Many Interesting Stories
Prepared for the
Historical Museum by Jim Dillard
200 cemeteries are listed on Williamson County
Historical Commission’s 1999 cemetery map. While some
sites are city or church owned, others are family plots
or solitary graves of nameless cowboys and pioneers. But
regardless of size, they all have one thing in common:
they hold the key to understanding the past.
Cemetery, like other
County cemeteries, has its
share of noted individuals with extraordinary stories.
For instance, Sam Houston’s oldest daughter, Nannie
Elizabeth Houston Morrow, lies here alongside her
husband and daughter.
Not far away
is Emma Makemson. As a young girl sitting on a rail
fence in the front yard of her parent’s Round Rock home,
Emma witnessed the mortally-wounded Sam Bass gallop past
after his fatal confrontation with county deputies and
peacefully nearby is J. J. Gordon and his three wives.
Gordon served many years as district clerk, as well as
Georgetown ISD tax collector. The Gordons are a stone’s
throw away from J. W. Hodges, a former county clerk
whose tombstone bears his bas-relief portrait.
throughout are businessmen who helped build the county.
Men like David Love, who outfitted cattle drives on
their way up the trail; Emzy Taylor, who helped bring
the railroad to
Georgetown; and the Booty
Brothers, who operated a general mercantile on the
Square for many years. Also “in residence” are men whose
names appear on many of
Georgetown’s downtown buildings:
Makemson, Dimmitt, Steele and Clamp.
also lawmen like Charley Brady, Georgetown’s first
police chief; Texas Ranger R. Y. Secrest, who chased
bandits along the Mexican border; and H. C. Purl, former
county sheriff who rests next to daughter Annie, whose
tombstone is the cornerstone from the original Annie
Jessie Daniels Ames—who fought not only for women’s
right to vote but also for prison reform, civil rights
for Blacks, and the passage of a
Texas anti-lynch law
during the 1920s—is buried here as well.
Judge G. W.
Glasscock, whose father donated the land on which
Georgetown’s Square is built,
rests under a tall granite obelisk near Judge A. S.
Fisher’s plot. A Civil War veteran, Judge Fisher closed
his law practice at the outbreak of the Spanish-American
War, organized a company of Rough Riders.
Resting in a
shady grove is Henry Burkhardt. Conscripted into the
Prussian Army as a teen, he fled to
France, joined the French Navy and
Haiti. He then
transferred to the French Army, which invaded
Mexico at Napoleon
III’s request under Maximilian, brother of the Emperor
of Austria. Captured and thrown into prison, Burkhardt,
an aspiring barber, shaved Maximilian prior to the
leader’s execution by a Mexican firing squad. Henry
later escaped and fled to
Georgetown, where he operated
Burkhardt’s Palace Barber Shop for many years.
there is the tombstone that bears a memorable
inscription unlike any other. It reads, “While very
young my parents taught me: 1. Don’t whine. 2. Don’t
lie. 3. Treat others like you would want them to treat
you.” It closes, “I enjoyed my ride on space ship