Milam County Historical Commission
Milam County, Texas
Milam County Historical Commission - Milam County, TX
Statue of Ben Milam at Milam County, TX Courthouse
Old Junior High School Building, Rockdale, TX
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Dale Jaecks at Peaceful Rest Cemetery Historical Marker, Gause, Milam, TX
Peaceful Rest Cemetery
Gause, TX
Historic Texas Cemetery
HTC medallion
From US 79, turn north onto N. Locust St. (1
block east of Coats Store);Go past Gause City
Cemetery and turn right onto Professor Smith St. 
Go 50 yards and
turn left at sign
for Cemetery
(turn between 2 houses);
0.4 miles to Cemetery
Peaceful Rest Cemetery Historical Marker, Gause, Milam, TX
Peaceful Rest Cemetery Historical Marker, Gause, Milam, TX
Peaceful Rest Cemetery Historical Marker, Gause, Milam, TX
Peaceful Rest Cemetery Historical Marker, Gause, Milam, TX
Peaceful Rest Cemetery Historical Marker, Gause, Milam, TX
Commissioner Dale Jaecks at
Marker Dedication Ceremony
Sign on Professor Smith St. showing
route to Peaceful Rest Cemetery
Peaceful Rest Cemetery Assoc. celebrates 110 years
Rockdale Reporter, June 3, 2010

In “A Salute To Those Who Serve(d)” everyone was encouraged to get involved during
events at the 110th anniversary of the Gause Peaceful Rest Cemetery Association,
according to spokesperson Lillian Hill.

Memorial Day festivities held by the Association this year reflected on those patriots
who served in various capacities and began the celebration of Memorial Day in Gause but
not necessarily at the onset of the cemetery’s inception.
Assisted by the Gause Schools Alumni Association (GSAA) the Peaceful Rest Cemetery
Association presented a well prepared program on Saturday with honor, loyalty and
dignity that involved the participation of many home comers to celebrate the memory of
founders and dedicated members.

Speakers included Roy D. Moore, Ruthie Fuller, Jo Ann Moore, Verdie Sadberry, Ropie
Pierce, Ocie M. Swift, Della Moore Duke, Marie Jakson Dunovant, Willie Ray Owens and
Roxie Pierce.

The program’s keynote speaker was Rev. Melvin E. Burleson of Macedonia Ministries in
Houston. He elaborated on the theme admonishing each listener to not only “get involved”
in serving but to “lend a hand.” Basing his message on a passage from II Kings 3:15, he
admonished his listeners to read the story and its message therein taking up the mantle
and going forward, Hill said.
The Gause Schools Alumni Association (GSA A) held two separate events during Memorial
Day weekend. On Friday the annual social/fi sh fry and talent show was held. Organizers
were LaVerne Ferguson Ratcliff of Houston and Franis Moore Carter of Dallas.

On Saturday night the awards banquet was held and featured speaker Chandra Joyce Donald
of Houston. She is a high school educator, association minister, director of mentoring
and a life coach.

She is the daughter of Joyce Malone Hammon of Houston and the great granddaughter of the
late Prof. Doyle Smith, Sr. of Gause.



I have a Ancestry tree that I do research on, to record the family trees (Peaceful Rest
Cemetery family tree) and also I put the information on FindAGrave as well.  I use
FindaGrave because I have found no other public area to post the information, especially
those buried without marked gravestones.  There are at least 169 graves, marked and
unmarked on the property.  There was also a school and a church at one time. 

Supposedly there is another cemetery near or attached, I am not sure but Google Earth
has several areas that look to be worth investigating. 

There are two members of the cemetery that were over 100 years old.  One was Lizzie
Alford Crayton, whose obit was mentioned in the Rockdale Reporter in 1939.  She was a
former slave.  Her husband was Mack Crayton (1836-1916). 

Calvin Alford was Lizzie’s brother and he served in the civil war under Captain Chas.
Laseurer who took a company from Milam County for the Confederacy.  Calvin who died in
1940 is also buried in the Liberty Hill Springfield Cemetery.

There were once many black landholders in that area but over the years, quite a few it
seems during the depression, lost the land. Slowly people moved to town and the school
died, then the church died and now the cemetery seems to have died.  Ms. Holder’s book
mentioned that Liberty Hill Springfield was ‘active’ but the last burial I can find was
in 2000. 

Holly Jentsch
Peaceful Rest Cemetery Ass'n to meet at Gause Community Center -
11:00 AM

For More Info:
Delores Fisher @