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0 inscriptions -2 graves -3 bodies
A private burial site marked only by a pile of rocks this small cemetery was established during the Civil War by a Mrs. Peter Klein when three of her children were taken ill and died within a short period of time. It has been handed down through the years that Peter Klein went off to serve in the Civil War, leaving his wife and small children alone out on the ranch, miles from civilization. When the children took ill there was no one to go for help and they were too ill to be left alone. Consequently three of them died. Mrs. Klein had to bury them by herself, and tradition has it that two of the children died within a day's time, accounting for two graves. She buried two of her children in one grave. One needs to appreciate the type of soil and the conditions you would face in trying to bury someone in this location. The topsoil is almost nil, and the ground is made up of solid rock, most of which are more readily described as boulders. This would account for the mound of rocks as opposed to rocks for headstones. She probably could not dig very deep and had to mound the rocks over the bodies .
The 1860 Hays County Census shows Peter and Mary Klein to have four children -
Henry, age 14; Caroline, age 12; Charles, age 8; and Frances, age 3. The latter are the children buried in this burial site.
To reach this burial site, located on the Joe Rogers Ranch, take PM 967 from downtown Buda at the traffic light. Go approximately 9.8 miles to the Rogers Ranch House, which has a historical marker on its front porch. Approximately 100 yards in front of the house, next to the fence line that runs along-side Hwy 967, are the graves. You will see the rock mound.
Information per Hays County Historical Commission.