In my wanderings around Texas I come across the greatest old stuff; houses, buildings, cars, towns, and cemeteries. I tend to wander a lot. It seems that every time I take a trip to Austin, or Waco, or College Station or Dallas I take a different route just so I can see old stuff (stuff is the technical term for historic materials. There is your teaching moment.)
Funny thing, I don't usually get a chance to go south of Houston. Which is really odd since that is where the family ranch is located. My "I.don't.know.how.many.times.removed" cousin sold it about 10 years ago, so I guess the point is moot. Our family was one of the "pioneer 300" in Texas. This fact is a fairly big deal here in Texas. Witnessed by this cemetery marker.
Ah, who names their kid Zadock? It sounds like an alien from Hitchhiker"s Guide to the Galaxy. Old Zadock was one of the Pioneer 300. I bet he knew my great great.....grandfather. Knowing my family, Zadock and my great, great...grandfather had a feud going. Not a blood feud, probably just a "I'm never talking to you again" feud. If so, it would have been my great great's fault. That seems to me the way we roll.
I found the fact that he built a fortified home interesting. Probably a total necessity. Most homes in the West were fortified from the Indians but I don't think that was the case here. I'm pretty sure that he fortified his home against Santa Ana and his Mexican army. It seems that Tejasians (Texans) and the Mexicans were fighting almost from the beginning.
One of the first burial's in this cemetery was in 1828. Since, the family didn't even settle onto this land until 1828 it seems that poor Steve didn't last too long out in the west.
Good old Zadock hitched his wagon to, what seems to me, the idiot Nick Dawson and got himself killed. It was probably a poor choice to join a man that is reported to have said that he would shoot the first man who runs but what do I know. Maybe, that is the most effective way to motivate men to fight but it seems a little counter-intuitive to me. I mean, you're gonna get shot one way or another.
Of all things, Zadock isn't buried here. If I was the family I'd rather he was here with his family then buried in a vault with "the idiot". Then again Texans take this fight for independence VERY seriously. I probably should too since I came from that stock but, yeah, not so much. Maybe, after a few more years living here I'll become invested in the whole thing.
Anyway, the Wood's cemetery is very lovely and quiet. I sort of felt like I was pulling a B&E job since I had to jimmy the fence open and there wasn't another soul around.
A whole Texas town for sale.