CEDAR SPRINGS CEMETERY



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Cedar Springs Cemetery is located in Falls County on Bargainer Rd, about .25 mile East of FM 2027 near the intersection of FM 2027 and Bargainer Road at the site of the town of Cedar Springs. Cedar Springs was once a thriving community with industry and commerce. There were churches; doctors, a gristmill, a gin, a hotel, a school, and general merchandise stores. Cedar Springs was previously known as Viesca. When a post office was established about 1875 the name Viesca was used, it continued as Viesca until about 1907 when the post office closed. Viesca is not to be confused with Sarahville De Viesca that was 5 miles north near the Falls of the Brazos. This information is available on the Internet in the Texas Handbook. Today there exists the Baptist and Methodist Churches and the cemetery.

     This is a historic cemetery containing burials as early as 1870's. Family names found in the cemetery include Alvey, Batey, Carter, Davis, Doves, Downes, Ferguson, Glass, Linder, Maxwell, Mayfield, Parish, Pierson, Radle, Roberts, plus many graves that have NO MARKER. A list of known burials is available. We do not know for whom the oldest burial was, the oldest marked graves are 1874. We would like to add to this list any graves that are known to exist that are omitted. Also we would like to see any pictures showing markers in the cemetery that people may possess, this would be very helpful in the restoration.

  Twelve hardy souls attended our workday in November in spite of threatening weather. That effort cleared about 50% of the cemetery of brush, vines, and briars. The remaining 50% is infested heavier with the same growth and may take several additional workdays to clear. Anyone is welcome to stop by and toil at anytime, we want to clear away all the growth of brush, vines and briars. It may be that you are only able to help a little; each little bit helps to complete the whole. This cemetery contains burials of early Cedar Springs pioneers.  Much work has been done but more is needed.

     There are many unmarked graves, some with temporary markers, broken stones, wooden sticks and crosses, with no legible dates or identification.

     The burials listed below taken from an old list that appears to be ordered as found in cemetery.

Prepared by Ron and Margaret Meek
November 2004

Cedar Springs Cemetery Entrance Gate

Taken in August 2005

Submitted by Barbara (Caddell) Fox

Cedar Springs Cemetery Entrance Gate

Taken in August 2005

Submitted by Barbara (Caddell) Fox

Cedar Springs Cemetery Entrance Gate

Taken in March 2006

Submitted by Barbara (Caddell) Fox

I like to give whole names whenever I can, so if you can help with this, please let me know.
Additions, corrections, and pictures are always welcome!
Please send to Ron or Falls County Coordinator.

Last Name

First Name

Birth

Death

Notes

Maxwell

William Oliver

May 03 1856

Dec 30 1943

Picture submitted by Jerry Burke

Picture taken in March 2006 and submitted by Barbara (Caddell) Fox

Maxwell

Anna Eliza Cross

Aug 1850

1921

Wife of William Oliver Maxwell

Whole name submitted by Jerry Burke

Picture taken in March 2006 and submitted by Barbara (Caddell) Fox

3 Wood Crosses

 



Stone slabs with no identification

Picture taken in March 2006 and submitted by Barbara (Caddell) Fox

2 Wood Crosses




Stone slabs with no identification

Picture taken in March 2006 and submitted by Barbara (Caddell) Fox

Downes

Thomas Jefferson

Oct 31 1863

Jun 04 1935

Son of Daniel S. Downes and Martha A. Hollingshead

Info submitted by Terry Downes

Picture taken in March 2006 and submitted by Barbara (Caddell) Fox

Downes

Lula Kay

Apr 09 1870

Mar 05 1956

Daughter of Willis Jones Jinks and Hattie Slack of Alabama

Wife of Thomas Jefferson Downes

Info submitted by Terry Downes

Picture taken in March 2006 and submitted by Barbara (Caddell) Fox

1 Wood Cross

Unknown

No Date

No Date

No identification

Downes

Mary E.

Feb 20 1860

Nov 28 1924

The wooden cross next to Thomas Jefferson Downes grave is the grave of Mary E. Downes. As stated by Mono Lou White Wentzel and James Lee Blakley

Daughter of Daniel S. Downes and Martha A. Hollingshead; sister of Thomas Jefferson Downes

Info submitted by Terry Downes

Picture taken in March 2006 and submitted by Barbara (Caddell) Fox

Alvey

Jesse A.

Jun 12 1878

Jan 06 1933

Husband of Stella Alvery

Picture submitted by Jerry Burke

“In Loving Memory”

Picture taken in March 2006 and submitted by Barbara (Caddell) Fox

Alvey

Stella

1884

Nov 09 1944

Daughter of William O. & Ann (Cross) Maxwell

Wife of Jesse A. Alvey

Picture submitted by Jerry Burke

“In Loving Memory”

Picture taken in March 2006 and submitted by Barbara (Caddell) Fox

Alvey

William M.

Jul 20 1902

Aug 06 1906

Son of Jesse A. and Stella Alvey

Picture submitted by Jerry Burke

“Weep not papa and mama for me
For I am waiting in Heaven for thee”

Picture taken in March 2006, and birth month correction submitted by Barbara (Caddell) Fox

Batey

Catherine

No Date

No Date

Broken marble marker with no dates or other identification

 

Wife of George Batey

Picture taken in March 2006 and submitted by Barbara (Caddell) Fox

Linder

Alamander E.

Dec 23 1823

Nov 02 1921

Co. E 33rd Texas Cavalry

Confederate States Army

Picture taken in March 2006 and submitted by Barbara (Caddell) Fox

Linder

Nancy

Mar 09 1828

Dec 10 1909

Wife of Alamander E. Linder

Picture taken in March 2006 and submitted by Barbara (Caddell) Fox

Mayfield

Stephen Virgil

Jan 23 1887

May 18 1903

Stephen was born in Milam County to  Stephen Corneilius and Emily Jane Davidson Mayfield. He died of a fracture of the skull after falling from a runaway wagon on a farm.
He was brother-in-law of half brother of Lula Kay Jinks Downes

Son of Stephen C. Mayfield, according to 1900 Bell County Texas Census

Picture taken in March 2006 and submitted by Barbara (Caddell) Fox

Parish

Lesie

Jul 15 1889

Oct 24 1889

Daughter of B. A. and L. A. Parish

This one is broken but the death info matches Lesie Parish

“Gone But Not Forgotten”

Picture taken in March 2006 and submitted by Barbara (Caddell) Fox

Davis

Fannie

Aug 29 1889

Sep 22 1895

“A Little Flower Of Love

That Blossomed But Died

Transplanted Now Above

To Bloom With God On High”

Picture taken in March 2006 and birth year correction submitted by Barbara (Caddell) Fox

Roberts

Thomas M.

Oct 17 1817

Jan 17 1874

Born in Tennessee

3rd Husband of Narcissa (Cartwright) Slatter Peirson Roberts.

Earliest known burial

Another Marker

“At Rest”

Pictures taken in March 2006 and submitted by Barbara (Caddell) Fox

Roberts

Narcissa (Cartwright) Slatter Peirson

Mar 16 1817

Jan 05 1897

1st married to Francis Slatter

2nd married John Goodloe Warren Pierson

3rd married to Thomas M. Roberts

Picture taken in March 2006 and submitted by Barbara (Caddell) Fox

Pierson

Benjamin Almary

May 18 1840

Jan 31 1905

Son of John Goodloe Warren & Narcissa C. Pierson

He served in the 10th Regiment, Texas  Infantry (Nelson) Confederate Army.

Picture taken in March 2006 and submitted by Barbara (Caddell) Fox

Pierson

Mary Isabella (Jones)

Aug 26 1842

Aug 12 1900

Wife of Benjamin Almary Pierson

Picture taken in March 2006 and submitted by Barbara (Caddell) Fox

Glass

Matilida (Roberts)

Jun 17 1857

Mar 28 1897

Daughter of Thomas & Narcissa (Cartwright) Roberts

Wife of E. R. P. Glass

Another View

Pictures taken in March 2006 and submitted by Barbara (Caddell) Fox

Glass

R. S.

Mar 19 1879

Jun 14 1880

Son of E. R. P. & Matilida (Roberts) Glass

Picture taken in March 2006 and submitted by Barbara (Caddell) Fox

Glass

Turnie E.

Jul 12 1877

Nov 21 1882

Child of E. R. P. & Matilida (Roberst) Glass

Another View

Pictures taken in March 2006 and submitted by Barbara (Caddell) Fox

Pierson

Peter M.

Aug 02 1878

May 27 1880

Son of Edmund G. & Martha Emma Pierson

Picture taken in March 2006 and submitted by Barbara (Caddell) Fox

Pierson

Anna M.

Jan 18 1883

Jul 24 1883

Daughter of Edmund G. & Martha Emma Pierson

Picture taken in March 2006 and submitted by Barbara (Caddell) Fox

Salamander

Unknown

No Date

No Date

Wooden cross with 2 stone slabs with no identification

No Picture yet

Possibly related to Alamander E. Linder

Radle

Phillip

1841

No Date

There is no marker of Phillip Radle. His bio states he is buried here

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Pierson

Benjamin A.

Aug 15 1880

Oct 18 1952

Brother of Edmund Pierson

Benjamin had 2 children a daughter, Dossie and a son Bennie Davis Pierson.  On his Draft Registration for World War I, it states that he was "Deaf and Dumb."

No picture yet

All info and Draft Card picture submitted by Ben McDonald, GG Grandson of Edmund Pierson

Batey

Anderson Lee

1933

No Date

Son of Winn & Ethel Lee Alvey Batey

Anderson Lee Batey died at 8 months of age

No picture yet

Daniel John Thomas 1841 Jan 21, 1891 He was born 1841 in Georgia, died Jan 21, 1891 in Falls County, Texas.  He was the son of Asbury Daniel and Susan Randle.  He was married to Sybil Estelle Poole.  He was the County Commissioner for Falls County from 1876 to abt 1888.  He also served in the Confederate Army in the 15 Texas Infantry in Co. B.
Daniel Shelby Sept 7, 1885 Oct 15, 1888 Son of James Thomas and Sybil Estelle (Poole) Daniel.  (In Loving Memory of Our Baby Boy)

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The following grave was found on the Old Herman Bargainer Farm

It is located on the side of a road, up on a bank 

The grave was encased with homemade bricks and had the following identification

Last Name

First Name

Birth

Death

Notes

Greer

John Wilburn

Mar 05 1806

May 13 1870

Born in Georgia

1st married to Sabrina McElroy

2nd married to Cathrine Allen, came to Texas November 8, 1853

This grave was broken in half, vandalized and desecrated in 1986-87

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