2401 Golden Avenue, Bay City, Texas          28°59'56.00"N       95°57'43.56"W
 
 


 

EASTVIEW CEMETERY
 

THIS CEMETERY TRACES IT ORIGIN TO 1907, WHEN 18 ACRES OF LAND WERE PURCHASED FROM D. P. MOORE. THE FIRST RECORDED BURIAL WAS THAT OF HENRY ABRAM IN 1912.

KNOWN EARLIER AS “THE BURYING GROUND FOR NEGROES,” “CEDARVALE EASTSIDE,” AND “THE OLD SECTION,” THIS CEMETERY IS ADJACENT TO THE ANGLO GRAVEYARD CEDARVALE CEMERTY. OVER FIVE ACRES OF LAND WAS ADDED TO THIS SITE IN 1945 WHEN PURCHASED FROM E.E.WELLER AND HIS WIFE ELLA MAY WELLER.

ALTHOUGH THE CEMETERY CONTAINS OVER 780 GRAVES, IT IS BELIEVED THAT SEVERAL UNMARKED GRAVES EXIST, POSSIBLY IN THE OLD SECTION. BURIED HERE ARE VETERANS OF WORLD WAR I, WORLD WAR II, THE KOREAN WAR, AND THE VIETNAM WAR.

MAINTAINED BY A CEMETERY ASSOCIATION, MANY IMPROVEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE OVER THE YEARS TO THE GROUNDS. THE ASSOCIATION HAD THE ROADS RESURFACED, MADE WATER ACCESSIBLE TO ALL SECTION, INSTALLED FLAGPOLES, ESTABLISHED DRIVEWAYS, AND PLANTED SEVERAL OAK TREES AND NUMEROUS PLANTS THROUGHOUT THE SITE.

CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH MANY OF THE AREA’S AFRICAN AMERICAN CHURCHES AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION, THE EASTVIEW CEMETERY CONTINUES TO SERVE THE VICINITY AND MATAGORDA COUNTY.                                     (1996)

Typed by Faye Cunningham

 

The Eastview burial database was based on records originally compiled by Thelma D. Smith in the early 1990s and records provided by Green's Mortuary. The database was typed by Faye Cunningham.


 

Eastview Cemetery Burials
 
A-B C-D E-F-G H-I-J-K
L-M-N-O P-Q-R S-T-U-V W-Y-Z

The rows in each Eastview section are numbered west to east (left to right).



In late 2008, Eastview Cemetery Association leveled Section C-1
and reset all of the markers on bases.

 
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Gold Star Mothers Buried at Eastview Cemetery

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Little Known Gems of Information About Cedarvale Cemetery and Eastview Cemetery

Lawyer Patterson Markers
 

 


THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN CEMETERY

Written by Thelma Brown Smith  

Printed in the Matagorda County Genealogical Society publication,
Oak Leaves, Volume XIV, No. 2, February, 1995 and used by permission.
 


The African-American Cemetery in Bay City, Texas, is located off of Golden Avenue, east of Cedarvale Cemetery. The cemetery falls under two names: (1) Cedarvale Eastside, also referred to as the "Old Section", is located between Cedarvale Road and Cedarvale Cemetery (the Caucasian cemetery), and (2) Eastview Cemetery which lies between Cedarvale Road and Cottonwood Creek.


In the late 1800's, Negroes had begun to leave the rural areas of Matagorda County, moving to Bay City to live. However, when they died, their bodies were taken back to the rural areas for burial.  Fortunately, there were some Negro people who had the foresight to seek property in Bay City for the burial of their families and friends. Extensive research by this writer revealed the origin of the African-American cemetery in Bay City.


On February 15, 1907, J. C. Carrington surveyed 1.8 acres of land out of a certain 133.99 acre tract that belonged to D. P. Moore. Ephriam Taylor, Mike Smith I, and Isaac Wiggins, Trustees,  and their successors in office, were granted, sold, and conveyed the certain 1.8 acres out of the Bowman & Williams League for the intention of laying out a cemetery for Negroes. Evidently, Taylor, Wiggins and Smith were the Trustees for the Negro Organization.  Records have not been found to indicate who the other officers of the group were. 


The 1.8 acres lies east of a small tract sold by Moore to Matagorda as a burying ground. The land was purchased for $180, and the deed filed for record on May 24, 1909, and recorded May 26, 1909, at the Matagorda County Court House.


The officers of the Bay City Cemetery Committee for 1945-46 were Jim Wilson, President; Oscar Young, acting Secretary; Ben Mills, Treasurer; and Green Farris, Collie Williams, and Mike Smith, Trustees. The group met on August 19, 1945, at the Mother Zion Baptist Church to discuss the purchase of additional land for the cemetery and the naming of the group and the property. Ruth Brown moved that the Cemetery be called Eastview. John Ruffins seconded, and the motion carried and was accepted. Oscar Young was elected permanent Secretary. Present at the meeting were Wilson, Young, Smith, Williams, Mills, Ruffins, Brown, Sam Hawkins, and Amanda Caesar.


Important events in the early history of Eastview include:


September 4, 1945: Details outlined for the purchase of five acres at $200 per acre, with note payments of $215 per quarter.


January 8, 1946: To meet note installments, churches were to be asked to make donations and the trustees were to collect dues of 10 cents per month from each member. The Colored Cemetery Association, Eastview Cemetery Association purchased 5.424 acres out of the Bowman & Williams League, Abstract 9, from E. E. Weller and wife, Ella May Weller, for $1,084.80.     


January 31, 1946: Election of Pink Woodard, W. W. Smith, and Isaiah Morgan as Trustees and Ruth Brown and Amanda Caesar as assistants to the Trustees and a Decoration Committee established.


November 25, 1946: At this meeting, property up-keep payments and donations were received from the following: Mother Zion Church, Enterprise Church, A. G. Hilliard I, Jessie Dale, Jessie Wiggins, Matthew Johnson, B. W. Ward, Large Roberts, Mrs. Cornelius Wilcox, Gabe Sims, Hannah Peters, and Nolan Stevens.


February 4, 1947
: Dues raised from 10 cents to 25 cents effective March 1, 1947 .


February 28, 1949: Purchased a tract of land for $1,084.80; roads blocked off in the cemetery and shelled.


February 19, 1952: Price of lots raised from $25 to $60; graves from $10 to $20. Four women appointed to the Decoration Committee and a caretaker employed for $30 per month.


January 11, 1953: Rev. C. T. Times elected Vice-President; Jim Cunningham, Secretary; Mike Smith, Treasurer; and Edmore Glennon replaced Smith as Trustee. Decoration Committee members: Ruth Brown, Chair; Rebecca Richmond, Letha Lane, Margarette Times, Pearl Woods, Willie Watkins, Dorothy Franklin, and Estella Spiller.


June 13, 1960: The new addition leased to Frank Hawkins for a 3-year "oil lease" for $2,250.


The scarcity of early records presents a problem, but this has served the purpose of trying to present early historical facts as they relate to the African Americans in Bay City and their quest for a cemetery.


James Morgan succeeded Jim Wilson as President of the Association. Individuals who served as Secretary during Morgan's tenure were: Fletcher Morgan, Jr., Margaret Thompson, Roxie O'Neal, and Emma Pea. A. D. Davis was the Treasurer.


During Morgan's tenure, property up-keep dues were raised from $3 to $5; single grave prices from $25 to $75; and lot prices from $60 to $100. A constitution and by-laws were executed and on February 24, 1983, the Matagorda County Drainage District No. 1 was given a 50-foot easement, beginning at the center line of Cottonwood Creek and extending to the property of the Colored Cemetery Association.


Lettie Green served as the third president of the Association for a very short time, after the death of Morgan. Emma Pea was the  Recording and Financial Secretary and A. D. Davis, Treasurer.


On July 21, 1984, Rose Castilow was elected Vice-President; Thelma Smith, Recording Secretary; Nona McKinney, Second Vice-President and Program Chair; Emma Pea, Financial Secretary; A. D. Davis, Treasurer.


Green resigned as President on August 5, 1984, and Rose Castilow became President. During Castilow's tenure, the constitution and by-laws were updated by Ida Bouldin, Susie Price, Thelma Smith, and Castilow. A Perpetual Care Trust Fund was established on December 3, 1984. Property up-keep dues were raised from $5 to $10 for 1 grave space, $15 for two spaces, and $25 for three to six spaces, beginning January, 1985. K. D. Green turned over his caretaker duties to Wells Clark on January 7, 1985. The Association received its Tax Exempt Status, April 9, 1986.


Trustees elected by the Association were Roxie O'Neal, Lloyd Brown, Rudolph Martin, Donald Bratcher, James Roberson, Maude Franklin, Rose Castilow, Thelma Smith, and later, Andrew Woods, Sr. Bratcher served as Chair for the Trustees, and O'Neal as the Financial Secretary.


On September 12, 1988, Roxie O'Neal became Financial Secretary for the Association upon the resignation of Emma Pea.


The Trustees met with the County Commissioner of Precinct 4 on April 3, 1989, at the cemetery. The roads in the cemetery were built  up and resurfaced with asphalt, drainage ditches were opened to direct run-off flow to the creek, drainage pipes were opened and some were reset, and water lines were laid with hydrants, so that water could be used in the new addition. Driveways were established in Sections D-1, D-2, and D-3 near Cottonwood Creek. A flag pole and flag were presented to the Association by the Commissioner. He also donated 18 Live Oak trees which were planted in Sections A-1 and A-2 by the Commissioner and his work crew.


The Association purchased 18 more Live Oaks, 18 dwarf plants, stakes, and water hoses. The dwarf plants were planted around the flag pole area by Harry Sauceda and Kenneth Young. The other trees were planted in Sections B-1, B-2, C-1, and C-2. Donations of funds for trees were received from Lois Armelin,
Bethel Baptist Church , Bible Days Revival Church , Daughters In Progress Club, Enterprise Baptist Church , Mother Zion Baptist Church , Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Friendship Club, Mi Dear Club, and NAACP. The Commissioner and his work crew planted, mulched, and watered all of the trees.


In 1991, members of the Association began surveying the cemetery in conjunction with Bay City's Centennial celebration.

Thelma Smith, assisted by Roxie O'Neal, Elnora Parks, Rose Castilow, and Andrew Woods, surveyed the sections, recording the number of lots in each section, number of grave spaces, and the names of persons interred in the spaces.


The Cemetery is divided into nine sections. Sections A-1 and A-2 are located between Cedarvale Cemetery and Cedarvale Road.  Sections B-1, B-2, C-1, C-2, D-1, D-2, and D-3 are located between Cedarvale Road and Cottonwood Creek.  Sections D-1, D-2 and D-3 are restricted to flat markers, while upright or flat markers may be used in the other sections.


Property owners and relatives were asked to clean headstones of their loved ones on Memorial Day, 1993.


Scott Evans was contracted to plant and mulch 230 Ligustrum plants in the Cemetery, fronting Golden Avenue at a cost of $1,500 to the Association. Donations for this project were received from Enterprise Church, Mother Zion Church, Daughters in Progress Club, Bethel Church, Eugene and Blanche Johnson, Ethel Anderson Jones, and others. Evans and Company donated 20 additional Live Oak trees. The County Commissioner and his work crew planted these trees along Cedarvale Road in Sections B-1 and A-2.


Officers of the Association as of July, 1993, are Rose Castilow, President; Nona McKinney, Vice-President; Thelma Smith, Recording Secretary; Roxie O'Neal, Financial Secretary, A. D. Davis, Treasurer. The Trustees are Donald Bratcher and Andrew Woods, Sr., Co-Chairs; R. O'Neal, Financial Secretary; Thelma Smith, Recording Secretary; James Roberson, Lloyd Brown, R. Castilow, Jim Smith, Nona McKinney, and L. C. Cunningham, Jr. The Caretaker, Wells Clark, is the only person to receive a salary from the Association.
 

 

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Created
Jan. 3, 2005
Updated
Dec. 15, 2011
   

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