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My husband, Ralph and I live on the property where Sand Point Cemetery is located. This cemetery is in very
poor condition - we have been working on it but wondering if anyone can help us out. We are also looking for
a list of people that are buried there or any information anyone can give us regarding the cemetery.
Hello, Mrs. Dizzine.
My wife, Beth,and I visited Sandy Point Cemetery today, thanks to the kindness of Mr. Burgess's directions.
You had written that the cemetery was in very poor condition in your email. You may find this difficult to
believe, but we found it to be in remarkably good condition compared to many of our rural Milam County
Cemeteries. It was obvious that a considerable amount of time, effort and expense was incurred for the
cemetery to be in this kind of condition.
On behalf of the Milam County Historical Commission and the Milam County Genealogical Society, we sincerely
thank you, and those involved, for their efforts in preserving this historic rural Texas cemetery.
We found an excellent new perimeter fence surrounding a considerable portion of the seven acre cemetery. All
fallen trees had been removed, the grounds had been mowed and only needed string trimming. On the southern
end of the cemetery we noted the beautiful Burgess family plot with benches and chair seating. It was very
apparent that the Burgess family held their departed members in very high esteem and that this was a place to
visit, meditate and reminisce.
Returning to the northern portion of the cemetery, we noted Louisa and her son George W. Beard's family
plots. Their historic Beard Rock Home, a short distance away and now owned by Dr. Donnie Hamilton, is one of
Milam County's tourist treasures. Personally, I was curious where Louisa's Beards husband, the CSA veteran,
C. C., was interred. He died shortly after returning home from the war. I was unable to locate him in this,
or any other, Milam County cemetery referencing 170 Years of Cemetery Records In Milam County, Texas.
Possibly he was interred in one of the many stone marked paupers graves?.
Also noted, were a number of other CSA veterans whose interments were acknowledge with a posted CSA flag. D.
L. Lagrone' even had a Medallion and an Iron Cross. Sarah Ann Adams Lagrone's "Daughters of the Republic of
Texas" 1836-1846, Medallion was posted prominently.
The Ferguson's, Louisa Beard, John and Mary Graves and Uriah Thweatt had either wrought iron or chain link
fencing surrounding their plots. Your request for a list of people interred, was given to Mr. Burgess while
I visited your home this morning. Mrs. Norinne Holman visited the cemetery on April 4th, 1999. That field
inventory and death records were matched up or added when necessary. I'm able to relate to your maintenance
issues since this is a large cemetery in size and the interments aren't in a reasonably compact location.
Your plight is one that we commonly hear when folks, like yourself, take charge of a cemetery improvement
project. Sand Point is not a candidate for community service assistance(fall- time) due to it being on a
private road and not directly off a visible county roadway. Their logic is that it needs to be readily
accessible by the public and that they may also see their tax dollar at work. What I might suggest, is to
attempt to contact descendants still in the community. For example, I see four beards Listed in the Milam
County Red phone book for Rockdale alone. It lists four Lagrone's residing in Milano. Possibly an
advertisement in the Rockdale Reporter and listing the family names for a cemetery workday. I have had
marginal success by doing that. Jerry Caywood, our website administrator, would probably be happy to post it
to our website as well. That would be limited exposure. Respectfully, Jack Brooks