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Confederate Veterans Buried at Matagorda Cemetery
Matagorda, Texas



Sam Raymond

Frank M. Robbins

Baldesar Ryman-Location Unknown

John Ryman & Louisa Ryman

Norman Savage & Marianda A. Savage

Norman Savage was born March 26, 1826, in New York. In 1829 he came to Texas with his parents, Emilius and Mary Savage, as part of a group of persons destined for Stephen F. Austin’s colony.

Norman grew up in Matagorda County, married Mary Smith, daughter of Jacob Smith, on June 17, 1850. Their daughter, Charlotte M., was born on October 15, 1851. Norman’s wife, Mary, died on June 6, 1852. Norman then married Marinda Adams, daughter of John Adams, on June 7, 1854. They were the parents of four children: Greenberry, Isabella, Edward J., and May.

Norman engaged in ranching and was noted for his herd of imported beef cattle and his fine horses. His “O” brand was registered in Matagorda County on February 30, 1829.

Norman was a circuit-rider preacher and elder in the Methodist church. He preached at Tres Palacios and various sites in the county. In August, 1854, Norman deeded two acres of land on Tres Palacios Creek near Deming’s Bridge to Daniel M. Wheeler, Horace Yeamans, and Samuel Pilkington, trustees for the Trespalacios Baptist Church. These two acres became Hawley Cemetery.

During the Civil War, Norman served in Captain George Burkhart’s Reserve Company of Matagorda County, and later in Company F, 4th Battalion, Texas State Troops.

Norman Savage was a member of the Trespalacios Masonic Lodge No. 411 at Deming’s Bridge. The Trespalacios Lodge building was later moved to Blessing.

Norman Savage met an untimely death on May 5, 1878, when he was struck in the head by a cow’s horn as he attempted to remove a rope from the cow’s neck. His death was described in a letter from Marinda to her son-in-law, J. H. McCain captioned: Sunieside, Texas, May 27, 1878, …He and the boys had went to the lot to milk, and Budie had roped a wild cow and his Pa went up to take the rope off the cow when she threw her head around and struck him just above the ear with her horn. He staggered back and Eddie caught him in his arms. In a minute there was a knot swelling out as large as a hen’s egg. Eddie helped him in the house where he lay down but would not let us send for the doctor, but he got no better and Eddie went for the doctor anyway. Before he came back he (Mr. Savage) had sunk into sleep from which he never could wake him. He died a little after 2 o’clock in the morning and was buried [in Matagorda Cemetery] on the 8th with Masonic honors.

Barbara Savage Stell, Historic Matagorda County, Volume I, page 92

Hedwiges Seerden & Frank Seerden

Richard Oakford Serrill                Peter Soper-Location Unknown               William Henry Sterling-Location Unknown

Greenberry Stewart                Walter Scott Stewart

Dr. James Raphael Thompson

J. Fredrick Vogg

Thomas Mackey Wadsworth

Joseph Yeamans, Jr.

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

William Bryant Wadsworth                Phillip Yeamans, Sr.

Christian Zipprian-No headstone


The many friends of Captain Chris Zipprian will be rejoiced to hear through Mr. Ryman who visited the old gentleman at his home in Wadsworth Monday, that the veteran in improving and may be again restored to his former good health. Capt. Zipprian has been a resident of this county pretty much all his life and entered the Confederate army here in 1861. Recently he has been confined to his bed, suffering from a general breakdown, and also week his condition was regarded as critical. He is about 70 year of age, and his friends are legion.

Matagorda News, August 15, 1912

Ashby     Cedarvale     Hawley     Matagorda     Palacios      Family Cemeteries     Various     Unknown



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