Taylor's Valley Cemetery
Belton, Bell County, Texas
Cemetery: Taylor's Valley Cemetery
Street: 4100 block of Forrester Rd, between Dubose Rd and Witter Ln
City: about 1 mile east of Belton, south of Temple
County: Bell County
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
Features: surrounded by trees, one large one in the middle. Lots of critter holes.
Land Type: Private
Established: about 1880
Records location: "BELL COUNTY TOMBSTONE RECORDS, Vol 1" by West Bell Genealogical Society and Bell County Historical Commission (abt 1969)
Native Stone: Unsure
Other Stone: No
Condition: Cemetery neglected
Weather problems: Unknown
Pollution problems: No
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
Date: Sunday, January 06, 2002
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
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.
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
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name: Joe D. Deaver