus Rogers
John Columbus Rogers
1835 - 1922 
Located    John Columbus ROGERS (d. 25 Sep 1922)
 
Joseph M Rogers
Joseph M Rogers
born: 1853, Anderson County, South Carolina
died: 1873, Anderson County, Texas 
Located    Joseph Morton ROGERS (d. 12 Sep 1873)
 
Mary Elrod Rogers and Thomas M Rogers
Mary Elrod Rogers and Thomas M Rogers
 
Located    Mary Jane ELROD (d. Feb 1932)
Thomas Milwee ROGERS (d. 24 Feb 1942)
 
Mary Tallulah Waddill Pickle (1848 - 1866)
Mary Tallulah Waddill Pickle (1848 - 1866)
Wife of William Murphey Pickle 
Located    Mary Tallulah WADDILL (d. 11 Sep 1866)
 
Ottis Woodward Rogers
Ottis Woodward Rogers
1872 - 1938 
Located    Ottis Woodward ROGERS (d. 10 Feb 1938)
 
Roburton Rogers
Roburton Rogers
1881 - 1882 Daughter of Thomas and Mary Jane Rogers 
Located    Roburton ROGERS (d. 9 Mar 1882)
 
Savilla Welborn Rogers
Savilla Welborn Rogers
1835 - 1899 
Located    Savilla WELBORN (d. 22 Sep 1899)
 
Silas Calhoon Rogers and Elizabeth Roper Rogers
Silas Calhoon Rogers and Elizabeth Roper Rogers
 
Located    Silas Calhoon ROGERS (d. 2 Mar 1962)
Charity Elizabeth ROPER (d. 8 Mar 1957)
 
Tommie Rogers
Tommie Rogers
Son of Silas Calhoon Rogers and Charity Elizabeth Roper Rogers 
Located    Thomas ROGERS (d. 8 Nov 1908)
 
William Chesley Pickle (1820 - 1884)
William Chesley Pickle (1820 - 1884)
Company B Texas State Trp
Confederate States Army 
Located    William Chesley PICKLE (d. 4 Nov 1884)
 
William Ira Rogers
William Ira Rogers
1867 - 1914 
Located    William Ira ROGERS (d. 7 Dec 1914)
 
William Thomas Pickle (1868 - 1869)
William Thomas Pickle (1868 - 1869)
Infant son of William Murphey Pickle and Georgia Ann Tubb Pickle 
Located    William Thomas PICKLE (d. 23 Feb 1869)
 


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