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Austin Street Cemetery
Sherman, Grayson County, Texas
Historymap, census & tombstonesrestoration , Sign
completed by Ryan Williams, Dec. 2008
Eagle Scout Project

Welcome to the Austin Street Cemetery
Est. Circa 1849
The Austin Street Cemetery predates the Civil War with existing stones dated as early as 1852 and as late as 1885.  It is the oldest City cemetery.  The land where it sits was originally owned by Samuel Blagg.  In 1849, Blagg deeded the land to John Jennings who in turn sold it to Daniel B. Lyons of Wisconsin in 1876.   Mr. Lyons then named the area ?Post Oak Addition? and presented it as an addition to the City of Sherman.   The Austin Street Cemetery contains the final resting places of members of the Fitch, Richards and Cargo families who were all related by marriage, Bomar and Randolph families and a handful of individuals.   These early settlers came from Tennessee and Alabama and several of their children were prominent in the founding of the City of Sherman.  Descendants of these families can also be found buried across Hwy. 75 in West Hill Cemetery.  Please see the map key below to locate specific graves here at Austin Street. 
The cemetery was restored in 2008 by Ryan Williams of Boy Scout Troop XV, as his Eagle Project.  We ask that you respect those that are buried here, their families and the restoration efforts put forth by Mr. Williams and his volunteers.  Please leave the grounds in the condition that you found them.


Completion of the Cemetery Sign



Street Map Showing Location in Sherman

the history of the Austin Street Cemetery
map of the Austin Street Cemetery & its tombstone placements
  Photographs - Before - During the cleanup & restoration - The Cemetery After

Individual Tombstone restoration photographs linked to the names below



Census of the Austin Street Cemetery
Sherman, TX
By Ryan Williams

Located behind the Austin Street Park, behind the Herald Democrat.
Center - 33* 37.699N  96* 36.751W
Gate ? 33* 37.726N  96* 36.751W
Transcribed November 1, 2008 by Ryan Williams as part of his Eagle Project.  GPS locations given in the event more stones go missing, are destroyed or are too worn to be read.

View the Cement work - marking the unmarked graves
Cement restoration work and marking the unknown graves -   33* 37.812 N 96* 36.727W
 33* 37.802N 96* 36.729W
 33* 37.720N 96* 36.764W
The three Unknown Graves located October 2008 ? new concrete slabs pours as markers;  one next to Tirzah A. Bomar, one next to Unknown Richards obelisk, last located next to L. and B.A. Richards stone.  Evidence of a previous marker was found for all three.
 

Bomar, Tirzah A. ?    33* 37.812N 96* 36.731W 
OUR MOTHER
TIRZAH A. BOMAR
BORN APR. 24, 1813
DIED DEC. 14, 1885

Also one same stone ?
(W).J. BOMAR
DIED JUNE 1854 

W.W. BOMAR
DIED  JULY 1854

Unknown Richards- No writing located, records indicate it is a Richards; this marker is in two pieces    33* 37.775N 96* 36.756W

Richards, M.M.J ?    33* 37.777N 96* 36.749
IN MEMORY OF M.M.J. RICHARDS 
BORN JULY 24, 1829 
DIED   MAY THE 12TH, 1852

Cogswell, E.Y. ?   33* 37.784N 96* 36.747W
IN MEMORY OF E.Y. COGSWELL 
BORN MAY 26, 18(  ) 
DIED SEPT. 23, 185( ) 
AGED 15 MOS., 27 DAYS

Richards, Margaret-   33* 37.790N 96* 36.747W
IN MEMORY OF MARGARET RICHARDS 
BORN   OCTOBER 19TH A.D. 1809 
DEPARTED THIS LIFE  APRIL 24TH A.D. 1866 
AGED 58 YEARS  6 MONTHS & 5 DAYS

Fitch, M. Elizabeth ?   33* 37.749N 96* 36.747W
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF M. ELIZABETH FITCH
DIED,  MAY 11TH A.D. 1866
AGED 42 YEARS
An affection, wife and mother
She made home happy.
W.D.F.

Cargo, Oliver P. ?    33* 37.827N 96* 36.760W
IN MEMORY OF OLIVER P. CARGO
DIED SEPT 4TH A.D. 1854
AGED 32 YEARS

(Monk), Luty Liveon ?   33* 37.740N 96* 36.728W
LUTY LIVEON 
DAUGHTER OF P.M. & E.L. (MONK)
(  ) (  )  OCTOBER 14, 1879
DIED  OCTOBER 12, 1880

WEEP NOT PAPA FOR ME FOR I  (  )  ( )ING
IN HEAVEN FOR (   )E.

Davis, Robert-    33* 37.509N 96* 36.680
ROBERT 
SON OF R.J. & F.E. ?DAVIS?
BORN  DEC. 23, 1873
DIED-   Piece missing

Anderson, Emily T.-     33* 37.662N 96* 36.757W
(     ) IN MEMORY OF EMILY T. ANDERSON 
BORN AT ENFIELD, CONN. 
(    ) 1813 DEPARTED 
THIS LIFE APRIL 21, 1863

Wells, Mary A.-    33* 37.788N 96* 36.735W
TO THE MEMORY OF MARY A. WELLS 
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MARCH 
27TH A.D. 1854 AGED 40 YEARS & 19 DAYS
BY HER SIDE REPOSES HER INFANT DAUGHTER

Randolph, Sarah L.-    33* 37.818N 96* 36.733W
SARAH L.
WIFE OF THOMAS W. RANDOLPH 
BORN    DEC. 15, 1836 
DIED      NOV. 12, 1858 
AGED 21 YRS., 10 MOS. & 27 DAYS

Randolph, Grief ?    33* 37.738N 96* 36.765W
GRIEF RANDOPLH 
BORN IN VIRGINIA    JAN. 11, 1785 
DIED       FEB. 23, 1865
AGED   80 YRS., 1 MO. & 12 DAYS

Randolph, Nancy B. ?    33* 37.782N 96* 36.746W
NANCY B. 
WIFE OF GRIEF RANDOLPH 
BORN     MAR. 29, 1794 
DIED       DEC. 20, 1869 
AGED 75 YRS., 8 MOS. & 21 DAYS

Fitch, Mary C. ?    33* 37.785N 96* 36.744W
MARY C. FITCH
DIED      JULY 8, 1853
AGED/  52 YRS.
Blessed are the pure of heart for they shall see God.

Richards, L. and Richards, B.A. ?   33* 37.763N 96* 36.748W
IN MEMORY OF L. RICHARDS BORN
JANY 22, 1803 
& DIED SEPTEMBER 11, 1858

B.A. RICHARDS BORN 
AUGUST 22, 1848 
&  DIED JUNE (  ), 1856

You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.
- C.S. Lewis

It is not length of life, but depth of life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson



  • Also see Charlotte Holders' list made in 1979
  • List made in 2006 by Dusty Williams

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