By Mason W. Canales
Killeen Daily Herald
Bell County Historical Commission members and state representatives will dedicate a historical marker at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Nolanville at 10 a.m. today.
Both State Representatives Ralph Sheffield and Jimmy Don Aycock will be guest speakers at the ceremony for the cemetery which is receiving a Historic Texas Cemetery Marker.
"The Official Texas Historical Marker program helps bring attention to community treasures and the importance of their preservation," said Mark Wolf, executive director of the Texas Historical Commission, in a news release. "Awareness and education are among the best ways to guarantee the preservation of our states' history. This designation is a tool that will increase public awareness of important cultural resources."
The Pleasant Hill Cemetery has about 850 grave sites with about 190 marked as unknown. Among the graves are headstones dating from the Civil War as well as veterans of nearly every war in which the U.S. has participated.
The oldest grave marker at the cemetery belongs to J. Carmack, who was buried in 1855. The second oldest belongs to Revenny Sutton Middleton Craghead, buried in 1860.
Several members of the Sutton family still live in the Central Texas area and can trace their linage to Revenny.
"It is vital that we move forward, we do not forget our past," said Marie Parmer, the cemetery association president. "Not only will the Texas Historical Marker provide awareness in the community of our fascinating history, but it will provide information for future generations about the history of the Pleasant Hill Cemetery."
The cemetery is located on Pleasant Hill Road in Nolanville.