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Near Smithwick in Burnet County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Smithwick Cemetery

 
 
Smithwick Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, June 14, 2009
1. Smithwick Cemetery Marker
The cemetery is part of the 160-acre survey of A. J. Stanford, patented 1857.
Inscription. The history of this community cemetery dates to 1854 when 18-year-old Rebecca Chambers died and was buried here. Rebecca, who reportedly was ill while traveling past here with the family of her sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and E. G. Evans, asked to be buried on this flower-covered hillside.

While the land was vacant public domain several other burials took place. There are about 65 early graves marked only by rocks. The cemetery site became part of the 160-acre survey of A. J. Stanford and was patented in 1857. The burial grounds were used by early settlers of Hickory Creek, Elm Grove, and Smithwick's Mill.

The Smithwick Cemetery Association was formed in 1930. Additional land was added to the site over the years, a caretaker was hired, and improvements were made to the site, including a tabernacle and fencing. The association continues to maintain the site. Among the 600 burials here are 5 unknown graves reinterred from the South San Gabriel River area in 1974 by the U. S. Corps of Engineers, and veterans of the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.

Incise on back: Researched by: Doris M. Henry
 
Erected 1997 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11774.)
 
Location.
Smithwick Cemetery Tabernacle and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, December 23, 2007
2. Smithwick Cemetery Tabernacle and Marker
30° 33.839′ N, 98° 8.532′ W. Marker is near Smithwick, Texas, in Burnet County. Marker can be reached from FM 1431. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marble Falls TX 78654, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Henry Thomas Lodge, A.F. & A.M. (approx. 2.1 miles away); Rockvale (approx. 5 miles away); Hoag-Faubion-Fuchs House (approx. 7.7 miles away); Dead Man's Hole (approx. 7.7 miles away); Christian-Matern House (approx. 7.8 miles away); Otto Ebeling House (approx. 7.8 miles away); Marble Falls Depot (approx. 7.8 miles away); Governor O. M. Roberts' House (approx. 7.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Handbook of Texas Online, SMITHWICK, NOAH (1808-1899). (Submitted on June 19, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
2. Liberty Hill Cemetery Historical Marker. A.J.Stanford referenced on the marker is buried at the Liberty Hill Cemetery. (Submitted on July 18, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 

3. Longhorn Caverns Marker. Noah Smithwick, for whom the town of Smithwick is named, is credited as being one of three Texas Rangers that rescued Mariel King from Comanches at Longhorn Caverns. (Submitted on December 31, 2011, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 
 
Additional comments.
Panorama Smithwick Cemetery. Marker by shelter on walkway. image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, June 14, 2009
3. Panorama Smithwick Cemetery. Marker by shelter on walkway.
1. Information about A.J. Stanford in Civil War
The following is from the Texas Veterans Records, Civil War, Muster Roll Abstract:

Name & Rank: Stanford, A.J. 2nd Sergt.
Commanding Officer: Dorbandt, Christian, Capt.
Organization: Co. for Burnet Cty., Pr .4,5,6, 3rd Frontier District, Texas State Troops, Brigadier General J.D. McAdoo (Maj. James M. Hunter Comdg. 3rd Fr. District)
Enlistment: Jan 24-1864 in Burnet Co.
Discharged: Served 32 days - total pay $80
Description: Age 36
Remarks: Arms: 1 rifle & 1 pistol; Company organized under Act of December 15-63 ...
    — Submitted June 14, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.

2. A.J. Stanford was a Mason.
    — Submitted June 14, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.

 
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Smithwick Cemetery Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, December 23, 2007
4. Smithwick Cemetery Entrance
A.J. Stanford's first wife, born 1828 died 1867. image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, June 14, 2009
5. A.J. Stanford's first wife, born 1828 died 1867.
A.J. Stanford is buried in the Liberty Hill cemetery next to his second wife, Eliza Cherry Harris Stanford, and her father, Joel A. Harris.
A.J. Stanford's son, "Little Jack". Born 1853 Died 1861 image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, June 14, 2009
6. A.J. Stanford's son, "Little Jack". Born 1853 Died 1861
Rebecca Chambers Headstone image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, December 23, 2007
7. Rebecca Chambers Headstone
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 5, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 2,442 times since then and 109 times this year. Last updated on June 2, 2017, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. Photos:   1. submitted on June 14, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   2. submitted on February 19, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   3. submitted on June 14, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   4. submitted on February 19, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   5, 6. submitted on June 14, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   7. submitted on February 19, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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