The following video was recorded by Jimmy Martinez and listed its description as “Lost Cemetery 4 miles East of La Grulla”. I thought to myself maybe I can find its name by doing some Genealogy research? After a few minutes I found it, Artecitas Ranch Cemetery, since it is now located in what used to be called Artecitas Ranch located in Starr County Texas.
I did a quick search with the name and dates on the first tombstone belonging to Alberto Ortiz. I found Albertos Death Certificate wich indicates that he was born I found the following in the United States Census, 1900. Felipe Ortiz is the head of household and listed Anita (Garcia) as the wife with the following children listed; Josefa Ortiz, Inocencio Ortiz, Alberto Ortiz, Franquilina Ortiz, Nicomedes Ortiz, and Petra Ortiz. I have found living descendants in Sullivan City, Texas which is only three miles North of the cemetery. The reason for the family abandoning the cemetery, I do not know. What I do know is that Artecitas Ranch is no longer theirs.
Video from Jimmy Martinez You Tube page.
Other Mentions of Artecitas Ranch
Garcia, Esteban – May have been related to Anita Garcia.
If anyone has any more information about this ranch or its cemetery please leave me a comment or contact me.
Part of Map Showing Artecitas Ranch in 1935 Starr County Map
See Original Map at The Portal To Texas History
Yeah thats my great grandfather don esteban Garcias ranch i have allot more information on the property
It was an original land grant from the king of spain over 250,000 acers i hate the border patrol they are so rude when i go out there it is still my mother and tias land artecitas. Those little houses were not a little town it was for housing workers
Last time I was there the place looked abandoned.
Felipe Ortiz was my great-great grandfather. Tranquilina Ortiz Garza is buried there. I have a copy of her death certificate. I was wondering where this place was located.