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Dylan Saylor, left, giving fellow scouts instructions before they
Most of the following information comes from Sammy Tise's Lavaca County Texas Cemetery Records, Volumes 1-VI. Several people have volunteered to do lookups in his cemetery surveys for you. The books are also available for purchase.
Please contact Regena if you have done a cemetery survey or have information or cemetery photos to share.
There are seventy-nine grave markers in this old African-American cemetery. The oldest is for Rebaca Mitchell, who died 16 June 1892.
Go out of Hallettsville on South Main Street and cross the Lavaca River. The cemetery is on the left about 100 yards after crossing the river bridge.
Historic Texas Cemetery
The Oak Grove Cemetery has over 3500 markers. The oldest is for Ida Herder who died 4 Aug 1876. The cemetery is on the left side of FM 318 as you enter the Yoakum city limits and is adjacent to St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Carla Ratcliff has offered to do lookups in the records of the Oak Grove Cemetery. These records include unmarked graves that were not included in Sammy Tise's book.
See photos of miscellaneous graves at the Oak Grove Cemetery at the Texas Tombstone Project. The graves pictured are from the Borchers, Brown, Buchanan, Cockcroft, Dowlearn, Fahning, Farmer, Harris, Nickel, Pruetz, White and Wofford families.
Also known as the Meyer and Bonorden Cemeteries
This fenced and well-kept black cemetery contains about 270 markers. The earliest known burial is for Sophie Irvens who died on April 26, 1904. From Yoakum take Hwy 95 toward Shiner. Turn left on CR 326. The cemetery is on the right about .2 mile down CR 326.
This grave is located on the old polasek land, later the Leo Hoffer Ranch, about 1.5 miles north of Ezzell. There appears to be only one grave, that of Josee Polasek. The marker in Czech reads 22 Cer 1882 - 27 Rij 1931.
To get to this cemetery take FM 530 from 90A and drive 21.3 miles. Turn left on CR 17 and drive 2.6 miles to Hancock Road. Turn and drive 2.4 miles to the cemetery. The cemetery is north of CR 17 and west of Goldenrod Creek. There are eight markers, but the oldest known grave, Charles P. Chambers who died ca 1860, is unmarked.
This family cemetery was started in 1986 when Arlyn Wayne Lienemann was killed in a motorcycle accident on February 18. To get to the cemetery go east from Hallettsville on 90A, turn south on FM 530, go 4.8 miles and turn right on Texana Road. The cemetery is 1.8 miles down Texana Road on the right.
There are 522 markers in this cemetery located one-half mile north east of Sweet Home on the east side of FM 318. The oldest marker is for Anna Jungpaur, who died on 28 September 1890.
There are only three legible markers in this small family cemetery on the Ludwig Pustejovsky land. There is also a grave beside the road on the right before getting to the Pustejovsky land. Mr. Pustejovsky believed it to be Anton Raaz's first wife or his sister, but he couldn't be certain. This one grave was marked with a field stone about fifty yards from the Raaz Cemetery. To find this cemetery go north from Vienna on FM 530 to the second gravel road on the left. Go down this road about 1.5 miles to the Pustejovsky land on the right. The cemetery is on the right about 100 yards off the road.
Srubar, ?, died 1905, a young boy who drowned in a pond near the cemetery
Raaz, Anton, 11 Apr 1825 - 21 Dec 1890
Raaz, Franz, 5 Oct 1859 - 27 Nov 1891
Unknown, two persons on a broken double marker that is illegible
This cemetery is in northeastern Lavaca County. From FM 2314 off Hwy 90A drive 6.2 miles to the end of the pavement where CR 138 begins. Drive 3.6 miles to CR 140. Drive down CR 1440 to the first curve. Go straight on a narrow lane .4 mile to a cattle guard with a wire gate. The property belongs to Clemons L. "Buddy" Prause of Columbus. The cemetery is to the right about one-half mile down the fence line in the southwest corner of a pasture. There are fourteen markers in the cemetery. The oldest is for Nersis Redus who died in June 1881.
The cemetery is northeast of Yoakum, approximately 2 miles from the intersection of Hwy 95 and Hwy 77A. The cemetery is on the right and contains over six hundred graves. The oldest marker is for Serena Woods Bailey who died in 1910, but most of the graves date from the late 1950s.
The only burial in the Riggs Family Cemetery is that of David Ronald (Ronnie) Riggs, 30 Aug 1948 - 25 Dec 2004, who is buried on property that he owned.
The Roddy Cemetery is located on FM 530, 1.2 miles north of Navidad River on the east side of the road. When Sammy Tise surveyed this cemetery in 1982 there were only two funeral home markers and those could not be read. Myrtle Roddy told him that two of the people buried there were Clara Nicholson who was Walter Nicholson's mother and a Miller infant or small child. She remembered there being seven to eight grave sites. She thought there were also some black people buried there or nearby. Regena Williamson did additional research and found that Clara Roddy Nicholson is actually buried in the Hallettsville City Cemetery, but she was able to add the following additional names by researching Texas death certificates.
Burials in this cemetery:
Miller, infant, no dates, possibly related to Bob Miller family, no marker, info from Sammy Tise
Roddy, Maggie, 1853 - 6 Oct 1935, nee Hunt, wife of Robert Hutchinson Roddy, no marker, death certificate says buried in the family cemetery at Speaks
Roddy, Martha Ann, died 23 Sep 1888, nee Hill, wife of Elias Roddy, no marker, death mentioned in Tribune Herald
Roddy, Robert, died 28 Dec 1939, son of Elias Roddy and Martha ann Hill, born in Arkansas, no marker, death certicate says buried in the family cemetery