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In 1848, about ten years after the Cherokee Indians had been driven out from the area more settlers began to move in to the small settlement of Barron Ridge.
Barron Ridge was about two miles southwest of what is now the city of Edgewood. It was located on the farm of James Bundy. Mr. Bundy was a native of Georgia that had migrated first to Tennessee. He and his wife Rebecca had eleven children and Mrs. Bundy died there when their youngest child, Sarah was only one year old. James Bundy later married Nancy Donald but they had no children.
The oldest existing tombstone is that of W. C. Middington who died in 1854. The latest burial is dated 1901. The cemetery is not in use today and is considered complete. Thanks goes to Lavona Blackwell for supplying the cemetery information.
written by Pattizo Humphries; transcribed by B. Miller, 1999
In 1838 when Van Zandt officially became a County, there were already a few settlers living in this area and more followed soon after. The Cherokee Indians had already been driven out some ten years before and the availability of plentiful fertile lands drew many settlers to this settlement which was called Barron Ridge.
Barron Ridge was located about two miles southwest of the present day Edgewood. It was on the 640 acre farm settlement of James Bundy. Bundy was a native of Georgia but had moved to Tennessee. He and his wife Rebecca had eleven children. Rebecca died in Tennessee when their youngest child, Sarah was only a year old. Bundy later married Nancy Donald, and there were no children of this marriage.
In 1848, Bundy and his family traveled to Texas and settled on the above described land. He build a sturdy log house with two rooms, one upstairs and one downstairs.
In January 1850 James Bundy was appointed second postmaster in Van Zandt County and the post office was located on his farm. It was named Barron Ridge and about mid-way between the first post office in Grand Saline and the third post office in Four Mile Prairie.
Because of the long harsh trip from the eastern states to Texas, families usually banded together in groups and when they reached the new settlement they usually settled close together. Not far from Bundys settlement, his friend Allen Blair made his home. Blair also came from Tennessee.
After Bundys death in the 1850's the portion of his land which had served as a post office and his homestead was sold to Rufus Simpson. When Simpson died in 1900 the land was sold to W. H. Humphries. The land is still in the Humphries family where the farm-post office was located. Those early settlers chose a place to bury their loved ones, located on a tree covered slope on private land, it is referred to today as Blair-Bundy Cemetery. Bundy died on his farm, and tho his gravestone has not been located at this time, it is certain that he is buried there along with many of his family members.
The first existing gravestone is that of W. C. Middington a fourteen year old boy who died in 1854. The latest stone is that of Eula Weatherford who was buried there in 1901. There are many natural stone markers that are not inscribed, so it can never be known who rests in those places. This cemetery is at least a hundred thirty six years old (transcribers note: As of 1990 when the information was written).
Additional note from Carol Dumas Allen: James Bundy's second wife was named Nancy DONNELL, not Donald. Carol has done extensive research on the Bundy family and is willing to share information with anyone who is interested. She can be contacted via email by clicking on her name above.
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|BLAIR||ALLEN||09 NOV 1807||20 MARCH 1882||CSA|
|BLAIR||CINDERELLA||07 JULY 1814||07 SEPT 1883||W/O ALLEN|
|BLAIR||J. W.||25 MARCH 1833||01 MARCH 1868||CSA; S/O A. & SENDY REAH|
|BUNDY||JAMES HENRY||24 NOV 1858||28 SEPT 1866||He is the son of William Henry Blair|
|BUNDY||POLLY ANN||28 MARCH 1848||18 JUNE 1878||W/O WM. H.|
|BUNDY||THOMAS MONRO||22 NOV 1862||23 ???? 1868||NONE|
|BUNDY||Wm. H.||25 DEC 1828||03 AUG 1878||NONE|
|CARTWRIGHT||H. H.||31 DEC 1860||10 FEB 1864||S/O D. & M.|
|CARTWRIGHT-DANNIELS||REBECCA S.||08 JULY 1858||23 AUG 1877||NONE|
|MIDDLETON||L. D.||NONE||NONE||S/O W.C.|
|MIDDLETON||W. C.||09 SEPT 1840||10 OCT 1854||NONE|
|SCOTT||HENRY W.||15 NOV 1878||17 SEPT 1879||NONE|
|SCOTT||NANCY M.||01 APRIL 1878||04 SEPT 1885||NONE|
|SCOTT||ROBERT E.||26 JUNE 1869||18 DEC 1884||NONE|
|SCOTT||VIRGIL H.||01 DEC 1876||10 AUG 1895||S/O S.5. & L.I.|
|SIMPSON||ALVIN||10 OCT 1872||04 NOV 1888||S/O R. & M.|
|WEATHERFORD||EULA||08 NOV 1898||17 FEB 1901||NONE|
|WEATHERFORD||INFANT||24 MARCH 1901||24 MARCH 1901||S/O W.L. & M.A.|