Old Flatonia Cemetery Also known as Wiedemann Family Cemetery.
FAYETTE COUNTY, TEXAS
The Flatonia City Cemetery was surveyed May 4 1870 by F.A. Perlitz. The name was changed to the Old Flatonia Cemetery about 1873 when the present town of Flatonia was founded along the Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio Railroad Line several miles to the north. The oldest surviving marked grave is for Johann Muecke who died November 19, 1874.
According to the Joe Cole Cemetery Survey of May 20, 1958 this site is located 2 miles west of Praha and 3 miles south of Flatonia on the Old Hallettsville Road. At one time it covered about 4 acres with graves scattered all over. Mr. Cole first visited the site in 1938 and when he returned 20 years later he states: It was a sad sight to see, There are only three stone left." [Joe Cole #085W] The site was no better off in 1979, when Walter Freytag of the local Historical Commission received a letter from a descendant of Gerhard Siems. Cows had been allowed to graze about the site for years.
On November 18, 1993, Kathy Carter and Fayette County Judge Edward Janecka visited the site with James Wiedemann. Ten stones were found at that time. The Wiedemann, Koch & Siems graves have individual fences around them. The site has several fences running through and across it and cows were still roaming the site.
Norman C. Krischke revisited and surveyed the site in April 2000 and found the Thoms stone, which he dug up from in front of the foundation stone. The following was taken from Old Flatonia Cemetery (Wiedemann Family Cemetery), © 2000, with the permission of the author, Norman C. Krischke. The full text can be viewed at the Fayette Heritage Museum & Archives.
NAME BIRTH DEATH COMMENTS Kloss, Hugo 18 Sep 1887 1888 Child's concrete grave frame. Probably a son of Adam and Emma (Wiedemann) Kloss. Adam, 1853-1921 and Emma, 1857-1948, are buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Flatonia. They were married 28 December 1862. Koch, Wilhelm 7 Mar 1809 10 Aug 1878 Muecke, Johann H. 3 Aug 1802 19 Nov 1874 Oldest marked grave Thoms, J. H. 19 Feb 1792 10 Nov 1875 From Schweewarden Herzogthum, Oldenburg Siems, Gerhard 28 Feb 1835 15 May 1881 Married Josephine Brod 6 April 1869 (Fayette County Marriage Record, Vol. C, page 439); full name was Heinrich Gerhard Siems Wiedemann, J. Theo Hugo 23 May 1860 24 May 1887 son of J. Chr. & M. Wiedemann Wiedemann, Johann F. C. 3 Nov 1825 27 Aug 1888 Husband of Mathilde (Schmidt) Wiedemann Wiedemann, Mathilde 17 Mar 1834 5 Dec 1920 Nee Schmidt, wife of John F. C. Wiedemann, married on 15 Feb 1852 (Fayette County Marriage Record, Vol. 8, page 45) Wiedemann, Mathilde 20 May 1855 28 Oct 1936 Fayette County Death Record, Vol. 6, page 467: trained nurse, daughter of John Wiedemann and Mathilde Schmidt, senility Wiedemann, Viola Apr 1890 Apr 1890 Daughter of Frederick J. C.and Wilhelmina (Brune) Wiedemann; died at birth; unmarked grave Wiedemann, Wilhelmina 18 Feb 1866 27 Apr 1890 Daughter of William Brune, 1833-1888, and Elsie Brune, 1840-1914, both buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Flatonia. She married Frederich Johann Christian Wiedemann 20 Mar 1888 (Fayette County Marriage Records, Vol. 4, page 402). Wilhelmina died during childbirth and her baby, Viola, died at the same time. After her death, Frederich married Hedwig Brune, her sister.