Burnam-Smithart Cemetery

Source: Surveyed by Carol Martin <shootfor8 @ gmail . com>, submitted to Burnet Page March 2002



LOCATION - In a pasture on the Murry Burnham Ranch about 8 mi. S.E. of Marble Falls, Burnet Co., TX - off Spicewood Rd.

NOTES - This cemetery is small, on top of a low rocky hill, no evidence it was ever fenced. There is what appears to be an empty space only a few yards between where the Burnams are buried (North 'section') and where the Smitharts are buried (South 'section'). Maybe 2 yards from foot of the graves of Miles, and of Elizabeth, there are 2 large flat rocks which appear to mark otherwise unmarked graves. It is said there used to be a granite slab over the Burnams graves, with some history printed on it - the slab disappeared. This was a family cemetery and is no longer in use. At this time, I know of no plat or record for this cemetery. In parenthesis is data I used from other sources such as family bible, birth, death, marriage records, etc. when it was illegible on a marker.
Data given as it appeared on the markers. Rancher's name is as he spells it.


NAME

BIRTH

DEATH

NOTES





1. Burnam, Capt. Jesse

9/15/1792

4/30/1883

4-sided monument, 1 side says 'OUR PARENTS' & below that 'BURNAM'. Under Jesse's death date is - "PARTICIPATED IN THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS UNDER GEN. JACKSON JAN. 8, 1815. ONE OF THE FIRST 13 OF AUSTIN'S COLONY TO TEXAS 1821. HE WHOSE MERIT DESERVES A TEMPLE HAS SCARECLY FOUND A GRAVE IN THE ANNALS OF TEXAS HISTORY."

2. Burnam, Nancy (Cummings Ross)

6/15/1811

2/02/1863

"OUR MOTHER" Her name is on 1 side of this monument & his on opposite side. There is verse printed under her death date, but too much is illegible.

3. Unknown

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There are several graves with markers, illegible (or just nothing on them), beyond the cedar tree that is behind Jesse & Nancy Burnam graves. I counted 7 of these, on this day.

4. Unknown

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There may be more graves there not marked.

5. Unknown

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It is believed some of these were slaves.

6. Unknown

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Beyond cedar tree which is behind Jesse & Nancy Burnam graves.

7. Unknown

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Beyond cedar tree which is behind Jesse & Nancy Burnam graves.

8. Unknown

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Beyond cedar tree which is behind Jesse & Nancy Burnam graves.

9. Unknown

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Beyond cedar tree which is behind Jesse & Nancy Burnam graves.

10. Smithart, M. A. (Miles Armstrong, Sr.)


Death notice for M. A. Smithart

2/27/1827

10/14/1901

"THY STAFF AND THY ROD WILL COMFORT ME I FEAR NO EVIL FOR THOU ART WITH ME" Has one hand, with index finger pointing up, on all 4 sides, at top of marker. This monument is broken in 4 pieces which we stacked for the photo. There is also text on so. side of this marker that is mostly illegible, (unknown) Smithart born 2/ /1837 .) I believe this was supposed to be the burial place of Miles' wife, Nancy A. (Townsend) Smithart. However, she evidently went to live with a daughter and is buried in the Robert Lee Cemetery, Coke Co., with other family members. Nancy (Townsend) Smithhart was born March 2, 1837 near Columbus, TX

11. Smithart, Elizabeth M.

5/27/1867

10/24/1884

(Dau. of Miles) There is more text which is illegible. Marker is R. of the cedar tree in photo. Clasped hands at top of marker.

12. Smithart, Malinda L.

10/14/1854

1/07/1865

(Dau. of Miles) Marker to R. of Elizabeth & is leaning badly. More text is illegible. Clasped hands at top of marker

13. Smithart, John N.

12/23/1878

12/(28)/1878

(Son of Miles) Marker broken & leaning against base. More text is illegible. Between Malinda and Silas. Resting lamb at top of marker.

14. Smithart, James

(?)/22/1863

5/10/1863

(Son of Miles) Marker is farther to R. of Silas. Resting lamb at top of marker.

15. Smithart, Silas W.

11/26/1864

1/25/1867

(Son of Miles) Resting lamb at top of marker. "Rest in Peace"

 

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