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
Milam County Courthouse - Cameron, TX
Preserve America
John Garner
Waddle Cemetery - On US 79 approx. 6 mi. to
FR 1786, 6 mi. to Alcoa Plant; check in at
Plant Protection Office - very hard to get to
in a wooded area.

See Below for more directions
                                       "John Garner
                            Texas War for Independence veteran.
                      He helped destroy Vince's Bridge, April 21, 1836.

                           Erected by the State of Texas - 1962"


Rectangular marble slab issued by the State of Texas, 71 cm long, 37 cm wide and 4 cm
thick, laying flat on the ground.

The star encircled by a wreath in the upper left corner is an emblem of the War of
Independence tombstones.

At the base of marker is ERECTED BY THE STATE OF TEXAS, 1962

Although no birth or death dates are inscribed on his stone, John Garner's short
biography on the inventory of Texas veterans states he was born in 1809 and died in
Milam County in 1888.

He served under Erastus (Deaf) Smith during the burning of Vince's Bridge which hindered
the escape of the Mexican troops from the Battle of San Jacinto.

His second wife is named as Pamelia Landford but proximity to the grave of Nora Langford
suggests that her name may have been miswritten.


John Garner Historic Marker
Thanks to Richard Burns for providing this photo and information
Note: See important advance scheduling information at bottom of this post before visiting Alcoa.

Driving directions from Rockdale City Hall at the intersection of Hwy 79 (Cameron Ave.) and FM 487 south. Proceed south on FM 487 for 2.7 miles to the traffic signal at FM 2116. Turn right (west) and proceed for 6.2 miles to the Alcoa/Sandow guard shack with flagpoles. The road makes various curves with numerous side roads and it's possible to find yourself on the wrong road. Landmarks along the way to keep on course: Alcoa lake on right then pass 2 large plants on your right. When you see the coal slurry on your left, follow the parallel road to the guard shack. There will be various "No Trespassing" signs, but continue to the guard office.

There will be a parking area to the right immediately before the guard shack. Turn in there and park and check-in with the guards at the shack. They will direct you to the nearby Administration Bldg. (a few hundred feet away).

The contact there is Karolyn Puccio - Business Support Supervisor. Her Office telephone number is (512) 446-8681. Her cell phone number is (512) 760-5020.  Her email is

I found Karolyn to be very personable, helpful and supportive of families paying their respects to their departed family members. Special arrangements may be made regarding a recent death and needs for interment.

Important note; Alcoa administration is working with a very limited staff. Therefore they request that they have at least one week advance notice to line up retiree support staff to escort guests to the appropriate cemetery. Once a date has been lined up, it would be wise to confirm with Karolyn just prior to your visit to ensure an escort will be available. Also, many of the roads in Alcoa property are dirt and impassable after periods of heavy rain, so please keep that in consideration when scheduling a visit.

An added safety note; there are numerous large trucks and equipment on the grounds so please use extreme caution, especially at intersections and confined spaces.

Cemeteries on Alcoa property:

Richards, Richards Black, Simmons-Jones, Waddle, Barber, Miller on Alcoa, Bryant-Blassinggill aka Bryant-Massingill (possibly no longer in existence), Millerton (aka Freezeout).

Thanks to Jack Brooks for these directions