I ran across a set of photographs from Texas while doing more cleaning out, and mixed in were three photographs of this abandoned rural church. Nothing much turned up about the location, other than it was near the Rockdale community in North East Haskell County. The right section of the front door had been gone a long time by the time I took this, and the interior had been damaged by weather from missing windows and holes in the roof. It was fall, based on the brown of the grasses and the color of the sun against the rock and grasses, and the shadow indicates it was late afternoon as the sun would have been low and west south west of the church. It would have been between 1994 and 2000, but I cannot narrow it any further than that.
The only thing showing up in the newspaper archives was a funeral in 1966, a funeral in 1970, and a reunion for Rockdale and the Lindsay Chapel church in 1973. A map search shows the rock building is still standing, although much greater roof damage is visible.
There were 2 small rooms behind the pulpit/altar, one likely the pastor’s study and one a classroom. The church could not have held many people, but in a rural farm community where the early population of the entire county was small, and declined after 1950, it would not have needed to. The first death date in the cemetery was 1907 and the last burial was in 2008.
Somewhere, there is likely a history of this church and the people who lived near the community and their stories are known: what brought them there, and from where. Given the family names that are listed in the cemetery, many of them remained through the years, or at least were returned for interment.
One name was D. L. Lindsay, born 1832 and died 1923 at age 91. Dan Ivy in 1935 said he moved to Haskell in 1894 and after 3 years, moved nine miles south of Stamford to live on the D. L. Lindsay place for 6 years. There are 11 members of the Ivy family born in the late 1800s and early 1900s who are buried in the Rockdale cemetery. Could Lindsay Chapel have been named for Mr. Lindsay? Did he perhaps donate the land for the church?
What will those who come so many years after us think about what we left behind?