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Near Voss in Coleman County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Trap Crossing Cemetery - Coffey Cemetery - Gann Family Cemetery

 
 
Trap Crossing Cemetery - Coffey Cemetery - Gann Family Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 28, 2016
1. Trap Crossing Cemetery - Coffey Cemetery - Gann Family Cemetery Marker
Front Side
Inscription. This monument is dedicated to the memory of those persons that were buried in the Trap Crossing Cemetery (also known as Boot Hill Cemetery, Padgitt Ranch Cemetery, and Trigger Cemetery); the Coffey Cemetery; and the Gann Family Cemetery. The remains found buried there now lie beside and behind this monument due to the flooding of the original locations caused by the construction of Stacy Reservoir.

Trap Crossing Cemetery

Trap Crossing Cemetery was located approximately two miles southwest of this monument. Originally, it was located about one mile southwest of the town of Leaday on part of the old Day Ranch, on a bluff overlooking Grape Creek about a quarter mile east of Trap Crossing on the Colorado River.

During the cattle drive days of the 1870’s, cowboys stopped over at the stores on either side of the Colorado River, the Trap store being on the Coleman County side. Some may have died in gunfights, drowning, or natural causes. According to a manuscript done by the late James Padgitt “... perhaps also children of pioneers and victims of Indian attacks … the graves dating from the early 1870’s or before. The last man buried there was a Mexican ranch hand who died from a kick by an unruly horse …” The archeological excavation and anthropological study revealed burials of four infants,
Trap Crossing Cemetery - Coffey Cemetery - Gann Family Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 28, 2016
2. Trap Crossing Cemetery - Coffey Cemetery - Gann Family Cemetery Marker
Rear Side
a small child, two young adults and four middle aged men.

Coffey Cemetery

The Coffey Cemetery was located in Concho County approximately 4 ½ miles northwest of this monument on the original Rich Coffey Ranch. Rich Coffey moved to Texas from Georgia in 1862 and settled in Parker County. After the Indians were gone from this area in 1880 he built a rock house at the mouth of the Concho River. The family cemetery was located about 100 yards southeast of that rock home. It consisted of two graves being those of James A. Beddo and Arthur M. Gordon. According to Coffey family sources James A. Beddo was the husband of Rich Coffey’s daughter Ellen Margaret and Arthur M. Gordon was her son by a subsequent marriage to Addison Gordon.

The Gann Family Cemetery

The Gann Family Cemetery was located on the W.O. Gann Ranch in Concho County on a bluff overlooking the Colorado River approximately two hundred yards from the old rock homeplace. The well kept cemetery originally located approximately 3 ½ miles southwest of this monument contained the graves of W.O. Gann, his wife, four of his children, a son-in-law, and great granddaughter. W.O. Gann was a prominent rancher and pioneer of this area. His descendents continued to live and ranch in this area until the Stacy Reservoir became a reality.
 
Erected
Marker in Front of Interments from Trap Crossing, Coffey, and Gann Family Cemeteries image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 28, 2016
3. Marker in Front of Interments from Trap Crossing, Coffey, and Gann Family Cemeteries
Marker in right center of image
1989.
 
Location. 31° 33.987′ N, 99° 39.464′ W. Marker is near Voss, Texas, in Coleman County. Marker can be reached from Farm to Market Road 2134 0.2 miles west of Recreational Road 9. Touch for map. Marker is located in the western quarter of Leaday Cemetery that is accessed to the south by a ⅓ mile driveway from FM 2134; the above directions are to the driveway entrance to the cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Voss TX 76888, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Flat Top Settlement (approx. 4 miles away); Hoffman Cemetery (approx. 13 miles away); Richard A. Pauley (approx. 13˝ miles away); Valera Cemetery (approx. 13.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Leaday Cemetery - findagrave.com. Includes records of interments from Trap Crossing, Coffey, and Gann Family cemeteries. (Submitted on May 4, 2016.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
Leaday Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 28, 2016
4. Leaday Cemetery
Marker and interments from Trap Crossing, Coffey, and Gann Family cemeteries are in western quarter of the cemetery
Headstone of Lt. James Richard Giddens image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 28, 2016
5. Headstone of Lt. James Richard Giddens
Giddens was mortally wounded at the Battle of Dove Creek on January 8, 1865 and died shortly after on January 18th at the ranch of John S. Chisum. He was buried at the ranch, but his grave was moved here when Stacy Reservoir, now known as O.H. Ivie Reservoir, was created in the 1980s.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 4, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 151 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 4, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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