Milam County Historical Commission
Milam County, Texas
Milam County Historical Commission - Milam County, TX
Statue of Ben Milam at Milam County, TX Courthouse
Old Junior High School Building, Rockdale, TX
Milam County Courthouse - Cameron, TX
Preserve America
Lilac Cemetery
Corner of FM 487 and FR 3061
Dr. John Herndon Graves (1807-1889) and his family
settled in this area in 1858. They acquired
several large tracts of land over time, and Dr.
Graves' daughter and her husband deeded the land
around this site for Lilac Baptist Church in 1880.
It was intended for use as a cemetery as well.
According to oral history, another area resident
subsequently deeded a strip of land across the
south end of the cemetery. The earliest marked
grave on this site is that of Calvin McCormick (d.
1870). Dr. John H. Graves' marker indicates that
he was the earliest-born of those interred here.
Other burials of interest include four Civil War
veterans, one Spanish-American War veteran, nine
veterans of World War I and a number of veterans
of other wars and conflicts. Lilac Cemetery
continues as a chronicle of Milam County history.
Lilac Cemetery Historical Marker, Milam County, TX
Erected 2000
Lilac Cemetery, Milam, TX
Lilac Cemetery, Milam, TX
Lilac Cemetery Association
Secretary - Treasurer: Owen Rachel Graves, 12984 N. FM 487, Buckholts, Texas 76518
email: orgraves(AT)gmail(DOT)com