Greater than sixty individuals attended a ceremony to mark the grave of Roderick Rawlins, Lancaster’s first pioneer settler, at Edgewood Cemetery on March 21. The grave-marking ceremony for the historic website was hosted by Cedar Mountains Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) and Youngsters of the Republic of Texas (CRT). Each teams labored to scrub and clear the historic cemetery in preparation for the grave-marking ceremony.
Cedar Mountains DRT President Anita Williams gave the welcoming deal with. She famous that “Wanting into our previous can provide a source of inspiration for our future.” Cedar Mountains DRT Treasurer Sandra Conley and Chaplain Trish O’Donnell, with CRT President Madison Conley, all helped set up the grave-marking ceremony.
The viewers included elected officers like Lancaster Mayor Clyde Hairston and Metropolis Councilmember Carol Pressure Burk. Numerous descendants of Roderick Rawlins got here from close to and much. One member traveled from Llano, Texas to see her 4th nice grandfather’s grave marked. The oldest descendant, Lancaster resident Martha Rawlins, just lately celebrated her eighty fifth birthday. Mrs. Suzy Rawlins Weaver additionally attended.
DRT President Common Carolyn Raney, Secretary Common Ora Jane Johnson, State Parliamentarian Dr. Pleasure Duncan, State Chaplain Dusky Waters, and District III Consultant Roxann Garcia attended the Sunday afternoon program. Historic Web site Chair Arlene Garrey additionally attended. Peggy Anderson, Regent of Nice Run Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR); Paula Conrad, President, Lancaster Genealogical Affiliation; and Ora Jane Johnson, state officer of the 1812 Society, additionally attended the occasion.
Members of the Cedar Mountain DRT and CRT provided a gap prayer and patriotic pledges to the American and Texas flags. The CRT members, Rhett Gary, VP Trevor Easom, President Madison Conley, Historian Addison Gary, Will Conley, and Ben Conley, directed by four-year-old Hazel Gary and her grandmother Barbara Dashing, carried out the state music, “Texas Our Texas.”
Roderick Rawlins Historical past
Lana Filgo, Registrar of Cedar Mountains DRT, introduced a biography of Roderick Rawlins. At age 68, he got here from Indiana to settle within the Lancaster space. A veteran of the Battle of 1812, Rawlins acquired a Texas land grant for the Williams Settlers. His roughly 495 acres of land stretched from what’s now Belt Line Street at Nokomis to the Ellis County line.
Thirty males, girls, and kids arrived with Rawlins. Thomas McKee Ellis, Valentin Wampler, Nice Taylor, David Lewis Corridor, Samuel Keller, Carlos Clever, John Kiser, John Mullican, and Benjamin Cos arrived with their households. Madison Moultrie Miller additionally got here to pick out a website to accept his household later.
In 1846, Rawlins offered a portion of his land to a Mr. A Bledsoe for a metropolis sq. with companies and streets. Bledsoe renamed the city of Hardscrabble to Lancaster for his hometown of Lancaster, PA.
Rawlins donated the land for the small cemetery the place he and his spouse are actually buried after a younger lady from their space died in 1845. Edgewood Cemetery is on Nokomis Street close to Ten Mile Creek. He died in 1848, abandoning his spouse Milly Parks Rawlins and their household. Rawlins at all times claimed he was a part of the Peters Colonists who voted towards the annexation of Texas into the US in 1845.