The Pumphrey Cemetery is in El Toro on private property. You will need to
get permission to enter the property. The road is very rough since cattle are
kept there. There is one dirt road in and the cemetery is past a grove of
trees on your left. You will need a truck or four-wheel drive vehicle as
there are deep gouges in the dirt. The cemetery is very badly overgrown and the
fence surrounding it is in need of repair. Watch out for large mounds of
fire ants and possibly snakes. Wear boots, gloves and long sleeves and take
instruments to cut your way into the cemetery. That is the way the cemetery was
the last time I was there and I doubt that it has been cleaned up. Also,
beware of the cattle.
Three members of my UDC chapter and I were there looking for Confederate
burials. We did find David Monroe Quinn, but not a marker for Sarah Quinn.
According to her death certificate, she is buried there. Possibly she is in an
unmarked grave. We contacted the Jackson Co Sheriff's department to see if
they could get someone out to clean up the mess. We were told it had been
cleaned, but when we returned all we could tell that anyone had done was kill
the grass surrounding the cemetery. I do have a picture of David Quinn's
maker, if you would like for me to scan it. Sarah Quinn died 16 Nov 1919 but no
parents' names are listed on her death certificate. Charles C. Quinn, his
wife and one of their babies are buried there.
To get to the cemetery, take Hwy 59S to the El Toro (past Edna) exit. Turn
left at the four way stop and go down that road and on the left there will
be an entrance with a cattle guard across it. Take the dirt road in and you
will see the cemetery on the left. You will need to call Hunt Construction in
Edna for permission to enter the property. Phone number is 361-782-5322.
I am not related to anyone buried in the Pumphrey Cemetery, but I have
friends with relatives buried there.
- Added: 26 Mar 2016
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2607934
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