86th Annual Homecoming 2023

Saturday, June 24, 2023

 Cemetery Tabernacle – McMahan
Pot-Luck Lunch at 12:00 Noon – Meat will furnished by the association. Please consider bringing side dishes or desserts.
Please do not bring utensils.
A business meeting will be held at 1:30pm in the Church

Headstone Photo Project – Phase 3

As of today 99% of the headstone photos have been loaded into the personal grave pages.  We still have to load the Unknown headstones and then go back and see which graves are missing headstones.   Also, we’ll be going through all of the photos one more time to see which ones need to be re-taken due to poor picture quality, bad lighting, or bad angle.

If you have any additional photos or an obituary that you would like added please feel free to contact us at jeffreycemetery@gmail.com

Phase 4 will be the Audit phase where we will go back to the cemetery and re-take photos and most important, we’ll go through the cemetery and review each grave to ensure that we have the right headstone located in the right place in the database.  We have taken, processed and loaded over 1,190 headstone photos this past year so we know that some mistakes may have been made in matching the headstones to the correct graves.  If you find any headstone placements that are not correct, dates are wrong, or names are wrong please let us know so that we can correct them.

Posted: May 19, 2012, updated July 14, 2022

Headstone Photo Project – Phase 4

During the annual Homecoming reunion on June 25, 2012 we completed the audit phase of this project.  We also took photos of new burials and took several re-takes.  Once we add the new photos this week the inventory and photo project will be complete.  We’ll then shift into maintenance mode.

Our next project for the site will be expanding the genealogy research section where we will work with family members to add qualified genealogy data for the persons interred here.

We would like to thank Tom Owen, Association Secretary/Treasurer, for his tremendous help in completing this project.  We couldn’t have done it without his assistance.

Gregg and Mary (Cole) Sterner

Posted: June 30, 2012

75th Annual Homecoming 2012

75th ANNUAL Jeffrey Cemetery Homecoming 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

 Cemetery Tabernacle – McMahan
Meat was furnished by the association with family members bringing side dishes
A business meeting was held at 1:30pm in the Church
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Linda, Darlene, and Kathy at the the registration table

 

Great BBQ

 

Everyone enjoying the great food

 

Back for seconds. Not much left.

Cemetery Tour – Part 3

Jeffrey Cemetery - Old Oak TreeBlock 3 is located east of Block 2, east of the Old Oak Tree, and bordered on the east by the service road.  This block has 376 grave sites.  There are 68 families represented to include the family names of Abbett, Baker, Bell, Blair, Blair, Bluhm, Compton, Cowan, DuBose, Farris, Fleming, Fox, Frame, Frank, Galloway, Hellums, Henry, Hodnett, Holter, Hutcheson, Jeffrey, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Jowers, King, Kirchman, Lee, Leverett, Lovell, McGee, McMahan, Moore, Pruitt, Putnam, Reed, Ridgeway, Roberts, Taber, Vickery, Watts, Way, White, Williams, Wright.

 

 

Jeffrey Cemetery - Block 4Block 4 is located east of Block 1 and to the right as you enter the main gate of the cemetery.  This block has 256 grave sites.  There are 52 families represented to include the family names of Accord, Alexander, Anton, Arebelo, Avant, Baker, Bock, Bozarth, Bright, Brown, Browning, Chamberlain, Cole, Corbet, Cox, Dwiggins, Ellis, Farris, Franks, Fulps, Grant, Haire, Halsell, Hellums, Huddleston, Hutcheson, Kelley, Kicke, King, Long, Martindale, Massey, Mcgee, McMahan, Millican, Moore, Nall, Neeley, Olson, Owen, Price, Reed, Roberts, Springs, Squyres, Stephens, Thomas, Wainscott, Way, Wells, White, Williams.

 

 

Jeffrey Cemetery - Block 5Block 5 is located to the left as you enter the main gate of the cemetery and bordered on the west by the service road. This block has 130 grave sites.  There are 22 families represented to include the family names of Adams, Alexander, Baker, Cole, Crippen, Ehrlich, Ellis, Gideon, Harrau, Hickman, Jeffrey, Jowers, McGee, Moravits, Nite, Owen, Pearson, Rasberry, Reed, Smith, Strickland, Watts.

Block 6 is loacted to the south of Block 5 and is bordered on the West by the service road. This block has 119 grave sites.  There are 22 families represented to include the family names of Baker, Boyer, Clark, Fairly, Fischer, Franks, Garner, Gideon, Kates, McCelvey, McGee, McMahan, Morris, Pearson, Reed, Rice, Singleton, Smith, Voigt, Ward, White, Woods.

Block 7 is located east of Block 5 and containes 190 grave sites.  There are 26 families represented to include the family names of Baldridge, Bass, Bourg, Evans, Freeman, Galloway, Garringer, Hagan, Hanks, Henson, Jeffrey, Jowers, Lackey, McMahan, Moravits, Pekrul, Penrod, Reed, Smalley, Stall, Stephens, Stepherson, Taylor, Weiss, Williams, Young.

Block 8 is located east of Block 6 and south of Block 7.  This block has 209 grave sites.  There are 31 families represented to include the family names of Alexander, Bell, Belver, Buckner, Cates, Cook, Crowder, Dane, Fox, Garner, Hoover, Kiser, La Roza, Leonard, Mitchell, Morgan, Powell, Reed, Reznick, Russel, Russell, Small, Smith, Steed, Taylor, Toungate, Voigt, Watts, White, Woodland, Young.

Click here to see a video tour of Blocks 5 through 8. Note: Depending on your Internet connection speed it may take from 1 to 3 minutes to load.

Jeffrey Cemetery - Block C Block C is located west of the main cemetery across Old Colony Road in the new cemetery addition.  There are 213 grave sites in this block. At this time there are only 2 families represented to include the family names of Lawler and Cole.

 

Click here to see a video tour of Block CNote: Depending on your Internet connection speed it may take from 1 to 3 minutes to load.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By: Gregg Sterner

Posted: Nov. 13, 2011

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Cemetery Tour – Part 2

Old Olk TreeAs you walk through the main gates along the service road the majestic Old Oak Tree can be seen spreading out over the south end of the cemetery.

The grave of Martha Ellison, the first grave established here, lies under the western edge of the Old Oak Tree.

The Flemming Family cemetery lies just to the south beyond the Old Oak Tree.

The cemetery is organized in 14 blocks.  Blocks 1 – 8 are in the main area with Blocks A – F in the new area.

Block C in the new area was opened in the spring of 2011 as there are only a few grave sites available in the main area.   While there appears to be many open plots in the main area most of them are reserved by families for future internment.

Click here to view a brief video tour of Blocks 1 through 4  Note: Depending on your Internet connection speed it may take from 1 to 3 minutes to load.

 

Jeffrey Cemetery Block 1Block 1 is located in the northwest corner of the main area and has 379 grave sites.  There are 68 families represented to include family names of Adams, Andrews, Baker, Bandelman, Barrow, Basham, Blundell, Boyko, Bozarth, Bradberry, Bright, Clogsten, Cole, Colebank, Cowan, Coward, Crippen, Crozier, Dancer, Daniels, Earmer, DeShazo, Diggs, Duran, Ellen, Etheredge, Fellers, Fowler, Fox, Franks, Galloway, Garner, George, Hellums, Hickman, Hilliard, Hurst, Hutcheson, Jeffrey, Linam, Long, Lorrine, Lunn, Martin, McMahan, McMullen, Mitchell, Moffett, Pogue, Reed, Roberts, Rodenberg, Rowe, Rutherford, Taylor, Tinney, Van Horn, Wade, Wales, West, White, Williams, Willis, Womack, Woodland, Wright.

 

 

Jeffrey Cemetery Block 2Block 2 is the largest of the blocks and is located in the southwest corner of the main area and has 681 grave sites. Several sites are blocked by the Old Oak Tree and others are blocked due to beadrock in those locations.  There are 95 families represented to include family names of Adams, Alexander, Allen, Baker, Barron, Berry, Blundell, Boyer, Bryant, Bundick, Canning, Carpenter, Clark, Cole, Compton, Curlee, Daniels, Davidson, DeViney, Dinges, Eaker, Ellis, Ellison, Evans, Fleming, Franks, Garner, Gibson, Gray, Guthrie, Hagen, Halsell, Handley, Hartley, Helford, Hellums, Hindman, Hocker, Hurst, Ingram, Jeffrey, Jowers, Jurst, King, Lewis, Lillian, Long, Magee, Martindale, Massey, Maynard, Mayo, McDonald, McGinnis, McMahan, Moore, Morris, Munsell, Nauert, New, Northcutt, Owen, Parish, Rice, Riddle, Roberts, Robison, Rodenberry, Rogers, Rowe, Shaw, Shehan, Shelton, Shinn, Starr, Stephens, Stevens, Stoker, Taylor, Tinney, Toungate, Tumlinson, Van Horn, Vanderhoof, Vann, Vickery, Watts, White, Whitehorn, Williams, Woods, Woolridge.

Richard and Sarah (Jefferies) ColeThe graves of Richard and Sarah (Jefferies) Cole and Matthew Jeffrey, early settlers of the area are found in Block 2 surrounded by a protective fence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By: Gregg Sterner

Posted: Nov. 12, 2011

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Headstone Cleaning

During the photographing of the Jeffrey Cemetery headstones we noticed quite a few of the headstones had various types of corrosion coating their surfaces.  Also, others were quite old and the stone was litterly flaking away while a few had been broken near their base.

Professional gravestone conservators say this is a normal process due to the effects of weather and the composition of the stone.

In most cases the green substance is a form of alge while the redish-orange is iron oxidation.

Whatever the cause,  gravestone conservators agree that great care must be taken when cleaning the headstone so as not to inflict more damage.

Some people have already asked us why we didn’t clean the headstones prior to photographing them.  The answer is quite simple.  The Texas Cemetery law does not allow us to do it.  Only family members or those retained by the family are allowed to perform cleaning and/or detailed restoration.  In some cases, where the age of the grave is such that there are no immediate family members left, the custodian of the cemetery may take minimal remedial action to repair a headstone.  However, the overall responsibility for the care of a headstone lies with the family.

There are many web sites with information about cleaning and restoring headstones.  We have chosen two sites that have been prepared by professional  gravestone conservators that will provide you with a wealth of information:

Gravestone Preservation

Cleaning and Preservation of Tombstones, Headstones & Gravestones

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Genealogy Research

Genealogy research today has become a major topic in many families.  Often, one family member will take on the task of interviewing the older members to document their family history.

However, many people would like to start a family history, but they don’t know where to begin.  Many people don’t realize that it’s as simple as recording the names and birthdays of every family member they know.  Then expand it to every family member that your parents and grandparents know.

Chick here for some great geneaolgy research tips.

Another great source of family information are the headstones for those family members that have passed away.  In genealogy research the headstones are considered proof of the existance of a former family member.  Photo copies of birth certificates and census records are also valid proof of a family members relationship.

Today there are many sources of genealogy information for families.  You just have to start looking. Click here to look at information about databases and genealogy records.

A simple search of the Internet for Genealogy Research will produce more information than you can digest in an evening.  You’ll find that once you start to get interested in your family’s genealogy you’ll spend many satisfying hours researching information.  One great place to get started is Cindi’s List of Genealogy Research sites.

The Genealogical and Historical Society of Caldwell County is a great starting point for families in Caldwell County, Texas including the Plum Creek Alminac and the Cemteries of Caldwell County.

TX_Caldwell Land Survey MapsFor those inerested in the original land surveys you can find them at Arphax Publishing.  The Caldwell County, TX land survey map shows that the Jeffrey Cemetery is within the original tract titled Tinney. A in abstract #26.

Abstract Summary:
Abstract #26 – Tinney, A.
Grantee: Tinney, Ambrose
Trancaction Date: 22 Jun 1832
File#: SC 000033:22
English Files Notes Lockhart-401
Patent#: 713
Patent: Vol.: 13
Certificate: Translation #3868
Acres: 4,428.4
Map: 17

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At the Jeffrey Cemetery we have spent many hours compiling a comprehensive listing and photos of all of the headstones, foot stones, and grave makers within the cemetery to assist you in this research.  Click here to download the Jeffrey Cemetery Headstone Photos.

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Genealogy Programs We Recommend

There are many genealogy programs out there that provide you the ability to record your family history and research documents.  They also provide you the ability to electronically share your information with other people who are also researching their families.  It’s not uncommon for family members of different branches of the family tree to pool their resources and information to form a family collective of their history.  Below, we have listed programs that we have tried and find to be suitable for recording your family information.  Please note that we do not recommend any specific program and they are listed in no specific order. The Jeffrey Cemetery Association, Inc. does not receive any commission or reimbursement should you chose to purchase one of these programs.

Note: Whenever you are working with electronic data gathering software you should remenber to save your work often and backup your data daily to someplace other than your computer such as an external hard drive, USB thumb drive, on-line archive storage, etc..

 

General Resources

 

 

 

 

Download Headstone Images

Below you can download the headstone images for each of the following families by clicking on the family name. The number after the family name indicates the number of images in that family group.  Some images are duplicates taken under different light conditions and some are close-ups of hard to read wording on the headstone.  The images have been color enhanced to improve their readability and cropped to show only the specific headstone.  In some un-avoidable cases other headstones appear in the background.

All headstone images from the Oct 15-16, 2011 photo session are included in these download files.  More images will be added as they become available.

These specific images are copyrighted by the Jeffrey Cemetery and intended for family personal use and genealogy research.  These images may not be used for commercial use.  If you desire images for commercial use you will have to visit the cemetery and take them yourself.  Any request for un-copyrighted images for commercial use will not be responded to.

Any family wishing to have their family headstone images removed from this website can contact the webmaster@jeffreycemetery.com and the images will be removed immediately.  Proof of family relationship will be required to authenticate the request.

Un-copyrighted images will be provided to family members on request.  Send your request to: webmaster@jeffreycemetery.com

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Cemetery Tour–Part 1

Jeffrey Cemetery Texas Historical MarkerAs you approach the gates of the Jeffrey Cemetery you are greeted by the Texas Historical Marker that was erected in 2004 by the Texas Historical Commission.

This marker offers a brief history of the establishment of the cemetery.

“Tennessee native Abraham Roberts wed Cynthia Jeffrey in Alabama in 1828. The couple arrived in Seguin, Texas, ten years later with their family. In 1840, Roberts purchased land on Tinney’s Creek in what was then Gonzales County. He and other area residents petitioned the Texas Legislature to create a new county, which was formed in 1847 and named Caldwell. That year the Roberts family made the first burial on family property when granddaughter Martha Ellison died while visiting them. The family and local residents soon began using the site as a community burial ground.

There are conflicting stories about the origins of the cemetery name and about which family gave the land for the site, but a 1921 deed cited acreage conveyed earlier to a cemetery association. In 1938, the community officially adopted the name Jeffrey Cemetery and elected officers to a board of trustees.

Today, the  association maintains the site and continues traditional homecomings for families and friends of those buried here. Among the several hundred graves are the names of veterans of military service dating to the U.S.-Mexican War, as well as generations of area residents. Historic Texas Cemetery – 2004″

Jeffrey Cemetery Veteran's Twin Pillars Standing GuardAs you walk toward the main gate you see the twin pillars of the veteran’s memorial with the names of the veterans buried here.  They continue to stand guard over the cemetery just as our men and women of our armed forces stand guard today at home and around the world.  Ever vigilant and ever ready to fight and die for our freedom.

Veterans buried here dating from the Mexican-American War, American Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Iraq War, and other events are listed on the Pillars in no specific order.

The Pillars stand 6 ft. tall and new names are engraved to honor their service as a veteran is burried here.

 

Jeffrey Cemetery Main GatePassing through the main gate of the cemetery you immediately notice the flowers place by families and visitors.   The American flags are placed on the veteran’s graves by the American Legion and VFW.  It is quite evident that this is an active cemetery where many families visit often to place flowers and small tokens of the memories of their loved ones buried here.

The cemetery is maintained year round by the Jeffrey Cemetery Association with regular mowings and trimmings of the grounds.  Maintenance of the headstones is in the care of the families.

Two black-top driveways provide access by service vehicles during maintenance and internment services.  Visitors are asked to park in the areas provided outside the cemetery fence.

Jeffrey Cemetery Old Oak TreeUpon entering the main gates you can’t help but notice the Old Oak Tree that majestically stretches out over the graves on the south side of the cemetery.

The grave of Martha Ellison (b.1840, d.1847), the first to be buried here, lies under the west side of the Old Oak Tree.

 

 

 

By: Gregg Sterner

Posted: Oct. 30, 2011

 

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