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

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)


  1. Hi, Judy. I was interested in your speculation about J.F. Stevens. I've not visited many cemeteries, and have very seldom been inspired to look up public records, but I think you may have already read my fantasy about Willie M from Marathon (which I've momentarily mislaid).

    It concludes that father of the family may have moved on, because he does not seem to be anywhere in the cemetery. I'm sure that must have happened often after a family tragedy.

    Willie C

  2. I agree, Willie, it must have happened often. Disease, Indian attacks (especially in this part of north Texas), and horrible accidents, not to mention stillbirths were all too frequent.


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