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Hello and welcome to our blog.  Pond Springs Historical Cemetery Association Inc. is a grass-roots effort to clean up our beloved acre, also known as “God’s Garden”.  If you have the need to be a hero, God’s Garden needs you !

Pond Springs Cemetery is an award-winning historical cemetery located in Northwest Austin, Texas.  The first known burial on the land was that of 6-month-old Jacob Leonce Glenn.  He died of a rattlesnake bite in October 1860, inflicted while his mother was distracted hanging laundry, (can you imagine?).  Jacob was buried in the Walden Section of Pond Springs Cemetery.  In 1862, Asenath Stewart was the first known burial in Pond Springs “proper”.  She died of a childbirth-related illness while her husband (Andrew Jackson (“AJ” or “Jack”) STEWART was a Private in Company D, 1st Texas Cavalry (Yager’s), CSA.  He died in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 4 days after Lee surrendered to Grant.  The 1st Texas Cavalry was organized in New Orleans Louisiana on 6 November 1862, 4 days before his wife died.  Asenath likely kissed him good-bye and went into labor while he was en route.  AJ wasn’t there for her death, or for the birth of his son.  It’s unclear that he ever saw his son.  The orphaned baby lived, by the way, and was raised by his Stewart grandparents.

There are dozens of stories like this one.  God’s Garden needs heroes to help tell the stories.

There are over 230 known/assumed graves, and there are perhaps 300 or more total, as there are numerous graves without markers, and death certificates without corresponding graves.  Research is ongoing.

As is the case with so many old cemeteries in Texas, this one was doing a very good job at re-foresting.  There was damage from roaming cattle, from the elements, from downright vandalism, and from neglect.  Many people have worked on this cemetery through the decades.   By 2005, there wasn’t much left, and we have had to put the place back together like a gigantic puzzle.  It’ll probably be a lifelong project.  The county, the city, and the state are all “hiding” behind the wording in the original 1872 deed, and will not claim responsibility for upkeep.  No one takes care of it but us few volunteers.  Those interred here were good people, and they deserve better.  Please consider joining our grass-roots effort.  God’s Garden needs heroes.

In 2011, a few heroic descendants allied to form our Association.  Here is our meeting schedule:

Meetings held USUALLY on the Second Sunday at 10 am unless otherwise noted:

January at Whataburger across the street, Second Sunday at 10 am

April (Clean-Up Daze Second Sunday AND Second Saturday at cemetery)

July at Whataburger across the street, Second Sunday at 10 am

October (Clean-Up Daze Second Sunday AND Second Saturday at cemetery)

You do not have to be a member to attend a meeting OR to help clean up.  You don’t need permission to be an “Anonymous Angel” and clean up the place a little, just be careful and please don’t touch the stones in any way; that’s all we ask.

Now surrounded by the growth of Austin and Cedar Park, stepping into this cemetery is like stepping back in time, and stepping away from the hectic pace of modern-day life.   It’s a good place to “reconnect” and clear your head.  We absolutely adore this place, warts and all, and invite everyone to join our grass-roots effort.

Visitors, please:

In the spirit of a Benjamin Franklin quote,
“One can tell the morals of their culture by the way they treat their dead”:

1  BE CAREFUL.  No climbing on the stones, they may topple, stay clear of them.  There are also holes in the ground.  Pond Springs Historical Cemetery Association, Inc., is in no way responsible or liable for any injuries obtained on the property.

2  Respect the headstones and foot stones.  They are historical documentation, and for a lot of people buried there, they are the only proof that they were ever born.

3  Respect the flora, fauna, and wildlife on the property.

4  No camping.

5  No trespassing after dark.

6  No open flames.  This includes, but is not limited to, candles and cigarettes.

7  No alcohol.  Whether it is in an open container or not.

8  Whatever it is, “If you brought it in, you take it out”.

9  No chalking, foaming, rubbing of the stones.  Or any other means of capturing its info and charm, other than photography.  Photography only.

10  Legaleeze:  In the State of Texas, all cemeteries are protected under Criminal Mischief, Penal Code 28.03, which states:

    “An offense under this section is a state jail felony if the damage or destruction is inflicted on a place of worship or human burial, a public monument, or a community center that provides medical, social, or educational programs and the amount of the pecuniary loss to real property or to tangible personal property is less than $20,000.” (visit http://www.thc.state.tx.us/cemeteries/cemWord/CemeteryDesecretionWhitePaper.doc).  And if anyone is ugly enough to destruct us, we will be ugly enough to prosecute, call the news, get free legal representation……

If you are a descendant of anyone buried here, we’d love to hear from you.  Please leave a comment, a memory of your relative, a photo of them, anything, it would truly be a treasure !

It costs lots of money to keep up this level of care.  If you’d like to join our Association, the dues are only $25 annually.  Or, if you simply wish to donate, you can.  We take anything that’s green paper !  We also take weed killer, fire ant killer, weed eater string, a gallon or two of water for the water barrel, etc.  Just leave it at the base of the historical marker and give us a call to pick it up.  We also LOVE good neighbors who call 911 if they see anything amiss.  To name the major things, we use the money primarily for gas money for the mowers, weed wacker string, mower maintenance and repair, paint, weed killer, fire ant killer, tree services, just a few office supplies, to replace/repair markers, and one or two “improvements” if there’s enough left over.

We are recognized by the IRS and the State of Texas.  To mail in a check, visit our link “How to Donate:  Membership Fees and Other Ways to Help” (on the menu to the right of this page).  Or, click the “Donate” button at the top of the page, which will direct you to (secure) PayPal.  We thank you in advance.  Take care and thanks for reading us.

– Suzanne Tucker Borum, President
– Pond Springs Historical Cemetery Association Inc.
– 737.781.0629

I would like to dedicate this blog to my awesomely wonderful Dad, 1923-2007, who STILL encourages me every day. Fish on Daddy, your “Motor-Mouth” will always love you !

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Published in: on August 3, 2013 at 6:10 pm  Comments (11)  

Quarterly Meeting: Save the Date !

Hello everyone,

In addition to the next meeting, I thought I would take this opportunity to tell everyone that ASENATH STEWART’S NEW MARKER WILL BE INSTALLED FRIDAY 15 JUNE 2018 AT 9 AM.  ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.  I WILL BE  TAKING PHOTOS.  This has been over a decade in the making.

  • Our next quarterly meeting will be:
  • Sunday, 22 July 2018 (DATE CHANGE DUE TO VACATIONS 🙂
  • 10 am
  • Whataburger 13201 Ranch Rd 620 N, Austin, TX 78717 (across the street from the cemetery)

Rough agenda:

  • Treasury Report
  • Status of Projects
  • Status of Current Year’s Goals
  • Excellent Fellowship
  • Around-the Table
  • Appreciation to Firehouse 34 (who can make, bake, and take ?)  Trust me, they LOVE EVERYTHING we bring 🙂  Usually it’s cookies/brownies; this time I was thinking perhaps my Ken’s famous home-made spaghetti and “gravy”, what can others bring?  Salad?  Breadsticks?  Dessert?  Just a thought 😉
  • “Maybe” a brief tour/scan of the cemetery, including stone schedule:
    • Stone Review Due Jan-Mar, Even-Numbered Years (2018, 2020):  SW Corner (31 Stones), Adams through Zimmerman
    • Stone Review Due Apr-June Even-Numbered Years (2018, 2020):  NW Corner (33 Stones), Barnett through the Stewarts
    • Stone Review Due Jan-Mar, Odd-Numbered Years (2019, 2021):  SE Corner (47 Stones), Beck through Warren
    • Stone Review Due Apr-June Odd-Numbered Years (2019, 2021):  NE Corner (29 Stones), Bingham through Woody

Hope to see you there !

– Suzanne

 

 

 

Published in: on June 13, 2018 at 9:02 am  Leave a Comment  

Our Sign: A Timeline in Photos

The wind blew.

I’m often asked how I got started on the cemetery.  The story is entangled with our sign, so please bear with my story as it relates to our sign:

Back in 2005, as I was walking through Walmart’s parking lot on one of my (rare) days off, trying to focus on my grocery list, the wind blew.

And something urged my heart to look to the left, at a nearby forest just across Lake Creek Parkway.  The gentle breeze was exposing the corner of a white sign.  Everything about the sign was covered in forest growth, but there was  a sign there, sure enough, at the end of an old sandy driveway.  So I crossed the street (which had absolutely no traffic, my how times have changed), took a deep breath, and pulled back a little more of the overgrowth.  It wasn’t a forest; it was a cemetery !  Taking another deep breath, and braving all the thorns and poison oak, I pulled back a little more of the overgrowth, and peeked in.  What I saw made this amateur genealogist gasp and cry.

It was John Boatright’s old stone (prior to being replaced by the Confederate Sons of America).  It appeared to be an OLD military stone.  I couldn’t see anything else, but the stone of a man who had served in the military.  An apparently forgotten story to be told, of a life hopefully well-lived.

That’s it; I was hooked.  It all started with the wind, and that sign, and Mr. Boatright’s stone.  But from that day til this, I don’t know what it is, but it’s not just the wind that pulls me to God’s Garden.

I determined right then and there, I didn’t know how, but things were going to change for that ol’ place.  I contacted Karen Thompson, whose name was on the fence (in-laws buried in the Walden section); I went to her home, she couldn’t have been nicer, and gave me a bit of the history.  The wheels in my mind started spinning and have never stopped.  Immediately enlisting the help of my teenage daughter and anyone else who would listen, we dug in.  And we dug and we chopped and we mowed and we pulled and we itched and we sweat and we cleaned and we bagged and we photographed and we laughed.  For something like 20 Saturdays in a row, give or take.  LOL and we only cleaned the front opening area.

And the entire time, THE ENTIRE TIME, that sign kept calling me…..

I will not presume to tell you we cleaned the place up:  we didn’t.  Buster did all that, completing it in 2010, and it’s a story itself.  But what I can share is the Timeline of our Sign.

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Noted on the sign was “Erected in 1996 by Westwood High School 861st Air Force Junior ROTC”.  It wouldn’t be right to not give them due recognition, so I start with them.

It was a wooden sign, with wooden posts.  Well-made.  It went through a few permutations until, a few years later, taking a week off work, I hand-cut stenciling (“Showboat” font) and hand-painted it into the familiar sign we had for a decade or so.

And in March 2018, “old wood” was retired and replaced with a thick and strong aluminum replica, by “Affordable Signs of Georgetown”.  They do good work.  It.  Is.  Glorious.  (PS I have the old sign in my shed at home — couldn’t give it up lol).

So, as promised, here are the pictures of “Our Sign Through Time”.  Enjoy !

 

Front entry 2005 after about six months of cleanup. One of my biggest regrets is not taking a photo on Day One.

 

I took it upon myself to add “100% Volunteer”; here is the sign with some lettering removed, and the “POND” stenciling put up, April 2010.

 

Paint Remover on the sign. April 2010.

 

Done ! That’s an old website; we have had a few DON’T USE THAT WEBSITE !

 

At first, I put the current website on the back because it was so long, and removed the old website from the front.  PS we also had a Go Daddy website once-upon-a-time too, lol.

 

Then I replaced the website on the back, with this, a memorial to the children of Pond Springs Cemetery “Too Beautiful for this Earth” a listing of the children, constantly being updated.  Click on the link below.

Too Beautiful for this Earth

Look closely and you can see the names.

 

Updated, made the baby smaller, 2016-2017. Note the paint, always chipping.

 

Poor “ol’ wood”, can you see how the post curved? It was like this for at least a decade.

 

Clean Up Day April 2016; I had removed the vinyl logo and hadn’t replaced it yet.

 

Replacing the vinyl logo; it had to be replaced every year or so.  Clean Up Day October 2017.

 

GLORIOUS ALUMINUM SIGN ! 6 March 2018. “Affordable Signs of Georgetown”  After much angst, it was decided to somehow/someway place a memorial to the children inside the cemetery “one day”

 

Yellow Lantana Donated !

– Suzanne

Remember, God’s Garden needs heroes.  Please give in whatever way you deem most appropriate.  Volunteer !  The world is run by those who show up.  Thanks.

Published in: on April 27, 2018 at 1:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

April 2018 Clean up Daze: Another Job Well Done !

This time, we had SO MANY VOLUNTEERS that I actually had to direct traffic !  The biggest item is that Gloria’s banner really came through for us; we had (caring) members of the public show up because they had seen the banner !

The List of Heroes:

DAVID
Larion “Larry” Crumley and his wonderful wife, my friend Lucy
Bill
Gloria and Jeff
Dan
Ken
Todd
Michelle and Halle (hope I spelled that right !)
Shirley
Shane
Chik-fil-A
Lowe’s

We owe you all a debt of gratitude that simply cannot be repaid.  Thank you.

 

The Gang’s NOT all here ! Jeff was trying to run up and join us ! L to R, Lucy and Larion Crumley, Suzanne, Michelle, Halle, Bill, David, Dan, Gloria. Ken photographer lol. Couldn’t ask for better people

 

Gratuitous thanks to Chik-fil-A lol. Lucy and Larion Crumley in background

 

Halle and Michelle, in front of our NEW SIGN the details of which will follow in a later post.

 

Dan, Ken (obscured), David, Bill. Seriously, what would we do without you guys.

 

Jeff is so awesome. What a hard working volunteer.

 

Lucy Crumley

 

Michelle and Halle

Highlights:

Thunder.  Decided to have a temper tantrum.  As usual.  After spending  much time and agony on him, in-between  mowing and weed-whacking, Ken and Bill took him for repair while Jeff and Dan worked hard on the entire acre.  We should have Thunder back Monday or Tuesday.  He’s just not ran enough, and gas sits in the lines, etc.  So, every bit got mowed EXCEPT the big front yard, which is to follow as the Texas heat allows.

 

David, Ken, Larion working on Thunder

 

Grrrr….Ken working on Thunder

 

 

The Unknowns.  Well…..it’s a good idea, but not one that will be workable at this time.  12 prototypes were put out, and they look good, but not feasible in the long run.  The Unknowns WILL get counted and marked, it’s just unknown how they will be marked.

2018 Project-of-the-Year:  Asenath (pronounced a-ZENITH).  In case you didn’t know, SW Monument is DONATING a BEAUTIFUL 24 x 48 x 6 PIECE OF GRANITE !   If you have the need, go to them for your monuments !  Shirley and I attempted to chalk the old stone to try and pull off what it originally said, but it’s too far gone.  We saw “Asenath” and “born” and it appears to have been fairly professionally done.  I have also attached my enhanced 2006 photo of it.

IT HAS BEEN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT to research Asenath with certainty, but I do first find Asenath in 1850 San Marcos as a 6-year-old.  Her husband’s name was Andrew Jackson (“AJ” or “Jack”) STEWART, and we know from a letter that his brother wrote, he served as a Private in Company D, 1st Texas Cavalry (Yager’s), CSA, and died in Baton Rouge Louisiana on 13 April 1865, four days after Lee surrendered to Grant.  The 1st Texas Cavalry was organized in New Orleans Louisiana on 6 November 1862, 4 days before his wife died.  She likely kissed him good-bye and went into labor while he was en route.  He wasn’t there for her death, or for the birth of his son, who became an orphan.  It’s unclear that he ever saw his son.

Asenath was named after her maternal grandmother.  The name Asenath is a Biblical name; she was Joseph’s Egyptian wife.  The meaning of the name Asenath is “Peril or misfortune”.

See below for a rough draft of the engraving to be placed on the stone; editing to follow as we only have a 24 inch width (unless we engrave on the 48 inch length instead, which I am sort of thinking we should do):

Asenath Mandeville Flenniken Stewart
Born August 31 1840 Tipton Co TN (some records say August 18 1840; per census she was born 1844)
Died November 10 1862 Williamson Co TX
Wife of Pvt Andrew Jackson “AJ” Stewart
Company G, 1st Texas Cavalry  (Yager’s), CSA    or Company D……

2006 photo Asenath Stewart, Enhanced

Mower Markers.  Well…we are bigger than we thought.  170 markers are now in place.  Wow.  These markers are so that mower blades are not devastated; not all of us have the location of each low stone “memorized”.  So, there are mower markers at the low headstones (and footstones if present), as well as at natural rock and tree stump/root.  Gloria and David took the wheel on this one, and did an awesome job.

Appreciation to Firehouse 34.  We always remember them with cookies, brownies, etc.  Shirley and I spoke to the Batallion Chief and explained that Thunder would not be residing there because he needs to be ran more.  Instead, we will be placing our Self-Propelled mower, and POSSIBLY our Mower Trimmer (these items are currently in my garage, and doing this will free up a bit more space in my garage for Thunder).

Lucy and Larion Crumley donated a stone.  It was decided to place the stone on the grave of Robert Franklyn Eller.  He died in 1951 and never had a marker; also, next to Mr Eller is Rose Barnett, his nephew’s wife, whose stone is identical.  So now, there are two stones that need engraving:  Mr Eller’s, and (what we assume to be) Mr. Blanco’s.  At some point in the future, we will have SW engrave both.

Gloria, Lucy & Larion Crumley with the stone they donated, and David whose muscle hauled it and put it in place. We ended up putting it on the grave of Robert Eller who died in 1952 and never had a marker.

Lucy & Larion Crumley, with the stone they donated. We will later get SW Monument to engrave it.

Lucy and Larion Crumley donated Divining Rods.  Now, I don’t know if I believe in these things or not BUT we sure did “hit” A LOT.  If these things really are finding unmarked graves, Pond Springs Cemetery is FULL.  Personally I had a hit every 3 feet.  And my “Unknowns Project” has taken on a whole new life…..

Gloria trying out the Divining Rods

Suzanne playing with the Divining Rods.

I have been negligent in my postings.  Last February, we hired “Good Guys Tree Service” to lift the canopy, cut down one tree, remove a large branch that undesirables used to hide behind, cut down saplings between the fences.  And in early March, “Affordable Signs” of Georgetown replaced our wooden sign with an (almost) exact replica THICK ALUMINUM one !  I want to give a separate post on that.

….and….we made the usual pile of “Free Wood”

The ROSES are BEAUTIFUL and FRAGRANT, and the wildflowers were putting on a show.

ANYONE is WELCOME to be a hero.  God’s Garden needs heroes !

Don’t forget to pay those dues and donations !  With all we have going on, the bank account is getting depleted.  Thanks !

 – Suzanne

 

Published in: on April 16, 2018 at 10:34 am  Leave a Comment  

Volunteers Welcome !

MUCH THANKS TO GLORIA, JEFF, BILL FOR THIS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LOVE YOU GUYS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We have a great Association.  There’s about 5 or 6 “boots on ground”, and about 20 around the world offering prayers and other support.  Though we be small, we be FIERCE.

 

What would we do without Gloria, Jeff, and Bill.

 

Published in: on April 10, 2018 at 10:21 am  Leave a Comment  

Save the Dates ! April 14 & 15 Semi-Annual Clean Up Daze !

Saturday & Sunday, April 14 & 15, 2018
Arrive anytime between sunrise and sunset (meeting is around 10 am both days)
Stay the entire time, or just stay a few hours.  Bring the family !  Bring Co-Workers !  Bring Church Family !

Starting repair of Asenath’s stone this time.

Please mark your calendars, we have 4 meetings per calendar year (second Sunday usually, 10 am):
January – Second Sunday Meeting @ 10 am, Whataburger
April – Meeting, at cemetery, plus Clean up WEEKEND (Saturday AND Sunday)
July – Second Sunday Meeting @ 10 am, Whataburger
October – Meeting, at cemetery, plus Clean up WEEKEND (Saturday AND Sunday)

I really really would like to see more of the “local” membership participate. It’s usually only 3 or 4 of us cleaning up our beloved acre, and we’re getting older ;). Bring buddies from church or from work ! I know it’s always the same thing, trash and weeds, but it’s A LOT OF the same thing, and the more help we have, the quicker it goes.  Also, the quicker the cleanup and maintenance can be achieved, then the more improvements can be completed. – Suzanne.

If you know of anyone who would enjoy working at the cemetery as a continuous “labor of love” please let us know. Personally I’m out there once a month for about 4 hours.  It’s a feel-good place, great for those who want solitude and peace. WONDERFUL for a responsible retiree, or semi-retiree, with a good head for community service and gardening/landscaping/general agriculture, who likes people but also likes working the earth alone. Use of the occasional marketing skill wouldn’t hurt, as the public comes by from time to time 🙂 You don’t have to be perfect, you just have to have a big heart 😉 We don’t “expect much” in the heat of July and August, it’s too hot, but the rest of the year is pretty enjoyable. PLEASE contact us, or have your best friend contact us, or your work buddy, or that lonely strong guy from church, or that sweet lady who is good at growing things……

Anyone out there with marketing experience? I’m kind of shy about that sort of thing…..reach out OK?

Anyone want to be “webmaster” of our You Tube? How about our GoFundMe? Our Facebook? — yes, we have these things…..there HAS to be a RESPONSIBLE young grandson/daughter out there somewhere that would like this….and honestly, with the exception of video, you don’t have to be local. But you do have to be trustworthy. Let’s talk OK?

General Agenda:  “Meeting First”
We will have a quick meeting on both days, around 10 am or so.

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Volunteers:
There is no electricity or running water.

PSHCA cannot be responsible for damage done to equipment or persons.
Please bring as many supplies as you can.
Make sure all your equipment is in working condition before arrival.
Wear long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toe shoes.
Goggles, Gloves, Face Masks are also a good idea.
WATCH YOUR STEP.
Bring Lawn Chairs and bring plenty of food/water.
Please bring 1 or 2 gallons of water for the water barrel.
Bring your camera !

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0511-1010-2403-2231Trash Detail — clean up all the way to the street, all around the site
Please take the trash away with you

Supplies Needed:

  • Contractor bags recommended, but others are just fine too
  • “Grabber” makes it easy on the back
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0511-1104-0222-5061Lawn and Garden – This is What Takes Up Most/All of our Time
(Weeding, Limb Removal, Grass Cutting, Dusting the Fire Ants if needed, clearing fenceline of weeds)
Supplies Needed:

  • Fire Ant Killer
  • Round-Up “Brush Killer”
  • Leather Gloves
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Face mask and goggles
  • Gasoline if needed for equipment that you bring
  • If you have gas lawn equipment  of any kind please bring it.  Saws and heavy duty pruners are good as well.  Again, there is no electricity.
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See you then !

– Suzanne

Published in: on March 8, 2018 at 11:13 am  Leave a Comment  

“Monthly Mowdown” Reminder

Last year I started going out to the cemetery on the first Sunday of every Month (November through March), weather permitting, for a few hours.

Whether you want to call it “Monthly Mowdown”, “Wacky Weedin'”, or “Chop Chop”, this is my “Presidential Invite” (LOL) to come join me for just a couple of hours on Sunday 7 January.  I’m usually out there by 10 am out of respect for people sleeping in the apartments next door.  For January 7th, as well as February’s, more than likely I will just walk the place to make sure all is well, perhaps make a list of what needs care during our April Clean Up Daze.

For the Mowdown in general, consider it “puttering around” time.  Thunder can get about 1/4 of the place mowed, plus the front (if we feel like mowing for the apartments).  Trash Pick-Up, branch removal, generally eyeball the site, maybe use the chain saw to cut back upcoming growth, maybe paint something that needs it, maybe glue something that needs it, maybe clean something that needs it.  It’s not much but it’s “something”.

If any gentlemen are interested, these are the months to try and get ahead with brush cutting and removal, particularly near all fence lines (chain saw).  It’s too late by Spring.

So, come join me if you can.  Bring the usual gloves, goggles, water for the barrel.  Can’t be responsible for persons or equipment so be careful.  Hope to see you.

– Suzanne

Published in: on January 1, 2018 at 2:00 pm  Comments (1)  

PRUETT: Death Certificate Page-by-Page Search: Found Another Child Buried in Pond Springs

PRUETT, Baby Boy, born & died in Travis County, Texas 31 August 1946.  His mother was Viola (TOUNGATE) PRUETT, his father was Thomas J. PRUETT.  His father was informant, and there is no known relation to the PREWITTs who are also buried here.  The baby was buried in “Jollyville” which “usually” means Pond Springs OR Rhodes OR Jollyville.  To give this little guy a Final Resting Place, Pond Springs has adopted him like so many others, unless or until proven otherwise.  He will be added to our list, to our “Too Beautiful for this Earth” Memorial, to the Ancestry “Families of Pond Springs” Family Trees, and to Find-A-Grave.  Rest in Peace, little guy.

– Suzanne

Published in: on December 26, 2017 at 10:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

AGUERE: Death Certificate Page-by-Page Search: Found Another Child Buried in Pond Springs

AGUERE, Ananinco/Aninico, born in Briggs, Burnet County, Texas 3 April 1939, died Travis County Texas 3 March 1941. His mother was Consuela ABUNDEZ, his father was Gabriel AGUERE and they lived in Leander at the time of the baby’s death. Father was informant. The baby was buried in “Jollyville” which “usually” means Pond Springs OR Rhodes. I have been researching this family for a while and have come up empty-handed. More research to follow. So, to give this little guy a Final Resting Place, Pond Springs has adopted him like so many others, unless or until proven otherwise. He will be added to our list, to our “Too Beautiful for this Earth” Memorial, to the Ancestry “Families of Pond Springs” Family Trees, and to Find-A-Grave. Rest in Peace, little guy.

– Suzanne

Published in: on December 26, 2017 at 9:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

MOUSER: Death Certificate Page-by-Page Search: Found Another Child Buried in Pond Springs

Mary Elizabeth MOUSER, born Jollyville Texas 2 June 1935, died Travis County Texas 18 March 1942.  Her mother was Sarah MOUSER, her father was unknown.  Grandfather Fred Mouser informant.  This must have just devastated the family, which is related to the BINGHAMs, and I feel that Mary is the small “Unknown” near to the BINGHAMS.  More research to follow.  Mary will be added to our list, to our “Too Beautiful for this Earth” Memorial, to the Ancestry “Families of Pond Springs” Family Trees, and to Find-A-Grave.

Published in: on November 9, 2017 at 12:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Unknowns

UPDATE:  I don’t think the current markers will stand the test of time.  I will need to figure something else out.  Additionally, divining rods have been donated to us !  I’m not sure if I believe in them BUT I get a “hit” every three feet or so, and they are in rows as if a burial site.  I hope it’s not the power of suggestion at work.  But I’m thinking of adding those to my currently makeshift “map” by notating GPS (longitude and latitude), denoting “found by divining rod” or something like that, and letting viewers make up their own mind.  I’m removing the pictures because I’m sure everything will be re-numbered, but Unknown 1 will remain Unknown 1.  Starting over again, fourth attempt.

These break my heart.  Unknowns buried in Pond Springs Cemetery, Austin, Texas.

I have broken them down into three categories:

1  “Names with Stones” (197):  We know who they are and where they are buried.  There are 197 “Names with Stones”.

2  “Names without Stones” (43):  We know who they are but may never know where they are buried.  There are 43 of these, derived through research, and from descendants volunteering information.

3  “Stones with No Name” (~87):  We know where they’re buried but may many never know who they are.  It is difficult to say how many of these there are, but I have counted roughly 130 (some may simply be natural rocks and some may be actual fieldstone markers, it’s tough to tell sometimes). We won’t know for sure until I complete this project.  I am ASSUMING that the 43 “Names without Stones” are part of this 130 but I could be wrong in some cases.  But for the sake of argument at this time, because I’ve gotta start somewhere, that leaves roughly 87 “Stones with No Name” (130 minus 43).  We will see when the project is complete.

Add it all together, you get 327 POSSIBLE total people buried here (197+43+87).  But don’t hang your hat on that number; this number changes frequently as new discoveries are made and people are ruled in/ruled out. Click on each photo for a brief description.  I have posted photos taken at various times; I thought the reader would enjoy seeing to difference/improvements.

This is a daunting task, and my second time around on this project.  I can only work on a few at a time, because all the photos look like “a rock and some grass” and when I go to editing, I don’t recall where the Unknown is located, without doing a few at a time.

My apologies, as Unknowns 1 through 6 are a duplicate of an earlier Facebook post.  This particular post was created on the blog, which copies to Facebook, which I had forgot when I made the previous post 🙂  I’m going to post all Unknowns on the blog moving forward, and let it copy to Facebook.  Hope this makes sense.

I hope to work on a few a week until all are accounted for.  Soon, small markers plastic will be made and placed at each one as I go.  Wish me luck !

– Suzanne

Unknown 1. In the NW Corner, closest to the corner fence. Thought to be Arthur “Dink” Stewart and his wife Beulah (Eller) Stewart. Beulah died in 1918; Dink died in 1955.  It is thought that Dink is buried ON TOP OF Beulah due to a gravedigger error. To the right of them is their granddaughter, Joyce Elaine Stewart (1944-1947). This particular photo taken November 2010.

 

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