Walden Cemetery

Many thanks to descendant Kim for donating the photos at the end of this post.  Click each to enlarge.

Walden Cemetery is a “cemetery within a cemetery”.  Located in the northwest section of Pond Springs Cemetery, it has its own fence, its own gated entry, and descendants appear to have hired maintenance.

Looking at the piece of land originally donated to the community by Mr. and Mrs. Rutledge, the first burial on the land was actually in Walden Cemetery:  Jacob Leonce GLENN, born 10 April 1860, died 27 October 1860.  Descendants say that he died of a rattlesnake bite.


Thomas Hughell WALDEN was born ca. 1824 in Limestone County Alabama, and died 29 August 1868 in Williamson County Texas.  He married Rachel HAYS 28 December 1848 in Sevier County Arkansas.  Rachel was born 3 December 1829 in Jefferson County Tennessee, and died in 1903 in Williamson or Travis County Texas.  Both Thomas Hughell and Rachel are buried in Davis Cemetery, Austin, Texas.  They had many children; two sons and one daughter are buried in Walden Cemetery.  See below.


i.  James Alexander WALDEN, born to Thomas Hughell and Rachel (HAYS) WALDEN in Sevier County Arkansas 11 October 1849, died in Williamson County Texas 14 August 1945.  Married Mary Frances THOMPSON, daughter of  Thomas THOMPSON and Elizabeth Ann O’DANIEL.  Mary was born 3 October 1850 in Arkansas, and died in Williamson County Texas 12 April 1914.  Both James and Mary WALDEN are buried in Walden’s Cemetery.  Per descendants, James Alexander WALDEN bought his farm from JA CHAPMAN, and part of that farm contained Pond Springs Cemetery.  The Walden Family then designated a (large enclosed) portion of the cemetery for their family plot, and descendants have maintained it to this day, giving the appearance of a “cemetery within a cemetery”.

Known children:

a.  Mary Louella WALDEN, born 22 July 1873.  No further info.

b.  Laura Jane WALDEN, born 8 September 1875, died in Travis County Texas 19 September 1934.  Laura Jane apparently never married.  Buried in Walden’s Cemetery.

c.  William Thomas WALDEN, born 7 March 1877, died 3 October 1877.

d.  Robert Clay WALDEN, born 2 September 1879, died Travis County Texas 26 August 1962.  Buried Austin Memorial Park Cemetery.  At the time of his death, Robert was a retired postal clerk, married to Minnie Ola _____.

e.  Thelma Pinkie WALDEN, born 24 October 1882, died after 1930.  Married a LEE, was a widow by 1920.  Could her husband have been Jesse O. LEE, who is buried in Pond Springs Cemetery?

f.  Mattie Florence (Martha Frances?)  WALDEN, born 5 March 1885.  No further info.

g.  Henry Floyd WALDEN, born 30 March 1887 , died in Bailey, Lamb County Texas 13 May 1959.  Buried Littlefield Memorial Park.  No further info.

h.  James Lee WALDEN, born 17 September 1889.  No Further info.

i.  Lilly Frances WALDEN, born in Texas 21 September 1892, died in Williamson County Texas 14 July 1924.  Married William H. CUNNINGHAM.  Buried in Walden’s Cemetery with her son William H. CUNNINGHAM Jr (18 July 1915-30 May 1927).


William David WALDEN, born in Texas to Thomas Hughell and Rachel (HAYS) WALDEN 11 October 1859, died in Travis County Texas 3 September 1939.  Married Margaret Savannah NELSON, daughter of Thomas Jefferson and Elizabeth Ann (O’DANIEL) THOMPSON NELSON, born 15 March 1861 in Newton County Arkansas, died in childbirth with twins, Williamson County Texas 13 August 1896.  Both William and Margaret are buried in Walden’s Cemetery.  Per descendants, Margaret and the twins were buried in the same casket.  If my research is correct, William married his sister-in-law’s half-sister.

Known children of William David and Margaret Savannah (NELSON) WALDEN:

i.  Coral Hazeline WALDEN

ii.  Martin Henry WALDEN

iii.  Thomas Hughell WALDEN

iv.  Newton Howard WALDEN

v.  Minnie May WALDEN.  Married a LONG.

vi.  Laura Clementine WALDEN.   Married Claud JACKSON.  Their son is buried in Walden Cemetery:  Richard Lee JACKSON, died 11 November 1912, “Infant son of Claud and Clementine”.

vii.  Twin WALDEN, died at birth

viii.  Twin WALDEN, died at birth

In 1901, William married Ara Clementine ENNIS.  They had the following children:

i.  William Elmer WALDEN

ii.  Grace Edna WALDEN

iii.  Edgar WALDEN

iv.  Ruby G or O WALDEN

v.  Allie WALDEN

vi.  Warren Debs WALDEN


Sarah Elizabeth WALDEN was born in Travis County Texas to Thomas Hughell and Rachel (HAYS) WALDEN on 18 September 1857, and died in Williamson County Texas 17 November 1943.  On 23 December 1875, she married John Paisley GLENN, born in Marion County Arkansas to Andrew Jackson and Nancy (NELSON) GLENN on 8 February 1855, died in Hays County Texas 13 May 1940.

From descendant Glenna, who cites descendant Lawrence Warren:  ‘Mr. Glenn lived in Travis County after his marriage in 1875, until moving to Williamson County in 1883. He lived there until 1907, when he moved to Glasscock County, and in 1929 lived on a little ranch 18 miles southwest of Garden City, Texas. Lived with son Jasper at death.’

From The Austin American, May 14, 1940:



J. P Glenn, 85, of Garden City, Texas, died at the home of his son, F. J. Glenn of Kyle, Monday.

Mr. Glenn, former ranchman, was born in Arkansas Feb. 8, 1855, and came to Texas at an early age.

He was married to Sarah Elizabeth Walden, Dec. 23, 1875.

Survivors are his widow; five daughters, Mrs. M. Rutledge, and Mrs. J. W. Thorp of Big Spring, Mrs. W. P. Estepp of Crane, Mrs. C. M. Bell of Santee, Calif.; three sons, W. L. Glenn of Modesto, Calif., C. P. Glenn of Manor, f. J. Glenn of Kyle, one sister, Mrs. J. W. Beard of Austin, one brother, A. J. Glenn of Oklahoma; 37 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held from the chapel of the Hyltin Funeral Tuesday at 3 p.m. with the Rev. H. H. Dare officiating. Burial will be in Pond Springs cemetery near Jollyville.

Pallbearers will be Rudolph Glenn, Fred Glenn, Lloyd Glenn, Louis Glenn, Horace Warren and Glen Warren.
From The Austin American, Friday, November 19, 1943:



Funeral services for Mrs. Sarah E. Glenn will be held at the Hytlin Funeral home Friday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Pond Springs Cemetery.

Both Sarah and Paisley are buried in Walden Cemetery.  Jacob Leonce GLENN, the first burial on this property (see above), was Paisley’s brother.


i. Walter Lemuel Glenn.
ii. Addie Lavena Glenn was born 20 January 1878 in Texas and died 10 December 1964 in Big Spring, Howard County, Texas.  Addie married Manie Eugene RUTLEDGE 21 October 1886 in Austin, Travis County Texas.  Manie was a son of James and Mary (BUCHANAN) RUTLEDGE who are also buried in Pond Springs Cemetery.  Manie was born in Pond Springs, Williamson County Texas 8 January 1873 and died 5 November 1928 in Amarillo, Potter County, Texas.  There is a handmade stone in the cemetery that reads “1900 – Infants of Manie and Addie Glenn Rutledge”.  Per the 1964 Transcription, their daughter Effie RUTLEDGE (1900-1906) was also buried in Pond Springs; her grave is now unknown.
iii. Charles Paisley Glenn.   Edna Earl GLENN (1928-1929), also buried in Walden Cemetery, was Paisley and Sarah’s great granddaughter (Paisley-Charles Paisley-Louis Henry-Edna Earl)
iv. Felix Jasper Glenn.
v. Sarah Ettie Glenn.
vi. Cora Agness Glenn.   Married William Oscar WARREN.  Both Cora and William are buried in Walden Cemetery, as are two of their children, Cora Blanche WARREN and William Horace WARREN.
vii. Arrie Ethel Glenn.
viii. Beulah Alpha Glenn.

John Paisley GLENN

Sarah Elizabeth (WALDEN) GLENN

From an unnamed newspaper article provided by descendant Lawrence:

“Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Glenn celebrated their 54th Anniversary the 23rd of December, 1929 at their daughter’s Mrs. Cody Bell of Big Spring.

Mr. Glenn is 74 years old. Glenn is 72. They were married in Travis county in 1875, lived there 8 years then moved to Williamson Co., had lived there 24 years when they moved to Glasscock county 22 years ago, where they still live on their little ranch 18 miles southwest of Garden City.

All of the Glenn children are still living. They are: Walter Glenn of Modesto, Calif., Mrs. M. Rutledge of Big Spring, Charlie Glenn and Jasper Glenn of Austin, Mrs. Will Thorp of Big Spring, Mrs. Oscar Warren of Round Rock, Mrs. Perry Estepp of Garden City and Mrs. Bell of Big Spring.

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn have thirty-seven grand children and five great grand children.

Those who helped celebrate the anniversary were: Mr. and Mrs. Will Thorp, Homer Forest, Kitty, Lottie Bell, Dorothy, Ura, J. W. Jr., and Ralph Thorp, Mrs. M. Rutledge, Carl and J. P. Rutledge, Mr. and Mrs. Cody Bell and Lillian Beth Bell, all of Big Spring; Mr. and Mrs. Perry Estepp, Marvin, Thelma, and Viola Mae Estepp of Garden City, Mr. and Mrs. D. K. Nelson of Loraine. Mrs. Nelson is Mrs. Glenn’s sister. Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Dickerson of Loraine; G. D. Williams, James Horton, Edna Strawn, Lohoma and Glenn Dale Brown and Helen Frazer of Big Spring.

In the evening Santa visited the home to distribute the gifts to all the children — under 75 years old. “



Thomas THOMPSON was born in 1806 in North Carolina, and died in 1852, Prairie, Marion County, Arkansas.  He married Elizabeth Ann O’DANIEL.

Known children:

i.  William H. THOMPSON, born in Arkansas 11 May 1846, died Travis County Texas 10 June 1928.   Married Martha Ann “Annie” SMITH, born 1 September 1854, died in Travis County Texas 17 January 1936.  Both William and Martha are buried in Walden Cemetery.  William was the brother-in-law of James Alexander WALDEN.

Three of William and Martha’s children are buried in Walden Cemetery:

1  Margaret L. THOMPSON (7 September 1913-14 November 1915)   2  Wade H. THOMPSON (15 August 1879-16 November 1915)   3  Annie May THOMPSON (30 May 1881-5 October 1935).  Annie married Greenberry “Hamp” HAMMACK (15 June 1877-12 December 1948).  Both Annie and Hamp are buried in Walden Cemetery, as are two of their sons:

1  Granville A  HAMMACK (1913-1993)

2 WG “Pete” HAMMACK (1917-1974)

ii.  Nancy Jane THOMPSON, born 28 May 1848, died 14 August 1903 in Texas.  Married James Madison ENNIS.  Both James and Nancy are buried in Walden Cemetery.  Nancy was the sister-in-law of James Alexander WALDEN.

Two of Nancy’s daughters, and one granddaughter,  are buried in Walden Cemetery:    1  Ara Clementine ENNIS (29 November 1870-17 October 1946) who married William David WALDEN after his wife Margaret Savannah died in childbirth with twins (see above).  2  Clara Edna WALDEN, (born 17 September 1923, died 6 May 1928), was a daughter of Ara and William David WALDEN.    3  Cora Arbana ENNIS (26 March 1875-2 March 1815).  Cora married Richard Lincoln PREECE (19 September 1873-9 July 1963).  Both are buried in Walden Cemetery.

iii.  Mary Frances THOMAS (see above).  Mary married James Alexander WALDEN.

When Thomas THOMPSON died, Elizabeth Ann remarried to Thomas Jefferson NELSON.  Thomas Jefferson NELSON was born in North Carolina 2 December 1827, died in Williamson County Texas in 1904.  Elizabeth was born in North Carolina in November of 1827, died in Williamson County Texas in 2 August 1908.   Thomas and Elizabeth are buried in Walden Cemetery.  Known children of Thomas Jefferson and Elizabeth Ann (O’DANIEL) NELSON:

i.  Louisa NELSON

ii.  John NELSON

iii.  Dekalb NELSON.  Married a WALDEN.

iv.  Thomas Jefferson NELSON

v.  Margaret Savannah NELSON

vi.  Alfred NELSON

vii.  Infant NELSON

viii.  Pleasant NELSON

ix.  Susan Elizabeth NELSON

Many thanks to descendant Alyssa for providing the following photos:

Thompson Homestead. A Texas Historical Marker was erected at the Thompson farm, 12883 Pond Springs Road, in 1982. The marker identifies the Thompson house as being a former stagecoach stop and the location of the Jollyville School across the road. The Thompson home is still owned by the Thompson family, but in 1984 the farm acerage is being developed into the Los Indios housing development.

William and Martha Thompson

William and Martha Thompson with children. (l-r) Jessie Irene Thompson Scott, Martha Frances Thompson Petri, John Finis THOMPSON Sr., Mary Elizabeth Thompson Jenkins, Smith H. Thompson, Geneva Knox Thompson Petri, Nancy Minnie Thompson Hicks.

William and Martha Thompson with Grandchildren


From Kim, August 2012:

John Paisley and Sarah Elizabeth Walden Glenn. Both Buried Walden Section.

Jollyville Store, Nelsons. L to R, Allen H, Martha Cromeans, Ida, Thomas, Dekalb, Frances Ollie, Cora, John.

Jollyville School 17 Feb 1903. Notice the coats hung in the tree/bush on the far left. On the far right are Nelson girls, and Dekalb Nelson.

Pond Springs School 16 January 1906

Jollyville School. Notice the clock and the bell, front and center.

L to R, Sarah Elizabeth Walden Glenn, William David Walden, Frances Ollie Walden Nelson, Ellen R. Walden Jones.

Margaret Savannah Nelson. Enlargement caused photo to be pixelated and blurry. Margaret died in childbirth with twins. All 3 are buried in the same coffin, Walden Section.

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  1. The Thompson Home is now Red Barn Nursery and can be viewed during the nursery’s business hours along with the historical marker.

  2. Thank you for this wonderful treasure-trove of information.
    This afternoon, I became curious about the name “Jollyville” and started calling friends & researching. Now — 7 hours later! — I find your great photos and history.
    . . . . appreciatively posted by: dave, daughters & grandchildren
    ps: I found out the name comes from John Jolly, who purchased 160 acres in 1866. John and his wife, Nancy Isabell (Guill) Jolly, operated a blacksmith shop and store. The Jollys donated land for a school and the cemetery (somewhat hidden near the library/Spicewood Springs Branch) in which they were eventually buried. Jollyville remained lightly settled for decades; only twenty families lived in the area in 1960.

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