Recently my husband and I made a trip to Hill County, Texas – the cemetery hunt was on! After a very successful mission to the Covington area, we decided to stop in Waco on the way back to Austin. I was aware that Lucinda Curbow Lytle and family were laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery as is Martha Isabell Curbow’s second husband, Jonathan Monroe Bedwell. While I already had photographs of the pertinent grave markers, I wanted to physically stand at Lucinda’s grave and pay her my respects.
After getting lost a few times, and stumbling upon the much larger and more beautiful Oakwood Cemetery, we finally made our way to Greenwood! Greenwood Cemetery is located a stone’s throw away from busy IH-35 and lies on the southeast corner of Earle Avenue and Price Street in Waco, Texas. The City of Waco established Greenwood Cemetery in 1875, shortly after our Curbow family arrived in McLennan County. I believe that Greenwood Cemetery was also at one time called “East Waco Cemetery” or “West Waco Cemetery,” depending on which section you were buried in; however, I cannot get a definitive answer on that from local historians.
I felt sad when we walked the cemetery. I tried to visualize what the cemetery must have looked like in the past; but, I had a hard time doing so. Even though Greenwood Cemetery has a historical marker designation and is cared for by a cemetery association, in my estimation, it felt stark, forgotten and “unloved.”
The cemetery has a “white” section which is contained inside a chain-linked fence, and a “black” section which is outside the fenced area. According to a gentleman that we ran into at the cemetery, the black section has suffered much from vandalism. Overall, the cemetery is bordered by a very underprivileged residential area and the concrete and noise of the freeway. My husband and I walked the entire cemetery – and we could not find the Lytle plot. Frustrated – knowing it was there – we were about to give up and just go home. It took an older gentlemen (also working on his family history) to point out the Lytle plot – which we were practically standing right on top of – situated at the very entrance of the cemetery. (Okay, so it had been a very long day!) At one time the plot had been edged by a concrete border – but with the passage of time the concrete has partially sunk into the ground. There is one marker for Edward and Lucinda; Edward and Belle each have their own marker; and wife Marguerite has one small stone. It brought comfort to know that the entire family was laid to rest together.
Our family members that are laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery are:
William Henry Lytle, confederate soldier;
Lucinda Curbow Lytle, daughter of Tilman P. Curbow;
Belle Sarah Lytle, daughter of William and Lucinda;
William Henry Lytle, Jr., son of William and Lucinda;
Marguerite Logan Lytle, wife of William Henry Lytle, Jr.; and
Jonathon Monroe Bedwell, husband of Martha Isabell Curbow.
If you wish to view any of the above memorials on the Find-a-Grave website, or if you wish to read any other memorials of folks buried at Greenwood, I am attaching the link here.
This is an excerpt from The Story Tellers…..which says it all for me:
How many times have I told the ancestors you have a wonderful family you would be proud of us? How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say.