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 OR Jollyville.  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.

Published in: on November 11, 2017 at 11:42 am  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.


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

“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 5 November.  I’m usually out there by 10 am out of respect for people sleeping in the apartments next door.

I enjoy it, just puttering around.  Mostly I just ride the mower around.  I can get about 1/4 of the place mowed, plus the front.  But honestly the front doesn’t belong to us and I sometimes prefer to focus only on “us”.  I also pick up trash, add more to the mile-long “To Do” List, maybe use the chain saw, 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.  Hope to see you.

– Suzanne

Published in: on October 29, 2017 at 2:42 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 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… 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  

“The Arch” – We Have Been Made More Beautiful

Hello everyone, my apologies for just now posting this.  I am blown away by the generosity of people.   One descendant graciously underwrote what we have come to lovingly term “The Arch”, and a few more contributed to it too, to help off-set the cost (which no one asked them to do but you guys are so awesome).  In their usual classy fashion, no one wishes to be named.  I have a lump in my throat as I am writing this.

There’s still time for more descendants to donate.  If you wish to donate, the money will certainly be put to good use.

I cannot describe how much more dignity it gives to our beloved acre.  It’s perfect.

Isn’t She Lovely?

Published in: on August 11, 2017 at 9:46 am  Leave a Comment  

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.






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.









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