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Peaster, Texas

History

 As early as 1870, H. H. Peaster of Georgia, moved to Parker County. He purchased 160 acres of land where the village of Peaster now stands, and in 1882 he built the first house ever built there.

Peaster I.S.D., Photo from Google Earth

About 1883, the first postoffice was established at Peaster through the efforts of Dr. Howard, who was the first postmaster. The mail was carried by John Freeman who walked and carried it from Weatherford for fifty cents per trip. During this time, the town was named Freemont, but during the latter part of 1885 the name was changed to Peasterville, in honor of H. H. Peaster.

In The Weatherford Times of January 23, 1886, there appeared an item calling attention to the new town of Peasterville, which had just been opened nine miles north of Weatherford. Later on the -ville was dropped and the town became known as Peaster as it remains today.

The first school building was about four or five hundred yards east of the present town site. It was made of logs and was about fourteen feet square. The school was first taught by a Mr. Steward and later by Nathan Judd.  - History of Parker County and the Double Log Cabin: being a brief symposium of the early history of Parker County, together with short biographical sketches of early settlers and their trials, Weatherford, Tex, 1937, page 118

Dilbeck Cemetery, Photo from Google Earth

Dilbeck Cemetery. Richard W. Barnes of Tennessee bears the distinction of resting in the earliest recorded grave on this site, dated September 1883. His wife Elizabeth (Green) and seven known descendants also are buried here. More than 15 burials had already taken place on this site when Joe C. Moore sold the surrounding land to J. L. F. Dilbeck in 1893. Dilbeck, a merchant, buried several members of his own family in the cemetery. Serving a radius of about five miles, the cemetery was primarily used by Peaster community Baptists until the turn of the century. Those interred here include farmers, merchants, teachers, ministers, and other settlers. One such pioneer was Sarah A. (Curlin) Dodson, who arrived in the Republic of Texas in 1839. She came to the Peaster community after the death of her husband, Charles Dodson, Jr. Sarah Dodson worked as a midwife while raising six children. Her descendants remained in Parker County. A 1997count revealed 344 marked graves within 2.7 acres in Dilbeck Cemetery, including twenty-five anonymous graves marked only with rocks. At that time more than 23 members of the Stevens clan comprised the largest family group, and more than twenty veterans of American and international conflicts were interred here. - Historical Marker Text. Marker erected 1998. Located on FM 920, 1 mi. N of Peaster.

Peaster Cemetery. South Carolina native Henry H. Peaster purchased 160 acres here in 1870. The village of Peaster began with Henry Peaster's sale of town lots here in the late 1880s. The earliest recorded burial is that of Mary D. Hunt in 1886. In 1893 Peaster donated two acres here for cemetery purposes. Still active, the cemetery contains the graves of early area settlers and their descendants; veterans of the Civil War, World War I, and World War II; and Peaster's most famous citizen, John Alexander Fox, who created the "Buster Brown" character for the Buster Brown Shoe Company's advertising campaign. Sesquicentennial of Texas Statehood 1845-1995. - Historical Marker Text.  Marker erected 1994. Location: From Peaster, take FM 920, .25 mile north, turn east onto McClendon Road, continue for .5 mile to Cemetery Road, cemetery is 100 yards south.

Location

32° 52' 19.452" N, 97° 52' 0.12" W