Edwards Cemetery


Submitted by: Eric Bonner Wood

Status: Abandoned about 1856.

Coordinates: 31 degrees - 47 minutes - 30.71 seconds N; 95 degrees - 59 minutes - 22.16 seconds W

Background: This cemetery is said by different sources to be for the ghost towns of Troy or Sand Town.

Location: Situated on private property near the Trinity River. East-NE of Fairfield on Hugh Bonner land, near Trinity River. The cemetery is overgrown with timber. Warning - there are old unmarked and uncovered wells and cisterns that one could easily stumple down in the area.

Directions #1: Proceed out FM 2570 to junction with county road that connects to FM 1364, Turn left at this junction and go .4 mile to double gate; enter through right gate entrance and travel .6 miles to where road joins pipe line right-of-way for 1.1 miles then turn right along a jeep road for .4 mile to cemetery.

Directions #2: Go past I. G. C. plant toward Cook's Lake, come to locked gate with sign "Wildlife Preserve". Turn right and from there on, someone will have to take you to the cemetery.

Oldest Marked Grave: Mar 17, 1853 William Adams
Adams, William L. 5/4/1815-3/17/1853 [See #130 in 1850 Limestone Co. census]

Edwards, B. F. 1803-4/16/1855
[Vol II, Edwards Cemetery list this gave as I did. Vol II, Troy Cemetery lists this as "Edwards, B. F. and wife ?-4/16/1855"] [This is Benjamin Franklin Edwards. See #108 in 1850 Limestone County census. See H of FC, Vol I, #289.]

Edwards, W. C. 1/22/1853-1/12/1855
[Could be:Texas State Gazette; published in Austin, Texas; May 12, 1855 edition; Page: 292

We learn from the Leon Pioneer that Waco Edwards, an old Texan, a citizen of Freestone county, was killed a short time since by a young man, by the named of Horn. It seems that Edwards had made some remarks derogatory to the honesty of Horn, which coming to his ears, he rode up to Edward's home, called him out and asked him if he said so and so, on Edwards answering in the affirmative he shot him down in his tracks with a double barreled shot gun. This is rumor - we do not vouch or its correctness. Report says that Horn has been arrested."]