Janice Williams Loves Austin And sometimes I write about it.

December 2, 2012

The Texas State Cemetery

Filed under: Austin,Family — Janice @ 11:51 pm

Today was a beautiful day to be at the Texas State Cemetery. I didn’t take many pictures of the scenery as I was there and the pictures don’t do the fall colors justice anyway.


I took my sister there. It was her first visit. It was the first time that I finally remember to look up and find the location of a cousin of mine that is buried there. Minerva Fannin was the daughter of James Fannin, the Texas hero you studied in seventh grade in Texas history class who died in the massacre at Goliad. His wife had died before he did and his daughters were in care of the McKinney family (the family that McKinney Falls near Austin is named after). Minerva was a mentally disabled child and eventually she was sent to the Texas State Lunatic Asylum in Austin (now the State Hospital) to live. She died there, but she was buried in the State Cemetery. This is my sister next to her grave. She is buried right up on Republic Hill near Stephen F. Austin and directly next to Barbara Jordan (which is odd since there was so long between their deaths). What is odd is that most of the graves face east, but this grave faces west. This is my sister beside the grave.


There are many more stories and pictures I need to put here. We’ve been on a wonderful vacation and I’ve decorated the house for Christmas. The “holidailies” are approaching so maybe that will get me motivated to at least post these short little notes often.


  1. I have never been to the cemetary…would love to go in the Spring!

    Comment by Denise — December 4, 2012 @ 11:08 am

  2. The pictures may not do the fall colors justice, but I’ll take those beautiful pictures (including the girl) without justice.

    Comment by pat — December 6, 2012 @ 1:03 am

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