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Long Branch Cemetery

Falls County, Texas

Latitude 31.26654, Longitude -96.69035



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Submitted by Carol Couch & Shawn Hughes

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History of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Long Branch & Cemetery

Long Branch, Falls County, Texas

 By Pearl Taylor Vanderbilt

     Located on County Road 265 off FM 2413, the land for the original Methodist Episcopal Church and Cemetery was purchased by community trustees (Messrs. Jim Furry, Jessie Smith, Edmond Taylor, David Bradley, and Nelson Weatherspoon) from a local landowner for $30.00 on September 20, 1883. From stake to stake it covered a mass of 3 ˝ acres. To cite a copy of the Deed, both parties agreed to mutually create a desire to promote public morality and religion. At 128 years old, Long Branch is one of the oldest African American cemeteries in Falls County.

 

     Said to have been built of white clapboard, the Methodist Episcopal Church of Long Branch (later to be renamed the Long Branch United Methodist Church) sat adjacent to the cemetery. Regrettably, in response to a likely declining population, the church was forced to close its doors. According to a descendant the building survived into the 1990’s but eventually fell victim to arson. The 28 or so hand crafted cement blocks on which the body of the church rested, are all that remain. County courthouse records confirm that on September 30, 1971, three representatives for Long Branch United Methodist Church, Mr. Roy E. Graves, Mrs. Johnnie Mae Newton, and Mrs. Alice Weatherspoon, executed an official document to merge LBUMC with Davis Chapel United Methodist Church in Marlin. The certificate was filed for record on October 4, 1971 and formally recorded in Vol. 20, page 439, on October 5, 1971.

 

    Like so many cemeteries of the time, Long Branch was known as a community cemetery. This meant that anyone who was born or had lived in the community at any time in their lives could be buried there. Former residents have been returned home from as far away as Detroit Michigan, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, to be laid to rest beside those they loved best. As evidenced by early census records, a good portion of the populace of Long Branch journeyed to Texas from other slaveholding states, some quite possibly in the wake of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, signed and issued on January 1, 1863. While a great many of them arrived from South Carolina, others arrived en masse from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Virginia.

 

    Although Long Branch was in use for many years prior, the earliest documented burial to be found amongst existing census data was not until 1910 when a young wife and mother named Lucy Cline passed away at the age of 33. While the U. S. began polling census numbers in 1790, facts and figures relating to overall information, as well as places of burial, appeared still to be an inexact science. Family bibles were once a trusted source to help fill in chronological gaps of a bygone era, but this reality was not always guaranteed. Bibles tended to be mislaid or lost altogether down along the years, or worse, ran the risk of winding up in the company of those who did not appropriately appreciate the importance of their value. The biggest setback, however, to any forward motion of genealogical research is the act of death itself. As a generation dies, so too does the wealth of information they take with them.

   

   

   Long Branch, fenced in by century-old barbed wire, weathered cedar postings, and surrounded by a thickly wooded tree line, reveal there to be an estimated 240 known burials inside its boundary. Of that number, fewer than eighty sites have visible headstones. Many gravestones, owing to one hazard or another, have been destroyed. Most of the markers are congregated towards the front portion and to the east and west sides of the cemetery. The back side, unfortunately, is mostly open ground, a clear indication that graves situated in these sectors have either lost headstones over the years or had no long term identifying references to begin with. Dotted here and there, and easily overlooked, are the occasional tablet-sized flat memorials that lay level to the ground. Two of these cenotaphs are an infant boy and girl born in 1875 and 1879, respectively, to parents Andrew and Sarah Jackson. Another flat memorial is that of Thornton Craig, born in South Carolina in 1831. Further burial sites are duly noted by the general rise and fall of countless ground depressions. Several gravestones appear to have been placed post death, meaning family members have purchased current-day memorials even though the person may have passed by many, many, years. One very distinct older flat gray stone marker lies at the far west corner of the cemetery. The stone is noticeable by its distinct and very unusual raised lettering. This is the grave of a woman named Lillie Giffen. Born in Limestone County in 1878, wife to John and mother of 6 children, she died on 24 January 1936. Another exceptional monument at the back of the cemetery along the periphery is a small arched medieval-styled smoke gray stone belonging to the 16 month old infant son of Jerry & Martha Leveston, 1894 – Sep 8, 1895. Civil War soldier, Anthony Shaw’s grave sits to the east side of Long Branch. Born  1 Jan 1843 in Williamsburg, South Carolina, Mr. Shaw was attached to Company G, 104th Regiment, U.S. Colored Infantry, mustered originally at Beaufort, S.C. The father of 8 children with wife Sarah Bradley-Shaw, he died in Marlin of Influenza on January 21, 1941.   

 

    Descendants and visitors to the graveyard over the decades have stated that they have witnessed shards of colorful glass, strings of lighting, bricks, coins, cans, bottles, sea shells, and various other items placed on and around numerous graves. This practice was most probably a personal or ritualistic custom. Some of these symbols may have been left in a makeshift manner to single out a particular gravesite; others, perhaps, were more ceremonial, rites of passage, for instance, to the after-life. Long Branch has no interior roadways, footpaths, or other thoroughfares. And excepting for the eight or so oak and crape myrtle trees scattered within the property itself, it is simply one long and uninterrupted lay of land. Resting amid the sprawling acreage are the remains of military veterans, laborers, sharecroppers, domestics, hotel staff, taxi drivers, school bus drivers, hairdressers, seamstresses, midwives, teachers, carpenters, butchers, brick masons, farmers, and the remains of 25 identified former slaves.

   

 

    Long Branch Cemetery has been proven also to be the eternal resting place of renowned former slave Silvia King. Interviewed in Marlin by The Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1937 during the Franklin D. Roosevelt presidency, her story was immortalized for the ages in Washington D. C. at The Library of Congress. Born in Morocco in northern Africa in 1803, French-speaking Silvia was abducted from her homeland and taken to Bordeaux, France, where she was given drug laced coffee and forced in the bottom of a slave ship with many of her fellow countrymen. Already a married woman, she was also the mother of three children when she was taken. Long days of sea travel followed. When the ship finally came to dock in the Port of New Orleans, Louisiana, she was promptly put on the auction block and sold to a cotton planter from La Grange, Fayette County, Texas. In the wake of slavery, Silvia spent in excess of 20 years in Milam County. Records show her individually having lived in the precincts of both Rockdale, and more briefly, in Cameron. Her northward movement and gradual progression toward the Central Texas agricultural communities of Rosebud and Reagan/Blue Ridge areas seemed to have begun some time between the years 1900 and 1910.      

 

    Nearing the close of the 1930’s, Silvia was living in the household of one of her great grandsons. At 11:50 a.m. on Wednesday morning, November 10, 1937, Silvia King passed away. At the time of her death she was weeks away from celebrating her 134th birthday. Her death certificate states she was laid to rest in Long Branch Cemetery on Sunday, November 14, 1937.

No marker has yet been found to verify the location of her grave site.

 

    As of this writing, a formal appeal has been requested of the Texas Historical Commission to have Long Branch Cemetery recognized as a state historical site.

 

 

Family surnames long associated with the African American community of Long Branch are:  Appleton, Bailey, Bradley, Carter, Craig, Graves, Hicks, Horton, Johnson, Massey, Massingill, Shaw, Randle and Weatherspoon

   

 

1883 – 2011

 



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Last Name

First Name

Birth

Death

Notes

APPLETON

Elvin

1889

1961

Born in Tennessee to Joseph & Lula Appleton

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

Death Certificate submitted by Kay Cunningham

APPLETON

Ernest

Feb 06 1892

Apr 20 1947

Born in Texas to Joe & Lue (Pearson) Appleton. Both born in Tennessee

Texas

Pvt. 537 Engrs.

World War I

Another View

info and pictures submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

Parents info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

APPLETON

Tea

Jun 18 1893

Dec 21 1952

info submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

BAILEY

Adison

1880

Jul 21 1956

Daughter of Unknown Father & Louise Baldwin

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

BAILEY

Charles R.

Jan 01 1927

Jan 25 1992

U.S. Army

World War II

info and pictures submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

BAILEY

Dora

1859

Sep 10 1931

Daughter of Griffin Unknown & Hanna Unknown both born in Alabama

Wife of Granville Bailey

info submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

BAILEY

Edd

Jan 02 1876

Jul 02 1955

info and pictures submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

BAILEY

Isaac

Jan 11 1890

Jul 04 1965

Son of Granville & Dora Bailey

“Gone But Not Forgotten”

Another View

Age 75 years

info and pictures submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

Parents info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

BAILEY

Letha (Clay)

Oct 12 1897

Feb 01 1942

Daughter of Miles & Mary (Johnson) Clay

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

BAILEY

Granville Jr.

Jul 14 1894

Apr 29 1967

Son of Granville & Dora Bailey Sr.

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

BENJAMIN

Nannie (Hall)

Mar 15 1871

Feb 04 1945

Daughter of Mose & Amy Hall

Age 73 years

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

BOGUS

Mattie (Bradley)

Jul 10 1918

Aug 14 1962

Daughter of Eli & Mammie (Horton) Bradley

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

BRADLEY

Andrew

Jan 16 1900

Oct 18 1955

Son of Julius & Mollie (Johnson) Bradley

“At Rest”

Another View

Age 55 years

info and pictures submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

Parents info and Birth Date submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

BRADLEY

Bess

1874

Jun 17 1946

Daughter of Cubie & Delia Bradley

info submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

BRADLEY

Christine

Jun 05 1925

Jun 09 1992

“Mother”

“We Will Meet Again”

info and pictures submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

BRADLEY

Eligah Sr.

Sep 15 1915

Sep 10 1981

PFC U.S. Army

World War II

Another View

info and pictures submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

BRADLEY

Ella

May 03 1866

Sep 22 1951

This is a broken tombstone

“At Rest”

“I Have Fought A Good Fight”

info and pictures submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

BRADLEY

Jimmie

Jan 24 1957

Dec 28 1957

Infant Son of Elijah & Christine (Elam) Bradley

info submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

Death Certificate submitted by Kay Cunningham

BURTON

Ruby Hicks

Aug 24 1912

Jan 11 2001

Born in Limestone Co., Texas to Annie & Sip Hicks

Married Felix Burton in 1932

Most adult life spent in Minneapolis, MN

“In Loving Memory”

Info and obit submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

CANADA

Dave

Dec 15 1890

Apr 11 1963

Homemade Tombstone

Husband of Lula Canada

“Gone But Not Forgotten”

Another View

info and pictures submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

CANADA

Lula

Jul 16 1899

Jan 10 1960

Homemade Tombstone

Wife of Dave Canada

“Gone But Not Forgotten”

Another View

info and pictures submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

CLARK

Minnie (Smith)

Feb 23 1886

Oct 15 1966

Daughter of Henry & Lulla (Hall) Smith

info submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

Death Certificate submitted by Kay Cunningham

CLAY

George C.

Oct 15 1899

Jul 02 1960

Son of Charlie & Mary (Johnson) Clay

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

CRAIG

David

Jan 16 1896

Jul 12 1958

Son of Thornton & Mattie (Woods) Craig

Texas

Pvt. Co. A

Development BN

World War I

Another View

info and pictures submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

Parents info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

CRAIG

Essie Lee

Jan 10 1910

Sep 21 2001

“Beloved Mother & Grandmother”

info and pictures submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

CRAIG

James

No Date

Sep 19 1948

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

CRAIG

Maggie (Taylor)

Aug 29 1869

Jun 17 1943

Daughter of Alex & Susan Taylor, both born in Tennessee

Wife of Silas Craig

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

Death Certificate submitted by Kay Cunningham

CRAIG

Nelson

1875

Feb 25 1926

Son of John & Unknown Mother Craig

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

CRAIG

Silas

May 09 1874

Jul 06 1941

Son of Thorton & Susan (Gee) Craig

Husband of Maggie (Taylor) Craig of Long Branch, Limestone Co., Texas

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

Death Certificate submitted by Kay Cunningham

GRAVES

Alick

Nov 15 1877

Dec 23 1939

Son of Unknown Father & Ellen Thomas

info  submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

GRAVES

Eddie

Mar 03 1909

Sep 01 1966

Son of Tommie & Celia (Jones) Graves

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

Death Certificate submitted by Kay Cunningham

GRAVES

Garfield

Sep 13 1886

Jul 12 1962

Son of Alex & Henrietta (Craig) Graves

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

Death Certificate submitted by Kay Cunningham

GRAVES

Mary Elizabeth

1959

1985

“Beloved Daughter”

info and pictures submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

GRAVES

Sammy Lee

Jun 27 1957

Sep 14 1957

Son of LeRoy & Jeroline (Freeman) Graves

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

GRAVES

Zora (Massingill)

Nov 15 1908

Jun 17 1953

Daughter of Mat & Alice (Furry) Massingill

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

Death Certificate submitted by Kay Cunningham

HALL

Mary (Smith)

Nov 25 1876

Feb 06 1937

Daughter of Jessie & Julia (Haggins) Smith

Wife of Tom Hall

Age 60 years

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

HAWKINS

Eva Mae (Vanderbilt)

Oct 09 1933

Oct 28 1994

Daughter of Carthan & Essie Lee (Craig) Vanderbilt

Married John Hawkins and had 3 children (2 boys, 1 girl)

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

HICKS

Infant Son

Nov 05 1961

Nov 05 1961

Infant Son of Ulysses & Bobbie Lee (Taylor) Hicks

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

HICKS

Janie (Johnson)

Aug 10 1901

Nov 13 1953

Daughter of Tom & Jessie (Brown) Johnson

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

HICKS

Laura (Bradley)

Feb 05 1914

Dec 07 1955

Daughter of Bess & Momie (Harden) Bradley

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

Death Certificate submitted by Kay Cunningham

HICKS

Lonnie Foster

Jun 01 1936

Feb 14 1970

Texas

SP4

Infantry

Another View

info and pictures submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

HORTON

Annie Pearl

Oct 22 1931

Apr 02 1949

Daughter of Willie & Mary (Johnson) Horton

info  submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

Death Certificate submitted by Kay Cunningham

HORTON

Avery

Abt 1880

Feb 04 1918

Son of John & Mattie Woods Horton

All info and Death Certificate submitted by Kay Cunningham

HORTON

Bobby

Dec 26 1950

Jun 21 1970

Wife of Lewis Horton

info and pictures submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

HORTON

Emma

1892

1940

info and pictures submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

HORTON

Ernest

Jan 05 1891

Feb 23 1965

Picture on Tombstone

“In Loving Memory”

info and pictures submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

HORTON

Judge R. Jr.

Nov 26 1943

Mar 20 1998

“Loving Husband, Father

Son & Brother”

info and pictures submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

HORTON

Lewis

Jun 11 1956

Jun 21 1970

Husband of Bobby Horton

info and pictures submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

HORTON

Ray

Apr 29 1921

Sep 20 1965

Texas

Pvt.

587 Port Co TC

World War II

info and pictures submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

HORTON

Veola

Apr 15 1934

Apr 28 1952

Daughter of John & Hester (Johnson) Horton

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

Death Certificate submitted by Kay Cunningham

HORTON

Willie B.

Mar 17 1910

Jun 26 1970

Son of Ernest & Emma (Massingill) Horton Sr.

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

HUDSON

Dora (Smith)

Nov 30 1862

Mar 10 1955

Daughter of Jessie & Unknown Mother Smith

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

HUDSON

Johnnie Thelma (Massey)

Jul 06 1900

Mar 27 1962

Daughter of John & Charlotte (Johnson) Massey

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

JACKSON

Ben

1884

Dec 08 1948

Age 64 years

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

JIMERSON

Anna R.

Dec 23 1877

Apr 11 1925

info and pictures submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

JOHNSON

Charles Edward

Mar 05 1950

Apr 10 1950

Infant Son of Joe Bailey & May Bell (Hunter) Johnson

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

JOHNSON

Ed

Jan 28 1886

Jul 05 1961

Son of Archie & Unknown Mother Johnson

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

JOHNSON

Jimmie Lee (Williams)

Sep 03 1905

Jan 23 1969

Daughter of James & Mary Jane (Rodgers) Williams

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

Death Certificate submitted by Kay Cunningham

JOHNSON

Joe Bailey

Dec 13 1943

Aug 02 1986

Husband of Mae Bell Hunter Johnson

“Loving Father”

Another View

info and pictures submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

JOHNSON

Mae Bell Hunter

Nov 25 1925

Nov 11 2006

Wife of Joe Bailey Johnson

info submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

Obit submitted by Ken Gates

JOHNSON

Oscar

Jun 03 1892

Jun 23 1948

Son of Eadom & Mary (Tillis) Johnson

Age 56 years

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

JOHNSON

Onallie (Craig)

1864

Nov 05 1943

Daughter of Thornton & Susian Craig

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

JOHNSON

Sarah (Bradley)

Nov 25 1888

Jun 19 1953

Daughter of Julius & Ella (Craig) Bradley

Age 64 years

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

KING

Sylvia / Silvia

Dec 25 1803

Nov 10 1937

Born in Morocco, Africa to Unknown Father & Rachael Blanton

Married in France

Ms. King is profiled in the Norman R. Yetman book "Voices From Slavery".

She was interviewed in Marlin at age 100 in 1903. She would live another 30 yrs; passing away in Long Branch,

Kosse, TX at the home of her great-great grandson, Louis Fountaine

For more info on her life story told in her words, please see her Slave Narrative at the Library of Congress

 

Age 133 years 10 months 15 days

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

Death Certificate submitted by Kay Cunningham

MASSEY

Anderson

Jan 24 1890

Oct 13 1968

Son of John & Louise (Baldwin) Massey

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

MASSEY

Charlotte (Johnson)

Dec 25 1878

Mar 07 1962

Daughter of Reuben & Henrietta Johnson

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

MASSEY

John Wiley

Aug 02 1880

Feb 25 1960

Son of John & Beckie Massey Sr.

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

MASSEY

Lola (Bradley)

Jan 01 1901

Sep 12 1964

Born in Oklahoma to Julius & Ella (Bailey) Bradley

Age 63 years

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

MASSEY

Tom

Jul 13 1895

Mar 20 1944

Son of John & Louise (Miles) Massey

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

MASSIE

Clarence “Coot”

Oct 14 1893

Feb 08 1962

info and pictures submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

MASSINGILL

Jim Jr.

No Date

Nov 11 1987

Son of Jim & Ina (Craig) Massingill Waites

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

MEYERS

Mamie Jewell Horton

Apr 11 1926

Oct 30 1998

“Mother”

“In Loving Memory”

Picture on Tombstone

info and pictures submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

MUTONG

Arthur

Apr 06 1895

Mar 10 1954

Son of August & Annie (Smith) Mutong, both born in Louisiana

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

PACKER

Wadie

Aug 05 1877

Mar 28 1957

Age 79 years

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

RANDLE

James

Oct 15 1868

Jul 21 1949

Homemade Tombstone

Son of Dick & Sylvia (Craig) Randle

Husband of Lue (Pierce) Randle

Note: Tombstone Reads b Oct. 15, 1868, d Jul. 21, 1949.  Death Certificate reads b Oct. 16, 1874, d Jul. 19, 1949

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

RANDLE

Lewis

May 09 1898

Sep 22 1932

Son of James & Lula (Pierson) Randle

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

Death Certificate submitted by Kay Cunningham

RANDLE

Lue (Pierce)

Jul 09 1872

Oct 29 1942

Daughter of Jesse & Julia (Smith) Pierce

Wife of James Randle

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

Death Certificate submitted by Kay Cunningham

ROGERS

Will

1875

Mar 04 1943

Son of Redin & Violet (Johnson) Rogers

Age 68 years

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

RUNNELS

Alice (Craig) Sanders

Aug 28 1909

Aug 30 1999

Daughter of Silas & Maggie (Taylor) Craig

1st married to Johnny Sanders

2nd married to Johnny Runnels

Had 4 children, all girls

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

RUNNELS

Ben

Sep 08 1895

Nov 19 1943

Married Virgie Lee (Craig) Runnels on March 31, 1927 and had no biological children

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

RUNNELS

Virgie Lee (Craig)

Oct 16 1900

Mar 29 1990

Daughter of Silas & Maggie (Taylor) Craig

Married Ben Runnels on March 31, 1927 and had no biological children

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

SHAW

Cora (Massey)

Jan 06 1892

Mar 19 1964

Daughter of John & Louise (Baldwin) Massey

Age 72 years

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

SHAW

Elijah

Jun 06 1889

May 28 1944

Son of Anthony & Sarah (Bradley) Shaw

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

Death Certificate submitted by Kay Cunningham

SHAW

J. D.

Mar 27 1916

Aug 31 1979

U.S. Army

World War II

info and pictures submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

SHAW

Lizzie

Feb 20 1895

Jan 06 1960

Daughter of Anthony & Sarah (Bradley) Shaw

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

SHAW

M. D.

Jun 18 1930

Apr 07 1950

Homemade Tombstone

Son of James & Sylvia (Randalls) Shaw

info and pictures submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

Death Certificate submitted by Kay Cunningham

SHAW

Sarah (Bradley)

1860

Oct 04 1940

Another View

Daughter of David & Unknown Mother Bradley

Info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

SHAW

Sherman

Nov 07 1916

Apr 02 1944

Son of Elijah & Lizzie (Taylor) Shaw

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

Death Certificate submitted by Kay Cunningham

SHELBY

Doris J.

Sep 06 1940

Nov 25 1989

“In Loving Memory

Of Our Precious Jewel”

info and pictures submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

SMITH

Alvy

Mar 09 1892

Apr 27 1931

Son of R. B. (b Falls Co., Texas) & Bell (Holland) (b Leon Co., Texas) Smith

Died at 117 George Street, Marlin, Falls Co., Texas

Husband of Laura Smith

Occupation: Hotel Porter

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

SMITH

Etherline

Sep 23 1918

Sep 03 1931

Daughter of Douglas & Stella (Rodgers) Smith

Age 12 years

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

SMITH

Henry

Jun 19 1851

Mar 19 1950

Son of Jessie & Matilda Smith, both born in Tennessee

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

SMITH

Infant Daughter

Nov 07 1935

Nov 07 1935

Infant Daughter of A. W. & Lillie (Griffin) Smith

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

SMITH

Lara Lee

Sep 22 1922

Sep 18 1943

Son of Judd & Anna (Massingill) Smith

Age 21 years

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

SMITH

Lula (Hall)

Oct 01 1886

May 26 1945

Daughter of Mose & Catherine Hall Sr.

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

SMITH

Raymond

Jan 14 1919

Feb 15 1960

Born in Texas to Robert & Victoria (Bradley) Smith

Lived and died in Midland, Texas

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

SUITERS

Baby Ruth (Sanders)

Sep 09 1932

Oct 15 1991

Daughter of Johnny & Alice (Craig) Sanders

Married John Suiters, b in Perry, Falls Co., Texas on September 23, 1952 and had 9 children, 5 girls, 4 boys

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

SWINNEY

Nelia Craig

Feb 16 1889

Jan 10 1981

Daughter of Silas & Maggie (Taylor) Craig

Married Dennis Swinney in the 1940’s, no biological children

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

TAYLOR

Infant Female

Oct 11 1956

Oct 12 1956

Infant Daughter of Unknown Father & Sadie Louise Taylor

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

Death Certificate submitted by Kay Cunningham

TAYLOR

Leonard

Dec 12 1899

Sep 21 1969

Son of Will & Hester (Craig) Taylor

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

TAYLOR

Luvada V. (Body)

Jan 01 1891

Dec 12 1956

Daughter of Nelson & Angeline (West) Body

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

TEMPLE

Ed

1871

Nov 30 1939

Son of Frank & Unknown Mother Temple

Age 68 years

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

TURNHAM

J. T.

Abt. 1881

Jul 08 1931

Son of Unknown Father & Julia Turner

Age about 50+ years

Death Certificate submitted by Kay Cunningham

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

TYLER

Dorothy Mae (Runnels)

Sep 18 1929

Nov 19 1968

Daughter of Johnny & Alice (Craig) Sanders

Married Rubin Tyler d July 26, 1998, and had 4 children, 3 girls 1 boy

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

TYLER

Ruby Nell

Jan 16 1955

Feb 13 2007

Daughter of Rubin & Dorothy Tyler

Granddaughter of Alice Craig

All info and Funeral Program submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

VANDERBILT

Essie Lee (Craig)

Oct 10 1910

Sep 21 2001

Daughter of Silas & Maggie (Taylor) Craig

Married Carthan Vanderbilt and had one child, Eva Mae Venderbilt

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

WAITES

Ina (Craig) Massingill

No Date

Feb 05 1989

Daughter of Silas & Maggie (Taylor) Craig

1st married to Jim Massingill

2nd married to John B. Waites

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

WAITES

John B.

No Date

Jan 20 1992

Husband of Ina (Craig) Massingill Waites

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

WATKINS

Dock

Oct 16 1884

Nov 06 1943

Son of Bryant & Kizzie Watkins, both born in Alabama

Age 59 years

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

WATSON

William E.

Apr 20 1937

Dec 21 1937

Son of Unknown Father & Thelana Watson

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

WEATHERSPOON

Janie Bell

Dec 17 1936

Aug 29 1940

Daughter of James & Alice (Horton) Weatherspoon

Age 3 years

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

WEATHERSPOON

Mary

Dec 18 1842

Jan 10 1931

Daughter of William & Philis Jameson

Wife of Nelson Weatherspoon

Age 88 years

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

WHITMAN

Ola Faye

Oct 01 1932

Mar 20 1993

“Beloved Mother”

“Mother of

 Bobby, Gloria, Brenda, Elton

Charles, Terry, and Tony”

info and pictures submitted by Carol Couch and Shawn Hughes

WILLIAMS

Pearl E.

Oct 10 1903

Apr 14 1960

Daughter of Adkison W. & Lester (Rollon) Watson

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

WRIGHT

Nora Jean

Nov 02 1952

May 14 1953

Daughter of Onil or O’Neal & Zora M. (Grauer) Wright

All info submitted by Pearl (Taylor) Vanderbilt

Death Certificate submitted by Kay Cunningham

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