My husband's great grandmother was Juana Cavazos Barnard. Information that I have, stated that Juana traveled to her family's home at Matamoras with her son, John (my husband's grandfather). This happened in 1871 and at that time two sisters were still living in their family home located on the land grant and swimming in the nearby Rio Grande. I am hoping this the area in which you live and, hopefully, Juana's ancestors are buried in the cemetery you have spoken of.
You spoke of the book "Juana" written by Pearl Andrus. I have it and it is not totally factual. We knew Mrs. Andrus and she said that a lot of it was fact but to make it interesting she had to fill in the blank areas with her imagination.
I would really like to know where the cemetery is located. We are having trouble tracing her roots. My father-in-law was eight years old when Juana died, and he remembered quite a lot about Juana. So I know a lot, but I have a lot of blanks in the areas of names and dates. Nothing was ever written down or it was destroyed in a fire of the family homestead.
At this time the artist Robert Summers is doing bronze statues of Charles and Juana Cavazos Barnard and her horse Pidgon. It is to be placed in a park located on the Courthouse Square in Somervell County, TX. They were the first settlers in this area.
I would really appreciate any information that you have about the cemetery, area, etc.
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