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Who’s Who in the Blanco Historic Cemetery
Part 3
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 • Posted February 8, 2011

Have you ever wondered who was the first person to be buried in the Blanco Cemetery? Bernice West had a photocopy of an article entitled, “Blanco Chronicles” taken from a newspaper, probably the Blanco News, dated March 9, 1911. Yalene Hobbs provided me with a copy. Now that she is gone, we’re really going to miss Bernice and her treasure chest of stories and information. The following is quoted directly from that article:

“There has been much talk and differnces of opinions as to the first person buried in the Blanco Cemetery, some contending that Mr. Callohan or Mr. Johnson was the first but the first grave dug was that of Willlie Callohan, son of Mr. Callohan, and the child was buried sometime before Mr. C. was killed. There is a large rock over a grave with B. Tennison cut in the rock, this is the grave of a little girl about 8 or 10 years old. Her parents called her Bee, and she was buried several years after the first, and her grave was not the first as some believe.”

The “Mr. Callohan” referred to in this article is Texas Ranger Callahan who was one of the original settlers of Blanco.

I will now proceed to give gravesite information from where I left off last week:

A11 Row 5: Clarence W. Smith (1915-1997), Ima Hoffman Smith (1917-2006), Mary Cook (1895-1926), Harry B. (Pete)) West (1926-1922), Lee West (1893-1966), Elva West (1900-1970), Leona Mae West Moore(1922-2003).

A11Row 4: S. E. Smartt (1840-1911), Smartt, Terreesy S. Smartt (1847-1890), William B. Smartt (1871-1961), Alice M. Smartt (1877-1955), Lynn West (Army, 1950-2005) .

A11 Row 3: Carolyn Wilson McCarty (1915-1990), Charles Douglas Lindemann (1950-1950). Alma Saunders (1879-1947), Luther G. Saunders (1882-1974), Julius Saunders (1906-1970), IvaSaunders (1900-1987), Moral E. Saunders (1903-1973), Vera A. Saunders (1912-1998).

A11 Row 2: Peter T. West (1866-1899), John James West (1857-1931), Leonard Twidwell (1902-1991), Faye (McCarty) Twidwell (1910-1997), Leonard C. McCarty (1918-1995), Johnny Lynn McCarty (1947-1984).

A11 Row 1: Ed Byler (1874-1961), Nora Byler (1877-1938),Roland E. Krueger (1897-1947). Donie B. Krueger (1899-1975), Edyth R. McCarty (1913-1980), Charles O McCarty (1908-1979), Annie M. Bennett (1899-1983), Erich H. Specht (1889-1968), Ella M. Specht (1888-1970).

A10 Row 5: Tilden James Byler (1876-1964), Minnie Lee Byler (1879-1968), J.N. Byler (1844-1918), Mellie (Nichols) Byler (1852-1917), Leaton Byler (1881-1902), Weldon B. Byler (1902-1970), Roland L. Wolfe (1920-2002), Patricia A. Wolfe (1921-1979).

A10 Row 4: H. P. Watkins (1855-1931), Susan Catharine Byler Watkins (1859-1922), Jemima Sheets Byler (1824-1888), Narcissa Byler (1851-1887), W.L. Byler (1822-1887), W.A. Byler (1855-1929), Jon Byler (1863-1917).

A10 Row 3: Opal Irene Wright (1912-1916), Infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Wright (1910), Infant son of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Wright (1890).

A10 Row 2: John W. Wright (1850-1935), E. Ann Wright (1853-1916).

If you have stories or family connections that you would like to place in a public file, please send them to: Gail Moore McClellan, Vice President, Cemetery Committee, P.O. Box 640, Blanco, TX 78606 or

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