By Sue Seibert
I know I have spoken to you about cousins. There are first cousins, many of whom I am quite fond, and there are second and third cousins, sometimes removed, whom I have never met.
I have a group of cousins on my Routh side, and I have only met one of them, but we stay in fairly close contact via email and, in some cases, Facebook. I have found, over the years, that the Routh family is, next to my Ficke family, the most interesting of all my many ancestors.
I did discover, somewhat to my horror recently, that my Rouths were loyalists during the American Revolution, so I won’t be adding them to the roll of American patriotic ancestors in the DAR!
Because they are such an interesting bunch I have tried to study them closely, and it is through them that I found my Indian link, for my great-grandmother’s grandmother was Nakey Sarah Canoe, a Cherokee Indian. As most of us in the West claim Indian ancestry, it was fun to prove I had some!
But getting back to the real story, my Routh cousins, mostly second cousins once removed, contacted me regarding the possibility of placing a historical marker on the family cemetery outside of Blanket, Texas. The cemetery land had been owned by my great-grandfather and later sold to one of this daughters’ husbands. They, in turn, donated the land to Brown County, and today there are some 65 or so bodies buried there.
I have been traveling to this cemetery ever since I was a child. We would often go there when my great-uncle was plowing his field across the road, for when he did this we were always able to find Comanche arrowheads. The cemetery is so far out in the sticks on back roads that it almost takes an Indian guide to find it each time we go.
And go we did last Monday. As we are the family who lives closest to the cemetery I told the others I would make the trip. I needed to ask the county two questions, and as Brown County is not really online, so to speak, it was much easier to talk to the county clerk in person.
First we drove by the cemetery, and we discovered there had been a burial there since the last time we had visited. And the last names on both of the last two interments were not familiar to me, but, fortunately, the clerk was able to tell me who one was, or at least from which funeral home he was buried.
She also, sort of, answered my two main questions. First I wanted to know what my family and I would have to do for the county in order to form a cemetery association, since the county owns the land. The clerk suggested we form the association and present it to the commissioners’ court, and she did not foresee a problem.
Second, I asked how we could get permission for a burial, and she said permission can’t be granted until we form the association.
I am informing my cousins of my discoveries in hopes of forming an association. If interested in this for your family, go to www.thc.state.tx.us/cemeteries/cemassoc.shtml.
Sue Seibert is an author, columnist, genealogist and frequent contributor to the Mineral Wells Index and its publications.
By Sue Seibert
Reflections... on Another Beautiful Day
Wow! Can you believe it? Another perfect spring weekend!
reflections. . .
As many of you are aware, Raf and I celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary on May 5 –Cinco de Mayo.
Reflections - of a tour...
I don’t know where you were a week ago Saturday, but we were all over Palo Pinto County. And we had a ball! We went to Palo Pinto County on Tour.
I know I have mentioned Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) on more than one occasion, but here I go again.
Reflections on local attractions we don’t know about
Last weekend, along with our friends, Jim and Louise, we went down to Coffee Creek RV Park to attend the “Sisters on the Fly” camp out, with their displays of various campers that were hand painted and decorated. If you’re interested in photos, go to my blog at http://siouxsue.blogspot.com.
Our daughter, Carolyn, suggested that I might write about our Turtle. So, here goes.
Reflections on Keeping a Diary
Many of you knew my mother, Rose Ficke Sparks. In fact quite a few of you were taught by her, either at the old junior high that used to be the first high school or at Houston Elementary School.
Reflections on Patience
I had a person whom I don’t know well at all tell me what an impatient person I am. My goodness, I didn’t realize it showed so much to those who do not know me very well; but, of course, she is right. I am. They say patience is a virtue. It is, but, sadly, it isn’t one of mine.
Reflections on My Bible
Recently a friend of mine and her husband drove to New Hampshire to purchase a summer home. Sunday came and, as they had seen an Anglican church close by, they decided to attend. Instead, they ended up going to a Bible church down the street. As they drove up to the church, she turned to her husband and said, “I surely hope they believe in the same Bible we do!”
Reflections on Our Community
There have been several things that have come to mind over the last little bit that I have failed to mention, so I thought I would sort of organize them all into one column.
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