|Van Zandt County|
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Located in the Odom Community, in the southwest part of Van Zandt County, is named for the Baird family. John G. Baird set aside approximately one acre of land as a burial plot in the early 1860s.
The oldest gravestone is S. L. Baird, daughter of J. G. and E. M. Baird, who was born June 16, 1859, and died November 12, 1865. Her grave and the grave of E. M. Baird, who was born May 19, 1833, and died February 23, 1882, are enclosed within a fine old wrought-iron fence, made in the 1880s. Wild grapevines and ivy are entwined on this old fence.
This cemetery is on a rise. Huge cedar and crepe myrtle trees are in the middle of the cemetery. Wildflowers grow along the fencerow, and a grove of virgin oak trees grows adjacent to the north part of the cemetery.
After a span of almost 150 years, the cemetery is the only tangible evidence of those early settlers who inhabited this area. Some of the early settlers to this community were Baird, Odom, Jackson, Adams, Hall, Huddle, Johnson, Pleasant, Stone, Taylor, Scott, Parker, Pritty, Salters and Perkins. Many descendents of these early settlers still populate this area today.
Most of the families that settled in this community moved from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee soon after the War Between the States, because of widespread unrest in the Old South. The land was fertile, there was a plentiful supply of water and timber, and the woods had an adequate supply of wild game for hunting.
Freely adapted and edited from “Odom Community”, an un-copyrighted typescript by Ruth S. Abbott, held at the Van Zandt County Library, Historical and Genealogical Branch, Canton, Texas.
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