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Hancock Family Cemetery

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Burks Lane
Austin Travis
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All four burials reside within an iron fence perimeter.
Steiner Ranch is one of the biggest subdivision developments in the Austin-area. Once a working cattle ranch, what was once the remote hill country is now just part of Austin's suburban sprawl. Houses bracket the site now, but Steiner Ranch has done a commendable job maintaining the area. The upkeep here surpasses that experienced by most such small family cemeteries.

At the turn of the century the Hancock family made use of this land for family burials. From 1901 to 1912 four people were laid to rest here, none of them more than 6 years old. There are no signs of additional graves here for adult family members and so far I have not been able to find out what connection the Hancocks may have had with the ranch in its working years. All headstones are legible and all plots are within an iron fence that undoubtable helps maintain their integrity. Crushed stone over the graves themselves helps prevents weeds from creeping in.


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Hazel Hazel Hancock's stone marker is the best preserved of the four. (Photo by Austin Explorer)

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