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ROCKPORT CEMETERY
Rockport, Texas

Hwy 35 on Live Oak Peninsula
11 miles N of Aransas Pass
30 miles NE of Corpus Christi
150 miles SE of San Antonio
175 miles SW of Houston

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Rockport Cemetery Texas historical marker
Rockport Cemetery historical marker
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, 3-04

Rockport Cemetery Information

Editor’s note: Our thanks to Judy Trahan who took the time to alert us to an error which appears on our coverage of Rockport. Her letter follows:

“Regardless of what the Texas Historical Marker says, there are several marked graves in the Rockport cemetery that are older than that of Emma Fulton. I am including photos of some older graves.

Emma Fulton died in 1876 while Andrew J. Hogan died in 1874, John Choate and his brother Crockett in August of 1869 and Cora Caldwell Mathis in October of that same year. There are others. That historical marker could use correcting.
Tombstone of Andrew J. Hogan, Rockport Cemetery, Texas
Tombstone of Andrew J. Hogan
Photo courtesy Judy Trahan
Andrew J. Hogan
Born in Kentucky 1836
Died Dec. 8th 1874
Sacred to the Memory of Andrew J. Hogan
Aged 38 Years
He was at one time the postmaster and part owner of a saloon.
Tombstone of John Choate, Rockport Cemetery
Tombstone of John Choate
Photo courtesy Judy Trahan
John Choate
Born: Jul. 25, 1818 in Louisiana
Died: Aug. 3, 1869 San Patricio County, Texas

There is no actual headstone, but on the top slab of John Choate's grave is written:

”SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF JOHN CHOATE

Who was born in the State of Louisiana on the 25th day of July A.D. 1818 and was killed at his residence in San Patricio Co. Texas on the 3rd day of August A.D. 1869

A good man and true has gone to his rest. He was an affectionate husband, a good neighbor, a warm friend and a zealous Mason.

This simple tribute to his memory was erected by his wife who of all, esteemed him most for his many virtues.”
Tombstone of Cora Linda Lampkin Caldwell, Rockport Cemetery
Tombstone of Cora Linda Lampkin Caldwell Mathis
Photo courtesy Judy Trahan
Cora Linda Lampkin Caldwell Mathis
1846-1869

Wife of T. H. MATHIS (namesake of Mathis, Texas) Died October 11, 1869 Aged 22 years 9 months and 27 days
”We part to meet again.”

Shortly after her marriage, Cora died of typhoid fever.
The graves of John Choate and Crockett Choate sure caught my attention. Researching those two made for some interesting reading. There is so much history (and art) in old Texas Cemeteries. I enjoy your [magazine]. Thank you for your response. - Judy Trahan

More Rockport Cemetery Images:

Rockport Cemetery Gate, Rockport Texas
Rockport Cemetery Gate
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, 3-04
Rockport Cemetery, Rockport Texas
Rockport Cemetery scene
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, 3-04
Bluebonnets in the Rockport Cemetery
Bluebonnets in the Rockport Cemetery
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, 3-04
Rockport Cemetery in the Spring
Spring comes to Rockport Cemetery
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, 3-04
The tombstone of Emma Fulton, Rockport Cemetery
The tombstone of Emma Fulton. "The oldest marked grave" according to the Rockport Cemetery Historical marker
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, 3-04
Fulton family obelisk, Rockport Cemetery, Texas
Fulton family obelisk
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, 3-04
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