Historic cemeteries in
Upshur, Texas

Ashland Cemetery Bailey Cemetery Bethlehem Cemetery Bettie Cemetery Brumley Crossroads Cemetery Buie Cemetery Cedar Grove Cemetery Cherokee Cemetery Chilton Cemetery Christian Hope Cemeterey Cemetery Community Cemetery Concord Cemetery Davis & Ellison Cemetery Derrick Cemetery Dickson Colored Orphanage Cemetery Earp Cemetery East Springfield Cemetery Edwards Cemetery Elam Springs Cemetery Enoch Cemetery Enon Cemetery Floyd Cemetery Fonda Cemetery Ford Cemetery Garoutte Cemetery Gay-Hagan Cemetery Gilmer City Cemetery Glade Creek Cemetery Gladewater Memorial Gardens Cemetery Glenwood Cemetery Green Weldon Murphy Grave Cemetery Grice Cemetery Hester Farm Cemetery Hoover Cemetery Hopewell Cemetery Humphries Cemetery Johnson Cemetery Jones Cemetery Kelsey Cemetery Kelsey Family Cemetery Lafayette #1 Cemetery Lafayette #2 Cemetery Lake Providence Cemetery Lawton Cemetery Lee Cemetery Little Mound Cemetery Locust Grove Cemetery Loftis Cemetery Lone Mountain Cemetery Mattox Cemetery McClelland Cemetery Medlin Baby Cemetery Mings Cemetery Mings-Old Gilmer Cemetery Mitchell Cemetery Moore Cemetery Morgan Cemetery Morris Cemetery Mt. Lebanon Cemetery Murry League Cemetery Neal Cemetery New Coffeeville Cemetery New East Mountain Cemetery New Hope Cemetery New Mountain Cemetery Oak Hill Cemetery Old Coffeeville Cemetery Old Crow Cemetery Old East Mountain Cemetery Old Paron Church-Smith Cemetery Pace Cemetery Piedmont Cemetery Piney Grove Cemetery Pleasant Grove Cemetery Pleasant Hill Cemetery Prince Cemetery Red Rock Cemetery Reed Cemetery Reynolds Cemetery Rock Springs Cemetery Rosewood Community Cemetery Sand Hill Cemetery Sanders Family Cemetery Shady Grove Cemetery #1 Shady Grove Cemetery #2 Shipp Cemetery Simpsonville Cemetery Smith Cemetery Snow Hill Cemetery Soules Chapel Cemetery Stringer-Old Paint Rock Cemetery Summerfield Community Cemetery Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery Taylor Family Cemetery Three Corners Cemetery Tidwell Cemetery Union Grove Cemetery Union Grove Cemetery Unknown Cemetery Unnamed (Sabine River Rd) Cemetery Valley View Cemetery Varnon Cemetery Vines Cemetery Walnut Creek Cemetery West Mountain Cemetery Wilkins Cemetery Willeford-Old Place Cemetery Willow Oak Cemetery Zion Hill Cemetery
The Battle of San Jacinto fought on April 21, 1836, was the decisive battle of the Texas Revolution, and led to the capture of Santa Anna and the end of the conflict.
Upshur County, located in northeastern Texas, has a rich and diverse history that dates back to the prehistoric times. The area was initially inhabited by various Native American tribes, including the Caddo and Cherokee, who roamed the land and established settlements along the Sabine River. The first European explorers arrived in the 18th century, with the Spanish laying claim to the region but exerting little influence. It wasn't until the early 19th century that Anglo-American settlers began to arrive.

The county was officially organized in 1846, and it was named after Abel P. Upshur, a former United States Secretary of State. During the mid-19th century, the discovery of iron ore deposits in the county brought economic development and a boom in population. The industry fueled the growth of several towns, including Ore City and Big Sandy.

The Civil War had a significant impact on Upshur County, as it saw both Union and Confederate sympathizers in the area, leading to conflicts and divisions among the residents. After the war, the county slowly recovered and experienced growth with the arrival of the railroad in the late 19th century. The establishment of the East Texas oil industry in the early 20th century further boosted the county's economy.

Today, Upshur County continues to thrive with a diverse economy that includes agriculture, manufacturing, and oil production. The area also offers numerous outdoor recreational activities, such as fishing, camping, and hiking in the beautiful natural surroundings. With a rich history and a vibrant present, Upshur County remains a significant part of Texas's cultural and economic landscape.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Upshur County, Texas.

  • 1846 - Upshur County created and organized by the Texas legislature
  • 1848 - First county elections held
  • 1877 - Construction of the first courthouse
  • 1880 - The city of Gilmer becomes the county seat
  • 1890 - Population reaches 11,206
  • 1900 - First public high school established in Gilmer
  • 1930 - Discovery of oil leads to an economic boom
  • 1940 - Population peaks at 24,185
  • 1967 - Completion of Lake Gilmer, a reservoir for water supply and recreation
  • 2009 - Historic Upshur Museum dedicated in Gilmer