Masonic Springs Cemetery

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IN 1859, A DECADE AFTER MEDINA COUNTY WAS CREATED, FREE MASONS AND OTHERS IN THE NEW FOUNTAIN SETTLEMENT BUILT A 2-STORY CHURCH - LODGE HALL AT THIS SITE.

HONDO VALLEY LODGE NO. 252 A.F. & A. M. WAS CHARTERED IN 1860. THE MASONIC CEMETERY WAS OPENED HERE IN 1864 WHEN JUNIOR WARDEN RUBEN SMITH WAS KILLED BY INDIANS.

MASONS AND MEMBERS OF THEIR FAMILIES REST HERE IN 22 GRAVES. BY UNPLANNED CIRCUMSTANCE, MASONIC EMBLEM IS UP SIDE DOWN ON TWO TOMBSTONES. HONDO VALLEY LODGE DEMISED IN 1883, WAS PARENT OF DEVINE LODGE NO. 590 AND HONDO CITY LODGE NO. 756. A. F. & A. M.
                                                                                                    Texas Historical Commission-1973

Located on the east side of CR 4526 (Masonic Springs Road) 1.7 miles north of U.S. Highway 90, just past Hondo Creek at the top of the hill.

NOTE: The following tombstone inscriptions were copied word for word, line for line.  Tombstones identifying more than one grave are identified by a hyphen (1-2).  Underlined information is relative to all graves or burials sharing a common tombstone.  FS signifies footstone.  A slash (/) indicates the end of a line.  Information in italics (italics ) represents comments or observations made by the transcriber or are from other sources as noted.

Compiled by the Medina County Tombstone Inscription Project, Jim Menke, Coordinator, in cooperation with the Castro Colonies Heritage Association, Historical Research Committee.  (2002)

No. Name Inscription/Remarks
1 LONG, S SACRED TO THE MEMORY / OF SAMUEL A. LONG / Who departed this life Sept. 17, 1866 / Aged 49 years, 4 mos., 1 day. (A second marker has been placed at the base of the existing limestone marker. It reads: SAMUEL ANDERSON LONG / MAY 16, 1817 - SEPT. 17, 1866 / NATIVE OF TENNESSEE / REPUBLIC OF TEXAS ARMY / 1837 - 1839 / WORSHIPFUL MASTER 1861 - 1863 / LODGE 252.)
Masonic emblem is upside down.
2 SMITH, R SACRED TO THE MEMORY / of / R. C. SMITH WHO / WAS KILLED BY INDIANS / APRIL THE 15, 1864 / WAS JUNIOR WARDEN / OF HONDO LODGE NO / 252 FROM ITS ORGAN / IZATION UNTIL HIS / DEATH AGED 38 YEARS
Masonic emblem is upside down.
3 ________, __
An adult-size grave with stacked stone wall enclosing site.
4 REDUS, L IT WAS GOD'S WILL / IN MEMORY OF / LUCY WILLIE / Daughter of JOHN & SARA H REDUS / Born Aug. 2, 1866 / Died Oct. 5, 1867 / Turney 145 S Chas. St. No.
Carved lamb at top of headstone
5 REDUS, H OUR LITTLE PET / IN MEMORY OF / HUGH WILLIE, / Infant of / JOHN & SARAH REDUS / Born Nov. 14, 1860 / Died Feb. 17, 186l
Carved lamb at top of headstone
6 ELAM, J JOHN J. ELAM / BORN / Apr. 10, 1848 / DIED / Apr. 4, 1878 / Sleep brother dear, / and take your rest; / God called you home, / He thought it best.
Headstone broken, FS - H. W.
7 KENNEDY, G To the memory of / GEORGE KENNEDY / DIED / July 24, 1875, / at 48 yrs. / Farewell George, / May you sweetly sleep till / you and I in Heaven meet.
Headstone broken
8 ________, __
An adult-size grave with stacked stone wall enclosing site; no headstone
9 ________, __
An adult-size grave with stacked stone wall enclosing site; no headstone
10 BURNETT, T THOMAS EDGAR / LAURA & T. BURKETT / DIED / Nov 8th 1874 / AGED / 3 YEARS, 7 MO., 22 DAYS / Sleep on sweet baby and take thy rest; God called away / when he thinks best.
An adult-size grave with stacked stone wall enclosing site
11 ________, __
An adult-size grave with stacked stone wall enclosing site. Walls collapsed; no headstone
12 ________, __
Stone marker with no visible inscription
13 KING, J JOHN W. / SON OF / I. H. & M. M. KING / DIED / Oct. 1, 1869; / AGED / 3 months, 20 days. / The Lord gives and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.
Son of Isaac King and Mellie M. King nee Harper.
14-15 KING, __ OUR TWINS / Infant / Daughters of / I. H. & M. M. KING / Sleep on sweet babes, Take thy rest; / God calls away when He thinks best.
Carved figure of two lambs at top of headstone; infant daughters of Isaac King and Mellie M. King nee Harper.
16 ________, __
Limestone headstone with no visible inscription.
17 ________, __
Limestone headstone with no visible inscription.
18 ________, __
Limestone headstone with no visible inscription.
19 ________, __
Limestone headstone with no visible inscription.
20 KING, H HORACE P. / Son of J. J. & A. L. KING / BORN / Jan. 3, 1850; / DIED / Sept. 6, 1867 / Sleep on brother, thy work is done, / Jesus has come and borne thee home.
21 HARPER, A MY MOTHER / ANN L. / Wife of / G. W. HARPER / BORN / MAR. 3, 1820, / DIED / APR. 25, 1866
Nee King, second wife of Geo. W. Harper; FS - A.L.H.
22 HARPER, G GEO. W. HARPER / BORN / Sept. 25, 1807; / DIED / July 9, 1882 / Our father has gone to a mansion of rest / to the glorious land of the Diety blest.
FS - G.W.H.
23 HARPER, M MALINDA F. / Wife of / G. W. HARPER / BORN / Apr. 19, 1807; / DIED / May 13, 1857 / Rest, Mother rest in quiet sleep, / while friends in sorrow o'er thee weep.
Nee Moore, first wife of Geo. W. Harper
24 ________, __
Limestone headstone with no visible inscription.
25 ________, __
Limestone headstone with no visible inscription.  Located within a walled enclosure within the larger enclosure.

TXGenWeb, Medina County - Masonic Springs Cemetery (MCTIP) updated on 11/10/2013

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