The Lawrence Cemetery lies just North of Melbourne in the Belview Community. The cemetery is populated by several early pioneers of Izard County and actually is the site of the grave of James (Jim) Lawrence who was born earlier than anyone we've come across. He was born in 1788! James Lawerence and his son, William are both memorialized in this biography.Generations of Lawrences from the earliest that settled in the county to the present are represented in this serene and well-kempt resting place which lies just up the hill from a major spring (pictured at bottom) along Hurricane Creek that once provided power for an early mill.
When we arrived on the property, the landowner, Bobby J. Lawrence, invited us into his home to show us his collection of relics from the past. We have included some at the bottom of this post including an M1851 belt buckle-plate his father dug-up with post-hole diggers while building a fence many years ago! The M1851 buckles were issued to Union Cavalry members prior to and during the Civil-war and even during the Indian Wars. Also pictured are two pairs of early 20th century shoes...one, a pair of ladies' "Walk Overs".
Again, our adventure while visiting the Lawrence Cemetery and Spring was made even more special by our fellowship with the gracious landowner! Thanks Bobby J!