Boothill Cemetery
McMullen County Texas

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Crain, Epamindondas M.  
b. 1816 d. 1869    
Boothill
McMullen County
Texas, USA
Died of Cholera.


Epamindondas M. Crain had made a trip to San Antonio in 1869 when the cholera epidemic was raging, contracted the disease and died a few days after reaching home.  His headstone reveals that he was born in 1816 and died in 1869.  He served during the Civil War and was a private in the 29th Brigade Texas Troops Confederates States Army.  Three other cholera victims were also buried here during this time, but their identities are unknown.  All the graves of the cholera victims were completely sealed with rock tombs.   The story that has been handed down is that the citizens of Tilden were so terrified of cholera that they were afraid it  might work up through the soil and infect others, so they sealed these graves in rock tombs.  How true the story is, no one knows.  (Note: When Renee Smelley visited the cemetery in July 2002 these graves were evident by the rock tombs that were on top of the ground, but were falling in and apart.)





Gossett, Dick  
b. 1850 d. 1869   
 Boothill
McMullen County
Texas, USA
Killed in a gun fight at Ft. Ewell.
No headstone.


Greer, Simeon Glenn  
b. Dec. 7, 1848 d.Nov. 9,  1874    
Boothill
McMullen County
Texas, USA
Thrown from a horse.
Simeon Glenn Greer (Decemeber 07, 1848 - November 09, 1874) a young man, said to be seeking adventure, came to Dogtown in 1874.  He was thrown and killed while trying to ride a half tamed horse.  His grave is still evident today (July 2002), as his family was notified of his death and they sent a iron railing and marble slab for his grave.




Harrison,Jr., Lige
b.1859 d. 1876
Boothill
McMullen County
Texas, USA
Hunting Accident.

McCreery, Samuel Wm.
b. unknown d. 1877
Boothill
McMullen County
Texas, USA
Murdered at his ranch.


Minter, James
b. unknown d.unknown
Boothill
McMullen County
Texas, USA
Murdered and presumed to
be part of the Dalton gang.


Palacios, Pemanio
b.unknown d. unknown
Boothill
McMullen County
Texas, USA

Smithwick, John  
b. 1830 d. 1870    
Boothill
McMullen County
Texas, USA
Murdered

Wheeler, Phelix  
b. Sep. 13, 1870 d. Oct. 16, 1870    
Boothill
McMullen County
Texas, USA



_____, Jim
b. unknown d. 1872
Boothill
McMullen County
Texas, USA
Assassinated from door of
old Rock Store. Unknown Killer.

Unknown, Unkown
b.unknown d.unknown
Boothill
McMullen County
Texas, USA
A stranger arriving in town on the stage coach had the bad judgment of walking around town in a top hat.  Some men from a local Dogtown saloon took notice of the tall hat and jokingly decided to put a bullet through the crown.  Clabe Young, one of the pranksters, had bad aim, shot to low and the unfortunate stranger was killed instantly.  Note: No headstone located.

Unknown, Unknown
b. unknown d. 1873
Boothill
McMullen County
Texas, USA
Killed in gun battle in front
of old Rock Store.

Unknown, Unknown
b. unknown d.1875
Boothill
McMullen County
Texas, USA
Drown in Nueces River.

History of Boothill Cemetery

Tilden, Texas

Boot Hill Cemetery, one of the only two authentic cemeteries of its kind in the southwest, was named Boothill because so many of those who were interred there died violently, "with their boots on."  Many of the early graves were those of people killed in accidents, murdered, died of cholera during the cholera epidemic in 1869, but some were known to have died of natural causes.  The cemetery was established sometime after Frio Rio came into existence in 1858.  Frio Rio has gone through several name changes; Dogtown, Colfax and finally Tilden when it was established the county seat in 1877.  The cemetery is located behind the bank 1/2 a block north of the courthouse plaza on highway 72 and 1/2 block east of State Highway 16. 

Tilden was on the caravan route between San Antonio, Dogtown, Fort Ewell, Laredo and Mexico.  Some time during the Civil War a stage route was also added and saloons began to spring up in Dogtown.  These all brought many undesirable characters to the town as well as men who were on the run from the law that used the surrounding area and brush to hide.  Some of these undesirables provided quite a few occupants for Boothill.

In 1877 Boot Hill Cemetery was abandoned in favor of the present Hill Top Cemetery.  Hill Top Cemetery was originally called Graveyard Hill and many early setters as well as several generations of their descendants have been buried in Hill Top.  Hill Top Cemetery still serves the community today.

Boot Hill Cemetery was neglected for more than half a century.  During this time the "old timers past away, the markers deteriorated, fell down, became lost and more and more of the Boothill lore and history went with them.  In 1955 when the Cenizo Garden Club was organized they began at once to clean up and restore the cemetery.  They cleaned the plots, cleared out the brush, and located as many graves as possible.  The grounds were enclosed by a low border of native stone and the Boothill Cemetery Sign with a large boot made of masonry mounted on a huge slab of a petrified palm stump was added to the cemetery grounds.  They were also instrumental in obtaining a Historical Marker, which stands at the entrance of the cemetery.

Sources: McMullen County History (McMullen County History Book Committee, 1981), Rural Coastal Bend Private Industry Council (A Public/Private Partnership Helping to Develop A Literate and Skilled Workforce in the Coastal Bend Area)       
Submitted by Renee Smelley







Moses William Hindes, a pioneer in settling of southwest Texas. Born in South Carolina; married Mary Jane Mason. Moved in 1840's to Alabama, then to Mississippi. With wife and 6 children came in 1855 by ox-wagon and horse-drawn hack to Texas. After a year in Lockhart, moved (1856) to this area of sparse settlements. To have adequate water for cattle raising, tried living on Ash and San Miguel Creeks.  Then settled on the Frio, where in droughts "wells" were sunk in the river bed. 

During the Civil War (1861-1865) Hindes and his son George were Confederate scouts. In that time Indians plundered this area, stealing children and horses. On Aug. 1, 1865, warning came of a new Indian raid. Neighbors went to Hindes' home (9 mi. sw) for safety. 6 men took turns guarding 40 horses held in the corral. At daybreak when the Indians attacked, Moses Hindes was shot to death defending his homestead. Buried at first in this Boothill, he was later reburied in Pleasanton Cemetery, Atascosa County. His heirs remain loyal to this area for which Mr. Hindes died. George, the eldest son, founded the town of Hindes, Atascosa County. The Hindes & Beever Store, Pearsall, sold first pear burner ever marketed. Every generation has had men who rode with Texas Rangers. 1968 Incise in base: Erected by great-grandchildren, Carrie Hindes Eppright and Leroy Hindes.







    



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