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Hello and welcome to our website.  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, which donated the land “to the community”, 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 we will find a way to 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 only $25 annually.  Or, if you simply wish to donate, you can.  We take anything that’s green paper !  We also take fire ant killer, agricultural vinegar for weed 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 (737.781.0629).  We also LOVE good neighbors who call 911 if they see anything amiss.  To name the major things, we use the money primarily to file state taxes, pay registration fees for Thunder’s Trailer, gas money for the mowers, mower maintenance and repair, weed wacker string,  paint & related supplies, agricultural vinegar, 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 !

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

October 2019 Clean Up Daze !

Another rousing success !

Much thanks to (in no order of importance):
The Lawn Maintenance Crew of Legends Lake Creek/Roscoe Properties
Bill Zunker
Gloria Amescua
Dan Gawrys
Jamie (yikes ! I didn’t get your last name ! I’m sure you will be back though 🙂
Shirley Barber
Ken Borum

Who mowed, clipped, sprayed, pulled, dug, photographed, bagged, taped, zip-tied, hauled, hugged, offered helpful opinions —- and “fellowshipped”.

Notes from this Daze:
1 The privacy fence in the back is falling down. It doesn’t belong to us. There is a watershed behind us; the fence probably belongs to Williamson County. I will contact the apartments and Williamson County, to see who belongs to, before it falls and hurts someone, or crushes our fragile chain-link that we just had repaired. Personally I don’t want the privacy fence put back up, but probably won’t have a say in the matter.

2 Eller descendants (we assume) installed LOVELY markers for Mamie and Pleasant Eller ! What a wonderful surprise !

3 We discovered that Our Beautification Project is fun ! It is just so fun to plant and tend to beautiful things ! Our David bought FOURTEEN Knock-Out rose bushes for us ! BUT here’s the rub this time: Our soil is too shallow and rocky to plant them ! So, we planted two under the sign (I removed the Lantana and made it free-to-good-home on my curb at home), the remaining 12 were split between Shirley and myself today. We will tend to them in their containers at our homes, do our best to spoil them, until Ken can repair the tiller ! Then — WE’LL BE BACK ! The thought is that actually there isn’t enough sunshine on the other side of the driveway. Roses need 6-8 hours. So, we will either extend the existing flower garden under the sign, and/or plant 2 patches of 6 bushes equal distance between the sign and “Ol’ Blush” (which is our gorgeous pink antique bush that is front-and-center). Hope this makes sense. Anyway, more to follow, and Ken and I hope we can get a crowd out there to help us plant these ! It will be sometime before Halloween. Gloria donated 3 bags of dirt, it looks like we will need more if anyone is so inclined. If not, the Association will spring for it.

4 Our new sign, in the back of the cemetery where careless drivers have taken down our fence, is quite popular. Passersby were taking photos, and people walking along were commenting to us. See photos below.

 

L to R: Jamie, Gloria, Suzanne, Ken, Bill

 

Howdy y’all !

Kenny B mowed the whole acre while Bill weed-whacked.  Legends Lake Creek had been giving us a much-needed shot in the arm, so the grass wasn’t high at all.

 

At the top you can see just a little bit of our stunning Boatright Tree, from ca. 1755, if our math is correct.

We don’t spend much time on this, but this is a view from the back of the cemetery. This road goes straight to the cemetery and then curves to the right, and immediately goes straight again. It is here that drivers get careless, and where we put our sign. If you click on the photo you can probably enlarge it.

Click to Enlarge.

The next few photos show detail of the leaning privacy fence. Some kind Anonymous Angel (we have A LOT of those !) propped it up in a few places.

Here is a view from the watershed side of the privacy fence.

Giving Jamie Our Famous Ten-Cent Tour. Gosh I hate to have my picture taken !

See how pretty? The New Eller Plot. Mamie and Pleasant.

 

Take care, (early) Happy Holidays to you all, enjoy the photos !
Suzanne

Published in: on October 13, 2019 at 5:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Too Fabulous to be Hidden

Folks these photos are long over-due to be posted.  I will place them in their family sections, but I am also placing them here.  Both are true treasures, significant to the history of the cemetery.  Many many many thanks to descendants for sharing.

– Suzanne

Lavina Hyland Chapman with grandchild who possibly married a HOLDER. Lavina is our ONLY Republic of Texas burial, something we are very proud of.

 

Andrew Jackson AJ Stewart. AJ’s wife, Asenath, was the first known burial in Pond Springs Cemetery. See Asenath’s post.

Published in: on July 19, 2019 at 1:22 pm  Comments (1)  

Photos from our last Clean Up Daze

Folks please accept my apology for JUST NOW posting these pics.  I thought I had done so.  Clean Up was a lot of fun and a lot of work, as usual.  I just cannot express enough how much help is appreciated !  Hint hint the public can help us out at any time !

God Bless You, Jeff.

A rare photo of me on the left, and an EVEN RARER photo of Shirley.

Greg from the apartments on the right. Yep, a few of the tenants help us out !

Everyone’s favorite: Dan

 

What would we do without Bill?

They were dying off so it was now or never. Our Bluebonnet Garden gets bigger every year. We don’t mow it when it’s growing.

 

Shirley planted a bunch of Knock Out Roses. Then hid behind the sign…..

Jeff and Gloria, two of our pillars. They were working on the area of the back fence that was damaged by drivers.

 

Gloria and Pixie, our mascot. We feel safer when she is around lol.

 

Isn’t she lovely? Our Ol’ Blush, front and center of the front fence.

Published in: on July 19, 2019 at 12:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

With MUCH Gratitude

Pond Springs Historical Cemetery Association, Inc. wishes to express its most heartfelt gratitude to Legends Lake Creek and Roscoe Properties, who manage the apartments next door to the cemetery.  Such good neighbors !  They have been mowing and weeding our Beloved Acre, inside and out.  We know not the names of the gentlemen that provide such loving care, but we thank them and Legends Lake Creek and Roscoe Properties.  PSHCA placed a small sign* at the entrance as thanks.

Kindly understand however, that although the help of these gentlemen is invaluable, our need is so great that WE STILL NEED MOWING, WEEDING, PRUNING, PAINTING, REPAIR, and CLEAN-UP by volunteers.  We still have our Semi-Annual Clean Up Daze the second Sunday in October and April !  Volunteer !  The world is run by those who show up.

– Suzanne

*The sign was created by one of our partners, Affordable Signs (4185 E. University Avenue, Suite A, Georgetown TX 78626, 512.869.7446, http://www.affordablesignstexas.com).  Affordable Signs also created our white aluminum sign at the entrance.  Beautiful job.
Published in: on July 19, 2019 at 12:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Quarterly Meeting: Save the Date !

Hello everyone,

  • Our next quarterly meeting will be:
  • Sunday, 14 July 2018
  • 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
  • Around-the Table
  • “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

Call in to 737.781.0629 if you can’t make the meeting in person.

Hope to see you/hear you there !

– Suzanne

 

 

 

Published in: on June 2, 2019 at 10:45 am  Leave a Comment  

Some Very Bad News

Hello everyone,

I have been given permission to post this, and after much thought and prayer, I have decided to do so.  Because I just feel it is the right thing to do, and I wouldn’t want to deny anyone their opportunity to receive a blessing.  If this offends anyone, I hope you can forgive me.

As you may or may not know, once upon a time, God’s Garden was basically a forest, until a man named Buster came and cleaned it up, 100%, single-handedly.  He helped me research the people buried there, and repaired their headstones.  No, he and I didn’t always agree, but when I rejoiced, so did he.  Buster gained great satisfaction in this, and asked for nothing in return.

Buster needs our help.  Buster has been diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the blood that makes tumors in the bones.  And dear ones, he has no insurance.  Buster’s 90-year-old mother, infirmed herself, relied on Buster for almost everything.  His sister is doing the best she can for both of them, while trying her best to hold down a full-time job.  Buster has applied for all the appropriate things (Medicare, etc), but help hasn’t arrived yet, and even when it does, it won’t cover everything.

I certainly am not advocating any sort of favoritism, I care for everyone that has anything to do with the cemetery.  Buster did get our cemetery some very positive recognition.  He started the mojo that we are trying to keep going.  There’s no denying that.  And since this is a website about Pond Springs Cemetery, I thought you wouldn’t mind me asking for help on his behalf.  Presently, ANYTHING helps, but the need is mostly financial.  It’s probably easiest to go to GoFundMe; a fund was set up in his mother’s name so as to not interfere with his benefits.  Here is the address:  https://www.gofundme.com/kh8rv3-12345.  They could also use help with lawn work (Buster did ALL that), rides to appointments (at least until hopefully The American Cancer Society kicks in), light housework, and just calling/email/dropping by to see if they’re OK.

If you can find it in your heart to help, please do so.  Reply to this post for more details if needed.  Thanks.

In our prayers,

 – Suzanne

Published in: on May 2, 2019 at 7:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Save the Dates ! April 2019 “Clean Up Daze”

Saturday & Sunday, April 13 & 14, 2019
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 !

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)

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, closed-toe shoes, goggles, gloves, face masks.
  • WATCH YOUR STEP.
  • BEWARE PILES OF LEAVES OR ROCKS, there might be “inhabitants” lurking there.
  • 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 (PSHCA has “some” if 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: (PSHCA has “some” if needed):

  • Do we want to take down that side fence?  If so, bring equipment for that
  • Fire Ant Killer
  • Agricultural Vinegar preferred, but Round-Up “Brush Killer” is OKish too
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):  Leather/Rubber Gloves, Face mask, Goggles
  • Wheelbarrows, Rakes, Shovels, Pitchforks, Saws, Pruners, Brooms, Paper Rubbish Bags, Plastic Trash Bags, Paper Towels/old newspapers/sandpaper/Painters Tape
  • Gasoline, Weed-eater String
  • Tools for quick repairs
  • Gas lawn equipment; again, there is no electricity.
  • Nuts for the squirrels ?
  • Water for the barrel, empty milk jugs to transport water from barrel
  • Fertilizer for what we’ve planted in the past.  We have roses, rosemary, lantana so far.  Is it too late to plant roses?
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See you then !

– Suzanne

Published in: on February 15, 2019 at 11:35 am  Leave a Comment  

From the Artwork Department: Happy Holidays From Pond Springs !

Hi Everyone,

It is with humility that I tell you WEDNESDAY HAS OUTDONE HERSELF WITH A CHRISTMAS WREATH !  Please give her kudos by responding to this blog !  We are also on Facebook !

We cant thank you enough Wednesday, or your wonderful parents !  This is our future.

Everyone, have a safe and loving holiday !

– Suzanne

Published in: on December 2, 2018 at 5:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

Love, Wednesday

Hi everyone, I’m just bursting at the seams about our Wednesday !  Here is a Thanksgiving wreath she made for the cemetery.  Her enthusiasm is an example for us all to follow.  Thank you Wednesday.

Published in: on November 4, 2018 at 4:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

How does 1755 sound? The Boatright Tree: A “Witness Tree”

“The greatest oak was once a little nut that held its ground.” – Unknown

The Boatright Tree is the most spectacular tree on our Beloved Acre.  It is an ancient Live Oak, in the front, behind John and Spencer Boatright’s markers, and is also used in our logo with the Henry Girls’ marker.  Our Boatright Tree has also been recognized by the City of Austin’s “Keep Austin Beautiful” campaign.

Other than those interred here, it is our item of most value. It’s truly a witness tree, having witnessed EVERYTHING that has happened in and around the site.  I’m guessing it has even shaded its share of Native Americans.

On October 6th 2018, we measured our beautiful and beloved Boatright Tree, to get a rough estimate of its age.  At roughly 5  feet up, the tree measured 129 inches around.

Using the webpage https://www.hunker.com/12542585/how-to-age-a-live-oak-tree, the age of the Boatright tree has been calculated.

Now, I was torn here……between telling its age, or having a Guessing Game and making a little money for the cemetery.  Of course, one can go the the webpage and try to calculate it, but it’s tricky…..

Update:  Unless my math is incorrect, our tree dates back to 1755 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

– Suzanne

Wednesday and myself measuring the tree, with Saffron’s support (behind Wednesday).

129 inches ! WOW !

Published in: on October 13, 2018 at 12:19 pm  Leave a Comment