October 18, 2010

Oak Grove Cemetery

oak grove cemetery iron arch
Originally called "American Cemetery," Oak Grove Cemetery is located on the 1826 land grant of Empresario Haden Edwards. The leader of the 1826 Fredonian Rebellion, Edwards is interred here. The earliest marked burial on this site is that of Franklin J. Starr (d. 1837), a native of New Hartford, Connecticut, and a local realtor.

Many graves from the early Spanish cemetery of Nacogdoches were relocated to this site when the county courthouse was erected on the Spanish cemetery grounds in 1912. The earliest grave from that burial ground is marked, "Father Mendoza," 1718.

Oak Grove Cemetery is filled with historical figures important both to Nacogdoches County and the State of Texas. Perhaps the most famous is Thomas Jefferson Rusk, judge, statesman and Sam Houston's secretary of war. Like Rusk, Charles Stanfield Taylor, John S. Roberts and William Clark , Jr., signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. Other statesmen and soldiers interred here include Captain Haden Arnold and Elias E. Hamilton, veterans of the Battle of San Jacinto; Jacob Lewis; James Harper Starr; General Kelsey H. Douglass; George F. Ingraham; Nicholas Adolphus Sterne; Captain Frederick Voigt; and Dr. Robert A. Irion, who also was Sam Houston's personal physician.

entrance to oak grove cemetery
Other burials of interest include those of former slaves Mitchell Thorn, Lawrence Sleet and Eliza Walker. Frost Thorn was among Texas' early millionaires; Diedrich Anton Wilhelm Rulfs, Nacogdoches' master architect, designed Zion Hill Baptist Church on the north side of the cemetery. Richard William Haltom founded and edited Nacogdoches' The Daily Sentinel, and poet Karle Wilson Baker was the third person named a fellow to the Texas Institute of Letters.
(Texas Historical Commission historical marker)



"The monuments in Oak Grove Cemetery remind the visitor of the Romance and Remembrance of Old Nacogdoches." (source)

This quote in turn reminded me of another:

"As a young person during that period, I had felt Nacogdoches' enchantment, had worn its mantle of romance as I listened to ghost-voices of the past echoing from hill to stream and reechoing through narrow, winding streets. For me, light summer rain revived the scent of antiquity that permeated the main square like lingering musk..." (From Old Nacogdoches in the Jazz Age, by Martha Anne Turner)

Let's listen to a few of those "ghost-voices of the past," shall we?

W.P. Mims
w.p. mims
Upright and just he was
in all his ways,
A bright example in
degenerate days.

His words were kindness
his deeds were love,
His spirit humble,
he rests above.


Dr. W.L. Denman
dr. w.l. denman
A minister of the primitive
Baptist Church, Charitable
to the poor and widows.


Marcus G. Mims
marcus g. mims
OUR DARLING BOY

cement flower

M.L.A. Haltom
m.l.a. haltom

Pierie L. Manning
pierie l. manning
OUR MOTHER

heavenly handshake

Mrs. John P. Davidson
mrs. john p. davidson
Gone but not forgotten

A precious one from us has gone
A voice we loved is stilled:
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.
God in His wisdom has recalled,
The boon his love had given,
And though the body slumbers here
The soul is safe in heaven.


Angel Monument
angel monument
angel monument

Arthur, Leslie, and Teddy Pierce
arthur, leslie, and teddy pierce
Arthur:

OH DEATH THOU HAST ROBBED US
OF ONE THAT HAS GONE
WHERE PAIN AND DEATH COMES
NO MORE
OF WHICH WE ARE RECONCILED


Leslie:


FOR GOD SO LOVED THE
WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS
ONLY BEGOTTEN SON THAT
LESLIE L. PIERCE WHO
BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOULD
NOT PERISH BUT HAVE
EVERLASTING LIFE.


Teddy (who died in Angers, France, in 1918):

GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN
THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY
DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS.


Hollis T. Mast and Kate Bridwell
the masts

D.A.W. Rulfs
rulfs

hardeman

6 crosses

mother mary
"Mother, thou hast from us flown
To the regions far above;
We to thee erect this stone,
Consecrated by our love."


hardeman

gone and forgotten

Eliza Walker
eliza walker
OUR MOTHER
SWEETLY SLEEP IN JESUS.


Born in 1817 (damn!) and a former slave

Franklin Jefferson Starr
franklin jefferson starr
Oldest marked grave (1837) in the cemetery

Chas. H. Mitchell
chas. h. mitchell
Farewell my wife and
children all
From you a Father Chr
ist doth call.


Little Mary
little mary

William Purvis Spradley
william purvis spradley

The Bakers
the bakers

The Monks
the monks

Susan H. Thorn
susan h. thorn
Spouse of Frost Thorn, one of Texas' earliest millionaires

Frost Thorn
frost thorn
frost thorn

roots

ireson double column monument

Oscar Lemon Holmes
oscar lemon holmes
"I give and bequeathe the residue
of my property to the State of
Texas, to aid in the maintenance
and support of persons wounded
and maimed in our defense in
the present struggle of our Con-
federacy against the United
States Government; those from
Nacogdoches County, Texas, to
have preference."

Extract from the last will and tes-
tament of O. L. Holmes.


Anna Mary Taylor Shindler
anna mary taylor shindler
Her last words:

"I am one of nature's children
I love to look at the green trees."


winged hourglass
Time takes all but memories

Laura Blount
laura blount
The gift of God is
eternal life.

She died just as this house (designed by Diedrich Rulfs) was being completed for her by her father, who was among the founding members of Commercial National Bank. It is said that Laura died in her first childbirth, and her husband sold the house and moved from Nacogdoches.

Mary Palmer Dana Shindler
mary palmer dana shindler
Flee as a bird to your
mountain, Thou who art sick
of sin. Go to the clean
flowing fountain Where you
may wash and be clean.


Rev. R.D. Shindler
rev. r.d. shindler
Blessed are the pure is heart
for they shall see God.


Dr. Robert Anderson Irion
dr. robert anderson irion
Husband of Anna Raguet and personal physician to Sam Houston

Mary Bruton
mary bruton
Gentle one, may thy grave
Peace and quiet ever have.
After thy short earthly tour:
Sweet rest seize thee evermore.


Little Rosa Tucker
little rosa tucker

Elizabeth Holloway
elizabeth holloway

Adolphus Sterne
adolphus sterne
Merchant, public servant, and a financier of the Texas Revolution

steamboat monument
The monument was erected by Henry and Marcia A. Raguet in memory of their two children Mary and Condy Raguet who lost their lives on the steamboat America during a storm on the Ohio River December 5, 1868.

steamboat monument
SACRED
TO THE
MEMORY OF
MARY H.
DAUGHTER OF
HENRY & MARCIA A.
RAGUET.
WHO WAS LOST ON STEAMBOAT
AMERICA ON OHIO RIVER
DECEMBER 5, 1868
SHE WAS AN AFFECTIONATE
DAUGHTER SISTER & FRIEND

"How inscrutable are thy ways Oh God"

oak grove cemetery gate at sunrise

3 comments:

Scatterbrain K said...

I love this cemetery!! Thanks for posting!

Dorothy said...

Life is too short. Time, you thief!

Anonymous said...

I like how the sign at the entrance says "No busses," which can be interpreted as meaning "No kissing in the cemetery."