Williamson County Cemeteries

Williamson County Cemeteries

We are under construction on the cemeteries page
— if you have any information, please let us know. – E-mail

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 would like to acknowledge John Christeson for all his hard work on helping the Commission on this project. You can find a lot of his hard work listed on findagrave.com.

For information on each cemetery, go to the community history pages:

Here's a detailed map made by the TXDOT

It doesn’t have a few of the more obscure cemeteries but is still a very clear map — you can zoom in to see more detail.

Williamson County MAP – 18 MB file

(Click here for a listing in HTML format and links)

(This is a Word document and you will have to "right-click" on the links to go to the web pages, the map links show you the locations.)

Write up on tombstones by Alan Rabe

We need help — some of our cemeteries have fallen into disrepair and we need help in keeping them clean and in good shape. Some need trees and shrubs cut down, some need the weeds mowed and fences mended. We have groups and people who are doing a wonderful job in helping our old cemeteries, but our cemeteries still need help. Again, a special thanks to John Christeson, who has done a lot of very hard work refurbishing our run down cemeteries and is joined by some wonderful people and groups. Please review some of these cemeteries — CEMETERIES IN NEED

Here's a before and after of the Kimbro Family Cemetery

Before refurbishment

After refurbishment

A special thanks to Scott Franz and the WC Sun for this story.

Citizens of the Republic of Texas

buried in Williamson County

(please help us find more names)

Civil War Veterans Buried In Williamson County, Texas

Published in OUR HERITAGE,
San Antonio Genealogical Society
Vol. 7. No. 2, 3, 4. January, April and July 1966

William H. Thompson (1846-1928)

Civil War Veterans list

Published by the Williamson Museum
Civil War Veterans list

Please visit museum

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.

History Programs Division
Texas Historical Commission
(512) 463-6100

Fact sheet
Cemetery Preservation
Historic Texas Cemetery Designation
Standards for Preservation of Historic Cemeteries
Historic Texas Cemetery Designation
Historic Texas Cemetery Request For Designation Instructions

(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.”

Narratives from the Georgetown's Yesteryears Book

A special thanks to The Georgetown Heritage Society and Martha Mitten Allen for letting us post these wonderful first-person stories.
Foreword and Preface

The Horse-Drawn Hearse

Elmo Sherman - Tom W. Sweeney, Interviewer

This might not be a very pleasant thing to talk about, but I'd kind of like to tell you about the first funeral that I can remember going to and how it impressed me. It was so different from what we have now.

My grandfather on my mother's side was a retired Baptist preacher.

One time (1870-73), he pastored the First Baptist Church in Dallas, which is, of course, the largest Baptist church in the world. My grandmother had died even before I was born, and Grandpa came to live with us here in Georgetown the last several years of his life. He lived to be ninety-four years of age.

I was so impressed when they had his funeral, because his funeral was held in the old Baptist Church, which was located on Church Street between Fifth and Sixth Streets. The thing that impressed me so much was that we went out to the cemetery. They had a beautiful carriage that was drawn by two beautiful black horses. There was a man dressed in black by the name of Mr. Dave Whitworth, and he sat up very stately on the top of that coach and drove into the cemetery. I never will forget how impressed I was at that sight. Grandpa was buried here in the Oddfellows Cemetery in Georgetown. That made an impression on me that I will never forget.