Boot Hill Cemetery

Wharton County, Cemeteries of Texas

Submitted by Lois Kennedy

Cemeteries of Texas Coordinator: Dolores I. Bishop

This cemetery is located on Mose Thomas 135.45 acre tract, in the Ashmore Edwards Survey, Abstract # 94, now owned by the Mose Thomas heirs. The grave sites are reported to be along a drainage ditch running east northeast through the above described tract. The information was compiled in 1990. The history of the cemetery is given below.

The story is that Ed Causey as a young man was plowing in his brother-in-law's field, across the track (a space is here to indicate something was to be added later, but wasn't) of Lissie when he noticed long regularly spaced mounds in the newly plowed ground.

Puzzled, he one day told old Mrs. Delano (Helen Cooper), who readily told this story.


Back in the wild and wooly days of cross country cattle drives of open range, advocates and early settlers struggling to keep a fast hold - there were often riots and sometimes as many as 5 to 6 men might be killed in one day. They were more often than not nameless; hence there are no names at all. But since they died with their "Boots On", the ground was known as Boot Hill.

Mrs. Delano came to Lissie area at the age of 4 in 1856 lived until; her 90's and was an excellent source of information of her time. There is no doubt but that the above story is true.

Very likely modern land planning in the last few years has finally erased all signs by now.