Last week, I read some old posts regarding Barton Cemetery at Buda. The thread reminded me that I might be able to make things a little easier for some of you who are looking for this cemetery, and for other burial places on private property. I hope you can use some of this in your research projects.
Barbara Barton Younts passed away several years ago. Her brother, Bob Barton Jr, passed away a couple of months ago. Barbara has a son, Clint Younts, whom I don't know how to reach. Bob has two sons. The wife of one of the sons, Cyndie Slovak-Barton, is the publisher at the Hays Free Press newspaper. Contact info can be found at www.haysfreepress.com
I have never been to this cemetery where I found the gate locked, but it might be a good idea to make certain, especially if you will be traveling some distance to get there. I can go there, but I cannot give you specific directions. I do know this much: From North to South, go through downtown Buda. Turn right in front of the Sac 'n' Pac. Follow that road. At some point, you will turn right and go a very short distance to a metal gate on your left. I believe the cemetery can be seen from that point. This is the part I don't remember. If you get to Hays High School, you have gone too far.
For those of you looking for Howe info, Texas Lehigh Cement on this road is located on the old John Raymond Howe property. The current road cut the property in two.
The TXGenweb page for Caldwell County, Texas is one of the best, if not THE best sites in the project. It also has links to some surrounding counties, and Hays is one of them. Because I research in Caldwell County as well, I use it as opposed to having so many "favorites" for these counties. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcaldwe/
Finally, those who are concerned about being allowed to visit graves located on private property should familairize themselves with Texas cemetery laws. The Texas Historical Commission has a pamphlet that contains information on some of these laws. The pamphlet is a little outdated, but the basic informtion is still relevent. Example, the next visitation day would be October 2013.
Find the pamphlet here: http://www.thc.state.tx.us/preserve/projects-and-programs/ce...
Find the info on visitation days in March & October here:http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txstc/bridge/index.html
This relatively new THC site is not the most user friendly site I've ever seen, so some patience is needed to find what you are looking for!
Hope this info helps.