Texas Canyon Pioneer Cemetery

S. of I-10
Located near the Amerind Foundation Museum


 
Cemetery Pic
Submitted & © by:Diane Loy
Cemetery Pic
Submitted & © by:Diane Loy

TEXAS CANYON PIONEER CEMETERY
Final resting place of Texas Canyon's
earliest settlers and their descendants

In 1895, seventeen-year-old William Walter Adams left Coleman County, Texas, to visit his older brother, Dave A. Adams, who was one of the first of the Adams family to settle in the Little Dragoon Mountains of Cochise County. "Will" soon decided to put down roots as well and applied for a homestead grant, settling on what would eventually become the Amerind Foundation property. The two were soon joined by four more brothers, three sisters, and their mother. With so many Texans settling in the area, people began referring to it as Texas Canyon. Will returned to Texas in 1905 to marry his sweetheart, Orphy (Ofelia) Burton, and they returned to Arizona after the wedding. Will and Orphy had two daughter, Ethel and Mary, and three sons, Walter, Willard, and Wallace. When five-year-old daughter Ethel died after being thrown from a horse, Will and Orphy buried her on the homestead. On January 27, 1918, Ethel became the first to be laid to rest in what is now the Texas Canyon Pioneer Cemetery.

Over the years, Will Adams urged community members to reserve burial sites on the land he set aside for the cemetery. In June of 1939, their other daughter, May Clark, sent out invitations for a cemetery work party and requested donations for the fencing material. Donations came in and many helpers showed up to set the corner, fence, and gateposts. The five-foot fencing was ordered, but there wasn't enough cash, left from the donations to pay for it, so Will put $10 down on a payment plan from Sears Rosebuck & Co. in Los Angeles and paid off the balance of $116 in $9 monthly installments.

After Will Adams death in 1959, Orphy sold the homestead and cemetery to William, Shirley and Rose Fulton, founders of the Amerind. Taking care of the cemetery upkeep and maintaining the records is now the responsibility of the Foundation. Reservations for burial sites made during Will Adams time are still in effect, but no additional reservations can be made and no one can be interred here unless their name appears on the pioneer list. As you can see, an area behind the cemetery has been fenced as well. Mr. and Mrs. Fulton, their son and daughter, and other family members are buried in this Fulton family plot.



Photographed, transcribed & submitted & © by:Diane Loy

If you know of someone buried here who is not listed, please contact me


LAST NAME
FIRST NAME
BIRTH
DEATH
NOTES
???? Mom
No date
No date
See photo
ADAMS Alice J.
1858
1947
See photo
ADAMS
Dale A.
05/29/1927
02/05/2009
US Army Air Forces
WWII
See photo
ADAMS David
1846
1918
See photo
ADAMS Dolly
01/11/1912
05/04/1987
See photo
ADAMS Ethel
 
01/27/1911
Dau. of W. W. & Orphey L. Adams
Age 5 years
See photo
ADAMS Francis W.
1861
1938
See photo
ADAMS Linvel A.
02/17/1911
03/11/1998
See photo
ADAMS Martha A.
1871
1945
See photo
ADAMS Mildred M.
05/29/1914
06/08/1971
See photo
ADAMS Orphey L.
02/12/1883
09/07/1963
See photo
ADAMS Shirley (Gunter)
01/14/1937
04/07/1972
See photo
ADAMS Walter P.
01/07/1913
10/16/1991
See photo
ADAMS Will W.
10/05/1878
03/06/1959
See photo
ALLEN Horace E.
1898
1974
See photo
ALLEN Madelene J.
1902
1985
See photo
ASTON
George L.
11/29/1916
06/09/2000
1st SGT US Army
WWII
See photo
ASTON Patricia I.
1919
1983
See photo
BRIGHT Ann L.
03/17/1913
07/07/1991
See photo
BURRELL Amanda J.
03/04/1912
03/10/1990
See photo
BURRELL F. Ray
02/18/1917
05/03/1972
See photo
BURRELL Florence I.
02/01/1877
01/15/1957
See photo
BURRELL Infant
No date
No date
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BURRELL Joan
05/20/1932
06/20/1988
See photo
BURRELL Lannie Franklin
1898
1940
See photo
BURRELL Leon J.
12/08/1901
11/07/1955
See photo
BURRELL
Robert F.
07/12/1925
08/23/1980
PFC US Army
See photo
BURRELL Thomas Robert
1876
1937
See photo
BUSENBARK Annie C.
03/11/1883
08/10/1924
See photo
BUSENBARK Jackson
10/01/1875
04/15/1948
See photo
CLARK James Abner
07/27/1905
04/29/1991
See photo
CLARK Louetta May
1935
1968
See photo
CLARK Nora May
05/31/1909
03/11/1996
Married 12/29/1932
James Abner
See photo
COOPER Iva B.
1898
1995
See photo
CRAWFORD Mary A. (Adams)
07/27/1876
04/21/1962
Dau. of D. M. & Armenty Adams
See photo
CRAWFORD Thomas G.
1866
1954
See photo
DAVIS Mardine (Ayers)
11/08/1916
02/06/1932
See photo
DUNN Aletha A.
05/10/1905
01/16/1975
See photo
DUNN
Deryl A.
01/16/1921
12/15/1967
California
PFC Army Air Forces
WWII
See photo
DUNN
Donald L.
03/20/1922
04/14/1990
SSGT US Army Air Corps
WWII
See photo
EBERT Patricia
03/20/1915
05/30/2005
See photo
FULTON Rose (Hayden)
06/16/1881
01/10/1968
See photo
FULTON William Hayden
03/12/1907
04/10/1958
See photo
FULTON William Shirley
11/23/1880
11/20/1964
See photo
GIBBENS
Burnett B.
07/14/1894
12/31/1961
Arizona
Wagoner Co. A 4 MG BN
WWI
See photo
GIBBENS Henry M.
1886
1965
See photo
GILBERT Grace M.
1895
1939
See photo
GILES Alice B.
1897
1980
See photo
GILES Malcolm M. "Bo"
02/06/1917
11/11/2007
See photo
GREGORY J. B.
No date
No date
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GUNTER
Byron Douglas
06/13/1919
06/01/1985
US Navy
WWII
See photo
GUNTER Kenneth Edward
09/30/1915
10/17/1964
See photo
HANSEN
Emogene F.
10/03/1896
08/19/1982
WWII Overseas
W.A.A.C. Veteran
S.P. R.R. Telegrapher
See photo
HANSEN Mabel Julia
1877
1964
See photo
HANSEN Walter A.
11/27/1889
02/06/1971
Illinois Attorney
S.P. R.R. Watermaster
See photo
HARVEY Myrtle May (Shilling)
11/07/1919
09/25/1981
See photo
HAWORTH John F.
1894
1967
See photo
HAYDEN Leona
1862
1937
See photo
HILB Galela F.
1905
1994
See photo
HILB Joseph A.
1901
1966
See photo
HUSBAND Elizabeth (Fulton)
01/14/1910
11/17/2002
See photo
HUSBAND Thomas Blair
02/21/1914
02/06/1981
See photo
KUMMER J. W.
1858
1928
See photo
LANDFAIR Robert Blake
06/05/1868
05/01/1951
See photo
LAW John C.
05/24/1881
01/23/1934
See photo
LEE Martha (Custis)
1868
1917
See photo
LIGIER DeForest G.
1900
1976
See photo
LIGIER Mary S.
1898
1972
See photo
LIGIER
Tom
04/01/1894
12/21/1959
Arizona
SFC Air Service
WWI
See photo
LOFGREEN Peggy
1921
1937
See photo
LONGINO Clayton
1952
1970
See photo
LONGINO Clyde E.
1912
1967
See photo
LONGINO Ola
1914
1971
Married 04/08/1936
Clyde E. Longino
See photo
MARCH Edith R.
01/30/1920
11/25/1992
See photo
MARCH J. "Buster"
11/19/1915
04/17/1996
See photo
MARTINDALE Mary Malinda
1850
1927
See photo
MASIERO John
08/27/1911
11/14/1968
See photo
MATHER Lucille E.
No date
06/14/1972
See photo
MORSE Harry A.
1889
1968
See photo
PEAKE Arthur F.
1863
1943
See photo
POWELL Jody Lynn
03/16/1965
03/27/1965
See photo
RAMSEY Gladys P.
1915
1981
See photo
RAMSEY H. S.
1904
1967
See photo
RICE James M.
1869
1950
See photo
RODRIQUEZ Francisco
1874
1939
See photo
ROGERS Mrs.
No date
1918
See photo
SCOTT Norma L. "Pug"
06/14/1920
01/20/1983
See photo
SCOTT William A.
05/21/1914
10/26/1969
See photo
SEBRING Margaret
08/08/1861
12/25/1935
See photo
SEBRING P. M.
1855
1917
See photo
SHELTON Thomas G.
1886
1948
See photo
SHILLING Albert S.
08/16/1920
08/30/1920
See photo
SHILLING Barbara
10/07/1935
10/08/2003
See photo
SHILLING Charles
1891
1962
See photo
SHILLING David Lee
1950
1950
See photo
SHILLING Ethel B.
1903
1970
See photo
SHILLING George
1889
1969
See photo
SHILLING Howard M.
05/04/1928
10/18/1999
See photo
SHILLING Irene (Gibbens)
10/29/1893
11/15/1992
See photo
SHILLING Jewell
1898
1973
See photo
SHILLING Roxanna
1894
1988
See photo
SHILLING William Lee
1899
1987
See photo
SINCLAIR Gordan
06/12/1929
06/12/1929
See photo
SINCLAIR Norman
06/12/1929
06/12/1929
See photo
THOMAS Lois L. (Burrell)
02/03/1912
12/22/1988
See photo
WEIN Mary Thelma
 
09/25/1913
(Note: from AZ death certificate,
she was 26 days old.)

See photo
WESTFALL Kenneth Melvin
09/19/1924
05/19/1928
See photo
WESTFALL Marion B.
11/23/1917
07/18/2004
See photo
WESTFALL Ruby Ellen
08/01/1918
04/20/1933
See photo
WESTFALL
Vincent C.
05/24/1914
12/22/1992
SGT US Army
WWII
See photo
WIEN Jesse J.
1882
1969
See photo
WIEN Maggie M.
1885
1971
See photo
WILSON Violet Irene (Raudebaugh)
03/26/1906
Herington, KS
01/22/1991
Dos Robles
See photo




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