Williamson County Cemeteries
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Here is an updated spreadsheet we are working on to list all the cemeteries in Williamson County — some have been found. Some locations are unknown, and some even have melted away back to mother earth. Please help us find and identify these cemeteries — e-mail with corrections or additions.
(This list is as complete as we can get it using several sources, and we welcome any updates we receive.) I want to acknowledge John Christeson for all his hard work in helping the Commission on this project. You can find a lot of his hard work listed on findagrave.com.
for a tutorial on Cemetery Laws by the Texas Historical Commission
for a tutorial on Maintenance, Conservation, and Repair of cemeteries and memorial stones
for a tutorial on To obtain Historic Texas Cemetery Designation and Markers
for location, information, and interments
View Cemetery Database
Williamson County Texas Revolution War Heroes Not Buried in Williamson County
Veteran of the Mexican War
William P. Rutledge Sr.
he was a Captain in the Mexican War
buried in the Pond Springs Cemetery
Links of Interest
Civil War Veterans Buried In Williamson County, Texas
Here is information on how to get a cemetery listed as a Historic Texas Cemetery HTC:
For information on the Historic Texas Cemetery Designation program from the Texas Historical Commission use the links below to get a fact sheet, the HTC application, instructions, supplements, and a sample application. Please feel free to contact the Texas Historical Commission with any questions you may have about the program.
Historic Texas Cemetery Designation
Standards for Preservation of Historic Cemeteries
Historic Texas Cemetery Designation
Historic Texas Cemetery Request For Designation Instructions
This is a list of Williamson County cemeteries by Michael Sheppard
(I.O.O.F.) Cemetery’s Many Interesting Stories
Prepared for the Williamson County Historical Museum
By Jim Dillard
More than 200 cemeteries are listed on Williamson County Historical Commission’s 1999 cemetery map. While some sites are city or church owned, others are family plots or solitary graves of nameless cowboys and pioneers. But regardless of size, they all have one thing in common: they hold the key to understanding the past.
Georgetown’s I.O.O.F. Cemetery, like other Williamson County cemeteries, has its share of noted individuals with extraordinary stories. For instance, Sam Houston’s oldest daughter, Nannie Elizabeth Houston Morrow, lies here alongside her husband and daughter.
Not far away is Emma Makemson.
As a young girl sitting on a rail fence in the front yard of her parent’s Round Rock home, Emma witnessed the mortally-wounded Sam Bass gallop past after his fatal confrontation with county deputies and Texas Rangers.
Also resting peacefully nearby is J. J. Gordon and his three wives. Gordon served many years as district clerk, as well as Georgetown ISD tax collector. The Gordons are a stone’s throw away from J. W. Hodges, a former county clerk whose tombstone bears his bas-relief portrait.
Scattered throughout are businessmen who helped build the county.
Men like David Love, who outfitted cattle drives on their way up the trail; Emzy Taylor, who helped bring the railroad to Georgetown; and the Booty Brothers, who operated a general mercantile on the Square for many years. Also “in residence” are men whose names appear on many of Georgetown’s downtown buildings: Makemson, Dimmitt, Steele and Clamp.
There are also lawmen like Charley Brady, Georgetown’s first police chief;
Texas Ranger R. Y. Secrest, who chased bandits along the Mexican border; and H. C. Purl, former county sheriff who rests next to daughter Annie, whose tombstone is the cornerstone from the original Annie Purl School.
Suffragette Jessie Daniels Ames
—who fought not only for women’s right to vote but also for prison reform, civil rights for Blacks, and the passage of a Texas anti-lynch law during the 1920s—is buried here as well.
Judge G. W. Glasscock, whose father donated the land on which Georgetown’s Square is built, rests under a tall granite obelisk near Judge A. S. Fisher’s plot. A Civil War veteran, Judge Fisher closed his law practice at the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, organized a company of Rough Riders and traveled to Cuba to fight for Cuban liberation.
Resting in a shady grove is Henry Burkhardt.
Conscripted into the Prussian Army as a teen, he fled to France, joined the French Navy and sailed to Haiti. He then transferred to the French Army, which invaded Mexico at Napoleon III’s request under Maximilian, brother of the Emperor of Austria. Captured and thrown into prison, Burkhardt, an aspiring barber, shaved Maximilian prior to the leader’s execution by a Mexican firing squad. Henry later escaped and fled to Georgetown, where he operated Burkhardt’s Palace Barber Shop for many years.
And then there is the tombstone that bears a memorable inscription unlike any other.
It reads, “While very young my parents taught me: 1. Don’t whine. 2. Don’t lie. 3. Treat others like you would want them to treat you.” It closes, “I enjoyed my ride on space ship Earth.”