New Kentucky Settlement LbNA # 54071
|Placed Date||Jun 19 2010|
Distance to Letterbox: 150 yards
**** Part of the Immigrants of Texas Series
In the late 1820's Abraham Roberts came to Texas as one of Stephen F. Austin's colonist and settled in this area naming it New Kentucky. In the 1840;s the area was know as Spring Creek community, and was largely German immigrants. Robert's Cemetery is thought to be on Abraham's land, and he is believed to be the first burial, though nothing remains as proof. It became a commuity cemetery later, with the first burial recorded be that of an infant child Mary Shcultz in 1858. The oldest tombstone is that of Elizabet Shultz (Mary's mother) from 1859. Nearby is another cemetery thought to be that of the slaves of the Montgomery Plantation and Abraham Roberts. C.A. Montgomery aquired the land from Roberts, and deeded 202 acres to Henry Kleb in 1887, with 2 acres reserved as "Roberts Cemetery". A 1997 count estimated the burials at the Old Roberts Burial Ground to be 258 marked graves and 15 unmarked. If you walk around and look at the names you will notice many of the area roads and parks have the same names (Bauer, Hegar, Zube, Roberts, etc)!
From Hwy 290, heading toward Hockly from Houston, turn right on Hwy 2920. After passing the Showboat theater on the left, turn left at the next light on Roberts Cemetery Rd. About 1 mile down on your left turn in to locked gate in front of the cemetery road. Park here.
To the Letterbox:
Walk through the opening and to the arch entry to the cemetery. Go to the historical marker. Now go on an angle to the right toward tree stumpish tombstone and on to cedar tree growing in graveyard. Continue past this tree and on to the corner of the chain link fence border of cemetery. There should be some graves to the right over the fence. Box is in the corner of the fence on the ground and covered with leaves and grass. re-cover this well when done.