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State officials have known about the abandoned cemetery since at least 1995, said Glenna Dean, a former state archaeologist who is now associate director of the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area. |
Dean said the cemetery, whose exact boundaries are unknown, was likely in use from 1853 to 1875, and was probably a former Presbyterian cemetery.
Civil War buffs have kept an eye on the lot for years and have notified state officials anytime a suspected grave is disturbed — such as in the 1970s when headstones and statuary disappeared from the cemetery, and in the summer of 1995 when rock-pile grave markers and the remains of a wrought-iron fence were bulldozed.
October 22, 2008 - City workers made a startling discovery in Socorro Tuesday when they dug up a human skull and pieces of a casket -- reopening a fight over what may be a Civil War cemetery.
The February 1862 Battle of Valverde brought wounded Confederate soldiers to Socorro, and some historians believe those who later died were buried under what are now a paved street and the backyard of a local family.
The most recent discovery came when two city workers digging for a gas line uncovered more than pipe. "This is the shoulder blade; right underneath about another six inches is where the rest of it is," Dr. Heather Edgar, an anthropologist, said as she inspected the site Wednesday.
Edgar said in the hole dug only a few feet into the ground revealed a human skull, shoulder bones, leg bones and the handle to a coffin. Edgar said she believes the bones date to the 1800s but for now declined to speculate beyond that. "I don't know if it's male or female," she told KRQE News 13. "I don't know anything about the person yet."
This isn't the first time an unmarked grave was unearthed on the street. Across the street from Tuesday's discovery sits a pile of rocks in a vacant lot where another set of remains was found several years ago.
Charles Mandeville, a member of the Sons of the Confederate Soldiers, said he believes the abandoned cemetery, with the remains of 27 Confederate soldiers, lies beneath the vacant lot. "In this, behind us, was found the Knight's of Pythias button, which was the organization that Lincoln founded to watch over the graves of Union soldiers," Mandeville said. There are no placards and no records so the only way to find out what is there is to dig, he said. "We're trying to gain access to the property ultimately to determine who might be here," Mandeville said.
However, the owners of the main portion of the property have already told Mandeville he cannot dig on their property.
The City of Socorro told News 13 it needs more proof that Confederate soldiers were buried there before Mandeville can get his way. "I'd probably want to find some badges that say Confederate soldier on them," Edgar said, "I haven't found anything like that."
The bones and artifacts recovered in Socorro are being turned over to the University of New Mexico Maxwell Museum of Anthropology.
In 2004, when the city graded Peralta Drive — the street fronting the property containing the Confederate cemetery — at least four suspected grave sites were unearthed. Despite the discovery, the graves were paved over.
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|Susan Blakeney||Francis M. Canty|
I have recently started researching the family of Francis M. Canty. If I have the research correct, he would be my 3rd great grandfather.
Is there any updated information on the story posted on here about this cemetery?
Thank you for all the work you have done in this compilations.
All i can say is wow! Ive been to your website and read what newspaper articles i could find. The fact that these soldiers havent gotten the recognition they deserve makes me sick. They were someones husband, son, brother, father. They were somebodys loved one who died fighting for what they believed in. I respect you for fighting for these men. Can u give me an update? Everything ive found have been from a few years ago. Once again, great job!
|Nettie Beth Wood||Private Isaac Marlin|
I am a niece of Private Isaac Marlin who is buried here. He was killed in the Battle of Val Verde. Isaac was the bachelor brother of my second great grandmother, Stacy Ann Marlin Morgan. Isaac was a hero twice over when, at the young age of 8, he escaped death by fleeing the site of the Morgan Massacre of Falls County, Texas on 1 January 1839. He ran several miles for help from relatives on the Falls of the Brazos. It is disgraceful that these soldiers are not given the respect and honor due them with decent grave memorials. Thank you for this website.
|RobG||RE: David A. Hubbard|
Sure, you have permission to use the info I sent.
Added by RobG on Feb 26, 2012 12:54 PM
|Raymond S Feigh||Note of Appreciation,|
I would like to thank-you for the quick and corteous response to my transfer request for Elisha Tindall.. Your kindness is exceeded only by your professionalism in helping along your fellow genealogists.. If things ever change in this matter, as far as the cemetery goes, please give me a heads up....
Rainbolt Family Historian,
R S Feigh
|Raymond S Feigh||Transfer Request,|
I was wondering if I may please impose upon you to make a transfer of one Elisha James Tindall's
memorial to my care?? Elisha was the son of Patience (# 38131479 ) and James (# 38131039 ) ..
According to my source, Elisha was wounded at Valverde, died in the Soccorro Hospital, and served in Co. C, 4th Reg Tex Cavary... Elisha was the third of 6 children of Patience & James.
My source is the Joseph Rainbolt Genealogy Book,
published approx 1985 ... Elisha and parents located on page# 318, Patience individual# 1131,
James individual# 1131(a), and Elisha individual# 1408 ... I am sorry to hear about all the grief you have gotten from the current owners of this cemetery / property ... Some people are just obnoxious and rude...
Thank-you for your time, efforts, and consideration in this matter,
Rainbolt Family Historian,
R S Feigh
Find A Grave# 47029736
|RobG||David A. Hubbard|
David A. Hubbard's family has a long history of military service in the United States.
His grandfather, Thomas Mortimer Hubbard served in Patrick Henry's 1st Virginia Regiment in 1775, and later served in several other Virgina Regiments during the War for Independence. Following the war, he moved to Tennessee and later became one of the pioneering families in Morgan County, Alabama
His uncle, David Hubbard, served in the War of 1812 and later served as a member of the House of Representatives from Alabama (1839-1841 and 1849-1851). David Hubbard was also active in the state legislature of Alabama, and was a Presidential elector in the 1860 election.
His father was Green Kirk Hubbard, who also served in the War of 1812. Green Kirk served with Andrew Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans, later was a bank president, then one of the first settlers in Osage, Colorado County, Texas. (Most of his family is buried in the family cemetery in Osage or in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery).
David A. Hubbard was born in Morgan County, Alabama, 29 April 1832. In 1855, he married Malissa Stewart. According to the Hubbard family Bible, he was shot in the head during the battle of Valverde, and died 21 Feb 1862.
I am shocked that these graves are not accessible to family members, historians, and archaeologists. (Is that legal in New Mexico? -- Texas laws provide for access to cemeteries.. see this website for info: Cemetery Access in Texas
Rob Granberry (my wife is a descendant of Thomas Mortimer Hubbard and Green Kirk Hubbard).
Added by RobG on May 30, 2011 9:46 PM
|Jacqueline||Hosea and Robert Walling|
Hi Nancy...Did you want to take ownership of Hosea and Robert's memorial. In any case, I'll update. Breaks my heart that their grave sites are inaccessible. Thanks. Jackie
|Nancy Franklin-Walling Bundrick||Hosea and Robert Walling|
I went to Walling cemetery and someone had set up James R. Walling, father of these two. So i put in their mother martha.
So the two links are now;
James R. Walling #37130321
Martha P. walling #44184206
Nancy Franklin-Walling Bundrick
|Nancy Franklin-Walling Bundrick||Pvt. Robert Walling|
Wow, I didn't even see Robert. Robert is Hosea's brother. Robert was born in White Co. Tenn. in 1837. Same family info on Robert. That is fabulous finding these two. I try to find all the children to link to parents, but in this case we cannot link, because parents are in an old family Cemetery, that is not there anymore.
Nancy Franklin-Walling Bundrick
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