Banner Photograph of BRAD CEMETERY - Highway 180 West of Palo Pinto. Taken by Judith Richards Shubert 2009.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - Gonzales & Galindo

Luis Gonzales and Pedro Galindo tombstones Round Rock Cemetery TexasLuis L. Gonzales
Pedro L. Galindo
Tombstones in Round Rock Cemetery


Round Rock Cemetery, Sam Bass Road,
Round Rock, Williamson County, Texas

Luis L. and Galindo, Pedro L. Tombstones, Round Rock Cemetery, Round Rock, Texas. Digital Photograph, 2009. Privately held by Judith Richards Shubert, Fort Worth, Texas.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Smithfield Cemetery, North Richland Hills, Texas

Smithfield Cemetery North Richland Hills TX US Flag South EntranceSmithfield Cemetery, North Richland Hills, Texas
South Entrance

In the year 1887 the St Louis and Southwestern Railway built their tracks close to the area called Zion in Tarrant County, Texas. As happened with many little towns like this, it was eventually abandoned after the people and businesses began to drift away and relocate closer to the railroad where a new development grew up. This new settlement was called Smithfield, for Eli Smith, the resident who donated land for a church and cemetery.

"By the late 1940s Smithfield reported 350 residents and eight businesses. Nearby North Richland Hills annexed Smithfield in 1958. The Smithfield name survives in several local institutions, including a middle school, and on historical markers at the Smithfield cemetery, Masonic lodge, and two churches."

Lest We Forget a Dedication to Confederate Veterans1861 - 1865
Dedication to the Memory
of those Confederate Veterans
that Served the South with
Honor Courage and Valor

Eli Smith Smithfield Cemetery TX Historical Commission SignEli Smith
Texas Historical Commission
(Mar. 11, 1848 - Jan. 27, 1879)

A native of Missouri, Eli Smith moved to Texas in 1859 with his parents. They settled in this part of Tarrant County, and in 1868 Smith married Sarah J. Hightower. About 1876 Smith donated part of his farmland to the community, then known as Zion, for a Methodist Church and cemetery. Residents of the area honored Smith for his generosity and community service by renaming the settlement Smithfield. Smith remained an active Mason and a successful farmer until his sudden death shortly before his thirty-first birthday. He is buried at this site. (1984)

Tombstone Eli Smith with children's tombstones nearby Smithfield CemeteryTombstone Eli Smith Family Smithfield Cemetery TXTombstone Eli Smith Family Smithfield Cemetery Texas

Tombstone Eli Smith Family Smithfield Cemetery in North Richland Hills TX

Eli Smith

Born Mar. 11, 1848
Died Jan. 27, 1879
Aged 30 Yrs. 10 Mos.
& 16 Dys.

Order of the Masons Symbol

Tombstone Mary Idena Smith daughter of Eli and S. J. SmithMary Idena
Dau. of
Eli & S. J. Smith

Born Oct. 8, 1872
Died July 22, 1887

Ancient Cedars in Smithfield Cemetery, North Richland Hills, Texas

Ancient Cedars
of Smithfield Cemetery




Smithfield Cemetery, Tarrant County, Texas, Digital Photographs. 2009. Privately held by Judith Richards Shubert, Fort Worth, TX. 2009.


Smithfield United Methodist Church - North Richland Hills, Texas, : accessed July 31, 2009.

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Smithfield, Texas" (accessed July 31, 2009).

Cemeteries Photographed by Allen Wheatley, Cemeteries Index for Smithfield Cemetery, North Richland Hills, Tarrant County, : accessed July 31, 2009.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Wordless Wednesday – Cemetery Bench


Brad Cemetery

just west of the entrance close to the highway

Photograph taken by Judith Richards Shubert, © 2009

Brad Cemetery, Hwy. 180 West of Palo Pinto, Texas

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - James F. Fisher

The community which was once known as Honey Bend now exists only as a cemetery. By the 1880s the little town was settled, taking its name from a very prominent twist in the nearby Brazos River.

At the peak of the communities' life, it boasted of little more than a school and church, but the folks there did manage to form a cemetery association in 1932 to maintain the original graveyard.

It is listed as
a Ghost Town by Texas Excapes: Population 0. It is located in the North Central Texas area of Young County just a few miles south of Graham, off of FM 1287. It is about 37 miles NW of Mineral Wells.

James F. Fisher

James F. Fisher

In Memory

James F. Fisher

Was Born
Nov. 18th, 1877
And Died
Dec. 20th, 1882

"GO HOME Dear Friends,
And Dry Your TEARS
I Must Lay Here
Till Christ APPEARS"

Son of Joseph and Sarah Fisher



Fisher, James F. Tombstone. Digital Photographs. 2009. Privately held by Judith Richards Shubert, Fort Worth, TX. 2009.


Holub, Dorman. Online Texas Genealogy, "Gooseneck Cemetery, Young County, TX." : accessed June 9, 2009.

Troesser, John. Online, "History in a Pecan Shell: Ghost Towns-Gooseneck, Texas." : accessed June 9, 2009.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Caleb and Charlotte Pinkston Simmons - Tombstone Tuesday in Round Rock Cemetery


Caleb Simmons
Husband of C. P. Simmons
Born Oct 21, 1808
Died Nov. 26, 1881

"Sheltered and safe from sorrow"

Charlotte Pinkston
Wife of Caleb Simmons
Born Nov. 30, 1818
Died Jan. 22, 1907

"Gone to a land of rest"

Round Rock Cemetery, Sam Bass Road,
Round Rock, Williamson County, Texas
Picture taken by Judith Richards Shubert, May 2, 2009 (c)

Monday, May 25, 2009

Major John Alexander Formwalt Honored Pioneer

In the pages of our nation's history, and in Texas, in particular, there has never been a person of a more spotless character than John Alexander Formwalt. He was the second son of Jacob and Rebecca (Troup) Formwalt born in Knoxville, Tennessee on April 22, 1820. His great-grandparents were of German birth and came to America in colonial days.

When a young boy John received his primary education in the subscription schools of the time and pursued his studies there until he was twelve years old. At age eighteen he went to a private school taught by an Englishman in the mountains of Alabama.

In the year 1840, young John A. Formwalt made his first visit to Texas. He stayed in Red River County for six months and then returned to Tennessee, having made the trip on horseback. He spent some years in Pontotoc County, Mississippi, where he worked as clerk and bookkeeper for a mercantile firm, but when his abilities and reliable character came to be recognized he was elected to the office of county clerk. He remained in that position from 1847 to 1849, when he was forced to seek a change of climate because of failing health.

This was in 1849, when the California gold fever was intense; and with others he journeyed to the Pacific slope, where he engaged in mining for nearly two years. He returned to his home in Mississippi and a year later, selling out his interests there, he emigrated to East Texas. He made the trip with ox teams and reached Anderson County after traveling for three months! When there, he purchased and operated a farm for two years and then moved to Palestine in the same county, where he was appointed postmaster, serving in that capacity for three years.

He resumed farming and in 1859 purchased a section of land near Thorp Spring in Hood County close to the town of Granbury. He was a very important man in the development of Hood County and was known to take an active part in its affairs and was recognized as a "wide-awake," progressive and valued citizen.

Major Formwalt was a Democrat, though he never was a politician. He was first appointed to the office of Justice of the Peace to fill a vacancy and was subsequently elected to the same office three times. He was a Master Mason in good standing for 25 years or more, and in religious belief he was a Presbyterian. He was very generous with his contributions to educational interests; and school, church and social interests found in him a friend.

Married twice, first at Pontotoc, Mississippi, in December, 1845, to Miss Courtney Lane McEwen, daughter of Colonel D. K. McEwen, he was the father of seven children. Courtney died in 1880, and having preceded Major Formwalt in death, her grave marker has the designation "Consort"

Courtney L.
Consort of J. M. Formwalt
Born May 11, 1825
Died Dec. 20, 1880

After Courtney died, and on December 25, 1882, John married Mrs. Burdett, widow of John Burdett and daughter of Judge Jowers, of Palestine, Texas.

In Memory of Maj. J. A. Formwalt Born April 22, 1820 Died Jan 18, 1914

Both Major Formwalt and Courtney L. Formwalt's memorials are on this tall, impressive monument located in a shady, beautiful spot under an old, magnificent cedar in Granbury Cemetery in Hood County.

Major Formwalt was always a leader and after Civil War broke out, he enlisted as a private in Captain William Shannon's company to serve in the Confederate Army; but in the following spring Colonel A. Nelson, to whom this company reported, noticed the qualities of leadership that this young private possessed, and sent Formwalt to the Brazos settlement to raise a company. He soon accomplished this. Formwalt was elected its captain, and he and his men immediately reported to Colonel Nelson's Tenth Regiment of Texas Infantry. This noted regiment, upon the promotion of Colonel Nelson, was subsequently commanded by Colonel Roger Q. Mills, and Major Formwalt participated in all the many desperate battles in which his command took part.

Major Formwalt was captured January 11, 1862, at Arkansas Post, and suffered imprisonment at Columbus, Ohio, for five months, when he was exchanged. After that time his service was in the Army of the Tennessee. At the battle of Franklin, Tennessee, in the assault led by Generals Pat Cleburne and Hiram B. Granbury, Formwalt, as senior captain, led his regiment to the charge and fell, severely wounded, being one among many other heroes whose blood was shed that day. He was not mortally wounded, however, and was afterward promoted to the rank of major.

Not long after the war ended, Major Formwalt returned home, began a mercantile business in Granbury but soon returned to the farm which had been badly wasted during the years he was gone. His wife and children had faced many hardships and dangers known only to those who were within the territory so frequently invaded by the Indians. Much of his property was wasted and gone, but he resumed the labors of a civilian and soon again became prosperous.

"Though spending his later years in judicial office, the military title of Major is far more fitting to Mr. Formwalt than that of judge, for, possessing the bluntness and courage of the Scottish chief, he combines with it the grace and courtesy of the faithful Christian gentleman. Deeply imbued with sentiments of patriotic devotion to his country, had his life been spent under favoring circumstances, honor and glory might alike have attached to his name and fixed it well upon the pages of his country's history; but as the fatality of events have decreed he is now serving his neighbors in the humble office of magistrate at the age of seventy-six years, but with buoyant step and figure erect appears not to exceed sixty. It has already been fitly written:
'The march of the soldier is ending;
On the hilltops over the river
The campfire lights are ascending
To our God, the merciful giver,
Where comrades assembling in glory
At the heavenly gates are waiting;
While mortals in song and in story,
Their valorous deeds are relating.' "

Granbury Cemetery, Granbury, Hood County, Texas
Photographs taken by Judith Richards Shubert (c) 2009
History of Texas, 1896, Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co.
Hood County Texas Genealogical Society


In honor of Memorial Day, the topic for the June 2009 edition of the GYR Carnival is Veteran's Memorials. Sharing photos and/or stories related to all-things veteran's in honor of our fallen heroes.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - Annie Dillard

Annie Dillard
Died Feb. 6th, 1926

Round Rock Cemetery, Sam Bass Road,

Round Rock, Williamson County, Texas
Picture taken by Judith Richards Shubert, May 2, 2009 (c)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tom Allen Lies in Broken False Crypt in Round Rock near Austin

Thomas Allen
1876 - 1915
Austin Police Dept.
Mounted Patrol
Second Officer Killed in Line of Duty

One of the first graves I encountered in the Round Rock Cemetery was that of Officer Thomas Allen, of the Austin Police Department, Mounted Patrol. His gravemarker indicates that he was the 2nd police officer killed in the line of duty. However, if the following narrative is correct, it seems that he might have had a personal score to settle.

Officer Tom Allen is listed on the Austin Police Association website as having been "Austin's only African-American police officer since the death of John Gaines" two years earlier in 1913. Gaines was shot by George Booth, a deputy constable, at 6th Street and Trinity Street on November 19 of that year.

Officer Allen was shot and killed October 24, 1915, at Jennings' Drug Store in the 400 block of East 6th Street. Officer Allen and the editor of a black newspaper in San Antonio had earlier had an argument. Officer Allen, angered by reports that he had mistreated several African-American women he had arrested, confronted the editor by the wagon yard near Red River Street. When the editor walked away, Officer Allen then followed the man to Jennings' drugstore. The editor drew a handgun from a briefcase and shot Officer Allen as he entered the drugstore, having "his own gun drawn and ready." A newspaper story at the time reported that Officer Allen was killed only thirty feet from the site where Officer John Gaines had died two years earlier.

Round Rock Cemetery was established in the early 1850s in what is now known as Old Round Rock. It is the burial place of many area pioneers and outstanding Round Rock citizens. The oldest legible gravemarker is that of 11-year-old Angeline Scott, which has a date of 1851. However, there are many, many unmarked graves that could date from long before that time.

The cemetery is spread out over 4 1/2 acres of land which sits beside the busy Sam Bass Road and is surrounded by homes and businesses. It is in fair condition but there are many markers (particularly crypts) that are cracked or broken. It is well mowed, however, and the Texas Historical Commission marker at the front entrance says that it is cared for by the Round Rock Cemetery Association.

Austin Police Association
Round Rock Cemetery, Sam Bass Road,
Round Rock, Williamson County, Texas
Picture taken by Judith Richards Shubert, May 2, 2009 (c)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

"Asleep in Jesus!" Lillian Copeland - Tombstone Tuesday in Veale Creek Cemetery

Lillian Copeland
Born Mar. 10, 1898
Died May 13, 1908

"Asleep in Jesus! blessed sleep, From which none
ever wakes to weep"

This beautiful gravemarker is that of a 10-year old child. Notice the height of the familiar tree- or woodsmen of the world design. It is only one-half or one-third as tall as those placed at adults graves. Also, there is a lamb on the marker which usually was used on children's gravestones.

In 1917 The General Council Publication House in Philadelphia published Favorite Hymns by William Lee Hunton.1 It contains "stories of the origin, authorship, and use of hymns we love." A copy of this book was stamped May 11, 1918, Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School.

The author writes that hymns concerning death and burial soothes the grieving and the message in them comforts and reaches the soul. Mr. Hunton states that many hymns of Christian experience are especially helpful for the dying, and comforting to the living who mourn. But there are hymns which seem solely to be messages of comfort for those who mourn the departure of loved ones. Among these is one which was penned by a woman, Margaret Mackay.

It is the first two lines of this hymn which adorns the child's gravestone above.

A Woman's Hymn Concerning Death
Asleep in Jesus! blessed sleep,
From which none ever wakes to weep:
A calm and undisturbed repose,
Unbroken by the last of foes.

Asleep in Jesus! o how sweet,
To be for such a slumber meet;
With holy confidence to sing
That death has lost his venomed sting.

Asleep in Jesus! peaceful rest,
Whose waking is supremely blest:
No fear, no woe, shall dim that hour
That manifests the Saviour's power.

Asleep in Jesus! oh, for me
May such a blissful refuge be!
Securely shall my ashes lie,
And wait the summons from on high.

The hymn which appeared first in "The Amethyst; or, Christian Annual," for 1832, was occasioned by the author, Mrs. Mackay, of Hedgefield, England, reading an inscription on a tombstone in a rural burying-ground in Devonshire.

Later, in writing concerning her verses, the writer says, the burying-ground referred to is that of Pennycross Chapel. It is a few miles distant from a busy seaport, and is reached by a succession of lovely green lanes. The quiet aspect of the Pennycross "God's Acre" comes soothingly over the mind, suggesting at once the thought of "Sleeping in Jesus." Certainly the thought, which is the thought of Christ and strictly biblical, is beautifully emphasized for the comforting of countless mourning ones, as well as for the staying of the souls of many as they are about to fall into that sleep which knows no earthly awakening.


1. Hunton, William Lee, "Favorite Hymns," Google Book Search, (Online: [Original published by The General Council Publication House, 1917; Original from Harvard University], page 225-226, <> accessed April 28, 2009.Veal Creek Cemetery, Stephens County, Texas
Photograph by Judith Richards Shubert (c) 2009

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - Maynard H. Brewer

Maynard H. Brewer

Pvt. 311 Tech Sch SQ AAF
World War II
Feb. 19, 1899 - Oct. 19, 1966

Freemason Symbol

Brad Cemetery, Palo Pinto County, Texas
Photograph by Judith Richards Shubert (c) 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Gooseneck Greek Cemetery

Gooseneck Cemetery
Young County between Graham and Possum Kingdom Lake
Burials in Gooseneck Cemetery date from
shortly after the Civil War.

Photograph by Judith Richards Shubert (c) 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

J. B. Whittenburg for Tombstone Tuesday

J. B. Whittenburg
Apr. 5, 1850
Dec. 3, 1906

"Death is certain; the hour unseen."

"Thy Will be Done"
An open book and a single rose adorn the monument.

I think this is a very beautiful gravestone. The elements chosen for the monument are well done and dignified. The metal fencing was seen in several other areas of this cemetery. I wonder if it was placed there long after the death and burial. Since there is a concrete slab covering it and a small footer in place, maybe the entire plot was enclosed later.

Gooseneck Cemetery, Young County, Texas near Possum Kingdom Lake
Photographs taken by Judith Richards Shubert, 2009 (c)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Orville Durham, 1916-1974 - Tombstone Tuesday

Orville Durham
Jan. 15, 1916
Dec. 4, 1974

Veale Creek Cemetery
Stephens County, Texas
Near Possum Kingdom Lake

Veale Creek Cemetery, Stephens Co., Texas,
off Hwy. 1148 between Graham and Caddo
Picture taken by Judith Richards Shubert, 2008 (c)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Gooseneck Cemetery - Tombstone Tuesday

Portis Ribble
"He Loved Life and Saw Good Days"
7 - 23 - 31

Gooseneck Cemetery, Young County, Texas near Possum Kingdom Lake
Photographs taken by Judith Richards Shubert, 2009 (c)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

A Touching Farewell to Mollie & Maggie Houx

In Memory of
Mollie. E.
wife of
A. Houx.
Born Apr 3. 1845.
Died Mar 31. 1880.

Maggie. E.
Dau of A. & M. E. Houx.
Born Mar 19. 1880
Died Sept 14. 1880

Alexander Houx was born in the year 1851 in Missouri. He married Mollie E. who was also born in Missouri on April 3, 1845. She died March 31, 1880, twelve days after giving birth to their daughter, Margaret E. "Maggie" Houx, on March 19. Baby Maggie lived only 5 short months before she followed her angel mother home on September 14th.

Alexander and Mollie had one other child, two-year old Omer A. Houx, born May 10, 1878 in Texas. Omer moved to Oregon as an adult but must have returned to Texas, as he is also buried in the Brad Cemetery.

Alexander and his two-year old son, Omer, were found in the 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Palo Pinto County, Texas, District 155, on page 126C. Alexander stated that he was a white, widowed 29-year old, born in Missouri in 1851 and that his father and mother were both born in Missouri, as well. Omer was shown as being born in Texas and the son of Alexander.

I could not determine what the gravestone was made of; however, it appeared as if the original marker had been broken, attached to a stone marker and then possibly broken again at the base. It is now lying on the ground. Over all, however, the memorial is a beautiful marker.

This family was found on RootsWeb Freepages:Mark Murphy Genealogy and accessed by me March 7, 2009. Census Search Records
Photographs taken by Judith Richards Shubert 1-22-2009 (c)

Friday, March 6, 2009

Brad Cemetery on Thomas Lindsey Land in Palo Pinto County

As the Texas Historical Commission sign dated 1998 states, the Brad Cemetery began with a few graves on Thomas Lindsey land in the 1870s. A traveler through the harsh terrain of north Texas lost his young daughter near there and Mr. Lindsey allowed him to bury her on his land. Soon after that Mr. Lindsey buried his own sister near the young girl.

I'm not sure if there has been a marker placed in the cemetery to mark the resting place of these two young girls, but according to the historical marker, the first marked grave is that of Tump Mapes, an infant buried in 1877.

Son of
J. T. & E. A.
Born June 23, 1877
Died Oct. 2, 1877

Photographs taken by Judith Richards Shubert 2009 (c)
Brad Cemetery, Palo Pinto County, Texas

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - March 3, 2009 - Raymond Aston

On a sunny day I walked toward the northwest corner of the country cemetery near Tolar with my eyes raised toward the metal fenced family plot that proved to belong to the Astons of Hood County. As I scanned the slight rise and small clump of cedar and oak that stood between me and my goal, I was taken by surprise by the tiny metal enclosure that was fashioned into what appeared to me to be a baby’s bed. The weeds and grass filled the inside of the plot with a beautiful little gravestone that could only be that of a child.

At first I thought I wouldn’t be able to read it as I could not step into it or reach down inside it to remove some of the weeds around the stone, but after taking several digital shots with my Olympus camera I was able to read it. The weeds were not as high as those in the larger Aston family plot that was adjacent to it.

Raymond Son

Of Ada & Charlie


Born & Died

Jul 1, 1906

A stillborn baby is recorded in the Hood County Register of Births, 1903 – 1928,
born to Charlie Aston, residence Granbury, on July 1, 1906.
The baby’s birth is listed under Certificate #1199 which was filed the next day
on July 2, 1906, as white male, single birth, stillborn.
The mother’s name is not listed.

Hood County Genealogical Society
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Tolar, Hood County, Texas
Pictures taken by Judith Richards Shubert, 2008 (c)

Aston Births Hood County 1903-1928

Wilborn ASTON

Cert. #35

17 July 1903

Sex M, S Birth, Race W, Leg * L, Alive

Father: Bob ASTON, Born TX

Mother: Florence WEEKS, Born Texas

Residence: Granbury

Date Filed: 17 Jul 1903


Cert. #806

18 July 1905

Sex M, Single Birth, Race W, Leg L, Alive

Father: Hugh ASTON

Mother: Fannie

Residence: Granbury

Date Filed: 2 Aug 1905


Cert. #1199

01 Jul 1906

Sex M, Single Birth, Race W, Leg. L, Stillborn

Father: Charlie ASTON

Residence: Granbury

Date Filed: 02 Jul 1906


Cert. #274

08 Jun 1911

Sex M, Single Birth, Race W, Leg L., Alive

Father: E. C. ASTON (a farmer)

Mother: Ada BEVELL

Residence: Granbury

Date Filed: 12 Jun 1911

ASTON, Iva 3

Cert. # -

14 Feb 1907

Sex F, Single Birth, Race W, Leg L., Alive

Father: Tom ASTON, Age 34, Born AL

Mother: Lizzie BEASLEY, Age 26, Born TX

Residence: Granbury

Date Filed: 04 Mar 1907

ASTON, Mildred Newton

Cert. #250

01 Apr 1911

Sex M, Single Birth, Race W, Leg. L, Alive

Father: Thomas ASTON, Age 38, Born AL

Mother: Lizzie BEASLEY, Age 30, Born TX

Residence: Tolar

Date Filed: 11 Apr 1911

ASTON, Nettie

Cert. #335

13 Oct 1911

Sex F, Single Birth, Race W, Leg. L, Alive

Father: Hugh ASTON

Mother: Gay BELT

Residence: Granbury

Date Filed: 16 Oct. 1911


Cert. #1264

14 Aug 1906

Sex F, Single Birth, Race W, Leg. L, Alive

Father: R. C. ASTON

Mother: Florence WEEK

Residence: Tolar

Date Filed: 01 Sep 1906

ASTON, Roy Lee

Cert. #1322

29 Aug 1906

Sex M, Single Birth, Race W, Leg. L, Alive

Father: Hugh ASTON, Age 33, Born TX

Mother: Eyla Gazzie, Age 22, Born TX

Residence: HC

Date Filed: 02 Oct. 1906

ASTON, Travis Hayden

Cert. #94

24 Jul 1918

Sex M, Single Birth, Race W, Leg. L, Alive

Father: Bernie ASTON, Age 22, Born TX

Mother: Myrtle NASH, Age 18, Born TX

Date Filed: 25 Jul 1918

*The LEG heading I assume to mean legitimate, as there are some that are filed “N” and the parents either have different last names or the father is not listed.


Hood County Genealogical Society

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Louisa J. Eddleman and David Eddleman

Louisa J. Scarborough has a small, almost child-like face in the photograph that Debbie Blanton posted a few days ago at Blanton Family Roots and Branches. I was so pleased to see the picture because Debbie and I had discussed her several days before that. Debbie told me where she was buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, and since I've been going there recently to take pictures and research some of the family names found in that old Hood County Cemetery, I went again to take another picture of her and her husband, David Eddleman's gravestones. David's gravestone appears in my post, Hood County Texas CSA Veterans and I wasn't pleased with my efforts the first time I photographed it.

David Eddleman
Co. C

In an effort to read Louisa's stone, I played with the settings in my photograph editing program.

L. J. wife of
D. H. Eddleman
Dec. 6, 1840
Aug. 11, 1911

(I still could not read the epitaph.

I'm not sure I made much of a difference in being able to read the engraving, but Louisa's is a beautiful monument with a closed book on the top. It has the open gates symbol with "Come Ye Blessed" on the front as well.

Blanton Family Roots and Branches
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Tolar, Hood County, Texas
Photographs made by Judith Richards Shubert February 2009 (c)

Friday, February 27, 2009

A Second Look at the Unknown Child of Tuesday

In my post of Tombstone Tuesday - February 10 I wrote a little bit about the grave of an unknown child. Day before yesterday I made another trip to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery near Tolar in Hood County and looked closer at that little plot that is surrounded by a rock fence which is only about 8 or 10 inches high.

I took the time to clear away some of the weeds that hid the bottom of the headstone and took more pictures. When I downloaded them and enlarged the photos I was able to identify the child.

Above is the photo in the original post that I took first and below are the new pictures taken on Wednesday. Now I know the identity of this beloved child.

Bula A.
Dau. of
J. F. & L. B. Stevens
Born Oct. 27, 1897
Died Dec. 13, 1897

Even though the initials of the parents are a little hard to read, there is a J. F. Stevens listed in the 1896-1903 Hood County Assessor's Abstract, page 498 and on the Commissioners' Court Road Orders, page 127.

J. F. Stevens does not appear in the 1900 Hood County census, however. Maybe the family decided to move from the area after the death of their 2-month old baby. If you have information on this family, I would love to hear from you.

Photographs taken by Judith Richards Shubert 2009 (c)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Kreative Blogger Award for "Texas Ties"

My dear friend, Janice Tracy who writes Mississippi Memories has just given my blog, Cemeteries with Texas Ties, the wonderful Kreativ Blogger Award. I appreciate it so much. Janice is also the author of Everything Blues and Cemeteries of Dancing Rabbit Creek. She is a prolific writer and dedicated researcher, and like the other Geneabloggers I've met, loves genealogy. Please visit her and take the time to read her very interesting posts.

This afternoon I also received the nicest compliment. Andrea Christman, author of Family Tales has also awarded my Texas Ties blog with the Kreativ Blogger Award! A fellow Texan who has been living away from her home state but enjoys keeping up with Texas and Texans, she blogs about her genealogy searches and sometimes posts a thing or two not related to genealogy. You'll also want to visit Andrea's blog and get to know her.

My other blogs, Genealogy Traces, Cemeteries of the Covered Bridges, Tennessee Memories, and Food Gratitude have all received this neat award. Thanks to all of you have been reading my blogs.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - February 17, 2009 - The Unique

Henry Taylor Webber
10 - 17 - 1952

This photograph is a back view of the memorial. It appears to be cut from concrete and painted this bronze color. You can see the grey color of concrete under the peeling paint. Can anyone identify the symbol placed before the date of birth and the symbol that is attached to the base concrete on the left side (1st picture)? I haven't yet learned the meaning of this grave marker so if you have an idea as to what it represents, I'd love to hear your comments.

Veale Creek Cemetery
Stephens County, Texas

You can see this unique memorial to Mr. Webber in the distance in this last picture. Then looking further into the distance you see the road leading up to State Highway 1148 that takes you to Graham or to Caddo.

Photographs taken by Judith Richards Shubert,
Veale Creek Cemetery,
December 2008 Copyright
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