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 Caro Cemetery

Caro Cemetery at Mexico between Quinlan and the Tawakoni Bridge on Hwy 35/276.
The only Spanish land grant in Hunt County was to the Caro family.

Caro, Mary E.
b. unknown - d. unknown

Caro, Nannie
b. unknown - d. 1892

Caro, William
b. unknown - d. 1854

(The following information is taken from a research article done by Shirley R. Hale found in the archives of the American Cotton Museum.  She completed her research in 1987.  At that time, the cemetery was located on land owned by Charles C. Gaillard.) 

“…Mr. Gaillard stated that the cemetery was very old and that the Caro family had been of Spanish-Mexican descent, and had settled at a very early date. 
     There are three readable gravestones at the present time: One for Mary E. Caro, William Caro, and Nannie Caro. 
     Nannie was the last child buried in the cemetery.  She was buried in 1892. 
     The earliest gravestone is that of William whose death date was 1854.  His birthdate is broken off. 
     Mr. Gaillard stated that a poem was written and engraved on Nannie’s grave stone (the poem is not visible today.)  Mr. Gaillard told me the poem which reads thusly: 

  We loved her very dear
  But she could not stay here;
  God called her not to stay;
  Now she lives in Endless Day.
     Some 30 years ago, when I was a young woman, I visited the present site of the Caro cemetery. At that time, there were wooden grave markers shaped thusly: 
 (Here she inserted a drawing that looks like an old keyhole from a door.) 

    There was a great stand of native cedars at the crest of the hill where the cemetery is situated overlooking the now present Lake Tawakoni. 
     Mr. Gaillard said that some time after the lake had developed, a ‘Mr. Cook’ had started a fire with matches.  This fire consumed Mr. Gaillard’s farm as well as a fence that was around NANNIE’s grave.   Also he stated that some old fashioned it is plans were around Nannie’s grave, but that fire destroyed them also. 
     The cedars are not now standing in the cemetery.  Mr. Gaillard said that some disease or drought killed the cedars… 
     Mr. Gaillard also reported that there had stood a wooden log house that he believed to be the oldest in Hunt County….This log house was destroyed by the fire.”   


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