Antioch Cemetery,
Hwy 1497, Biardstown, Lamar County, Texas


Located 10 miles South of Paris.


Cemetery Pic

Submitted & © by Carole Curry


Cemetery Pic

Submitted & © by Carole Curry


Cemetery Pic

Submitted & © by Carole Curry
State Historical Survey Committee
Antioch Cemetery And Old Antioch Church Of Christ
This church and cemetery dating back to the first
years of Texas Statehood were established between
1846 and 1948. The church, First Church of Christ in
Lamar County, was founded by Elder Thomas Barrett
of Titus County, instrumental in the organization
was the pioneer family of Mrs. Rebecca Stonebiard
and her three sons (Whose first names were Andrew
Jackson, John Gaines and William Washington) and her
daughter (Minerva B. Stephenson). They came to Texas
from Alabama and started Biardstown Community
in 1846. All three brothers became noted landowners.

William W. Biard gave his first home, a 20' x 20'
log cabin, for use as a church. It had seats made of
split logs and an old-fashioned "stick and dirt"
chimney. At his mother's death in 1848, he also gave
land for the cemetery, in which hers was the first
grave. Some years later, the last church building was
erected in early years. Both it and the first log
church housed community schools.

Although the church disbanded about 1920 due to
declining membership, burials in the cemetery are
continued today. As of 1969, graves number about 300,
including those of the original members and many
descendants of the biard family.

(1969)


Cemetery Pic

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Antioch Arbor


Cemetery Pic

Submitted & © by Carole Curry
In Appreciation To
Vergil And Verginia
McFadden
For The Gift Of This Arbor
2006


Photographed & Submitted by Carole Curry



 

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