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Re: Is Rock Island, Texas, in Waller county?
Posted by: Herman I. May Date: September 13, 2001 at 07:11:39
In Reply to: Re: Is Rock Island, Texas, in Waller county? by J. Ed Smith of 124

J. Ed Smith wrote:

"This is a link to a topo map of the area. The Rock Island community is situated along FM 1736, roughly midway between Donohoe Creek and Walnut Bayou. The red cross icon indicates the site of the Rock Island Cemetery."

To add a few facts...

According to maps that I have studied, the community of Rock Island was located due west of the cemetery marked on the topo map, with the majority of the community located on the west side of FM1736 and the remainder just to the east. Cursory surveys of the area reveal no existing ruins.

The Rock Island Baptist Church is located due north/northeast of the cemetery. During my many visits to try to find the cemetery, I have never seem anyone at the church. Though it appears to still be used.

There are only a dozen or so identifyable graves in the Rock Island Cemetery. Of those only two are marked with inscriptions; and both of those individuals died early in the 20th Century. The balance are either broken beyond identity, obliterated by age and wear, or are the simply the diminutive, four-sided, concrete obelisks similar to those found in Salem Cemetery.

I suspect that there are many more, graves in the cemetery as those that are readily identifiable are located in what appears to be the southwest corner of the boundaries identified on USGS maps with greater detail. An example can be seen at the following link.

http://mapserver.maptech.com/homepage/index.cfm?lat=30.17472&lon=-96.11583&scale=24000&type=1&zoom=50&bpid=MAP0060030900#

I am continuing to study other maps of the area for the existence of additional hidden and lost cemeteries. There are still three or four individuals whom I know to have died in the area of Howth and who are not buried (at least not identified by markers) in Salem Cemetery. However, progress has been slow and unproductive. I would invite the input of anyone who may have information regarding possible search locations.

Herman


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