The Bentons were early pioneers in Bandera County and settled in the area now
known as Benton Creek and Benton Road. Their property encompassed the old
cemetery now known as Goodman Cemetery. The earliest grave marker is that of
the infant, James R. Benton, who died on 1 Jan 1878. There could have been
earlier burials as there are 13 unmarked graves.
The old cemetery should have been known as Benton Cemetery, but they later
sold that portion of land to the Goodmans --hence the present name. It was not
until 1900 that the first Goodman was buried there.
Since the flood the only way to reach the cemetery has been across the Benton
Creek along Benton Road as the bridge leading to it on the North Prong of the
Medina River was washed out, but it is now being rebuilt.
Bentons who are buried in Goodman Cemetery:
James R. Benton, born 27 Jun 1877, died 1 Jan 1878. Son of G.W. and B.E.
Thomas Benton, born 20 May 1884, died 20 Jun 1884. Son of G.W. and B.E. Benton.
Jimmie Benton born 20 May 1876, died 5 Jan 1887. Son of W.O and Lucy Benton.
THOMAS HARDIN BENTON born 21 Feb 1863, died 16 Jan 1901.
William O. Benton born 25 Jan 1864, died 24 Nov 1903.
D. E. Winifred Turner Benton born 25 Nov 1827, died 5 Nov 1893.
Amelia May Chisolm Benton
1864–1947 (m. 1885)