Marker No: 22485
Texas Historical Cemetery Marker
Geographic: 28.76930, -97.29811
Location: 412 Kilgore Road, Goliad
Marker Text: Located in the German communityof Kilgore near Kilgore Creek, this cemetery is the final resting place for many of the area's early settlers and their descendants. One early area resident was Heinrich (Henry) Hausmann (1833 -1911), who emigrated from Germany to texas in 1848 nad moved to Kilgore in 1857. Hausmann served in the Civil War and returned to Kilgore to his family.
In May 1880, a location for the community cemetery was chosen along a wagon road on a slight hillside on land belonging to Hausmann and Ed Wilhelm, another German Immigrant. Verbal permission was granted for a burial ground, named Kilgore Cemetery. The first burial was that of Christian Krueger, an early German immigrant on May 1, 1880. He was the first of five generations buried here Hausmann and many members of his family are buried here as well. Including his wife Caroline Friedericke (Dreier) Hausmann (1837, 1902).
In 1881, the old Scott schoolhouse, located on the banks of nearby Perdido Creek, was purchased and moved within a few yards of the cemetery for use as a school and church and began to maintain the cemetery. When the church closed in 1954, the Kilgore Improvement Club accepted ownership and signed rules to govern the Kilgore Cemetery Association.
Through headstones made of marble with German inscriptions as well as modern funeral service headstones, the cemetery tell ths story of Kilgore. Veterans from Civil War to the present, and pioneers, church members, family and friends buried here chronicle the rich history of the area. (2018)