Phillips Cemetery

Dripping Springs, Hays County, Texas

Phillips Cemetery is located in Hays County, Texas south of Dripping Springs. To find this cemetery, go to the intersection of SH-12 and SH-290 in Dripping Springs. Go 1.5 miles south on SH-12. The cemetery is on the right (west) side of SH-12. GPS Coordinates: 30 10.122' N 098 05.212' W.

Early settlers John and Nancy Phillips deeded land at this site to the Methodist Episcopal Church South in 1880. A small church was built and was dedicated on March 13, 1880, just a day or two before the members of the community put their first soul to rest. The earliest documented burial is that of Bascomb G. Sorrell (recorded as B. G. Sorrell on his tombstone) who died on March 13, 1880. The Methodist church donated the cemetery property to the community in 1940, and in 1962 a cemetery association was formed to maintain the historic graveyard. Phillips Cemetery, as it was known locally, became the official name of the grounds.

On April 24, 2005 Victor Harris Stone, II, visited this cemetery and took photos of selected tombstones. Victor's great-grandfather, Jacob Eusebius Stone and many other Stone and Sorrell relatives are buried here. The transcriptions and tombstone photos are presented below. Comments in parentheses are not on the tombstone and are additional information offered by the author.

This is a very large cemetery. For more more complete listing and history of Phillips Cemetery, I suggest you visit the Hays County Historical Commission web site.

(Full name)
Sorrell, A. M.
(Amanda Melvina Stone Sorrell)
Jun 15, 1829 Feb 28, 1917 (w/o James S. Sorrell)
(d/o Fountain Garrett Stone
and Anna Maria McDonald)
Dear mother, Tho we miss you much
We know you rest with God.
Sorrell, B. G.
(Bascomb G. Sorrell)
Aug 29, 1848 Mar 13, 1880 (s/o James S. Sorrell
and Amanda Melvina Stone)
Prepare for death,
and follow me.
Sorrell, Elizabeth
(Josephine Elizabeth Martin Sorrell)
(Jan 31, 1869)
(May 5, 1953)
(w/o William Lee Sorrell) Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.
Sorrell, F. G.
(Fountain Garrett Sorrell)
Jun 17, 1852 Apr 7, 1892 (s/o James S. Sorrell
and Amanda Melvina Stone)
(h/o Sarah S. Gillis)
At rest
Sorrell, Lee
(William Lee Sorrell)
(Apr 2, 1864)
(Nov 17, 1950)
(s/o James S. Sorrell
and Amanda Melvina Stone)
(h/o Josephine Elizabeth Martin)
Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.
Sorrell, Leon W.
(William Leonidus Sorrell)
Nov 15, 1909 Dec 11, 1964 (s/o William Lee Sorrell
and Josephine Elizabeth Martin)
The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.
Sorrell, Sallie
(Sarah S. Gillis Sorrell)
Mar 12, 1857 Apr 7, 1893 (w/o Fountain Garrett Sorrell)
(d/o Neil Stuart Gillis
and Martha Ann Reagan)
At rest
Stone, J. E.
(Jacob Eusebius Stone)
(Dec 18, 1862)
(Aug 26, 1944)
(h/o Josephine Louise Livingston)
(s/o William Eusebius Stone
and Sarah Frances Sorrell)
Stone, Josephine Livingston
(Josephine Louise Livingston Stone)
Feb 3, 1864 Apr 26, 1902 Wife of J. E. Stone
(w/o Jacob Eusebius Stone)
(d/o Charles Hammond and
Elizabeth P. Livingston)
The sweet remembrance of the just shall flourish when they sleep in dust.

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