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Oak Grove Cemetery, near Austin, TX, Travis County. Census records, Family history, Genealogy: Carl B. Waechter; Leanerst Boatright & wife Annie; Thomas Delbert Cantrell; Helen Cantwell; Harvey Orben Simons & Lottie Mae Toungate; James E. Shannon; Wilhelm Thurm of Prussia; John W Guest; A. E. Boatright of KY; Sparlin Young & wife Lucy; Archie M. McConnell and MORE. History of Bull Creek.
Oak Grove Cemetery
Travis County Austin, Texas

Updated 05/04/2015. I will be adding photos soon. Be sure to read the records at the bottom of this page.
Any help with family history or genealogy is appreciated. If you find an obituary, email me a copy.
Earliest burial found here is 1887. Does anyone know how to get a Historial Marker?

Location: Spicewood Springs Road and Bull Creek, Spicewood Springs Road, Austin, TX 78759.
See map below. Directions: Go north on Burnet Road to Anderson Lane. Turn west on Anderson; Anderson will change to Spicewood Springs Road. After Mopac, continue until you reach Hwy 360. Go south a couple of blocks to the continuation of Spicewood Springs Road. Go out that road 3.3 miles to Oak Grove Church. Bull Creek crosses the road near the Cemetery. Oak Grove Church is across street from the Cemetery. Some graves are next to the church. (Jollyville Quad, 3097-234).


Infant, ____, no info.(R1)

Allen, Gene, b. abt 1940 /d. ____ 2006 (only child of Julia V. Simons Allen, d/o H. O. Simons)

Allen, Julia Valie, b. May 10, 1926/d.Nov 16, 1944 (dau of Harvey Orben Simons/Lottie Mae Toungate) (R4)

Bertling, Adrian W., b. May 16, 1912/d.Mar 2, 1990. (R10)

Bertling, Altha A., b. Nov 23, 1919/d.Nov 13, 1988 (Lee Boatright) (R10)

Boatright, Albert B., b.Feb 4, 1911/d.Mar 2, 1991 (bro to Tim and Floyd, (R9)

Boatright, Alexander E. R1o, b. May 13, 1890/d.Oct 13, 1970. R10

Boatright, Amelia Cacares, (R9. no info.)

Boatright, Annie, b.1871/d.1936 (w/o Lee Bolden) (R9)

Boatright, Charles Eugene, b.Feb 22, 1944/d.Oct 24, 1988 (Family info below) (R9)

Boatright, David Alexander, b. Aug 5, 1931/d.Feb 27, 1932. (R9)

Boatright, Elsie M., b.June 22, 1921/d.May 5, 1958 (w/o Floyd)(R6)

Boatright, Emmer Rose, (R9. no info.)

Boatright, Etta Mae (Teague), b. Oct 24, 1896/d.Jan 29, 1982 (R10)

Boatright, Floyd C., b.July 9, 1913/d.Feb 3, 1977 (bro to Tim and Albert. More info below)(R6)

Boatright, Frank Lee, b.__ /d. abt 2004 (h/o Pauline)(R8)

Boatright, Howard C. (Bo), b. Sept 22, 1937/d.Oct 31, 1989. R6

Boatright, Joe, b.Aug 24, 1936/d.Mar 22, 1944. (R9)

Boatright, Jess T., b.Feb 19, 1896/d.July 7, 1966 (h/o Rosa)(s/o Lee and Annie)(R9)

Boatright, Lee Bolden, b.1860/d.1943 (h/o Annie)(s/o A. E., b.1823 KY and Mary H., b.1835 NC)(R9)

Boatright, Libbie, b.June 30, 1903/d.Sept 4, 1915 (daughter of Lee) (R9)

Boatright, Maggie, b.Apr 13, 1913/d.Aug 7, 1976 (w/o Tim) (m/o Floyd) (R9)

Boatright, Pauline Suzanne (Cappel), b.__ / d. abt 2002 (w/o Frank Boatright) (R8)

Boatright, Rosa M., b.Feb 28, 1905/d.1993 (w/o Jessie) (R9)

Boatright, Robert Evans, no info.(R9)

Boatright, Tim F., b.Feb 25, 1909/d.Mar 22, 1961 (f/o Frank) (Tim brother of Albert and Floyd) (R9)

Cantrell, Dora L., no info.(R3)

Cantrell, Elvin Melvin, b.Nov 22, 1945/d.Dec 27, 1945 (s/o Monroe Jackson (Jack) Cantrell, Sr./Rosa Nell Simons) (R4)

Cantrell, Florence Mae, (Church lot. no info.)

Cantrell, Tommie, b.1939/d.1943, (4 yr.old s/o Nellie F./Thomas D. Cantrell) (R6)

Cantrell, Nellie F., Feb 2, 1907/June 16, 1984, (w/o Thomas D. Cantrell) (R6)

Cantrell, Tom D., b.__/d.__ (Thomas Delbert Cantrell b.1899/d.1995 s/o Joshua Cantrell)(R6)

Cantrell, John S., b.__/d.__ (Row 3. no info.)

Cantrell, Oscar Gene, (Church lot. no info.)

Cantwell, Helen, b.Feb. 24, 1935/d. _____ (wife of Floyd Cantwell) (d/o Harvey O. Simons/Ella Harp, Crawford, Tuttle) (R2)

Cantwell, Howard C. Jr., b.July 5, 1949/d.Apr 25, 1970. (b/o Floyd Cantwell) (W. corner)

Clark, Daryl, (R9. no info.)

Combs, Myrtle J., b.1941/d.1989 (d/o Harvey Benton Simons/Rhea Golden Woodall) (R7)

Dickey, Tommie E., Jr., b.1960/d.1963 (Dorsey?) (R8)

Dofer, Nora, b.1882 (Dorfer?)

Faurie, Flie M. III, b.Mar 11, 1960/d.Mar 11, 1960, (s/o Helen Simons Faurie Cantwell)

Faurie, Mark D., b.July 11, 1966/d.July 22, 1966, (s/o Helen Simons Faurie Cantwell)(R3)

Faurie, Harold D., Jr., b.June 2, 1974/d.Oct 8, 1974, (s/o Harold Dean Faurie) (R3)

Ferrill, Debbie Diane, no info, Church lot

Ferrill, Mae E., no info, Church lot

Ferrill, Stanley, no info, Church lot

Gribbins, Edith S., b.May 9, 1909/d.Mar 18, 1987.

Guest, Cleo, b. ______ / d.June 2010. (h/o Thelma. (R10)

Guest, Thelma B., b.Aug 13, 1923/d.Nov 30, 1976 (w/o Cleo Guest) (d/o Dick Boatright)(R10)

Herrin, Earl (Carl?), b.July 15, 1902/d.Dec 17, 1978. W. corner

Herrin, Edna J., b.June 27, 1904/d.Jan 29, 1989. W. corner

Holt, Aimee L., b.Feb 15, 1944/d.Apr 6, 1984. (R1)

Hopkins, Edith B. Boatright, b.Apr 15, 1923/d.Mar 27, 1978. (R8)

Jones, Ethel Bell, no info (R8)

Jones, John H., b.Sept 25, 1900/d.Mar 15, 1969 (step father of Floyd Cantwell)

Kamp, Dorothy L., no info (R6)

Kamp, Infant boy, no info (R2)

Kerr, Shelia A., b.June 25, 1972/d.June 25, 1972. no info (R3)

Leonard, Kathryn L., no info (R1)

Love, Kristin H., b.____ / d. 1993 (R7)

Love, Thomas D., not deceased. (R7)

McConnell, Morris, b.1938/d.1989. (R1)

McConnell, Archie M., b.July 4, 1912/d.Nov 7, 1986. (R1)

McConnell, Edith Thelma, b.Mar 26, 1911/d.Feb 2, 1980. (R1)

McGrew, G. W., Age 77 years (No dates) (R7)

McGrew, Evelyn, b.1855/d.1934. (R7)

McKamy, Ray K., b.Dec 3, 1935/d.June 25, 1988. (R9)

McKamy, C. Francis, b.Mar 15, 1911/ __ . (R9)

McKamy, Raymond D., b.Sept 9, 1908/d.Feb 20, 1981. (R9)

Milhim, George C., no info (R1)

Milhim, Jessie (Kathryn or Kitty)no info (R1)

Milhim, Michael G., b.Sept 14, 1953/d.Feb 11, 1991. (R1)

Muller, Nora D. (Miller?)(R2)

Phillips, Emma, no info (R7)

Phillips, Infant, no info (R7)

Phillips, Infant, no info (R7)

Phillips, Infant, no info (R7)

Phillips, Shannon Lillie Lee, no info (R7)

Pickens, Besty M., b.1827/d.1912. (R8)

Pickens, John F., b.1900/d.1982. (R8)

Prewitt, Virgie, b.Sept 18, 1915/d.Oct 7, 1919 (4 yr old dau of Jess and Dolly) (R1)

Prewitt, Jess, b.1877/d.1940 (h/o of Dolly Venable)(R1)

Prewitt, Dolly, b.July 26, 1883/d.July 12, 1975 (w/o Jessee)(R1)

Reed, Jophtha, b.1840/d.1985 (Could be Joseph?)(R9)

Richards, Elizabeth R. (Rightmire, Betty), b.Feb 9, 1902/d.Mar 15, 1986.(R8)

Richards, Wilson L., b.Oct 24, 1915/d.Apr 26, 1987. (R8)

Richards, Bill Ray, b.Apr 13, 1947/d.Jan 24, 1990. (W. corner)

Routon, Martha, no info (R6)

Schneider, Marie Margurette Jeansotte, no info (R8)

Shannon, ______ , no info (R2)

Shannon, A. Dewey, b.Jan 9, 1892/d.Apr 24, 1979 (R2)

Shannon, Andrew F., b.Feb 25, 1916/d.Dec 4, 1986. (R7)

Shannon, Asa Edward, no info (R2)

Shannon, Bessie L., no info (R2)

Shannon, Bettie Lou, no info. Church lot

Shannon, Clinton, no info. Church lot

Shannon, Dewey Taylor, b.1932/d.1991 (R1)

Shannon, Dorothy M. b.June 17, 1917/d.Mar 12, 1979 (was aPrewitt)(R1)

Shannon, Ella Mae, no info (R3)

Shannon, Forrest W., Sr., b.1941/d.Sept 28, 1978. (R7)

Shannon, James E., b.1884/d.1952 (R7)

Shannon, James H., b.Sept 24, 1908/d.Nov 16, 1987. (R6)

Shannon, Johnnie D., b.July 21, 1920/d.Nov 19, 1988. (R2)

Shannon, Lela Mae, no info (R6)

Shannon, Marvin Forest, no info (R3)

Shannon, Othel L. , b.Mar 22, 1917/d.Dec 21, 1973 (h/o Dorothy)(R1)

Shannon, Perry L., b.July 16, 1936/d.Jan 8, 1992. (R1)

Shannon, Walter S., b.Dec 4, 1934/d.July 18, 1935. R?

Simons, Andrew, b.Aug 17, 1917/d.May 23, 1925, s/o Dexter Simmons b. abt. 1856. R5.

Simons, Betty, ____________ sister to Lottie Mae Toungate. Church lot.

Simons, Charles, b.June 19, 1931/d.Apr 30, 1933. (R5)

Simons, Clarence William, no info. (R5)

Simons, Dexter D., b.Sept 20, 1856/d.Nov 13, 1919 (hus of Ida Ann Adams, b.1868) (R5)

Simons, Dexter Lee, Sr., b.July 10, 1929/d.Dec 29, 1982 (son of Dick Simons b.May 22, 1904) (R6)

Simons, Dick, b.May 22, 1904/d.Oct 15, 1960 (hus of Edith Simpson) (R5)

Simons, Edith Gibbin, no info, (R5)

Simons, Edward Dexter, b._______ /d.Dec 21, 1966 (s/o Harvey O. Simons and Lottie Mae) (h/o Mary Alice Friar) (R4)

Simons, Eli D., no info, (R3)

Simons, Ella, b.1889/d.1962. wife of ? (R2)

Simons, Ella Dee, b.Dec 27, 1891/d.Sept 9, 1979(second wife of Harvey Orben Simons b.1892) (R2)

Simons, Eva (Dupur?), b.1907/d.1990. (R3)

Simons, Fritz Lee (Lee), b.Mar 3, 1909/d.Nov 22, 1982 (h/o Lillie Belle Williams) (R5)

Simons, Harvy Benton, h/o Rae Golden Woodall Simons,(R7)

Simons, Harvey Orben (H. O.), b.1892/d.1958 (hus of 1st Lottie Mae Toungate; 2nd Ella.) (R4)

Simons, Ida May, no info, (R4)

Simons, Infant, no info, (R5)

Simons, L. M., b.____ /d. ____ (probably Lottie Mae Toungate Simons, b.Dec 4, 1896/d.May 23, 1926) (1st w/o H. O. Simons) (R4)

Simons, Lillie Belle Williams, b.Jan 19, 1912/d.May 8, 1981 (w/o Fritz Lee Simons)(R5)

Simons, Mary Alice Friar, b.___ /d.2007 Uvalde, TX, w/o Edward Dexter (Ed) Simons) (R4)

Simons, Rae Golden Woodall, w/o Harvy Benton Simons, (R7)

Simons, Vernon Leroy, b.Aug 21, 1921/d.Apr 14, 1960 (h/o Vera Lou Lue Ferril) (s/o Harvey O. Simons and Lottie Mae Toungate) (R4)

Simons, Harvey B., b.1915/d.1991 (hus of Rhea Golden Woodall)

Steekes, Thurston Vance, (Row 8. no other info. could be wrong spelling.)

Stukes, M. C. E., b.1878/d.1901 (Swope? could be wrong spelling)

Sutton, Rhodie, (Church lot. no info.)

Sutton, Elizabeth Ann, (Church lot. no info.)

Swope, M. C. F., (Church lot. no info.)

Teague, Olivia Viola (Ollie), (Tegue? R9. no info.)

Teague, Raburn C., b.Aug 18, 1923/d.Oct 2, 1992, R9

Thurm, William, b.May 22, 1810/d.Aug 25, 1887 (Came to US with wife and 3 daughters from Prussia in 1850s.) R2

Toungate, Ida A., b.Aug 12, 1869/d.Mar 13, 1956. (Could be first wife of Dexter D. Simons. Ida divorced Dexter, then married Ed Toungate) R5.

Tuttle, Myrtle Ida (Meme), (Church lot. no info.)

Waechter, Carl B., (Church lot. no info.)

Waechter,Dolores J., (Church lot. no info.)

Waechter, Gustave A., b.__/ d.__ (h/o Louise Thurm)(Church lot)

Waechter, Elizabeth M., b.Aug 30, 1886/d.Dec 5, 1973 (w/o Lewis J.)(d/o Leanerst and Annie Boatright) R9.

Waechter, John David, b.____ /d.May 16, 1982,/buried near his father Gustav.

Waechter, Lewis J., b.Jan 29, 1873/d.July 2, 1957 (s/o Louisa Waechter, b.1847 in Germany) R9.

Waechter, Mandy M., (w/o Gus. Church lot. No dates.)

Waecther, Willie W., b.Apr 6, 1924/d.Sept 23, 1973 (s/o Gus W./Mandy (Toungate) Waechter) (W. corner)

*a family story here:" Gus held Mandy (b.1904) when she was a baby and said she was the most beautiful baby he had ever seen and he would marry her someday". And he did. ** An email Question: where is Gus W. Waechter buried? by Mandy in Church lot? Anyone with positive info?

Wallace, Francis R., (R3. No dates.)

Wallace, James E., b.1922/d.1992. R3.

Williams, Pat, b.Dec. 11, 1904/d.Feb. 14, 1987 (bro of Harry) (family said he is buried near his sister Lillie Belle Williams Simons) R7.

Williamson, Ralph W., b.Jun 3, 1905/d.Apr 17, 1959. R6.

Young, Lucy, b.Apr 8, 1900/d.Nov 25, 1927, (w/o Sparlin Young) R1.


        Please try to come to the annual Bar-B-Q on the July 4th held on the Church grounds across from the Cemetery. Funds collected are used to care for the Oak Grove Cemetery and Church grounds. There are parks north and south of the Cemetery and it is surrounded by million dollar homes. If Austin declares the Cemetery neglected and abandoned, the graves could be moved. We must keep it cleaned.
        If you cannot be present for the July 4th event, please send a donation. Any amount will be appreciated and will help keep the Cemetery and Church grounds. Send donations to: Oak Grove Cemetery Association, Attn: Sheila Shannon Lawson, Sec/Trea., 1080 Co. Rd. 223, Giddings, TX 78942. For info call Sheila at 512-247-9196 or Pres. George Milhouse at 512-339-9666. The Church was set on fire several times by vandals and finally burned to the ground. There is only a cement foundation left. Since there are no services held on the Church property, Travis County is taxing the property. They know there are graves by the Church. They do not tax the Cemetery, but they do tax the all property by the Church.
        We try to arrive 3 or 4 days early to help clean the grounds, paint tables and set up the kitchen. Volunteers can bring self contained RVs or put up a tent on the ground. There is electricity, water, and a restroom with a shower. On July Fourth, people start coming from all directions. Some have kin in the cemetery and some come for the good food and fellowship. They are all welcome. They are asked for donations, but no one has ever been turned away. Many families bring home cooked food to add to the Bar-B-Q. The ladies bring fresh garden vegetables and wonderful home made cakes, pies and cobblers. One year someone put all the beans in the pot and set them on the stove. They were boiling good, when Rose looked at me and said "who picked and washed the beans?" ... Oops. No one had washed the beans. They were probably the best beans we had ever cooked.
        There are tables and benches shaded by live oak trees. You can hear the water of Bull Creek rushing over the limestone creek bed. There is a beautiful limestone bluff behind the Cemetery where water seeps through cracks and green moss grows. It is a site to see. Bull Creek Watershed is one of the most beautiful natural areas in Travis County. Once called Cascade, the name "Bull" is said to have come from the last wild bison shot near the creek in the 1860s. Another source relates the name to the many longhorn cattle that once grazed in the area.
        After lunch, we all pitch in to wash up dishes and clean the kitchen. There will be a business meeting then music, entertainment, games and dominoes. The young ones may swim in Bull Creek. Sometime late in the evening we may have home made ice cream with fresh fruit. On July fifth, everyone starts loading up and heading off in different directions to go home. We hope every one will be able to come back next year. It is vital to keep the grounds clean!! Please see my FAMILY Pages List.


Records related to persons buried here:

New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957: Wm Thurm, 41, 1810, Arrival: 5 Apr 1851, Male, Port of Departure: Liverpool, England and Queenstown, Ireland, Destination: United States of America , Origin: Ireland, Race: Irish, Ship: Manhattan, Arrival: New York, Line: 21, Microfilm Serial: M237, M237_96, List: 301

Census records for persons buried here or their kin:
1870 Austin, Travis, TX: head Wilhelm, Thurm, 60, 1810, Prussia, farmer, real estate $400, personal $800/ wife Caroline, 54, Prussia/ dau Clemetine, 24, Prussia/ Berka, 21, Prussia.

1880 Travis, TX: A. E. Boatright 57, 1823, KY, VA, VA, occ: farmer, general disability/ wife Mary H. Boatright 45, 1835, NC, NC, NC/son L. B. Boatright 20, 1860, TX, KY, NC, farmer / dau Sarah Boatright 17, TX, KY, NC /dau Cara Boatright 14, TX, KY, NC/dau Mary Boatright 12, TX, KY, NC / dau Lou Boatright 10, TX, KY, NC/dau Lorena Boatright 7, TX, KY, NC/laborer W. T. Grury 27, Ala, Ireland, Ireland.

1900 Justice Precinct 4, Travis, Texas: John Pickens 74 July 1825, TN Betsy Pickens 71 Jan 1829, Miss, unk, SC. next to Dexter Simons b.Sept 1856, Mich.

1900 Justice Precinct 8, Williamson, TX: James Shannon 46 Sept 1853, MO, MO, Ark, Farmer/ wife Azalia Shannon 34, Mar 1866, TX, TX, TX / son James E Shannon 17, Feb 1882, TX, MO, TX / dau Mary E Shannon 15, July 1884, TX, MO, TX / son William B Shannon 13, Dec 1886, TX, MO, TX /dau Ida M Shannon 12, Jan 1888 / son Davd W Shannon 9, Jan 1890 /son Arthur A Shannon 6, June 1893 / son Pearl F Shannon 4, Jan 1896 /son Dewy Shannon 2, Jan 1898, TX, MO, TX .

1900 Justice Precinct 4, Travis, Texas: Albert B Pickens 31 Feb 1869, TX, TN, Ark, mfg charcoal/ wife Mary Pickens 26, Aug 1873, TX, Ioway, Ark, had 7 children, 4 living/ son Asberry Pickens 6, May 1894, TX/dau Mittie Pickens 4, Mar 1896,TX/ dau Minnie A Pickens 2, Sept 1897/son John F Pickens 8/12, Sept 1899.

1900 Justice Precinct 4, Travis, TX: head Leanerst Boatright 40 Apr 1860, TX, Unk, TN, farmer, married 15 years/ wife Annie Boatright 28 Mar 1872 TX Wales, GA, had 7 children, 5 living, married 15 years/dau Lizzie Boatright 13 Aug 1886 (wife of Lewis J. Waechter), TX/son Alexander Boatright 10, 1890May 1890, TX / son Jessie Boatright 4, Feb 1896, TX/dau Dolley Boatright 2, Jan 1898 TX/ dau Lucy A Boatright 1/12, Apr 1900, TX .

next to head Waechter, Louisa, 53, Apr 1847, Germany, Germany, Germany, widow, had 9 children, 6 living, immigrant 1852, farmer/ son August E. 30 Aug 1869, TX, G, G, /son Louis J 27 Jan 1873, TX, G, G, /son Paul J 23 Mar 1877, TX, G, G,/ son Gustave 20 Oct 1879, TX, G, G,/ son Edward 17 July 1882, TX, G, G/ son Jessie 1 Sept 1898, TX, G, G.

1900 Justice Prec. 7, Travis, Texas; Roll: T623 1673; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 114. Janna (Joshua) Cantrell 30, farm laborer/ Annie S Cantrell 27/ Ludia E Cantrell 10/ Henry W Cantrell 8 (1892) / Alva E Cantrell 6/ Johnnie N (Nate) Cantrell 2/ Thomas D (Delbert) Cantrell 8/12. Next was Milus (Miles Standish Cantrell f/o Joshua) Cantrell, age 78, b. MO and Elizabeth, age 66, born in Indiana. Also Jesse Cantrell.

1910 Justice Precinct 4, Concho, Texas; Roll: T624_1541; Page: 8A: Josh Cantrell 39, 1871, TX, MO, LA, General farming, could not read or write/wife: Sarrah Cantrell 37 Ind, married 21 yrs., could read and write, 9 children, 8 living / Ludy L Cantrell 20/ Henry Cantrell 18 / Plua (Elva) Cantrell 16/ John Cantrell 13/ Thomas D. Cantrell 10/ Walter Cantrell 7/ Oscar Cantrell 3/ Monroe J. Cantrell (Sr.) 6/12.

1910 Travis County, TX Pg: 174B Prect. 4 28th April SD 10 ED 85 Sheet 4 65/65: Simons, Dexter D. Head 55 (1855) , Farmer, MI, PA, PA/ Simons, Idie Wife, 36 (1874) had 8children / 8 living, ARK ARK ARK, (b.1874 / Simons, Harvey O Son 18, 1892, LA MI ARK, (b. 1892) / Simons, Bettie A. Dau 15, 1895, TX MI ARK/ Simons, Alma Dau 12, (1908) TX MI ARK/ Simons, Nettie Dau 8 TX MI ARK/ Simons, Dexter D. Jr., Son, 5, 1905, TX MI ARK, (b.1905)/ Simons, Willie Son 2, (1908), TX MI ARK, (b.1908)/ Simons, Nellie Dau 2, (b.1908) TX MI ARK. Same census pg with Ed Tongate.

1910 Justice Precinct 4, Travis, TX: head Lee B Boatright 50, 1860 TX, ILL, SC, married at 20, farmer/ wife Annie Boatright 39, 1871, TX, married at 20, had 11 children, 8 living/ son Jessie Boatright 14, 1896/dau Dollie Boatright 12/dau Lucie Boatright 10, 1900/ dau Vadie Boatright 8/dau Liddie Boatright 6, 1904/son Frank Boatright 1, 1909.

1910 Justice Precinct 4, Travis, TX: James E Shannon 27, 1883/ wife Cellie L Shannon 16, TX, KY/ son (err?) James H Shannon 19, 1891/ brother Pearl F Shannon 14.(census very pale.)

1920 Andersons Mill, District 182, Travis, TX: head Waechter, Gus 40, 1880, TX, Ger, Ger, single male.

next to head Boatright, S. T. 24, 1896, TX/ wife Carrie, 20, TX.

same page head Waechter, James, 68, 1852, TX, LA, NC/wife Margaret, 62, 1858, TX, TN, TN/ son Arthur, 23, 1897/ dau Alice, 16.

head Prewitt, ???iss 42, 1878, TX, US, US, male/ wife Vernable 36, 1884, TX, Ala, Germany/ dau Edith 8, TX/dau Bernice 6/ dau Dorothy 2, 1918/ mother in law Waechter, Vernable 69, 1851, Germany, Germany, Germany, widow.

head Waechter, Louis, 47, 1873, TX, Ger, Ger, farmer/ wife Lizzie 33, 1887 (Toungate) TX, TX, TX /dau Rose, 12, TX.

head Weachter, Paul , 42, 1878, TX, Germany, Germany, farmer/ mother Louise 83, Germany, widow.

next to head Toungeat, Lloyd 28, 1892, TX, TX, TX/wife Julia 24 TX, TX, TX/son John, 4/dau Cin??dia, 4 months/ bro Lewis, 18, TX.

same page head Shannon, James 36 TX MO TX/ wife Lilly 25 TX KY TX/ son Jim 11, TX/dau Emmer 8, TX/son Andrew 3/ dau Anna, 1, TX .

next to head Shannon, Will 34 TX MO TX /wife Sarrah 20, TX KY TX/son Arthur 4 TX/ dau Cleta, 1, TX.

1920 Andersons Mill (Oak Grove), Travis, Texas: Ida Simmons 48, (b.1872) Ark, US, US, farmer, widow (Why is Ida listed as a widow? Ida Ann Adams first married Dexter D. Simons. They divorced. Ida married Ed Toungate in 1917. Ed died 1950.) / son Dexter Simmons 15, 1905, TX, Ark, Ark / son Willie Simmons 12, 1908 / dau Nellie Simmons 11, 1909 / son Fritz Simmons 8, 1912 / son Andrew Simmons 2, 1918.

1920 Justice Precinct 4, Williamson, TX: Josh Canterwell 49, 1871, TX, MO, Ala, rent home, gen farming; wife Annie Canterwell 47, 1873; dau Luddy Canterwell 30, 1890; son John Canterwell 23, 1897; son Walter Canterwell 16, 1904; son Jackson Canterwell 10, 1910; son Charley Canterwell 6, 1914; grand dau Clara F Canterwell 6, 1914; grand son Willford Canterwell 4, 1916 (Clara and Willford are children of Henry Cantrell). (correct name is Cantrell).

1920 Austin Ward 4, Travis, TX: head Sparlin Young, 28, 1892, TX, TX, TX/ wife Lucy Young, 19, 1901, TX, TX, TX/dau Daley Young, 8/12, TX, TX, TX. (Sparlin b.1892 s/o Sparlin P. b.1840 Ark and Elizabeth b. 1842 TX)

1930 Austin, Travis, TX: John W Guest 47, TX, TX, TX, renting home, married at 19, occ: woodcutter cedar/ Ida M Guest 42, TX MO TX married at 14/ dau Lona V Guest 17/ dau Johnie S Guest 14/ son Cleo Guest 7.

1930 Austin, Travis, TX: Jesse T Boatright 33 , 1897, TX TX TX , married at 19, renting home, stone mason, building trade/ wife Rosie M Boatright 24, 1906, TX TX TX , married at 22/dau Thelma M Boatright 7 TX TX TX/son Jim L Boatright 1 5/12 TX TX TX/ sister in law Mary E Clawson 22, TX TX TX, single.

1930 Precinct 4, Travis, TX: head D. H. Walden 20, TX TX TX , woodcutter/ wife Ella, 20/lodger, T. F. Boatright 21, 1909, TX TX TX , woodcutter. next to head A. B. Boatright , 19, 1911, TX TX TX , woodcutter/ bro F. C. Boatright , 17, 1913, TX TX TX , woodcutter.

1930 Austin, Travis, TX: head Lee B Boatright 69, TX, ILL, SC, own home, married at 24, salesman, gro store/ wife Annie 62, TX GA GA, married at 16.


NOTES on Boatright family:
Charles Eugene Boatright, b. 2-22-1944, Travis Co./d.24 Oct 1988, Real Co., TX. (Source Texas Marriage Collection) Marriage Travis Co., Date: 18 Aug 1966 (his age 22)to Sarah Jean Mcateer (her age 31) b. abt 1932/ d. abt 2010 in UK.
Charles' father: Albert Bolden Boatright b.14 Feb 1911 in Austin TX. / d.3-2-1991, age 80, Williamson Co., Texas. 1930 Census Age: 19 Precinct 4, Travis, Texas. 1935-1993 U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2: Age: 24 Residence Camp Wood, TX.
Albert's father: Lenearst Bolden Boatwright , b. 18 APR 1860, Goliad Co., TX / d. 06 APR 1943, Austin, TX.
Lenearst 's Father: Alexander Evans Boatwright, b. Mar 1823, Warren, KY. / d. 22 Feb 1905, Argerita, San Saba, TX.
Charles' mother: Annie Christine Shannon, b.3-3-1919, Travis Co. ,TX (Bull Creek, Travis, TX ) d. 8-28-1967 Sonoma, CA. Annie's Parents: Earl Shannon/ Lillie Phillip.

Charles Eugene Boatright's wife: NY Passenger Lists, 1820-1957: Sarah Mcateer, Arrival Date: 3 Aug 1936 Birth Year: abt 1932, Birth Location: USA. Birth Location Other: New York Age: 4 Gender: Female , Friend's Name: Edward, Port of Departure: Belfast, Ireland. Port of Arrival: New York, NY, USA, Ship Name: Caledonia.

Obituary Collection: Floyd Boatright, Obituary Date: 12 Nov 2009 in Tyler Morning Telegraph, Tyler, TX. His Birth Date: 16 Jul 1940, Laird Hill. His Spouse's: Lanell. Mother's Name: Blanche Boatright. Childrens' Names: D. Boatright of Tyler, A. Boatright Holt of Bossier City, La; P. Boatright Sepmoree. Siblings' Names: Jean Boatright of Grand Prairie, Edna Beggs of Amarillo, Glenda Hall of Grand Prairie; Melvin Boatright of Gilmer, Paul Boatright of Newellton, LA. Number of Grandchildren: 7, Number of Great-grandchildren: 1.
SS Death Index: Jean Boatright, B:1 Mar 1931/ D:2 Feb 2005. Last Res: 78613, Cedar Park, Williamson, Texas

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Good links: TEXAS CEMETERIES: Travis County and Travis County, TX - Wilke-Clay-Fish Funeral Home Records
Very interesting cemeteries, census History and Genealogy of Williamson County, Texas
A story of the area: THE VALLEY OF CASCADE CREEK By Cathryn Richards, December 1961. (The link to this story is gone. I cannot find it, so I am posting the story here.
It is too good to be gone. You better print it because they may force me to remove it.)
THE VALLEY OF CASCADE CREEK By Cathryn Richards, December 1961.
        Nestled in the hills northwest of Austin is a remote valley cut by old Cascade Creek, which has rushed for hundreds of years to add its weight to the mighty Colorado River. In its rush it has hewed at the hills and has torn away from the valley depths over 200 feet of rich soil. Along the winding, spring-fed creek is a long narrow valley composed of small rocky fields, which face across the creek to twelve high cliffs that the meanders of the creek have cut. Hugging the valley are hills that are covered with cedar and scrub oak. In the coves and hollows, in the rock-strewn fastnesses of cedar, in the valley and along the tributaries generations of hard-working families have lived.
         They were fierce, proud people who preserved the customs and manners of their ancestors. Some of them were descendents of mountaineers from Missouri and regions east of the Mississippi. Others came from Europe and settled in the valley. Such names as Thurm, Waechter, Prewitt, Preece, Boatright and Jaeger were carried down through generations and still remain as names of people and places along the creek. Through much intermarriage the people along the valley became closely-knit and clannish. They were wary of strangers but welcomed those they knew with great courtesy and open hospitality.
         Among the families who settled on Cascade Creek in the latter half of the nineteenth century were two prominent families whose descendents still live in the area. William Thurm came to Texas from Germany with his wife and three girls in 1850. After living for a time in Fredericksburg, he moved to Austin and purchased a number of acres along Bull Creek, or Cascade Creek as they knew it. Living in a three-room log cabin at the foot of the hill still known by the name "Thurm Hill", they raised their children, sending then to school whenever a teacher was available but giving them the majority of their education in the home. As the three girls grew up, William Thurm deeded property to each of them. Miss Betty, a spinster, was given the Home Place, Mrs. Tena Venable received land lying in the bend of Bull Creek at the south end of the valley, and Mrs. Louise Waechter was given land that was situated near the upper end of the valley, about two or three miles from the Venable home. The daughters lived a pleasant, though hard, life with their families on the lands given them by their father, earning a living from the land, going to church at the northern end of the valley and taking an active part in the social life of the community. Two of them married men of the valley, Louise marrying August Waechter, whose parents lived not far away, and Tena marrying Isaac Melvin Venable, a schoolteacher at Oak Grove School, who had been a Yankee soldier in the War Between The States. It is not known just what brought him to Texas but his sister and mother followed him to Bull Creek and the sister married M. H. Hays, for whom the hill at the upper end of the valley, Mack Hays Hill, is named. William Thurm's grandchildren grew up to know and love the valley, to marry and make their homes among the small fields and high hills of Bull Creek.
        In 1845 a young boy named Boatright living in Missouri volunteered for the Mexican war. When the war ended, the soldiers were released to find their own way home as best they could. Mr. Boatright came as far north as Cuero and, while working there for a time, met and married a Cuero girl. Deciding to stay in Texas, he soon had a team and wagon and began to earn a living hauling freight from Cuero and the coast to Austin and Fredericksburg. Years passed and, because neither he nor his wife could read or write, he had no word of his family in Missouri. One day in the presence of the schoolteacher, he remarked that he wished he might hear from his people and she volunteered to write to Missouri for him. The letter was returned with the note that they had moved away and might be found in either Hutto or Round Rock, Texas. Immediately he found a load of goods to be brought to Austin and, having delivered it, he located his family and visited with them. As soon as possible he moved from Cuero to Austin and settled on land at the intersection of Bull Creek and West Bull Creek. Lee B. Boatright, one of his sons, in 1884 moved to a log cabin near the middle of the upper reaches of Bull Creek. There he raised his family of four boys and one girl. Sometime about 1911 or 1913 Jesse Prewitt, who had married one of the Venable girls, bought this land from Boatright, moved the log cabin to be used as a barn and storage bin, and built a frame house in which he and his wife lived for thirty years. After Mr. Prewitt's death, Mrs. Prewitt sold the land to Tim Boatright, who had been born in the log cabin when it was his father's home. Thus, since 1884, this particular place has had only three owners.
        The people who were raised in the valley and those who moved there have found occupations in innumerable ways. Even with the variety of these jobs, they all had one thing in common, the use of the land. All of the occupants of the valley worked hard to make a living from the land. Many families who owned land sold the cedar either as fence posts or by allowing others to core in and cut posts and wood for charcoal. Those on the richer, fertile land had truck gardens and raised cattle and goats. Jesse Prewitt, for example, raised cattle and butchered for the Austin markets for almost thirty years. Because the valley of Cascade Creek was open range, there were great numbers of cattle roaming over the hills and it is possible that from these cattle the name of the creek was gradually changed to Bull Creek and the old name of Cascade Creek was forgotten. The younger men who did not own land worked for those who did, cutting fence posts to be shipped out of Austin or used on the land they were cut from, fencing the pastures and farming the small fields. In every hollow for many years there were as many as fourteen to sixteen families camping in tents or living in caves to be found in the hollows, earning their living by cutting cedar and burning it for charcoal, then selling it in Austin. At the head of Pfluger Hollow is a large cave, worn by hundreds of years of water erosion. There a family lived for many years, raising eight children in the cave. When people came to visit them, they would sweep off the charcoal bed and have a party or dance. Apparently the cave life did not deter their daughters' suitors, for all of the girls were married while their parents lived there. After they left the cave, for a time Louise's son, August Waechter, lived there, then it was abandoned as a home.
        Schooling for the people was provided by Oak Grove and Pleasant Valley Schools. An old school building is still located at Pleasant Valley but it is no longer attended by the valley children. The old Oak Grove School building was a twenty by twenty foot frame room with one teacher. At times as many as sixty children attended, and there was a great feeling of relief when the Methodist Church sold their abandoned building to the school trustees for the sum of fifty dollars. The new school was much larger, more centrally located and served as a church on Sundays. In 1950 this building was sold and moved to a nearby pasture where it is now a home. Since the Oak Grove Cemetery is located across the road from the school-church, families who had relatives buried in the cemetery gave money for a new concrete block church which is now used for church services and funerals.
        Originally the people of the Oak Grove community were buried in the Pond Springs Cemetery near Jollyville; however, perhaps during an epidemic of some kind, five small children were buried in the churchyard at Oak Grove. Since this was close to the community, other people requested burial in the churchyard and thus the Oak Grove Cemetery came into being.
        Entertainment in the valley was informal and seldom planned. People generally had small gatherings and knowledge of these was passed by word-of-mouth. There weren't any fancy refreshments but there was always plenty of music, played on violin, guitar and piano by the people in the community. Other social gatherings were funerals, "debating society" meetings and church services. Swimming could be done anywhere along the creek, but the special swimming place was under the old mill site in the mill pond, above which Mr. Walton had had a grist mill in the early days. The only planned entertainment was the yearly barbecue under the old Water Elm in the Cromeans' pasture. On election years the barbecue was paid for by hopeful candidates. In other years Mr. Cromeans furnished the meat and a small fee was charged for both the food and the dance. Musicians came from as far away as Cypress Creek and the pasture was filled with the buggies and wagons of the people who attended, for this one yearly event drew as many as five to six hundred people. These barbecues were held for many years on the Fourth of July until Mr. Walton, at the southern end of Bull Creek, started giving a second barbecue on the same day. At this time the Cromeans changed the date of the barbecue to June 26th. The last barbecue under the old Water Elm was held in 1916. A storm that winter split the tree and broke the top out. In 1920 L. J. Waechter revived the barbecues, holding them under the big bluff on the land he had purchased from his mother. It was there that Steve Heffington gave his first campaign speech for the office of Tax Assessor-Collector of Travis County in 1921.
        For the man of the valley there was always the combination occupation and entertainment of hunting. Deer roamed the hills, as they still do, and fox, coon, bobcat and panther skins brought in money. One night, driving home from the church at the upper end of the valley, Mr. and Mrs. Prewitt passed along the creek road under a high bluff. Suddenly from the heights rose a terrifying scream. More screams followed, exciting the horses and causing Jesse to reach for his only weapon, a buggy whip. When a small dog nearby began barking excitedly and the screams ceased, they realized that it was a panther stalking them from the cliffs above. At this point Mr. Prewitt loosed the reins, applied the whip and raced the last mile home.
         On the west fork of the upper creek there still remains standing one of the original log cabins. Two generations ago it was known as the "Reynolds Place". Then it was sold by Sarah A. Reynolds, an unmarried woman, to Franz Jaeger in May of 1891. The Jaegers lived there for twenty-four years before selling the land to P. J. Waechter, another of Louise's sons. In later years L. J. Waechter owned it, but from the time Franz Jaeger lived there to the present time, old-timers know this particular tract of land and the log cabin there as the "Jaeger Place". Although additions have been made and the log joints have been recaulked when one enters the screened porch, the old logs, fifteen feet long and eighteen inches square at the butt, are clearly visible. Since the land was
sold by L. J. Waechter, many people have lived in the house. It is still well-preserved and at present is occupied by an Austin family. With the abundance of cedar, most of the old houses were made of logs. Many of these were destroyed by fire, others were converted to barns, sheds and outbuildings with the advent of sawed lumber. With the exception of this one log cabin, which consisted of two log rooms, each fifteen feet square with a fire place and with a "dog trot" twelve feet wide between them, there are no longer traces of any of the original log homes along old Cascade Creek.
        Louise Thurm Waechter and her family lived for many years in a log cabin on the land she had received from her father. As the family expanded, there was need for a larger, better house. About 1871 her husband, August, brought a German rock mason to live on the place and build a house for them. The rock was quarried from a vein of limestone south of the house and the lime for the mortar was burned in a pit near the creek crossing leading to the house. A rock shell was raised, measuring approximately fourteen by twenty-eight feet inside. The walls were eighteen to twenty inches thick and the inner area was divided into two rooms by means of a wooden partition. Above the two rooms was a long attic with a window at either end, one of which furnished entry by ladder to the room in the attic. There the boys, six of them, slept with the warmth of the fireplace being brought to them by the chimney running through the attic.
        In later years Louise sold her home to Louis J., her son, who made it his home with his wife, Liza Boatright Waechter, for over twenty-five years, adding a frame room to the original two-room rock house. During these years one of L. J.'s summer occupations was the digging of wild plants in the hills. In particular he shipped thousands of clematis to northern nurseries and had a small basement in the house in which he stored his plants until time for shipment. After many years it became necessary for Mr. and Mrs. Waechter to move into Austin because of illness and the home was sold, passing through the hands of R. K. Honeycutt and Guy Hobbs to Wilson L. Richards, who bought it in 1941. Mr. Richards was a student at the University of Texas at the time of his purchase and in 1942 he moved into the three-room house with his wife. In 1947, it again became necessary for the house to be enlarged and, finding the old rock quarry, Mr. Richards opened it and used the rock to build an addition of four rooms (with walls eighteen inches thick) to the original rock rooms. The attic was also expanded and now contains three large bedrooms. Other than the log cabin already mentioned, this house is older than any other in the valley.
         Isaac Venable built a frame house for his wife on the land her father gave them. The house contained two large rooms, one fourteen feet square and the other one sixteen by fourteen feet in size. Behind these rooms were two smaller rooms, one the kitchen and the other a bedroom. The hall that divided these rooms was twelve feet wide and twenty feet long. It was here that Mrs. Venable placed her dining table. The house faced east and a long porch ran the length of the house on the front. Mrs. Venable had a well drilled at the edge of the porch so that she had only to step to the banister and dip the well bucket to have water in the house. After the well was complete, the water was found to be unsatisfactory for household purposes, so a second well was drilled. Mrs. Jesse Prewitt, a daughter of Tena Thurm Venable, lived for a time in this home until her husband purchased the Lee Boatright home. The Venable home was sold at Mrs. Venable's death and the house was torn down to provide lumber for a new house being erected above the old home.
         The fact that the hills were heavily-timbered with cedar, there was clear running water in the creek and some field and pasture land along the meanders made the valley a haven for those looking for a home in the Texas hill country where they would also have an occupation. With high hills at either end of the valley and treacherous roads leading out over them, the people tended to live, work and play within the confines of the ridges. They were content living there near a growing city where they could sell their produce and purchase all necessities. With the building of Mansfield Dam on the Colorado River, many of the younger men found employment outside the valley. With the improvement of the one through road in the valley, many of the people found occupations in the city. The desire to move closer to their work and to put their children in city schools caused them to leave the creek. At the present time there are only two known families living there who are descended from the original settlers. It is families like those described above, pioneering and working together, who have given America its' pride and strength.
Taken from A LEGEND COLLECTI0N (fact and fantasy) Edited by Ellen Seals
Compiled and published by ANDERSON MILL GARDENERS, INC. Copyright 1981. ANDERSON MILL GARDEN Club has a FACEBOOK page.

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