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Goals for the Graveyard Rabbit of South Denton County January 11, 2009

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Since I am a procastinator by nature, I thought it would be a good thing for me to list out the goals I have for the Graveyard Rabbit of South Denton County.

1st Goal: There are two main funeral homes in the Lewisville area and I want to contact each of them and set up interviews.  One has been in business for about 60 years and is located in the Historic Downtown section.  The other has been operating since 1969.  I want to delve into funeral customs and how they have stayed the same or changed over time.

2nd Goal: Take day trips to other cemeteries in the area I cover and not only take photos, but to find out more information about the cemetery – if the graves had been moved from one location to another and why?  Does the cemetery have a group that regularly keeps a close eye on it for historical purposes?  Is the cemetery divided into sections (veterans, childrens, family plots, etc.)?

3rd Goal: Upload information and photos to Find-a-grave (especially those that haven’t been uploaded)

4th Goal: And this is where you, Dear Reader, helps!  If you do not live in the area – and have an ancestor buried in South Denton County – and need more information on the gravestone or other cemetery information – please send an email to me here or through the comments, and I’ll try to help out as much as I can.  Or – if you have information on any of the cemeteries or stones that I’ve written about – please send it in!  I’ll credit you with the information.  If there is something you want to see written about, please let me know and (again), I’ll do the best I can to write on a topic (related to gravestones, cemeteries, funeral homes, and burial customs) that would interest my readers.

I want to thank all of you who have been following the Graveyard Rabbit of South Denton County!  I look forward to getting to know my readers a little better this way!

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Merry Christmas! December 23, 2008

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I will return to posting after the holidays!  So from me to you – Happy Holidays!  Check out The Graveyard Rabbit for more articles on other locations and cemeteries!

Tombstone Tuesday – Round Grove Cemetery October 21, 2008

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This headstone bears the names of two of the founders of the Round Grove United Church.  Locally, and within the church, they were known as Grandma and Grandpa Uecker.  In fact the street next to the church is Uecker Road – named after this family.  The inscription lists their names, dates of birth and death and phrases in German.  On Henry Uecker’s side it reads:

FATHER
Henry J.
Uecker
Jan. 7, 1838
Dec. 21, 1926

Ich weiss beim
auferstehen,
Wann ich verklaret bin
Werd ich mit Jesu echen
Durch Ewigkeiten nin.

(Translated I believe it says something close to:

When I rise up, I will be with Jesus for eternity.

Wilhelmine’s side reads:

MOTHER
Wilhelmine A. Uecker
Feb. 12, 1845
Sep. 19, 1931
(German phrase is hard to read)

German words were inscribed on these stones since Henry Uecker and Wilhelmine’s family immigrated from Germany.  The language spoken in the church and the community for several years (until World War I) was German.  The inscription ties the Uecker’s to their culture and home country.

Round Grove Cemetery – Part One October 20, 2008

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German immigrants to the southern Denton county community of Lewisville formed a church in 1901.  They also founded the cemetery adjacent to the church along FM 3040 which is also known as Round Grove Road.  The land was given by one of the founding members of the church.  Today the church name is Round Grove United Church U.C.C. and the cemetery is Round Grove Cemetery. For over 107 years this cemetery has been active and plots are still available for purchase.

The following maps show the approximate location of Round Grove Cemetery.  It is located between I-35E and Business 121 in Lewisville, Texas.  The physical (not a mailing address) is 248 E. FM 3040, Lewisville, Texas 75067.  For inquiries about this cemetery please contact the church office at Round Grove United Church U.C.C..

Part Two: Photos of Round Grove Cemetery

Disclaimer: I am a member of Round Grove United Church U.C.C., a member of the Cemetery Board for Round Grove Cemetery, webmaster for the church, and the administrative assistant.  I chose this as my first post concerning cemeteries of southern Denton County since I am very familiar with this particular location.

Cemetery picture: Photographed by Wendy Littrell, April 6, 2006.