My great grandmother Rachel Blackwell is buried in an unmarked grave at the Beaird's Cemetery, next to one of her sons who is also resting in an unmarked grave. The Beairds Cemetery is also known as the Steppe's Creek Cemetery because it was the closest cemetery to the abandoned community of Steppes Creek on the Williams Ranch Road.
My great grandfather Andrew Jackson Webb remarried a few years after my great grandmother died. He married Sallie Wyatt,my great grandmother Parmelia (Wyatt) Gilmer's sister. The Wyatts and Webbs lived at Steppes Creek and inter married. One of the Wyatts even married her cousin.
The Williams Ranch community was a popular place for cattle thieves and outlaws to meet and among them was John Wesley Hardin's gang of cattle thieves. My great grandmother's brother, John Anderson Wyatt, is on record for being the first man broken out of a Brown County jail on May 12, 1877. Anderson Wyatt was in jail awaiting trial for being involved with the Trigger Mountain Mob who were vigilantes who caught and hanged the cattle thieves and outlaws in the area around the Williams Ranch community, which was then in Brown County. In the 1870s, the Brown County jail was nothing more than a windowless locked room in the county clerks office. His brother Uncle Sam Wyatt and four other men broke Anderson Wyatt out of jail pretending to be cattle drovers wanting to see the log of "Records of Marks and Brands" which was kept in the jail room.
The only written account of the jail break was in the July 19, 1877 edition of the Galveston Daily News. The paper claimed that county clerk Henry Ford recognized John Wesley Hardin was the leader of the men who broke John Anderson Wyatt out of jail. It was impossible to have been Wes Hardin because he was still in Alabama where he was arrested by a Texas Ranger on July 23, 1877. From 1870 to 1880, nearly every murder and crime in Texas was blamed on Wes Hardin.
There are only six graves marked in Beairds Cemetery and there are about five others that are unmarked according to the Brown County Historical Society.
My plans are to install a Veterans Administration Civil War (U.S.) grave marker at 2nd Lt. A.J. Webb's gravesite and two of my other great grandfathers. I have already done two VA markers, one of my great grandfather who settled in Brown County after the war and at his company commander, Capt. John Henry Damron of the 1st Texas Cavalry, Arizona Brigade, C.S.A.