Robert Graves Stadler, early Cherokee County settler and fighter in the Texas Revolution, was born in 1790 in Coswell County, North Carolina, the son of Robert and Mary Stadler. He participated in the War of 1812 and immigrated to Texas during the 1830s. From March to June 1836 he served in of Capt. K. Arnold's company at San Antonio and Goliad. In 1844 Stadler acquired a 1,400-acre tract in the Edward W. Hockett league in northeastern Cherokee County. On this land he founded a colony called Black Jack Grove. There he was joined by relatives from North Carolina, who established a thriving community. Graves died in Black Jack Grove in 1861 and was buried in the nearby Fitch Cemetery. In 1985 the Texas Historical Commission placed a marker at his grave.