|Cemetery Name||Gordon Cemetery|
|Alternate Names||Gordon Family Cemetery, Garden Cemetery|
|Directions||From Taylor City Hall, drive north on Highway 95 4.7 miles. Turn right (east) on FM 1331 and drive 12.4 miles to old house on left. Cemetery is behind outbuildings in grove of trees behind the old house of Andrew and Eliza (Goff ) Gordon|
|Photographed by||Ric Gordon|
|Surveyed by||Ric Gordon|
|Comments||Recorded as a Historic Texas Cemetery by the Texas Historical Commission|
Recent photo of Gordon Cemetery
Narrative History of Gordon Family Cemetery
The origin of the Gordon Family Cemetery started with the death of Eliza Kerr “Gordon” LeSueur , the daughter of Andrew and Eliza “Goff” Gordon. She died January 11, 1855 and was the first to be buried back behind the main house. It’s thought that she probably died during the delivery of her daughter. Her daughter survived, married and moved to Grand Coteau, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. Her name was Eliza Penelope LeSueur. Her father, Charles Marion LeSueur, was said to have represented Milam and Robertson Counties in the Texas Legislature in 1857 and 1858. He was a member of the 1861 Texas Secession Convention and signed the ordinance of Texas Secession, as a representative of Milam and Williamson Counties. He was a Lieutenant Colonel during the War Between the States and is buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery in Georgetown, Texas.
Around 1854, Andrew and his wife, Eliza, brought their family to Texas by way of Pulaski, Giles Co., Tennessee – Newton County, Mississippi, then here to Williamson County. Andrew bought 453 acres of the Conrad Eigenauer grant February 6, 1854. Then on March 3, 1854 Andrew bought an additional 320 acres of the Pedro Garza grant.
The Gordon family continued to add burials to the cemetery. Some of Andrew and Eliza’s children and grandchildren are buried here. The oldest person buried here is John Goff, Eliza’s father, who was born in 1776 and died in 1867. The youngest buried here is shared by twin daughters of Thomas and Nancy Lane, who were born and died September 11, 1873.
In his last Will and Testament, Andrew Gordon decreed the following:
“… I direct and will that out of the aforesaid lands, a lot of the dimensions of 75 feet square, including my family burial ground near my dwelling, be and the same is hereby reserved and set apart especially and perpetually for a family cemetery, and in no event shall the same be sold, transferred or conveyed to any one by any of my Heirs or legatees. Said 75 feet square of land, for the purposes of a family burying ground as aforesaid and for the preservation of the graves already there on is meted and bounded as follows, …..” Signed on the 13 day of October 1882. Andrew died June 24, 1889, but as yet his grave has not been found.
Presently there are fifteen marked graves in a very small cemetery, hidden from view by the main house, trees and heavy brush.