Williamson County
Historical Commission

 

Mankins Family Cemetery
Jonah, Williamson County, Texas



photo by John Christeson 10/08/2010

This cemetery is located west of the river at Mankins Crossing and about 200 yards north of the State Highway 29 in a pasture of about 38 acres owned by the Norman & Ethel Domel Family Trust. For permission to access this cemetery contact their daughter, Edith Bullock at 512 863 2870.
  civil war veterans

John W. Mankins, Co. A, Morgan's Reg't, Texas Cavalry.
Private - Sergeant
John W. Mankins

 

Samuel J. Mankins, born in 1843, died in 1873.
Highest Rank Attained  Private.
Samuel J. Mankinsl

 

 
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satellite map Mankins

satellite map to Castro's grave
 

  GPS Coordinates
North 30.64695 - West -97.59130
UTM 14 R - east 0635015 - north 3391113


interment list by John Christeson

 

 

Grave Dowsing at the Mankins Cemetery

 

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Faye Elder (left side) President of the Charles Calvin McCoy Chapter DRT and John Christeson (right side).
(Grave Dowsing - they found 20 some odd unmarked graves)
 
 

at the left side is Nancy Shurtleff  
stake driver is Leon (Lonny) Bullock,
right side Edith Bullock


Pud Crozier is in the flowery jacket








K Jenschke is in the middle





Castro Grave site



 
 

Grave Dowsing by Faye Elder

contact Faye for dowsing rods -

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txccmdrt/index.htm

txelder@sbcglobal.net

 

To grave dowse, use a dowsing rod, with a 90 degree bend at one end for a handle, hold a rod in each hand, with the bent part resting against the fleshy part of your hand beneath you little finger and near your wrist. Close your hand loosely just to support the handle, pull you thumb away from the rod. Hold the rods parallel to one another and out in front of you-resting your upper arms and elbows against your body. Allow the rods time to steady then begin to walk slowly forward, take baby steps toward where you suspect there is a grave.

 

As you come to a grave the rods will begin to move and for most people the rods will cross some people experience the rods go the opposite direction and point behind the dowser. As you continue walking the rods will return to the forward position. The rods will react in this way from any direction.

 

To determine whether the grave is an infant or an adult, count the steps you take as you cross over the grave. This will vary somewhat for each person but short graves will require few steps and will be Infants, longer graves will of course require more steps and be adults or older children. As you dowse, this will become easier to determine. In addition, the earth can sometimes give up the edge of a grave because it has ever so slightly sunk down. Practice looking for these depressions.

 

To determine gender, use one rod and walk as you did before but with only the one rod. The rod will move either to the right or left.

 

In my personal experience the rod moves toward the right for males and left for females. To verify which it is for you, dowse a marked grave or two.

 

Another method that is used in determining gender is the pendulum. Suspend one rod over the grave supported by one or two fingers and allow the rod to swing free. The rod will go clock­wise for a female and counter clock-wise for a male. This method takes a little time so don't rush it.

 

Best of luck, Faye Elder




John W. Mankins, Pvt., Capt. E.H. Vontress' Company, Texas Cavalry, Appears on Company Muster Roll for Mch 26 to June 30, 1862 Enlisted  Mch 26, 1862 in Dallas, Texas, by J. J. McAllister, period: War Present, reenlisted for the War June 9, 1862, has rec'd $30.00 of his bounty.

John W. Mankins, Pvt., Co. A., Morgan's Squadron Texas Cav. Appears on Company Muster Roll for June 30, to Aug, 30, 1862, Present

John W. Mankins, Pvt., Co. A, Morgan's Squadron Texas Cav. Appears on Company Muster Roll for Aug. 30 to Oct. 30, 1862, Present

Jno. W. Mankins, 5th Sgt, Co. A, Morgan's Squadron Texas Cav. Appears on Company Muster Roll for Aug. 31 to Oct. 31, 1863. Enlisted Mch 26, 1862, Dallas, Texas, J. J. Mc Allister, Period 12 mo. Last paid: by whom: Lt. J. W. Posey, To what time Feb. 28, 1863, Present, Remarks: Sick





Samuel J. Mankins, Co. G, 1 (McCulloch's) Texas Cavalry, 1 Texas Mtd. Riflemen, Subsequently formed part of 8 (Taylor's) Batt'n Texas Cav. Private/ Private. Card numbers 50202672, 2734, 2810, 2888.

 

Samuel Mankins, Pvt. Capt. Thomas C. Frost's Company, 1 Reg't Texas

Mounted Riflemen, age 18 years, Appears on Company Muster-in Roll. Roll dated Camp Colorado, May 12, 1861, Joined for duty and enrolled for period: 12 months.  Valuation of horse $90, equipment $25

 

Samuel Mankins, Pvt. Capt James M. Homsley's Co., 1 Reg't Texas

Mounted Riflemen Appears on Company Muster Roll for Sept- Oct, 1861, valuation of horse $90, equipment $25

 

Samuel Mankins, Pvt. Capt James M. Homsley's Co., 1 Reg't Texas

Mounted Riflemen Appears on Company Muster Roll for Nov- Dec, 1861, valuation of horse $90, equipment $25

 

Samuel Mankins, Pvt. Capt James M. Homsley's Co., 1 Reg't Texas

Mounted Riflemen Appears on Company Muster Roll for Jan- Feb, 1862, valuation of horse $90, equipment $25




Historical Cemeteries in Williamson County

Jonah, Texas