BCHC to honor Burnet County pioneers, Rangers

Special to the Bulletin

The Burnet County Historical Commission (BCHC) is pleased to announce a Texas Ranger Memorial Cross Dedication at the gravesites of two former Texas Rangers and pioneer Burnet citizens: Hugh McCoy and Archibald Lewalen McCoy. During the Ranger ceremony, the gravesite of another Burnet pioneer, E. O.” Jiggs” Kleen, will be marked with a medallion from the Sons of the Republic of Texas. The public is invited to attend the dedication at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2019, at the Bethel Cemetery, 700 CR 202, Burnet, Texas. A lunch reception will follow at the Bethel Community Center, which is located at the T-intersection of FM963 and 2340. Please RSVP for lunch to Dot Creasey, dotcreasey@gmail.com by June 15. Banana pudding will be a featured dessert, provided by members of the BCHC.

The ceremony will commemorate the service rendered and the sacrifices made by these early Texas pioneers. Descendants Carolyn (McCoy) Liles, Dot (Riley) Creasey, and Milli (Riley) Williams will participate in the ceremony.

Hugh McCoy, born in Mississippi in 1831, traveled from Fayette County, Alabama with his wife, Harriet, a baby, and Harriet's extended family to Lake Victor, Burnet County in 1852. Hugh served in the 27th Brigade of the Burnet Guards; Cavalry Company, 2nd Regiment, 27th Brigade of the Burnet Mountain Rangers; and the 3rd Frontier District, Frontier Regiment, from 1861-1865.

Archibald Lewalen McCoy, son of Hugh McCoy, born 1855 in Burnet County, served as a Texas Ranger under Capt. John Alexander covering Burnet, Llano, San Saba and Lampasas Counties from 1872-1873.

E. O. “Jiggs” Kleen, a great-great-grandson of Hugh McCoy, was born in 1934. “Jiggs” was a member of the Hurst Masonic Lodge and a descendant of Andrew Kent who died at the Alamo. A Sons of the Republic of Texas medallion marker will be dedicated to him.

More information about the McCoy family can be found in Burnet County History, Vol II, at local libraries.

The event is being organized by Tommye Dorbandt Potts, who is chair of the BCHC Texas Ranger

Committee, along with members of the Former Texas Rangers Association (FTRA). BCHC members helped research, identify and document the burial site, while the FTRA organization will provide and place the Memorial Cross at the site. The Texas Ranger Memorial Cross is furnished to members of FTRA as a benefit of membership. There is no cost to the member for the cross or participation in the ceremony by the association.

The BCHC continues to search for other Texas Rangers who are buried in Burnet County cemeteries as part of their ongoing efforts to preserve county history and provide landmarks relating to that history. Contact the BCHC about joining or helping with county preservation projects at burnetchc@gmail.com or by mail at 220 S. Pierce, Burnet TX 78611.

For information on FTRA membership, Memorial Crosses, or other information about the association, contact the FTRA by mail at P.O. Box 3195, Fredericksburg, TX, 78624; by phone, 830-990-1192; or by email, willb@formertexasrangers.org.

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