Saul Wright Cemetery  

Wright Cemetery Association Seeks Historical Marker for the Saul Wright Cemetery

A sign is attached to a gate which leads along a path to the Wright Cemetery, located in what is now a residential area of Cedar Creek.

Directions to cemetery: Go west on Highway 71. Turn left on Highway 21, then right on McDonald Lane. Drive 1.3 miles to reach the cemetery gate straight ahead. (If continuing down McDonald Lane, the sign will be on your left.)

 

This two-acre cemetery is located in the Martha Barker Survey and is known by Saul (Sol) Wright Cemetery and as Wright Cemetery. There is no known deed recorded for this cemetery at Bastrop County. The property was donated for use as a cemetery. It has 44 marked graves and many unmarked graves. The earliest visible marker is a metal marker for Annie Edmondson who died on October 18, 1919.

Pamela Jones of Cedar Creek is working toward having the Wright Cemetery designated by the Texas Historical Commission (THC) as historic, then will pursue a historical marker to recognize its history.

Of particular interest is the tie between Texas Freedom Colonies and the Saul Wright Cemetery.

 

In the decades following the Civil War, nearly a quarter of African Americans achieved a remarkable victory—they got their own land. While other ex-slaves and many poor whites became trapped in the exploitative sharecropping system, these independence-seeking individuals settled on pockets of unclaimed land that had been deemed too poor for farming and turned them into successful family farms.  In these self-sufficient rural communities, often known as "freedom colonies," African Americans created a refuge from the discrimination and violence that routinely limited the opportunities of blacks in the Jim Crow South.1 
 
According to those caring for the Wright Cemetery, Saul Wright donated it for the Freedom Colony families who lived in this area or migrated here.2 A survey was prepared by Mr. Clyde Reynolds, Hilda Neidig, Evelyn Wolf and Audrey Rother on February 17, 1987.3 For more information about the Wright Cemetery: https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2306327/sol-wright-cemetery
For more information about Texas Freedom Colonies:

https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/uef20

https://www.statesman.com/news/20190320/project-seeks-to-memorialize-freedom-colonies-in-bastrop-county

http://www.thetexasfreedomcoloniesproject.com/p/texas-freedom-colonies.html

1 Freedom Colonies: Independent Black Texans in the Time of Jim Crow (JACK AND DORIS SMOTHERS SERIES IN TEXAS HISTORY, LIFE, AND CULTURE) Paperback – March 1, 2005 by Thad Sitton  (Author), James H. Conrad (Author), Richard Orton (Photographer).

2 Pamela Jones of the Wright Cemetery Association

3 Bastrop County Courthouse files.

Photographs were taken from each corner, one of the requirements in order for the Wright Cemetery to be designated a "Texas Historical Cemetery" by the Texas Historical Commission (THC). Once a certificate is received, the BCHC will assist in applying for a Texas historical marker to recognize the cemetery's history.

Below: Original map drawn by Audrey Rother. Redrawn by Cindye Ginsel.

              LAST NAME, FIRST NAME                       BIRTH/DEATH                             LAST NAME, FIRST NAME               BIRTH/DEATH  

ALDRIDGE

William

 

Alex

Annie (McDonald)

Augusta

Joe (Bubba)

Alexander Sr. 

ALEXANDER

Chester

 

Dock,

  TEXAS U.S. ARMY WWII

Frank Samuel Jr.

 

John O.

 

Lillie Bell

 

Mack


Sandra

 

T. C. “Walter”, 

TEX. PVT. U.S. ARMY WWI

 

BAKER

 

Henry Sr.

BREEDING

Alroy, 

TEX. PVT. U.S. ARMY WWI

Eugene

 

Maria

BONNER

Mary Etta (Slaughter)

BURRIS

Infant (twins) 

BURSE

Samuel


COCKRELL

 

Henry

 

CRENSHAW

Roy Lee

CROCKET

 

Dennie

DUVAL

Etta

Hadley

Lola

R.B. Jr.

 

Vernel

 

EASLEY

 

Robert L.

 

EDMONDSON

Annie

Arthur Lee

Barney

Clarence F.

Clois

Earlee

George

Georgia

Julia

Mamie

EPRIGHT

Benny

ERVIN

Rev. Robert

 

LaKisha (infant)

GOODE

Anne Mae

GREEN

Rev. Tommie (T.C.)

LaVada

HARDIN

 

Martha

 

HARRIS

Barbara Evelyn

Cora

Ella Ruth

 

Eldridge Jr.

 

1858/07-25-1934

 

09-25-1918/05-18-1978

1850/05-19-1937

07-04-1899/04-20-1993

08-02-1898/04-1964

02-23-1894/07-14-1990

06-03-1939/04-07-2017

08-27-1896/01-1972

02-17-1959.09-05-2013

04-15-1928/1988

03-12-1901/01-1995

02-17-1925/01-01-1993

06-10-1966/09-03-1993

03-05-1923/04-22-1985

10-02-1934/09-15-2013

01-03-1892/11-23-1971

02-06-1927/05-04-1993

11-30-1892/05-28-1977

07-17-1908/07-06-1930

02-09-1958/02-09-1958

/01-17-1930

 

 

/10-08-1958

10-28-1955/07-15-1999

10-18-1919/01-19-2013

1943/01-19-2013

12-18-1946/04-11-1997

08-30-1926/08-20-2004

07-06-1924/01-27-2014

08-06-27/10-30-1999

06-22-1897/1989

09-12-9-1932/03-02-1999

11-14-1956/01-08-1996

HOUSTON

John Jr.

HUTCHINS

Morris

HUTCHINSON

Ham (military)

Lillie

Nola (infant)

Otta

JOHNSON

Rev. William

Willie M. 

JONES

Albert Sr.

 

Amanda

Angeline Bell

Arthur Lee

 

C. L. Sr. 

Emanuel Lee

Henry Lee

Isiah Sr.

Isiah Jr. 

Joyce

Maggie

 

Pearlie (Walker)

 

Roy Lee

Wilma (Showers)

 

McDONALD

Albert R. (Rooster)

 

Jesse

Mary

Mary (Harlin)

MILLER

Dave Jr. 

Ida Bell

James

 

Kathy

NEEL

Rosa

OKELBERRY

A.C.

 

Bodie

Leah Mae

 

Teddy Sr. 

Willie (Frog)

ROBERTSON

Clyde

SLAUGHTER

James

WALKER

Savanna

 

WASHINGTON

Bobbie

 

Sophie

WHEELER

Betty Lou

WRIGHT

Cora

 

Costella

Dempsy

Jeffery

 

Mary

Samie

Saul

James

Infant twins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11-24-1880

1886/09-01-1928

07-29-1890/12-29-1953

12-16-1898/12-18-2008

 

 

 

 

07-08-1908/09-27-1988

09-26-1936/03-08-1973

02-28-1887/02-27-1950

02-18-1912/05-06-1990

12-13-1953/01-24-1958

05-16-1879/09-1971

11-22-1891/09-17-1993

 

07-07-1940/05-16-1990

09-07-1913/02-29-1980

1899/05-01-1919

1880/06-26-1921

1955/02-04/2012

02-08-1918/05-05-1969

1901/04-12-1920

12-16-1959/05-19-2009

07-24-1894/09-20-1967

02-28-1966

03-28-1898/11-20-1945

01-28-1899/05-01-1981

/2004

12-28-1913/05-29-1960

06-29-1887/06-22-1961

1875/

12-24-1954

 

1871/07-02-1931

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