Welcome !

Hello and welcome to our blog.  My name is Suzanne Tucker McAlpin 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 231 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 6 months – April and October – on the first Sunday of the month, during our “Clean Up Days” right there at the cemetery.  You do not have to be a member to attend a meeting OR to help clean up.

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.

If you’d like to join our Association, please contact this blog.  The dues are $25 annually, and are tax-deductible.  Please visit our link “How to Donate:  Membership Fees and Other Ways to Help” on the menu to the right.

– 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 (7)  

Mr. Riffe’s New Stone !

Hello everyone,

My extreme apologies for the delay in posting this !  Mr. Crumley, descendant of John Riffe (pronounced “Rife” by the way), placed a new stone !  I BELIEVE John Riffe is his great grandfather, I could be off by a generation.  It’s a beautiful stone !  What a story it is, about how these two were linked back together through this blog !  I get a little excited about this place, and like an over-zealous paparazzi, I snapped 75-100 photos !  Below are a few of the chosen ones.  Enjoy !

Placement of John Riffe Stone by Larion Crumley, descendant, 11 September 2016. Photos show Shirley and Ken, Larion and his lovely and sweet wife.

 

Placement of John Riffe Stone, 11 September 2016

I really like how the original “Riffe” fieldstone was left in place.

 

 

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One can see the marker for little Marietta V. Crumley (11 April 1883 -13 April 1884). John Riffe was her Grandpa. She was buried next to her Grandpa.

 

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Published in: on October 15, 2016 at 11:49 am  Leave a Comment  

October 8 & 9 2016: Semi-Annual Clean-Up Weekend & Meeting !!

Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9, 2016
Arrive anytime between sunrise and sunset
Stay the entire time, or just stay a few hours.  Bring the family !

“Meeting First”
We will have a quick meeting on both days to discuss treasury and upcoming plans.

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Volunteers:
Please bring as many supplies as you can.
Make sure all your equipment works before arrival.
Bring 1 or 2 gallons of water for the water barrel.
Bring plenty of food/water.
Wear long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toe shoes.
See below for the Top Needs – Please assist with one or all

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0511-1010-2403-2231Trash Detail
Please take the trash away with you

Supplies Needed:

  • Contractor bags recommended, but others are just fine too
  • One of those “Grabber” things work really well and 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, cleaning fenceline of weeds)
Supplies Needed:

  • OMG the Foxtail Rosemary died again !
  • 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.  There is no electricity.

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See you then !

– Suzanne

Published in: on September 25, 2016 at 6:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Thompson Brothers Visit !

L to R James and William (Jimmy and Bill) Thompson visit, April 2016

Paraphrased from an email from Gloria: “I went by the cemetery on an errand and stopped when I saw two trucks parked there. I found that two brothers from the Thompson family had come to visit.Jimmy had also brought his granddaughter by on Monday to visit the Thompson graves.

I spoke with them and asked if I could take their photo. On the left is Jimmy (James) Thompson (86 years old) and on the right, his older brother, Bill Thompson (90 years old). Jimmy and his brother made the stand for the historical marker they told me. They were glad to see the cemetery looking so good.

Jimmy offered to take the rest of the limbs and is going to get his grandsons to come to do it. He offered to try to get their help the next time there is a Clean Up Day. ”

….I just love seeing descendants, and ESPECIALLY those that volunteered at the cemetery in years past ! – Suzanne

Published in: on May 1, 2016 at 5:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

April 2016 Clean-Up Day Success !

Thanks to Bill, Ken, Lauren, Shirley, Gloria !!!!!

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Published in: on May 1, 2016 at 5:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Fannie and Burney Stewart

April 2016:  It is my belief that Wilbern is the child on the other side of Fannie.  So much so, that I am adding him to our list. – Suzanne

Fannie (Ringstaff) STEWART, born 28 March 1872, died 29 April 1905.  Married Pleasant Stewart 24 November 1889, Williamson County Texas.  I feel that Fannie likely died due to a childbirth related illness, as her death was three months after her son’s birth.  Fannie is buried between the graves of two babies:   The identity of one baby is unknown (UPDATE:  Likely Wilbern STEWART, born ca. 1900, died by 1910), the other is Burney STEWART, born 9 January 1905, died 17 August 1905.  Burney’s death was likely due to his mother’s death 4 months prior.

Known children of Pleasant and Fannie STEWART:

i.  Dora STEWART, born September 1890 in Texas.
ii.  Maggie STEWART, born February 1891 in Texas.
iii.  Jasper Riley STEWART, born in Cedar Park Texas 28 February 1894, died 14 April 1950 in Leakey, Real County, Texas.
iv.  Mollie STEWART, born January 1895 in Texas.
v.  Stella STEWART, born March 1897 in Texas.
vi.  Wilbern STEWART, born 1900, died by 1910, undoubtedly buried in Pond Springs with his mother and siblings.
vii.  Bertha STEWART, born 1902 in Texas.
viii.  Burney STEWART, born likely in Texas 9 January 1905, died 17 August 1905.

If you can help shed any light on this family, please contact this blog.

– Suzanne

Published in: on April 30, 2016 at 6:00 pm  Comments (6)  

2015 in review

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Published in: on December 31, 2015 at 5:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Richards

Emily Viola (RASOR) RICHARDS

Emily Viola (RASOR) RICHARDS.  How pretty.

Emily Viola RASOR was born in Gonzales Texas to Landon Shaw and Elizabeth E. (WOOD) RASOR 24 September 1889 (1899 per Death Certificate; however she was 11 years old in the 1900 census).  She died in Williamson County Texas 18 September 1934 and is buried in Pond Springs Cemetery with her newborn twins who had died 31 December 1932 & 4 January 1933.  Emily died in childbirth with her sixth known child, who is also undoubtedly also buried in Pond Springs.

Between 1920 and 1930, she married Will RICHARDS.  Not much can be found about Emily, Will, or their family.  Will was born in Mississippi ca 1891.  One of their children, Fleetwood RICHARDS, can be found in the 1940 census in the Trinity Lutheran Home (home For Aged And Orphans), Round Rock Texas.  His sister Elizabeth may be there also, as “Ellen Richards”.

Known children:

i.  William Fleetwood “Bill” RICHARDS, born in Texas ca. 1927.

From descendant Ricky B:

I found William Fleetwood Richards Find-A-Grave # 10375516.

William F. “Bill” Richards
Birth: Jul. 10, 1926 (In Round Rock, Williamson, Texas, USA)
Death: Jul. 9, 2009 ( In Saltillo, Hopkins, Texas, USA)
Funeral services for William F. ‘Bill’ Richards, 82, of Saltillo will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 13, at Beaty Funeral Home, 816 West Broadway in Winnsboro, with Bro. Joe Bass and Betty Jo Estes
officiating.
Burial will follow in Cypress Cemetery in Franklin County with Johnny Estes, Billy Bob Freeman, Jerry French, Paul Irby, Edward Miller and Bob Armstrong serving as pallbearers.
Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 12, at the funeral home.
Mr. Richards passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2009.
He was born in Round Rock on July 10, 1926, the son of the late William A. Richards and Viola Rasor Richards.
He married Geneva French on April 13, 1947, in Dallas.
Mr. Richards served in the U.S. Army as an infantry soldier and paratrooper during World War II. He graduated from the Texas State Barber College, then worked as a barber for more than 50 years.

He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Mount Vernon Masonic Lodge, the Fort Worth Shiners, and VFW Post 8911.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Geneva Richards of Saltillo, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Harvey Richards; and one sister, Ellen Ronnell.

Burial:
Cypress Cemetery
Cypress (Franklin County)
Franklin County

ii.  Ellen Elizabeth RICHARDS, born in Texas ca. 1930.

From descendant Ricky B:
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014

Ellen Bonnell

birth:  29 May 1929
Round Rock,  Texas
death:  20 April 2003
obituary:  22 April 2003
Nebraska, United States
parents:  William A Richards, Emily V Razor Richards
spouse:  Robert J

iii.  Harvey Landon RICHARDS, born in Texas ca. 1931.

From descendant Ricky B:

“I noticed there was a Harvey listed with the two kids in 1940 census.  Harvey is listed as 9 years old.  I think he could be another child.  I found him on FAG# 40190385 listed as Harvey “Landon” buried at Cook-Walden Memorial Hill Cemetery.  Named after his grandfather?”

This led me to research Harvey Landon RICHARDS, born 22 July 1930, died 29 October 2006, buried Austin Texas.  Hopefully more to follow.

iv.  Vernon RICHARDS, twin of Lavern, born and died in Williamson County Texas 31 December 1932, buried in Pond Springs Cemetery.

v.  Lavern RICHARDS, twin of Vernon, born in Williamson County Texas 31 December 1932, died 4 January 1933, buried in Pond Springs Cemetery.

vi.  Infant RICHARDS, likely born and died in Williamson County Texas ca. 18 September 1934, undoubtedly buried in Pond Springs Cemetery with its mother.

If you can add any information, please contact this blog.

– Suzanne

Published in: on December 27, 2015 at 5:45 pm  Comments (3)  

October 2015: Semi-Annual Clean-Up Day !

Photos from Clean-Up Day (date moved to 1 November 2015 due to weather):

Many thanks to the following volunteers !  After what we calculated at “40 hours of work” (it took 8 people 5 hours), it looks great and we could not have done it without you !

(I’m terrible at names so please forgive me)

Gloria & Very Friendly, Hard Working Friend

Shirley

Ken

Bill, Lauren, 2 young men

Also, many thanks to Bill for volunteering to be our “John Deere maintenance and repair guy” forever and ever amen !

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Sunday, October 25 2015
Arrive anytime between sunrise and sunset
Stay the entire time, or just stay a few hours.  Bring the family !

Volunteers:
Please bring as many supplies as you can.
Make sure all your equipment works before arrival.
Bring 1 or 2 gallons of water for the water barrel.
Bring plenty of water to drink.
Wear long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toe shoes.
See below for the Top Needs – Please assist with one or all

 

lmphoto_tom1SANDING AND PAINTING of 1 fence enclosure

Supplies Needed:

  • Association will provide paint
  • Paint Brushes, 2 inch and larger
  • Painter’s Tape or masking tape
  • Paper Towels
  • Sandpaper
  • Bedsheet/cardboard to sit on
  • Newspaper or something to keep the paint off the concrete
  • Rubber Gloves if you prefer
  • Leather Gloves
  • Face mask and goggles

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0511-1010-2403-2231Trash Detail
Please take the trash away with you

Supplies Needed:

  • Contractor bags recommended, but others are just fine too
  • One of those “Grabber” things work really well and makes it easy on the back

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0511-1104-0222-5061Lawn and Garden
(Weeding, Limb Removal, Grass Cutting, Dusting the Fire Ants if needed, cleaning fenceline)
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.  There is no electricity.

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imagesIt would be SUPER APPRECIATED if someone would volunteer to be on the “Food and Drink” Committee :) and surprise us with some goodies.

See you then !

– Suzanne

Published in: on October 2, 2015 at 12:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

Semi-Annual Clean-Up Day ! Come One, Come All !

WE WILL HAVE OUR QUARTERLY MEETING ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY BEFORE WE GET STARTED, ca. 1015 to 1030

Saturday and Sunday
April 11th and April 12th
10 am to dark
Stay the entire time, or just stay a few hours.  Bring the family !

Volunteers:
Please bring as many supplies as you can.
Make sure all your equipment works before arrival.
Bring 1 or 2 gallons of water for the water barrel.
Bring plenty of water to drink.
Wear long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toe shoes.
See below for the Top Needs – Assist with one or all

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Supplies Needed:

  • Association will provide paint
  • Paint Brushes, 2 inch and larger
  • Painter’s Tape or masking tape
  • Paper Towels
  • Sandpaper
  • Bedsheet/cardboard to sit on
  • Newspaper or something to keep the paint off the concrete
  • Rubber Gloves if you prefer
  • Leather Gloves
  • Face mask and goggles

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0511-1010-2403-2231Trash Detail
Please take the trash away with you

Supplies Needed:

  • Contractor bags recommended, but others are just fine too
  • One of those “Grabber” things work really well and makes it easy on the back.  I managed to over-work all the ones that the cemetery had !  So they broke !

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(Weeding, Limb Removal, Grass Cutting, Dusting the Fire Ants if needed, cleaning fenceline)
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.  There is no electricity.

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Stone Inspections (not cleaning):

Due 2015                                                Due 2016
Southeast Section:                            Southwest Section:

BECK Eddie                                             ADAMS Dasie
BECK Emily                                             ANDERSON Lucy
BECK Harry                                             ANDERSON Thomas
BECK Scottie                                           BOOKER Elizabeth
BECK Memorial                                      CHAMPION Calvin
BOATRIGHT John                                 CRUMLEY Marietta V.
BOATERIGHT Spencer                         H. R.
CAROTHERS Baby Boy                         HARTSON Claude Dennis
DECKER Joseph                                      HARTSON Hiram
FAGLIE Margaret Marie                       HARTSON Mary Alice
FRANKLIN Annie                                   HEATON Martha J.
FRANKLIN Benn                                    HEATON W. S.
FRANKLIN John                                     HOUGHTON Louis E.
HENRY Bertha                                        HOUGHTON Sarah
HENRY Eula V.                                        LEE Edgar Earnest
HENRY Vivian                                         LEE Lucy A.
HENRY Wade Jr.                                     LEE Mollie
HUNTER Cecil A.                                     RIFFE John
HUNTER Clara                                         RUTLEDGE Infants
HUNTER Cornelia A.                               RUTLEDGE Beulah
HUNTER Floyd W.                                  RUTLEDGE James T.
HUNTER James B.                                  RUTLEDGE Mary E.
HUNTER Viola                                         RUTLEDGE William P.
HUNTER Walter                                      SMITH Sally E.
JACKSON Annie                                      STEWART Joyce Elane
JACKSON Benn                                       STEWART Arsenath M.
JACKSON Frank                                      STEWART Burney D.
LONG George E.                                      STEWART Fannie R.
LONG Infant                                             WHITE M. E.
LONG Lena                                                WHITE P. L.
LONG William F.                                       ZIMERMAN E.
LONG Willie Ann
NELSON Baby Boy                                   Northwest Section:
NELSON Elizabeth
NELSON Thomas                                      BARNETT Rose Elizabeth
NELSON Vera Hunter                              BROOKS John A.
NELSON Willie J.                                       BUTTERY Ann
OLIVER J. B.                                              BUTTERY William P.
OLIVER Mary E.                                       CAMPBELL Laura
OLIVER Parrisade                                    CANTWELL John A.
OLIVER Mary E.                                       CANTWELL Sarah E.
RHODES Susan J.                                      DELACRUZ Ignacio
RUTLEDGE Infant                                    DOUGLAS Nancy S.
SHANNON Andrew Jackson                    ELLER Lydia M.
SHANNON Aslee                                        ELLER Mamie
SHANNON James K. P.                             ELLER Thomas Herbert
SHANNON M. B.                                        FINLEY David Wayne
WARREN James R.                                    FOSTER T. H.
Northeast Section:                                GARCIA Jesus
………………………………………………………..GARCIA Lucy
………………………………………………………..GAULT Polly M.
ANDERSON    May                                     GAULT Susan E.
BINGHAM    Flora                                      JACKSON James S.
BINGHAM    James R                                 JACKSON Jeffery G.
EHRHARDT    Gotfried                              JACKSON Mary L.
CHAPMAN    Lavina Ann                           KING Elizabeth
CHAPMAN    W. M.                                     KING Fannie
GLENN    W.B.                                              KING W. A.
LEE    Jess O.                                                MCCLURE Green
LEE    Roy G.                                                 MCCLURE Nancy Ellen
LEE    Sarah C.                                              MCCLURE S. C.
MCKAMY    A.J.                                           MCCLURE W. G.
PETRI    Arther                                            POINTER Richard
PETRI    Chas                                                STEWART Agness
PETRI    Clara                                               STEWART Laban
PREWITT    Alice                                          STEWART Nancy
RICHARDS    Lavern                                    STEWART P.L.
RICHARDS    Vernon
RICHARDS    Viola
TOUNGATE    Mildred
WALLACE Audie
WARD    Bird
WARD    Charlsie A.
WARD    Ellen K.
WARD    John Richard
WARD    Pinkie
WARD    Richard
WARD    Virgil Von
WOODY    Wilson

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It would be SUPER APPRECIATED if someone would volunteer to be on the “Food and Drink” Committee :) and surprise us with some goodies.

See you then !

– Suzanne

Published in: on April 1, 2015 at 6:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Broken Glass

Please join with me in celebrating this poignant piece.  It brings tears to my eyes, as not only is it so beautifully wrought, it serves as a reminder of all the broken glass that is indeed in our cemetery, especially among the Final Resting Places of our friends that were of Mexican descent.  The poet’s grandparents, Jesus and Lucia Garcia, are buried in Pond Springs Cemetery, “under a pecan tree”.  What a wonderful tribute this is.  Thank you Gloria for allowing it to be shared here.

 – Suzanne

Cristal Roto

Having nothing else to mark

la muerte de la madre,

they placed medicine bottles

on her grave—los remedios

that had failed to save her.

 

Perhaps they were jaundice

bitters, a balsam to rub on

or prescriptions from a doctor,

when it was already too late.

The white November sun

lit blue bottles, paler than the sky,

glossed even the brown vessels,

glass of mercy placed at her head,

 

The bereft Papá, his ten children,

including the three-month-old niño,

left her to rest under a pecan tree

in a country cemetery.

 

Thanksgiving was stark:

a demarcation in memory

no mother

to gather her children in her arms,

to gather the grandchildren

she would never know.

 

Near her grave,

now marked with a headstone,

Yo, su nieta, find a broken piece

of watery glass rising from the dirt,

corners rubbed smooth.

 

But the jagged edges of our hearts

still bear the scars through

generations: remembering

is the only remedy.

 

Gloria Amescua

(Previously published online at Elsewherelit.org)
https://n-dhar.squarespace.com/new-amescua
Published in: on February 25, 2015 at 6:16 pm  Leave a Comment