Joseph Robinson LbNA # 57153
|Placed Date||Mar 12 2011|
|Location||Woods Prairie Cemetery, West Point, TX|
|Last Found||Feb 7 2015|
Distance to Letterbox: 50 Yards
Joseph C. Robinson
from Fayette County was with the large group of men from Wood's Prairie who joined Dawson's men in the southwestern edge of the county as they rode toward Seguin. Captured in the massacre, and sent to Perote Prison, he was released on March 24, 1844 as one of six remaining Dawson men who were paroled with the San Antonio prisoners. Robinson returned to La Grange and became one of the principal writers in the Texas Monument Newspaper, (ca. 1852) a fund raising publication that tried to raise funds for a proper monument to those who are buried in the tomb at Monument Hill.
WOODS PRAIRIE CEMETERY
Zadock Woods (d. 1842), veteran of the War of 1812 and one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, brought his family to settle in this area in 1828. He built a fortified home on land deeded to his son, Montraville, and established a cemetery here for his family and neighbors.
The first burial is said to be that of a ranch hand. Another alleged early grave belongs to Stephen Cottle, brother of Woods' wife Minerva. He died c. 1828, and tradition holds he is buried north of his sister's plot; hers is the first marked grave, dating to 1839.
Zadock Woods himself is not buried at the cemetery. Killed at the Dawson Massacre of 1842, he is buried at Monument Hill State Historic Site in La Grange, in a vault with others who fell with him. A veteran of the massacre who survived capture and then imprisonment in Mexico is buried here, that being Robinson.
From LaGrange, go West on Hwy 71 toward West Point. Look for sign for Woods Prairie Cemetery lane on right and turn and go 1 mile to cemetery on the left. Park at gates.
To the Letterbox:
Enter cemetery and go straight toward the back and find granite marker for Joseph Robinson. From his grave, go right and forward to "Hess" tombstone. Now go right and back to large multi-trunk tree along the fence line. Box is at right base by fence under rock that was there.