| A group of settlers came to this area of western Austin County from North Carolina in the early 1850s. Many of the pioneers were originally from Lismore, Argyleshire County, Scotland, and had immigrated to the United States together. Included among the group were members of the McGregor, Carmichael, McLean, McDougald, and McLeod families. Galatia Presbyterian Church was founded nearby in October 1860, but was discontinued in 1883 after most of the members moved away from the area. The church property was sold and the proceeds donated to Austin College, a Presbyterian school founded in Huntsville, but relocated to Sherman in 1878. This cemetery, which contains fifteen marked graves, was established on August 22, 1868, with the burial of Mary McGregor (1793-1861), wife of Malcolm McGregor. Two days later another Scottish settler, Peter John McLean, died and was laid to rest in the graveyard. The cemetery continued to serve the small rural community until 1900, when six-year-old Billy Boy Carmighael was the last person interred here. Maintained by an association of descendants, the McGregor Cemetery is the last physical remnant of the area's pioneer Scottish settlement. (1997) |
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