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Hello and welcome to our blog.  My name is Suzanne Tucker (McAlpin) Borum and I am the President of the Pond Springs Historical Cemetery Association, Inc.

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 was buried in the Walden Section of Pond Springs Cemetery in October 1860.  In 1862, Asenath Stewart was the first known burial in Pond Springs “proper”.  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.

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, and from downright vandalism and neglect.  Many people have worked on this cemetery through the decades.   Personally, I have been working on this cemetery off and on since 2005.   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.

As an amateur genealogist, the condition of the place just broke my heart, and though I am not a descendant of anyone buried here, I decided in 2005 to use my time and (pitiful) talents to try to tell their stories electronically.   I am in no way a professional.   In 2009, Buster added his time and talents to TOTALLY clean up our cemetery single-handedly.  And in 2011, a few heroic descendants teamed with us to form our Association.  We meet every 3 months, second Sunday, 10 am:  January and July, Whataburger across Lake Creek from the cemetery;  April and October, Clean Up Daze at the cemetery, second SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, 10 am.  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.

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.

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.  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 we will prosecute.

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 $25 annually.  Or, if you simply wish to donate, you can.  We are recognized by the IRS.  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.

– Suzanne

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 !

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

“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

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 ACTUAL STONES, or 197 “Names with Stones”.

2  “Names without Stones” (43):  We know who they are but may never know where they are buried.  Through research, family information, and seeing names on stones ourselves, we have 240 ACTUAL NAMES, the graves of some have not been located.  Which means there are 43 “Names without Stones” (240 minus 197).

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 (240 plus 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. April 2006. Next to Joyce Elane Stewart.

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.


Unknown 2. 11 April 2006.

Unknown 2, taken November 2010. Almost directly at the base of the historical marker. Keep in mind that at one time this used to be the BACK of the cemetery, not the front.


Unknown 3. The upright stone behind it was placed there so we wouldn’t trip over it. October 2010.


Unknown 4. April 11 2006.


Unknown 5. April 11 2006.


Proximity Shot. 2-5 Unknown. November 2010.


Unknown 6. 11 April 2006.

Unknown 6. 4 November 2017.


Unknown 7. 4 November 2017. Piece of notebook paper at the head of a sunken area most definitely a grave, no stone.  7 & 8 are “almost” side-by-side and may be husband and wife, but maybe not.


Unknown 8. 4 November 2017. Piece of notebook paper at the head of a sunken area most definitely a grave, no stone.  7 & 8 are “almost” side-by-side and may be husband and wife, but maybe not.


Unknown 9.  4 November 2017. Piece of notebook paper at the head of a sunken area most definitely a grave.


Unknown 10. 4 November 2017.


Proximity shot. November 2010. Unknowns 8, 9, 10 indicated.


11 Unknown. Long Family plot. October 2010 undoubtedly a member of the Long family. Someone out there knows something about the location of this stone. It’s worth more to us than to whomever has it. Please replace the stone, no questions asked, it can be replaced anonymously.


12 Unknown, April 2006, showing location near to Heatons. I feel this to be Susannah (Camp) Rutledge (1825-1863) due to the proximity to Captain William Pinkney Rutledge.


12 Unknown, December 2017, close-up. I feel this to be Susannah (Camp) Rutledge (1825-1863) due to the proximity to Captain William Pinkney Rutledge.

Published in: on November 4, 2017 at 8:27 pm  Comments (1)  

The Oldest Known Photo taken in Pond Springs Cemetery: Gottfried Ehrhardt, 1913 photo

Earliest known photo taken in Pond Springs Cemetery, 1913.  Gottfried Ehrhartd.  A million thanks to gg granddaughter Marie for sending this to us.  By the way, I did a comparison of this photo to the modern-day cemetery, and I BELIEVE the (scrawny) tree in the background, on the left, is the BOATRIGHT TREE which is so beautiful now.

Gottfried’s passport, from g granddaughter Marie. We couldn’t do all this without the descendants’ help.

The photo shows Gottfried EHRHARDT with his wife Henriette, nee Bustro who are seated. The names of the couple standing are not known. Henriette died in Germany on May 23, 1899.

Many thanks to Gottfried’s g granddaughter Marie in Georgetown Texas, and Gottfried’s gg grandson Manfred in Germany, for providing the following:

“Gottfried Ehrhardt was born in Germany 20 March 1835, and died in Williamson County Texas 15 November 1913.  Gottfried had a desire to visit his two sons, Karl and Wilhelm, in America and left from Bremen, Germany on October 16, 1901, on the ship “Norderney”.  He landed in Galveston, Texas on November 8.  His son Karl left his home in Round Rock, Texas and went to Galveston to pick up his father and returned to Round Rock.  Gottfried returned to Germany to take care of family business, and then returned to Texas once again.”

“Gottfried’s son, Karl, was born on September 10, 1862.  He was a farmer and owned a farm in Williamson County, west of Round Rock in the area of Hwy. 620 and Parmer Lane today (2017).  He married Pauline Schneidewind who had a son whose father is unknown.  Karl and Pauline had three children, Hermine, Clara, and Herman.  Pauline died in childbirth of the fourth child on March 13, 1899.  Both are buried in the Ganzert Family Cemetery in Williamson County.  He then married Pauline’s sister, Fredericke, on April 20, 1900.  They had two children, Frieda and Hilda.  He died on February 10, 1929 and is buried in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery in Pflugerville, Texas.”

“Gottfried’s son, Wilhelm, was born on July 8, 1869 or 1870.  He worked in a cotton gin for a while and lost an arm in an accident.  He died on November 16, 1955.  He is buried in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery in Pflugerville, Texas.”

“Gottfried had three other children who remained in Germany — Ernst, Christian, and Marie.”

Although I am still awaiting the beekeeper story, we CanNOT provide this info without the generous support of the descendants !  Hope to have done them proud !

– Suzanne

Published in: on October 23, 2017 at 9:00 am  Comments (8)  

Death Certificate Page-by-Page Search: Josephin Ramos

I’m researching Travis County TX Death Certificates online.  I am up to 1937, and I found one more name:  Josephin RAMOS, born in Mexico ca. 1871, died 9 December 1937.  Widow of Desidero Ramos; informant Monte Walker.  More research to follow, Josephin will be added to the Ancestry.com Family Trees and to our list.

– Suzanne

Published in: on October 12, 2017 at 12:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

One of the best EVER !!!!

I think I’m going to cry again.

This October’s Clean Up Daze was ONE OF THE BEST EVER.   Below are all the photos from “The Village”.

Our beloved acre is CLEANED, SCRUBBED, MOWED, WEEDED, PICKED UP, SWEPT, RAKED, REPLENISHED, REPAIRED, and PAINTED — from side to side, top to bottom, diagonally, and all points in between.  If it needed it, we did it.  And Walden’s too.

Super special thanks and love to “The Village”

In no order of importance:

Great Oaks Boy Scout Troop, who pitched in the Thursday prior and did a spectacular job.
Miracle Worker Mike Amescua, who beat us all out there and had the place 75% completed before 10 am on a Saturday.  It was beautiful.
The Lovely Dianna Amescua
Glorious Gloria Amescua
Gentleman Jeff
Superman Dan
Best-of-All Bill
Church Lady Rochelle
Shweet Shirley
Kind-Hearted Ken
Jeep-Drivin’ Jim McAlpin
Tyler T-to-the-Bone McAlpin
and last but not least
Pixie, our new Cemetery Hound who ferociously protected us with kisses

Folks, Rolling Thunder was having temper tantrums, as was Mike’s, so a good portion of the mowing was done using push mowers.  Suffice it to say “it was hot out there”.

A little perspective.  The first photo is from 2005, when I arrived on the scene.   It took about 6 months to get it looking this “good”.  Every Saturday; forget about my housework lol!  This particular photo was taken the day the front was finally (fairly decently) cleared by Anderson High School Band.  Originally, it was so bad I didn’t even know a chain-link fence was there.  True story.  When Buster arrived, well, he REALLY resurrected the place.

2005. Folks, NEVER think we haven’t come a long way.


Mowin’ Ro

Some odd lady with Cemetery OCD


Our Gloria.


Pixie protecting us all from Dan.


Yes, we mow THE ENTIRE FRONT area, even though it’s not the cemetery, and doesn’t belong to us. It’s an eyesore for us though if we leave it unmowed. Just a bone to pick with the owners of it….




Meeting of the minds


Bill and Dan


L to R: Ken, Jeff, Gloria and Pixie, Bill, Dan
Kneeling: My Friend Rochelle. Pixie still has her eye on Ken…..I’m watching you, boy….


L to R: Bill, Jeff, Suzanne (fairly rare to have my picture taken), Gloria, Pixie


OK, this is an experiment we are doing with 4 markers. These are “Mower Markers” to be used when that darn grass gets to its 3-feet-tall status grrr…..so the less-cemetery-experienced mowers know where the ground-level stones are. This is Gloria. If they stay in the ground, level, etc. we will partner with Lowe’s for more.


Seriously, isn’t he a beautiful one? This IS Texas, folks……not sure, but I believe this is a Texas Spiny Lizard hitching a ride in Shirley’s truck. No animals were harmed in the making of this photo. Or lizards.


T Bone. To be honest, he really worked his { } off VOLUNTARILY. Good kid. This is our future out there, we need to focus on that.


Learning to use it. Hey, everybody has a first time.


We had to do a lot of this. Tyler and Jim.


Pixie defending her homeland from Ken, who DID have a rather suspicious look in his eye I must say….

– Suzanne

Published in: on October 8, 2017 at 4:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

October 7 & 8 2017: Semi-Annual Clean-Up Weekend & Meeting !!

Saturday & Sunday, October 7 & 8, 2017
Arrive anytime between sunrise and sunset (meeting is around 10 am both days though)
Stay the entire time, or just stay a few hours.  Bring the family !  Bring Co-Workers !  Bring Church Family !

Please always mark your calendars, we have 4 meetings per calendar year (second Sunday usually, 10 am):
January – Meeting, at Whataburger
April – Meeting, at cemetery, plus Clean up WEEKEND (not just Saturday)
July – Meeting, at Whataburger
October – Meeting, at cemetery, plus Clean up WEEKEND (not just Saturday)

We 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.

Additionally, if you know of anyone who would enjoy working at the cemetery as a continuous “labor of love” please let us know, it needs a semi-sexton. 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?

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



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 works before arrival.
Wear long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toe shoes.
Goggles, Gloves, Face Masks are also a good idea.
Bring Lawn Chairs and bring plenty of food/water.
Please bring 1 or 2 gallons of water for the water barrel.
Bring your camera !


0511-1010-2403-2231Trash Detail — all the way to the street
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


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.



See you then !

– Suzanne

Published in: on September 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Unknown #26 Update: Baby Pauline Gay. Also nearby are former slaves and a Native American..

UPDATE, Summer of 2017:  Many thanks to descendant Dorothy (“Dottie”) for reaching out to us.  Her grandfather was William Barto Glenn (1862-1929).  Dottie told me that buried in this grave is Pauline Gay.

William Barto Glenn married Annie Maud (Faulks) GAY (1883-1967) on 1 February 1912.  He was her second husband.  Annie had two known children from her first marriage:  Pauline GAY, and Ophelia Marie Adele “Blondie” GAY.

So, Pauline was William Barto Glenn’s step-daughter.

Per the 1910 Travis County Texas census (taken April 1910), Pauline GAY was 19 months old, placing her birth ca. September 1908.

Pauline cannot be found in the 1920 census, and per Dottie she died ca. 1911 or 1912.  William Barto Glenn brought the fencing for her grave from Fort Worth, by horse-drawn wagon.  To me, this is a testament to the character and spirit of this man.  I always knew this was a female’s grave, and that someone loved her very much.

Also per Dottie:

1  Buried in the space BETWEEN Pauline Gay and William Barto Glenn, is Mary Catherine (Murdock) GLENN ENOCHS.

2  Buried adjacent to William Barto GLENN are wonderful and loyal family friends by the name of:

a.  ALSAP/ALSUP, Joseph, born ca. 1842 in Missouri (per 1860 Williamson County TX census).  Joseph was a former slave, who was freed prior to the Civil War by William Madison GLENN (William Barto GLENN’s father).  He remained a loyal family friend, and is buried next to William Barto GLENN in an unmarked plot.

b.  BIRD/BYRD, Cornelius, born ca. 1837 in Illinois (per 1860 Williamson County TX census).  Cornelius was a former slave, who was freed prior to the Civil War by William Madison GLENN (William Barto GLENN’s father).  He remained a loyal family friend, and is buried next to William Barto GLENN in an unmarked plot.

c.  “Known Only By God”.  A Native American man and loyal friend of the family. He is buried at the foot of William Barto GLENN in an unmarked plot.

Nothing more can be found about these three men.  Again, a testament to the character and spirit of William Barto GLENN, that they would want to be buried nearby to their friend who (in my opinion) so obviously must have cared for and protected them in life.

It took a while for this story to reveal itself, but I knew it would, I could just feel it.  This is a prime example of how I NEVER WOULD HAVE DISCOVERED THIS ON MY OWN; but ONLY WITH THE HELP OF KIND DESCENDANTS WHO REACH OUT.  Many, many lovely and poignant stories in our acre and they need to be made known.

The GLENN Family would like to place markers on these five graves.  If anyone would like to help the GLENN FAMILY place markers on the graves of Pauline, Mary, Joseph, Cornelius, and Unknown, PLEASE CLICK ON “How to Donate” link located on the right column of this page.  Once in that link, about mid-way down, is a DONATE BUTTON.  Alternatively, your donation can be mailed in; instructions are also in the same link.  Or just respond to this entry.  Either way, We promise to get your donation to the right place.  Thank you !

– Suzanne



Mary Catherine MURDOCK was born 21 October 1829 in Barbour County, Alabama.  She married William Madison GLENN in Alabama in 1846.  He was murdered in 1863 by his former partner, when she was pregnant with their 9th child.  She nursed him for weeks until he died.  William Madison GLENN is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin Texas.  Mary Catherine married Jason ENOCHS in Travis County Texas on 15 February 1882.  Jason had died in 1898, and is buried in Steiner Ranch Cemetery (formerly Enochs Cemetery).  In the 1900 Williamson County Texas census, she is listed as “Mary E GLENN” (not ENOCHS).  Both of her parents were born in North Carolina.  In the 1910 Williamson County Texas census, Mary C. ENOCHS was an 80-year-old widow.  Her youngest son William was living with her.

Mary is Pond Springs Cemetery’s “Unknown 26”

How I established the identity of Unknown 26:

1  Descendants contacted this blog (in so many cases, these mysteries will not be solved without the assistance of the descendants)   Apparently the records of family researchers said that Mary Catherine Murdock Glenn Enochs was buried in Pond Springs Cemetery, but they never found a marker.

2  Months later, in researching all death certificates for the cemetery, it was discovered that the mother of  William Glenn, who is buried next to Unknown 26, was Mary Catherine Murdock.

3  About a year later, in researching on Find-A-Grave, I noticed that a recent posting of the photo of Mary’s second husband Jason Asbury ENOCHS (died 1898, buried Steiner Ranch Cemetery).  To my surprise, the fencing around her second husband’s grave  was identical to Mary’s.  Visiting remote Steiner Ranch cemetery proved difficult at best, and the Find-A-Grave photo volunteer had remaining photos which showed different framework between the two graves, but similar construction.  Enough for me to call it.

Based on these three pieces of secondary/circumstantial evidence, I decided to favor the preponderance of the evidence, and to “call” Unknown 26 the grave of Mary Catherine Enochs.  Unless or until it can be proven otherwise.

According to family researchers, Mary died 11 December 1911 in Williamson County, and is buried in Pond Springs Cemetery.  After much research, I have yet to find her death certificate, which would indicate place of burial.  This is not unusual; the death certificate has not been found for several people buried at Pond Springs, and it appears that the state requirement was not taken very seriously in the early years.

Known Children of William Madison and Mary Catherine (MURDOCK) GLENN:

i. Adelbert Eugene GLENN, born in Alabama 31 August 1846.  He died in Bell County Texas 9 June 1919.  Married Martha Susan BOATRIGHT.

ii. Murdock McIntyre GLENN, born in Alabama in 1849, died 7 September 1929 in Taft, Kern County California.  Married Mary J. FIELDS.

iii. Nobel H. GLENN, born in Louisiana in 1852, died in Llano Texas in 1880 per family researchers.

iv. Russell GLENN, born in Louisiana in 1853, died in Louisiana in 1854.

v. Martha Bell “Mitty B” GLENN, born in Williamson County Texas February 1856, died in Williamson County Texas 18 May 1885, buried Liberty Hill Cemetery, Williamson County Texas.  Married Muncil SHELTON.

vi. Jake Madison GLENN, born in Williamson County Texas 25 October 1857, died 29 June 1929 in McComb, Pike County, Mississippi.

vii. Mary Ada GLENN, born in Williamson County Texas 16 March 1859, died in Austin, Travis County Texas 13 December 1933.  Married Joseph Alexander CARPENTER.

viii. Toombs Cannon GLENN, born in Williamson County Texas in 1862.  No info after 1900.

ix.  William Bartow GLENN, born in Williamson County Texas in 1864, died 29 July 1929 in Austin, Travis County Texas.  Buried in Pond Springs Cemetery.

Many thanks to great-great granddaughter Joyce and to Ancestry.com

– Suzanne

Unknown 26 in 2005

Gravesite of Mary Catherine (Murdock) GLENN ENOCHS, 2011

Tombstone of Jacob ENOCHS, Mary's second husband. Look at the fence in the background.

Stone for Jason Asbury Enochs, husband of our Unknown 26 (Mary). Look at the Fence. Same style as hers.

Gravesite of Jason ENOCHS, Steiner Ranch Cemetery.

Published in: on September 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm  Leave a Comment