Taylor's Valley Cemetery
Belton, Bell County, Texas

 

Cemetery: Taylor's Valley Cemetery
Other:
Sign: No
Street: 4100 block of Forrester Rd, between Dubose Rd and Witter Ln
City: about 1 mile east of Belton, south of Temple
Township:
County: Bell County
State: TX
Nation: USA
Zip: 76502
Status: Abandoned
Size: Small
Directions: State hwy 93 east from Belton about a mile, right on Witter Ln, next left on Forrester Rd. Cemetery is about 1/4 mi on left
Type: Road-public
Location: Rural-mixed
Terrain: Level
Watersource: No
Features: surrounded by trees, one large one in the middle. Lots of critter holes.
Land Type: Private
Access: Open
Enclosure: Fence-Broken
Gate: None
Established: about 1880
Gravestones: 60-70
Oldest: 1880
Newest: 1965
Removed: Yes
Relocated: No
Repairs: Unsure
Methods:
Restoration: Yes
Association: No
Records: No
Inventory: Yes
Records location: "BELL COUNTY TOMBSTONE RECORDS, Vol 1" by West Bell Genealogical Society and Bell County Historical Commission (abt 1969)
Landscaping: No
Paths: No
Trees: Yes
Crypts: No
Fencing: No
Walkways: No
Brickwork: No
Ironwork: No
Sculpture: No
Fountains: No
Roads: No
Buildings: No
Cement: Unsure
Granite: No
Marble: No
Native Stone: Unsure
Slate: Unsure
Other Stone: No
Wood: Unsure
Materials: Unsure
Architectural: Unsure
Angels: Unsure
Draperies: Unsure
Fraternal: Unsure
Hands: Unsure
Lambs: Unsure
Monograms: Unsure
Plants: Unsure
Photos: Unsure
Religious: Unsure
Scrollwork: Unsure
Urns: Unsure
Other_Carvings: Yes
Condition: Cemetery neglected
Unmarked: Yes
Broken: Yes
Toppled: Yes
Disintegrating: Yes
Buried: Yes
Weather problems: Unknown
Pollution problems: No
Vandalized: No
Overgrowth: Problem-Access
Vegetation: Ground-Cover
Vegetation: Vines
Drainage: Good
Owner: Cemetery
Use:
Bordering: Agricultural
Change: Same
Reason:
Visited: Rarely
Archeology: No
Habitat: Unknown
Contacted: Bell County (used to have a work release inmate cleanup of the site occasionally but it was cancelled due to liability). I have set up a webpage for the cemetery at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~txbell/cemcentral.htm
name: Joe D. Deaver
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Date: 1/6/2002
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Date: Sunday, January 06, 2002

Surnames

Bolles, Bruner, Chaffin, Chambers, Clary, Clay, Deaver, Edens, Elliott, Forrester, Giles, Grissom, Harris, Hawkins, Honeycutt, Jones, Mabry, Mahaney, McCormick, Nichols, Nott, Osborn, Pitman, Pruett, Ratliff, Scarbrough, Simons, Smith, Weeks, White

Other_Information

Until summer of 2001, cemetery was owned by a private citizen. At that time, he deeded the cemetery plot over to Taylor's Valley Baptist Church, which owned the cemetery many years ago. The church does not really have the resources currently to make an ambitious effort to restore the cemetery. A few descendents, including myself, are working to clean up and maintain the cemetery and later repair any broken graves. In December 2001, all vines and grass were cut, so it is temporarily accessible. I am currently working on a historical marker through the state's Historical Cemetery Desgination project. Sometime in the future, it is my hope that we can establish a cemetery association to pay for the ongoing mainenance and restoration to the cemetery. It's unlikely it can be used again, since there are likely several unmarked graves and the cemetery is just under an acre in size.

Support

Joe D. Deaver - (972)380-8319 (descendent of ancestor buried there) Taylor's Valley Baptist Church - (254) 939-7386 - 2470 W FM 93, Temple TX 76502

Website: http://www.rootsweb.com/~txbell/cemcentral.htm

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name: Joe D. Deaver
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Date: 1/6/2002