Real Co. Cemeteries
History and Survey by Sid
Heard, Reagan Wells, Texas
Prepared by Marjorie Kellener
Location: Graveyard Flat Cemetery is near Trough Springs in the Reagan Wells
area in southwest Real County, Texas. The cemetery is up the canyon from Exile
Cemetery, and East of Dry Frio Road. Access to this area is gained by turning on
FM1O5l off US 83 at Dry Frio River.
History: Graveyard Flat Cemetery has one grave, a solitary reminder of pioneer
trials in the 1880s. The fact that the grave site is identifiable after over 100
years is an attest to the love one mother and father had for their child.
Graveyard Flat is so-called because of the solitary grave and is near Trough
Springs. A trough indention in the solid rock creek bottom has been worn away by
water erot ion. The Tanner family lived in the area for a short time, according
to oral his tory, and buried their baby there, erecting a rock wall around the
grave. They carved the name and date on a stone to identify the interred. The
lettering has weathered to the point of being unreadab
Many years ago, the Heard and Cummings families were visited by a man who gave
them a picture of himself as a little boy, standing beside the grave of little
Delta Flora Tanner. His dad had taken the picture, and noted the details shown
on the marker. The visitor gave the information to the families, who have kept
it for more than 50 years. Names of other family members remain a mystery.
TANNER, Delta Flora 07-30-1884 08-04-1884