Fayette County
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We are indebted to Kathy Carter, director of the Fayette Heritage Archives and Museum, for the following cemetery information. In addition, she and her staff will check their extensive cemetery database for you by e-mail. All you need is a surname. You do not need to know the name of the cemetery.

If you have a photograph or information about a cemetery you'd like to contribute to this site, please contact Rox Ann Johnson.

 

St. James Black Cemetery

St. James Church Road near Plum


St. James Episcopal Columbarium

La Grange

The historic St. James Episcopal Church recently established a columbarium for cremated remains in the courtyard next to the church. The church is located at 156 North Monroe Street.

St. John Catholic Cemetery

St. John, Texas

View background information, photograph, and list of burial sites at St. John Catholic Cemetery at St. John.
 

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery

Ross Prairie, Texas

See history, photograph, and list of burials at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery

St. Mathews Black Cemetery

State Highway 71 South, 7 miles from La Grange

This cemetery is situated next to the church. The plot is on a rocky hill and burials seem to be at random. There appear to be many unmarked graves and many with funeral home markers which are now illegible.


St. Martin Catholic Cemetery

Warrenton

Historic Texas Cemetery designation

View background information, a photograph, and a list of grave sites in the St. Martin Cemetery.

 

Salem Memorial Cemetery

Freyburg

Historic Texas Cemetery designation

View history, photographs, and a list of grave sites in the Salem Memorial Cemetery.

 

Sarrazin Grave

Fayetteville, Texas Area

Norman Krischke reported on this grave on Aug. 27, 1968 as follows: "This grave is located at the Rudolph Chovanec home near Fayetteville. Take FM 955 from Fayetteville for 2.1 miles, turn right onto private road. Go one mile to Chovanec home and the grave is 25 yards in front of the house by a large tree. The grave is outlined with brick. The monument is about 2 inches thick, 2 feet wide and 32 inches tall and faces east."

The inscription reads:

Here rests
F.M.J. Sarrazin
Born May 13th 1809
Died Jan 16th 1859
The love of his wife and children
has set this man uni____.

 

Sawyer Cemetery

Stella/Kirtley

See photos, a list of burials, and family information for the Sawyer Cemetery

Schaefer Family Cemetery

Petter Rainosek Loop

29°51'15"N 96°53'48"W

Norman Krischke reported on this cemetery in March 1974. The cemetery is situated on the J.J. Petter farm in the Silas Jones League off County Road 385/Petter Rainosek Loop.

Joe Cole reported in 1958: "On Highway 77 three miles out of La Grange there lives Mr. J.J. Petter. You will find graves of some of Charley Schaefer's family and of others. This place was once owned by the Schaefer family. References: Mrs. Louis Eck, Gus Hausmann." [Joe Cole #66W]

Carl Friedrich Schaefer was born about 1805 in Germany. He was a teacher of languages at Hanover and immigrated from the port of Bremen about Sept. 9, 1846. In the party with Carl F. were his wife, Johanna, and their two sons, Fritz & Charles H. Schaefer. They arrived at Galveston, Texas on October 30, 1846.

In 1856, C. F. Schaefer bought the farm where the cemetery is located. They built a home of native rock on this farm. Fritz Schaefer joined Company G., Fourth Regiment, Texas Cavalry during the Civil War. He was killed in the Battle of Glorietta Pass, New Mexico. His brother, Charles, later joined the same group and survived the Civil War. He married Louise Helmcamp on Jan. 8, 1868 and they lived with his parents on the farm.

Johanna Schaefer died about 1873 and was buried on the farm. Carl F. followed her to the grave a year later in 1874. Charles H. & Louise Schaefer inherited the farm and worked it for may years. They had seven children, 5 girls and 2 boys. One of their daughters was stillborn about 1882 and buried in the family cemetery. In the 1890's, Charles H. Schaefer opened a saloon in La Grange known as the "County Seat Saloon" on Washington Street. The farm was eventually sold to the Petter family. The rock house is used as a barn.

 

Scherrer Family Cemetery

Originally located at Biegel Settlement

The Scherrer family's cabin has been relocated from Biegel to Henkle Square in Round Top. It bears a historical marker erected in 1992 with the following text:

BERNARD SCHERRER
(1807 -1892) Bernard Scherrer left his native Switzerland at the age of 22 for extended travels before reaching Texas in 1833. After serving in Burleson's regiment during the Texas Revolution, he received a land grant in Colorado County but settled in Biegel settlement (Fayette County) about 1838. Here he served as justice of the peace, county commissioner, and in 1845 he married Gesine Eliza Margarete Koch. He left his civic, farming and freighting duties to serve in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. This cabin, Scherrer's first residence in Texas, was moved to this location in 1975.

In 1973-1974 the Lower Colorado River Authority of Austin purchased land in Fayette County for the construction of the Fayette Power Project. Several cemeteries were in the boundaries of the project acreage. All the affected burials were disinterred and moved to new sites. Descendants of the deceased were contacted and signed permits were obtained to allow the work to proceed. More than 125 burial sites were involved in the relocation project. The bodies were moved to the New La Grange City Cemetery; Old La Grange City Cemetery; New La Grange Black Cemetery; Fayetteville City Cemetery, New Biegel-December Family Cemetery (on LCRA property); Nordheim Cemetery in De Witt County; and the New Spring Hill Missionary Colored Baptist Church Cemetery.

Four graves in the project area were identified as those of the Scherrer family. They were moved to the New La Grange City Cemetery, Lot 598.

According to Norman C. Krischke's booklet, Biegel Settlement, copyrighted 1999, the following graves were relocated:

Scherrer, Bernard, 20 Aug 1807 - 15 Nov 1892, born at St. Gallen, Switzerland, immigrated in 1829
Scherrer, Elisa, 28 Oct 1827 - 3 Dec 1904, nee Koch, married Bernard Scherrer 3 Feb 1845
Scherrer, G. Heinrich, 11 Aug 1847 - 24 Jan 1871
Cook, Margarett, 14 May 1800 - 23 Jan 1878

From the files of the Fayette Heritage Archives & Museum:

According to the Joe Cole Cemetery Survey of 1959 this is possibly one of four sites as follows:

#117E "Two and one-half miles northeast of Halsted, Texas on property of Edgar Roitsch is a family graveyard. On August 20, 1959, we made a search for this cemetery for several hours; no location made. No info. Some evidence of a cemetery on a little branch but not positive. Was told of this cemetery by several different people in that neighborhood."

#121E "On the Joe Kirsch estate, property owned by C.W. Harlfinger at present there is a grave of a child, no marker. A picket fence around the grave under a large live oak tree near a well. The grave is four miles east of Halsted, Texas. Was told the child was of the Spieael (Speckels?) family.

#122E "Three miles west of Park, Texas on the Bennie Schmidt farm is a very old cemetery. No info about this cemetery. There are no graves with dates or names. This cemetery has been destroyed and the stones taken away."

#123E "Three and one-half miles southwest of Park, Texas in a pasture on land owned by Mrs. Bernice Zapalac. There are seven graves in an iron fence, no markers, no info of the graves. Very old. The graves are south of a dirt road leading from Park to Halsted on a little creek bank. Very thick underbrush, hard to locate. August 23, 1959." [Joe Cole #117E; 121E; 122E; or 123E]

See photo of the Scherrer House which has been relocated to Henkel Square in Round Top

See "Bernard Scherrer" at the Handbook of Texas Online

 

Schott Family Cemetery

.2 miles NE of intersection of FM 159 & Hwy 71 Bypass, La Grange

From the March 13, 1971 report by Norman Krischke we read:

The Schott Family Cemetery is located at the Kruez Market slaughterhouse on FM 159 two miles from the Fayette County Courthouse or 1/2 mile NE of Hiway 71 and FM 159 intersection.

A rusty, decorative, wrought iron fence without a gate surrounds the cemetery. It is eight feet wide by twelve feet long. Five hackberry saplings grow within the plot. Centered just inside the SW fence stands a single engraved stone (4" thick x 8" wide x 2.5' high) and at its foot lay two marble footstones. The inscriptions are as follows:

SW face: Alwina kinder von Adam & Marie Schott
SE face: Sophie
NW face: Barbara geb. 3 Oct 1856 gest. 15 Nov 1857
NE face: blank

Footstones read: B.S. & S.S.

Kathy Carter and Helen Muras visited this site on July 17, 1995. The Hiway 71-bypass service road is now within yards of this site. The eastbound exit to Hiway 159 comes off of 71 nearly directly across from the cemetery. It is about 2/10 mile from the intersection with 159. The Kruez Market and slaughterhouse has been closed for years and the area around the site is cattle pasture. We found the white marble stone and could make out the inscriptions. We also found a foot stone lying on the ground that was inscribed A. S.; we did not see the other two foot stones. There are 2 hackberry trees and one hackberry tree trunk inside the fence.

 

Schulenburg Catholic Cemetery

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery


Schulenburg City Cemetery

Historic Texas Cemetery designation

See a history, photographs and list of burials in the Schulenburg City Cemetery.

Schulenburg Community Cemetery

Historic Texas Cemetery designation

See photos, a list of burials, and more information about the Schulenburg Community Cemetery.

Schumann Family Cemetery 

Ledbetter

View list of grave sites in the Schumann Family Cemetery.

 

Early Settlers' Graves

Lyons

Taken from Graves, Graves, Graves, copyrighted 1999, with the permission of the author, Norman C. Krischke:

There are several graves on Alphonse Vacek's land on the fence line between his property and that of Billy Bass. Inasmuch as Jesse Burnham owned the league on which the graves are located and he lived in this area before moving to his league just south of the Colorado River on the east edge of Fayette County in 1834, it is believed these graves are some of his children.

Joe Cole recorded these graves in August 1958 in his Spiral Notebook No. 4, Graves West of the Colorado River, Site No. 121. He wrote:

"121. Two graves in a mott of post oak trees. Each grave has a sandstone headstone; no lettering. The graves are about 1/2 mile from a dirt road located on Mr. Alphonse Vacek's farm near the Colorado County line. I was told of these graves by Mr. John Vacek and his son, L. J. Vacek, August 7, 1958. Mr. Vacek is 75 years old. He told me that the graves were there when he was a child. He did not know whose graves they are. The graves look like they might be graves of children."

Krischke visited and mapped the graves on 30 April 1973.

 

Shaw Cemetery

Holman

29°46'53"N 96°46'27"W

Norman Krischke reported on this cemetery in October 1966.

"Shaw Negro Cemetery located in a pasture ESE of Steve Urban's place about 1.5 miles south of Holman at 29 47'00"EN 96 47'30"W. Cemetery surrounded by a broken down barbed wire and cedar post fence. Considerable brush, Spanish daggers, and century plants in the cemetery. Most markers are of the plain sandstone type. There are a few funeral home markers of the T.M. Penn Funeral Home, Eagle Lake, Texas and Ward & Simmons Bros., Weimar, Texas."

Krischke found only two markers that were legible.

Kathy Carter and Helen Muras found this cemetery on 10-22-1987 but there were no stones or funeral home markers left to be found, just pieces of sandstone lying around. The cemetery is marked on Fayette County General Hiway Maps on County Road 489/Seydler Road.

 

Shiloh Cemetery

Also known as Winchester Black Cemetery

Winchester

This cemetery is located adjacent to the Winchester Public Cemetery, on Farm Road 153 about one-half mile east of Winchester.


William Short Grave

Biegel Settlement

In 1973-1974 the Lower Colorado River Authority of Austin purchased land in Fayette County for the construction of the Fayette Power Project. Several cemeteries were in the boundaries of the project acreage. All the affected burials were disinterred and moved to new sites. Descendants of the deceased were contacted and signed permits were obtained to allow the work to proceed. More than 125 burial sites were involved in the relocation project. The bodies were moved to the New La Grange City Cemetery; Old La Grange City Cemetery; New La Grange Black Cemetery; Fayetteville City Cemetery, New Biegel-December Family Cemetery (on LCRA property); Nordheim Cemetery in De Witt County; and the New Spring Hill Missionary Colored Baptist Church Cemetery.

Research done by LCRA stated:

WILLIAM SHORT-This was more of a history lesson or a short story of historical fiction. Walter Freytag, Fayette County Historian reported of the hanging & subsequent burial of this man in the 1880's for stealing horses. It was supposedly in this area, on the Eva Roitsch property, near a large live oak (from which Short was said to have been hung) along an old road called the Wilbarger Trace. Found an indication on the ground of a grave in this area that was marked by stones. Subsequent search showed the rather well marked sites, which I did not think were present earlier, but could not prove, in the same location as earlier find. Had planned no excavation here because I felt we were being deceived but was persuaded that we had to try to counter any future comments or requests for information. We dug both locations to a depth of 4.5 feet and found nothing. Dug between these two and discovered 12 to 15 inch thick layer of field stones, some 6 feet in length and two feet wide, the top of these stones were just at ground level. Found nothing underneath which would indicate a burial site. This is not conclusive, as we have learned that the more shallow a grave the more decay and decomposition will have had an effect. I can think of no other reason for stones set in this manner. The entire area is heavy black loam, alluvial in nature; with only small round stones scattered about. These stone were set by humans for some purpose. No future work is anticipated unless more definite information is received. Work done on 10/27/1975.

There is notation that this grave was moved to the New La Grange City Cemetery but that is not confirmed by the above information.

According to the Joe Cole Cemetery of 1959 this is possibly one of 4 sites as follows:

#117E "Two and one-half miles northeast of Halsted, Texas on property of Edgar Roitsch is a family graveyard. On August 20, 1959, we made a search for this cemetery for several hours; no location made. No info. Some evidence of a cemetery on a little branch but not positive. Was told of this cemetery by several different people in that neighborhood."

#121E "On the Joe Kirsch estate, property owned by C.W. Harlfinger at present there is a grave of a child, no marker. A picket fence around the grave under a large live oak tree near a well. The grave is four miles east of Halsted, Texas. Was told the child was of the Spieael (Speckels?) family.

#122E "Three miles west of Park, Texas on the Bennie Schmidt farm is a very old cemetery. No info about this cemetery. There are no graves with dates or names. This cemetery has been destroyed and the stones taken away."

#123E "Three and one-half miles southwest of Park, Texas in a pasture on land owned by Mrs. Bernice Zapalac. There are seven graves in an iron fence, no markers, no info of the graves. Very old. The graves are south of a dirt road leading from Park to Halsted on a little creek bank. Very thick underbrush, hard to locate. August 23, 1959." [Joe Cole #117E; 121E; 122E; or 123E]

Simank Graves

Rek Hill

According to the Joe Cole Cemetery Survey of June 16, 1919: "There are two graves on the A. V. Simank farm, near a gravel pit. This property is owned at present by Emil Canfel, 3 miles north of Rek Hill. The graves are the wife and child of J. E. Simank, no dates."

Kathy Carter could find no info on J. E. or A. V. Simank in Fayette Co. The 1860 Austin Co. Census Index lists a Ermo Simand and a A. Simmang both living in Industry. The 1870 Austin Co. Census Index lists August Simmank and Ernst Simmank living at Industry. A Charles Simank is listed in Fayette County in 1870. There are no Simanks in the 1880 census index.

Spencer Slack Grave

4 miles west of La Grange

According to the Joe Cole Survey of June 11, 1958 this site is "4 miles west of La Grange, Tx. near the old La Grange and Lockhart Road are Negro graves. Was told of this cemetery by Robert Kallus of La Grange. I went out an found the graves and was told that at one time there was a Negro church and school here. I only found one stone which was for Spencer Slack, died Sep. 26, 1923 age 40 years. He was a Negro mason as the stone has a Mason triangle and square on it." -- Joe Cole #087W

 

Smalley Cemetery

Walhalla

30°02'45"N 96°44'34"W

Taken from Graves, Graves, Graves, copyrighted 1999, with the permission of the author, Norman C. Krischke:

The Smalley graves are located on Rohde Road about two miles northwest of Warrenton. The graves were visited 1 October 1965 by [Krischke]. There are two broken stones at the site and the remains of a weathered wooden rail-post fence...

Joe Cole recorded these graves 6 May 1959:

"Located one mile north of Walhalla, Texson property owned by Albert Rethke. There are two tombstones, fallen down, in a cedar picket fence which has also fallen down. The stones show names and dates of Benjamin and Mary Smalley"

Letter from Edwin Walker Smalley, P.O. Box 309, Norman, Okla. 73069, dated 5 February 1967: "The Benjamin Smalley who is buried near Round Top, Texas is the son of William Smalley who was captured by Delaware Indians a long time ago. He was a brother to my great grandfather, Rev. Freeman Smalley, Sr. Freeman, born in Virginia in 1791, is buried in Bourbon County, Kansas near Xenia.

The 1850 Census of Warren county, Indiana lists the family of Benjamin Smalley as: One male 50 to 60 years, old, one female 50 to 60 years old, one male 20 to 30, one male 15 to 20, one male 10 to 15 and one female 10 to 15 years old.

In the Freytag Files found at the Fayette Heritage Library, Museum & Archives, Walter Freytag also lists a third grave, Benjamin Purcell.

The three graves are those of:
Benjamin Smalley, 21 Aug 1787 -18 Sep 1856;
Mary Smalley, 8 Jul 1789 - 29 Aug 1876;
Benjamin Purcell, 20 Jan 1803 - 1867.

 

Smerny Black Cemetery

Ellinger

This cemetery is located out in the middle of a pasture. It is fenced and covers about 2 acres. It is clean and probably has many more unknown burials. The Joe Cole Survey states that the site is named after the Smerny family that donated the land for the cemetery. It is situated in the area bounded by Highway 71, FM 955, County Road 247 and Ellinger, TX. Kathy Carter and Helen Muras surveyed this site on 10/16/1988, entering through private property off Highway 71.

 

Edna Smith Grave

Freyburg

29°46'09"N 97°57'29"W

Taken from Graves, Graves, Graves, copyrighted 1999, with the permission of the author, Norman C. Krischke:

The Edna Smith Grave is located on the old Ed. Roitsch farm, part of the Richard Smith League, southwest of Swiss Alp. Apparently the Anderson J. Ross family lived on this property in the 1850s and early 1860s. Anderson J. Ross married Mary P. Ligon 13 March 1853 and had several children. What happened to A. J. Ross is unknown but Mary married Lemuel J. W. Smith 12 Jan 1863. The Smiths had four children: Edna, T. Lee, Frank and Ella. If Edna was their first child, the grave dates back to about 1880. The land passed through the hands of George Knippa and Frederick Kaase (Fayette County Deed Records, Book 29, page 571) into the hands of Ed. Roitsch. The land was recently purchased by a Mr. Smith's father-in-law.

The grave is located on the north edge of a grove of yaupon, hackberry, and live oak trees about 500 yards west of the dwelling house on the property. The stump of a mulberry tree eight feet high and a hackberry mark the grave. The remains of a wooden grave fence are still at the location. There are three short lengths of 5" X 5" oak corner posts, pointed at one end, mortise and tenon joint, and square nails.

Ben Roitsch, son of Ed. Roitsch, pointed out the grave to the author on 13 Feb 1979. He states as follows: "My father and brother, Hubert, told me many years ago the grave was that of Edna Smith, a 12-year old girl, who died of diptheria during an epidemic or of food poisoning. She was an aunt of A. V. Smith of La Grange and sister to T. Lee Smith, A. V.'s father. Hubert says A. V. visited the grave with his father about 1915. At the time, there was a fence around the grave".

A.V.Smith interview 1 March 1979: "I do not know anything about the grave nor that my father had a sister who was buried on the old farm near Swis Alp. I did visit my grandfather's farm when I was 10 or 12 years old but they never told me anything abou the grave.

"My father's name was T. Lee Smith who married Katie Andrews. Both are buried in the "new" City Cemetery, La Grange. I was an only child born 1903. T. Lee Smith was a Deputy Sheriff, a constable and a Fayette County Commissioner.

"My grandfather's name was "Lum" Smith and his wife was Paige (Ligon) Ross. Her maiden name was Ligon. She was first married to a man named Ross. She had several children by her first husband; I know of Henry, Nat, and Ed. T. These boys went up the cattle trails to Nebraska and Wyoming. It has been said that the Ross boys were connected to the cattle rustling activities of Bunk Stagner who lived near Muldoon. Mr. Ross was supposed to be a gambler and heavy drinker.

"Lum and Paige Smith had three children that I know of: T. Lee, Frank and Ella.

"My grandfather is buried somewhere near Austin. My grandmother is buried in the "old" City Cemetery, La Grange."

(Note: Adam Vernon Smith, born 20 August 1903, died 7 October 1979 and was buried next to his father and mother in the La Grange City Cemetery. - nck)

For drawings, a map and more data, see Graves, Graves, Graves at the Fayette Heritage Library, Museum & Archives.

 

Sommers Family Cemetery

Flatonia

29°42'57"N 97°10'14"W

According to Joe Cole survey, 6-10-1958, there are 4 graves in an iron fence on Dr. Dosie's farm 5 miles west of Flatonia on Peach Creek. Cole found the graves after a search of several hours in an open field surrounded by an iron fence. Three cedar trees are inside the cemetery, one having fallen on the fence breaking it down. There are no stones. Mr. Harry Beale remembered going to Mr.[s] Summers' funeral when he was a small boy and that she had a daughter named Freda and they were German people. Cole stated that he was sure that in a few years the graves would be lost forever as they are located in the Julie Ann Oil Field.

According to a report done by Norman Krischke Aug. 21, 1970, this site is located 400 yards SSE of Richard Calk's "Cross Creek Farm" on FM 2762 4 1/2 miles NW of Flatonia. The site of the Sommers farm house is NW of Calk's home and north of a stock tank. The cemetery is surrounded by a rusty, broken down pipe fence and almost hidden by overgrowth. Three cedar trees have fallen on the fence breaking it down. The north 2/3 of the site is level sand, the south 1/3 consists of a bank of sand 18" high running the length of the plot. There are no markers, no signs of a grave.

Krischke spoke with Harry Beale and Mrs. Joe (Pearl) Vybiral who said that a Sommers family (father, mother, son August, daughters Betty & Frieda and perhaps others) made their home on the farm. Buried at the cemetery are supposed to be the father, mother, August, Betty and a Negro child. The graves at one time had small markers with inscriptions but are no longer there or visible. Frieda was supposedly still living, single, and working in Yoakum.

The dates for Dora Sommers come from the Fayette County Death Records Book 2, Page 74: Dora Sommers, white married female, died near Flatonia on January 17, 1911 from toxemia and erysipelas. Dr. Donal McKay attened her from Jan. 15th to the 17th. dora was born in Germany in 1851, she was a farmer's wife and had lived in Texas for 40 years and on her place for 20 years. She died at age 60 years and 1 month and was buried on the farm on January. 18, 1911 by undertaker M. Fernau of Flatonia.

 

Spring Hill Missionary Colored Baptist Church Cemetery

Fayetteville

See description of cemetery and list of burials at the New Spring Hill Missionary Colored Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

Stagner Family Cemetery

Muldoon

Joe Cole along with Mrs. Agnes Flake, and Joe and Jim Helton in January 1958 report this site as: "Two miles west of Muldoon on the old C. Melcher place known as the Ben Helton home. This place was once owned by William Stagner. About 8 or 10 graves some with rock headstones with the word "Stagner" on them."

 

Stephen's Chapel Methodist Cemetery

Schulenburg

Stephen's Chapel Methodist Church was established about 1890 in the northwest part of Schulenburg near the City Cemetery. The cemetery was started about 1892. In the mid-1930's, the building was moved to the southwest corner of College Street and Wolters Avenue and is standing today.

There are only five inscribed tombstones in the cemetery. The oldest date of death is 1892 and the newest, 1943. After 1943 burials were made in the nearby Schulenburg Community Cemetery.

The cemetery is 86 feet wide and 160 feet long. There are three large live oak trees on the grounds. Entrance is on Schulz Avenue.

Known burials are:

Jarmon, Fannie, 1 Aug 1852 - 15 Apr 1935
Williams, Johnnie, 3 Jun 1874 - 7 Nov 1934, son of Andrew Williams and Lizzie Jackson
Murphy, Rhine, 17 Jan 1899 - 15 Apr 1943, Texas, PVT 1CL, 807 Pioneer Infantry, World War I, son of James Murphy and Alice Prince
Taylor, Lizzie, 6 Mar 1853 - 25 Nov 1892
Jackson, Katherine, 20 Jul 1920 - 19 Jun 1921

Information taken from Stephen's Chapel Methodist Cemetery leaflet written by Norman C. Krischke, 29 March 1996.

 

Sternberg Family Cemetery

Carmine

30°07'10"N 96°42'39"W

The Sternberg Family Cemetery is 2-1/2 miles west of Carmine on County Road 106. Mary Phelps, who received a land grant from the State of Texas, sold the property to Wilhelm and Louise Ebeling whose two young daughters are thought to be the earliest graves. The Ebelings' daughter, Caroline Ebeling Sternberg, later lived on the property and the cemetery is named after that family. There are seventeen marked graves and several unmarked graves.

 

Strambler Family Cemetery

Warda

According to the Joe Cole cemetery survey of spring 1959, this site is on the Robert Pietsch farm on Rabbs Creek south and east of Warda, Texas 3 miles.

Known burials were:

S., M. F., little infant, no other info
Simpson, Susie, died 18 Feb 1918, age 44
Strambler, Frances A. E., died 30 April 1900, age 67 years, 4 months, 9 days, wife of W. C. Strambler
Strambler, William C., died 4 July 1862, 32 years, 11 months, 15 days, husband of F. A. E. Strambler
Strambler, Ben A., 26 Dec 1859 - 9 Sep 1911
Three graves without markers

 

Stroder Family Cemetery

7 miles west of Muldoon

According to a report by Joe Cole dated Jan. 1958, this site is: Family cemetery across the road from the old Dan Ray place about 7 miles west of Muldoon, Tex. No graves to be found; land is in cultivation at present time. The Stroder family built the log home that is known as the Dan Ray place now.

No other information on this family could be found by using census records. The name may be spelled incorrectly.

 

Sutton Grave

Sutton GraveWillow Springs

This lone sandstone marker located off Prihoda Road in the Willow Springs community is inscribed "Mrs. Elizabeth Sutton, Died July 19, 1841." Elizabeth Turner was born in 1795 in Bedford County, Tennessee, where she married William Sutton, Jr. Their son, Wesley Sutton, married Isabella Miles, daughter of James Miles who held the original patent for the league in which this grave lies. William Sutton, Jr. died in 1870 and is buried in the Becker Cemetery near Winedale.

Photograph by Rox Ann Johnson

Swiss Alp Lutheran Cemetery

Also known as Philadelphia Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery or United Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery

Texas Historical Commission Marker

View a list of grave sites in the Swiss Alp Lutheran Cemetery