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Source: Various, as noted

CALDWELL, R. M. - 3 Feb 1880

Burnet Bulletin, Feb. 1880

Died Of His Wounds

R. M. Caldwell, the man that was shot in Llano county last week died Feb. 3rd. An inquest was held over the body before Esqr. W. K. Murchison, and the verdict of the jury of inquest was that the deceased came to his death by a gun shot wound, the gun being in the hands of Jack Long when it was fired.

Poor Caldwell. He is said to have been murdered while befriending an unfortunate widow and her three children. The ball that killed him was shot from a needle gun and after passing through his body, was buried three inches deep in a post of the house.

CAMERON, Clara (1819 - April 1904)

Burnet Bulletin, April 7, 1904; From Barry Caraway

Mrs. Cameron, aged 84 years, died several days ago in Tamega neighborhood, of heart failure. She is survived by several children and relatives.

CAMPBELL, Jas. W. - 25 June 1916

Marble Falls Messenger, June 29, 1916; FROM BARRY CARAWAY

Another Pioneer Dead

Jas. W. Campbell of Double Horn, 68 or 69 years old, a residence of that section since the fall of 1874, died last Monday afternoon at 7 o'clock. Cancer at the stomach was the immediate cause of his demise. Mr. Campbell was born in Greene County, Tennessee, but like many other Tennesseans, came to Texas with his parents in early days. He was a devout Christian and a consistent member of the Methodist Church. He is survived by two children, Mrs. Geo. Lowery of Double Horn and A. M. Campbell of Bishop. Mrs. Lowery was at his bedside when he died but the son did not reach here until the following day.

The editor had known Mr. Campbell personally for a number of years and always regarded him as a quiet, peaceable, unassuming, law-abiding citizen, true to his convictions and just to his country. The interment took place in the Roper Cemetery in Pleasant Valley Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Hornburg of this city conducted the funeral.

The Messenger extends condolence to the sorrowing relatives and friends.

CAMPBELL, Mamie Jackson - 1 Nov 1924

Burnet Bulletin, Dec 11, 1924; From Barry Caraway

[from The Tuskegee (Ala) News] Mrs. J. R. Campbell

When death removes from our sight those whom our community honors and respects it is befitting that we should offer a tribute of appreciation of their lives. So we deem it a duty and privilege to write a few words in memory of Mrs. J. R. Campbell an estimable lady of our town who passed away on November first.

Mrs. Campbell had lived in Tuskegee from babyhood to girlhood, from girlhood to mature years. As Miss Mamie Jackson she had many friends, some of whom survive her and will always love her memory. Her father Mr. Scott Jackson, came to Tuskegee when the town was young. He was an honest and law abiding citizen, and in the war of the sixties was a gallant and faithful Confederate solider. Mr. Jackson was a near relative of Wm. H. Crawford, once U. S. Senator from Georgia, a member of Madison's Cabinet and Ambassador to France.

Governor George Crawford was Mr. Jackson's uncle, a brother of his brother. Mrs. Campbell's mother was Mrs. Ethelin Cobb Jackson, also a representative of a famous Georgia family. Yet despite her illustrious ancestry, Mrs. Campbell was always modest and retiring. She never sought publicity but beneath a quiet exterior she carried a heart of gold. She was true as steel, loyal to her friends and devoted to her family.

Mrs. Campbell is survived by her husband, J. R. Campbell, three sons James, William and Lewis and one daughter Mary. Her son James R. Campbell is a lawyer and resides in Arkansas. He has recently been elected Solicitor of the District in which he lives. He served overseas in the world war and was severely wounded in great conflict.

The News tenders its heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family. The Tuskegee (Ala) News.


J. A. Jackson of Burnet is a brother of Mrs. Campbell. Numerous friends of Mr. Jackson will join the Bulletin in extending sympathy.

CARGILE, John - 21 Nov 1881

Burnet Bulletin, 18 Dec 1881

We regret to learn by postal card of the death on the 21st ultimo, in Stephens County, of Mr. John Cargile, formerly of Burnet County.  It will be remembered that he left here year before last, with his faithful brother, D. B. Cargile, in search of health.  He was a young man of lovable nature and a member of the Christian church.  Mr. Cargile was a brother of Mrs. Sanus (?) of this place.

CARROLL, W. J. - 31 March 1928

From the Burnet Bulletin, April 5, 1928

W. J. Carroll, following a long illness, died at his home in Burnet last Saturday night, March 31, 1928. His body was interred Sunday in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rev. George W. Smith, Cumberland Presbyterian minister of the Mt. Blanc community officiating, assisted by Revs. Bryan and Kursell, pastors of the Burnet Baptist and Methodist churches. Many friends were present at the funeral. Bro. Smith had been a friend of Mr. Carroll for about 20 years and paid a high tribute to the character of the deceased, as a man, neighbor and Christian.

W. J. Carroll was born in Tennessee on June 23, 1853, making him at the time of his death 74 years, 9 months and 8 days of age. He came to Texas and resided for a time in Wood County. About 20 years ago, with his wife and two adopted sons, he moved to Burnet County, settling in the Mt. Blanc community, where he made numerous and lasting friends. A few years later he sold his farm and entered the mercantile business in Burnet, which he conducted successfully until his health failed him three or four years ago. By his square and honest dealing he won the confidence of the community and the word of "Uncle Billie" Carroll, as he was known to most of our citizens, was as good as any man's bond.

He is survived by his devoted wife, who during the weary months of his illness, administered to his comfort in every way possible. Mr. and Mrs. Carroll never had any children of their own, but they reared two adopted boys who think as much of them as they would had they been their own parents.

Mrs. Carroll has the sympathy and love of the entire community in this, her sad hour of grief.

CARSON, Jack - Oct. 1882

Burnet Bulletin, Oct. 1882, contributed by Barry Caraway

Mr. Jack Carson died a few days ago.

CASNER, Mattie K. - 1 Sept. 1975

Burnet Bulletin, 4 Sept 1975

Mrs. Mattie K. Casner, 91, of Burnet, died Monday, September 1, 1975, in a nursing home. Mrs. Casner was born January 30, 1884, in Edge, Texas, the daughter of William M. McDonald and the former Josephine Parker. Mrs. Casner was a school teacher in Llano County for many years and was a member of the Burnet Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband, Smith Casner, in 1940, and by one son, McDonald Casner, in 1925.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 3, at the Clements Chapel in Burnet with Morris Kemper officiating. Interment followed at the Odd Fellows' Cemetery under the direction of Clements Funeral Home.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Othal Davis, of Burnet; one granddaughter, Mrs. LaBlanche Evans, of Marfa; one sister, Mrs. Willie Smylie, of O'Donnell; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were B. Pogue, Moore Johanson, John Baker, John Frazier, Wallace Riddell, D. V. Hammond, James Johanson, and Haskell Dunn.

CAVIN, William - Nov 1904

Burnet Bulletin, Dec 1, 1904; From Barry Caraway

Mr. Wm. Cavin, an old resident of this county, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Howard, on the Gabriel, one day last week.

CHADWICK, Jack - 15 Feb 1880

From the Burnet Bulletin, 26 Feb 1880

On the 15, inst. death visited our community, and removed from our midst, Jack Chadwick, age about twenty years, son of Mrs. Chadwick. There was a large attendance of relatives and friends at the burial, on the 16th. The burial service was conducted by Prof. A.L. Carleton, of the Bluffton School.

CHADWICK, Reverend - July 1881

Burnet Bulletin, 5 July 1881

Reverend Mr. Chadwick (Baptist) was found dead in a ravine near the mouth of the San Saba River last Saturday.  He has several mills in that area.

CHAMBERLAIN, Mrs. B. B. - 16 Feb 1948

Burnet Bulletin, 26 Feb 1948

The many friends and relatives were made and when a message came Monday, Feb. 16, telling of the death of Mrs. Mollie Kincheloe Chamberlain, which occurred at her home in Rochester.

Her going was not a surprise, but always such messages come as a shock to the loved ones.

Aunt Mollie, as she was known to her many nieces and nephews, had been an invalid for months and last November her doctor, told them that an operation was the only chance of prolonging her life. The operation was a great risk, but with the courage that she had always lived up to, she was, for the sake of her children, willing to take that risk.

For days after the operation they thought every one would be her last, but she finally rallied, and was taken to her home, where she lingered for weeks, sometimes seemingly better, until at last, Monday her poor tired body could hold out no longer and she passed on to be with the many loved ones who had gone on to await her coming.

Nothing was left undone that could make things easier and more pleasant for her. Her constant companion for a number of years was her daughter, Mrs. Bess Porter and young son, and no one could have had more faithful and loving care. Her every wish was granted.

Aunt Mollie was a model patient, always patient and considerate of others. She had such a sweet personality, always had a smile and kind word for every one. She was a friend to the young as well as to the older ones. In her home town, she was known by many as "Ma".

She will be sadly missed in Rochester, for she was always helpful in everything that was for the betterment of the town. She was a constant attendant and worker in her church, as long as she was able to go.

She was truly a helpmate to Uncle Buck, who for fifty years or more was a teacher in Texas. Their are many men and women in this state whose lives were made better because of their association with Aunt Mollie and Uncle Buck.

She was born and reared in Burnet County. Her parents, Grandpa and Grandma Kincheloe were pioneers and helped to make this country livable for their children, grandchildren and others.

About forty years ago, Aunt Mollie and Uncle Buck moved west and finally settled in Knox county, where Uncle Buck passed on a few years ago.

She leaves a family of fine girls and boys who are all prominent citizens of their chosen homes. They are Mrs. Bess Porter, who is a teacher and lives in Rochester; E. B. who is a businessman and ranchman of Sherman; Chas. K., teaches in the Nacogdoches College; Mildred who is Mrs. Pete Stoker, lives in Dallas, where her husband is in business and James is a teacher in the Goose Creek School.

Aunt Mollie was proud of her children and she had a right to be, for it would be hard to find a finer lot of girls and boys, and they were all devoted to their mother. She had two grandsons, Wm. Porter and Kim Chamberlain. She is also survived by one brother, Uncle Ed Kincheloe of Bertram and many other relatives in Burnet and other places.

My vocabulary is too limited to write all the good things that could be said about Aunt Mollie.

We are told that the "Pure in heart will see God", so we should not grieve because of her going, for there is no doubt about where she is today and is happy, we know, with the others who were there to welcome her coming.


CHAMBERLAIN, Nora Ada -- ( 5 March 1889 - 11 July 1978)

From Burnet Bulletin.

Nora Ada Chamberlain, 89, of Pearsall, died Tuesday, July 11, 1978, in the Burnet hospital.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Chamberlain were held Thursday, 13 July, at the Clements Wilcox Chapel in Burnet with Rev. T.A. Fowler and Rev. L.C. (Buddy) Johnston officiating. Interment followed at the Burnet Cemetery under the direction of Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home.

Survivors of Mrs. Chamberlain include

-three sons

Morris M. Chamberlain
John Lane Chamberlain, both of Leander
Woodrow C. Chamberlain of Briggs

-three daughters

Mrs. Louise Proffitt of Marble Falls
Mrs. Bernice Arnold of Pearsall
Mrs. Erna Jo Hullum of San Antonio

-one brother, Luther Alderson of Lampasas

-one sister, Mrs. Lorena Barnes of Marble Falls

-11 grandchildren

-19 great grandchildren

-1 great great grandchild

Grandsons and Great grandsons were named as Pallbearers and Honorary Pallbearers.

Mrs. Chamberlain was born 5 March 1889, in Burnet County, the daughter of William Alderson and the former Sarah Griffith. She was a life long resident of Burnet county. Mrs. Chamberlain was a member of the First Methodist Church of Burnet. She was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Chamberlain, on 15 May 1967.

CHAMBERLAIN, Thomas A. - (1849 - 1926)

Burnet Bulletin, 17 July 1926; contributed by Barry Caraway

Uncle Tom Chamberlain Answers the Last Roll Call, By L. C. C.

Uncle Tom Chamberlain died Friday, June 11th, 1926, in Falfurrias, Texas, at the home of his son L. L. Chamberlain, whom he had been visiting for about two weeks previous to his death. His body was brought to Burnet for burial and was interred Monday afternoon in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, with Masonic honors. The funeral service was held at the Methodist Church, conducted by Rev. C. C. McKinney, pastor of the M. E. Church, assisted by Rev. Truett Blaylock, pastor of the Baptist Church, and Silas Howell, pastor of the Church of Christ.

The ladies of the Eastern Star, of which order Uncle Tom was a member, were in charge of the church decorations, and the body lying in state banked by the profusion of beautiful flowers and lovely pot plants, made the most impressive scene ever viewed at a funeral at this place. Its loveliness and solemity are beyond the pen of any writer, and to add to the impressiveness of the occasion every one present in the overflowing church knew that the beautiful arrangement of every detail of the occasion was the result of a labor of love by every one of the many who assisted. As Bro. McKinney and Silas Howell spoke of Uncle Tom, his life, the love the people had for him, and the courage, humanity and strength of character with which he faced and conquered every problem of the many he had to face during his long and active life, their remarks met with a spontaneous approval from every listener that is seldom felt by an audience so vast in its proportions. It was easy to say kind and good things about Uncle Tom.

The active pallbearers were: M. Z. Glimp, L. Debo, C. S. Shipp, Billy Koon, Joe Pangle and O. B. Zimmerman. The ushers were Clain and Vert Gibbs.

T. A. Chamberlain was born in Jefferson County Missouri, September 6th, 1848, making at the time of his death 77 years, 9 months and 5 days of age. With his father's family he moved to Texas in 1849. The long journey was made in wagons drawn by oxen. The family first settled near the present town of Manor, where they lived for about three years. They then moved to what is now Karnes County, but which was then unorganized, where they remained until some time during the Civil War, when they moved to Round Rock, and in the year 1865 moved to Burnet County, where Uncle Tom has resided almost continuously since. Shortly after reaching his majority he was elected County Surveyor of Burnet County, and from then until his death, had probably served in this capacity for more than 50 years. He had few advantages in school, but studying at home and possessing a natural aptitude along that line he developed into a mathematician with few equals and no superiors anywhere. Over a wide area of this section of the State, Uncle Tom worked at his avocation as surveyor and early in life was recognized by the general public as a man of superior ability along his chosen line. Because of this ability, his unswerving integrity, courage to hew to the line regardless of consequences and personal popularity, he built up a name as surveyor that will live in the chronicles of Burnet and adjoining counties for years after many of us are forgotten.

In March 1871, Uncle Tom was united in marriage to Miss Maria Bumgardner, and his faithful, courageous helpmate still survives him, as do also the following sons and daughters: Lyman Chamberlain of Falfurrias, Mrs. Roy Fry of Burnet, John B. Chamberlain of Bertram, Mrs. Gordon Mackay of Lampasas, Mrs. B. H. Robinson of El Paso and Mrs. Dotson Cauley of El Paso. All of the children were at their father's funeral. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. J. M. Livingston of Spicewood, and four brothers: Rev. L. S. Chamberlain of Dallas, D. N. Chamberlain of Throckmorton County, L. W. Chamberlain of Haskell and B. B. Chamberlain of Canyon City, Texas.

In his talk at the church, Silas Howell said that he had known Uncle tom since his earliest recollection, and that he was as pure as the driven snow, and incapable of a mean, or dishonest, or unworthy act. I have known Uncle Tom twice as long as Mr. Howell has lived. His two sons, Lyman and Jerry, the latter now deceased, were about my age and for many years it was the delight of our hearts with my own brothers to be thrown together in play. I have spent scores of days and nights in Uncle Tom's home and he was the same unobtrusive gentleman, kind neighbor, forbearing father, upright Christian gentleman 40 or 45 years ago that he was yesterday. I presume that most boys who have a good father think he is the best man in the world. I thought when a lad, I think now, and I always will believe that my father, John T. Chamberlain, whose memory I know many of the readers of this sketch still revere, was one of the best men that ever lived. He did not possess the even temperament that Uncle Tom had, but his character was as a shining star and never dimmed by an act of deed unworthy of the highest type of Christian gentleman. As Uncle Tom's body rested in the beautiful church scene, I thought of these two men. Neither of them ever gained great wealth in this world's goods, neither of them climbed high in the political, social or religious world, but each of them left behind a memory that is cherished by their children and children's children, that will be handed down in the family to generations yet unborn. I had rather be the son of such a father than to possess any thing this world may give. I hope my boy Bill may say the same for me when I have joined my father and Uncle Tom.

Not only was Uncle Tom loved by the older people, but the younger boys and girls and even the children looked up to him with love and respect. Indicating this was a short article read by Bro. McKinney at the funeral service from the Burnet High School Annual; written by Jesse Pogue, a this year's graduate and which was published in this paper a few weeks ago. A little boy, no relation to the family and perhaps not more than ten years of age, stopped me last Saturday and said: "Mr. Chamberlain, is Uncle Tom dead?" I replied that he was. The little fellow's eyes filled with tears and he said: "Uncle Tom was one of the best men that ever lived."

Silas Howell read a tribute to Uncle Tom at the funeral service, written three years ago by L. B. Russell of Comanche, and which was published by the Comanche Enterprise at that time. Mr. Russell and Uncle Tom were raised together in Karnes County as the article will show. It is a sermon as well as a tribute, and is as follows:

"A Beautiful Character"

"So far as I know, there is but one person living whom I have known and who has known me seventy years, and it is a great pleasure to me to be able to say that that man is one of the finest character I have known during the entire seventy years.

We went to school together from the first school I ever attended in 1857 until about 1863. He is from eighteen months to two years older than I, but we were in the same classes from the beginning. He had attended a session or two before I began, but I had been taught at home, and we were both well advanced for our age. We were put in McGuffey's old Fourth Reader togethr in this first school association, and in Mitchell's High School Geography, which had an atlas separatly accompanying it, and in Smith's Grammar.

"One difference between us was that I had not learned to write the letters of the alphabet, while he was "ciphering" in Ray's big arithmetic and at the next session, when he was about ten years old he was figuring in Davies' school Algebra.

"This personal reminiscense is not given merely for idle display of my own experience. Notwithstanding there was a vast difference in our temperaments and impulses, we were always very much attached to each other, and the point I am making in writing this is, that he exerted a wonderful saving influence upon me during our boyhood.

"I was inclined to wildness and was easily led by bad company. It got me into quite a number of scrapes, but never so long as I was with him. He was redheaded, freckeled faced and quiet; I was black-haired, tanned like a Mexican and boisterous. He led me into the Methodist Church when I was eight years of age, and he about ten, and he didn't have to change his ways, while I did, or at least, it was necessary that I should. We were associated together until we were both nearly grown, and I never heard from him a by-word of profanity or an indecent word of obscenity. He seemed to have been born religious, though he was not at all unappreciative of fun, as he had a well defined sense of innocent humor. I don't remember that he ever protested or advised against some of my foolish ways, but there was something about him which, when I got off wrong made me feel ashamed for him to know it.

"He left Karnes County about the close of the Civil War and moved, with his father's family to Burnet, where he has been living ever since. Probably for fifty years he has been the County Surveyor of that county, and I believe he still holds the position. He has been clean and pure in word and thought and action during all the three-score and ten years of our acquaintance, clean as a hound's tooth. He was on a farm from the time I first knew him, and he has farmed pretty much of the time since he grew up.

"What I mention all this for is to call the attention of the boys and girls of the present generation to the beauty of CHARACTER, and its influence. Tom Chamberlain--that is the man--has been to me during all these years a kind of standard measure. Many a time when I have been tempted to go wrong I have asked myself, "what would Tom Chamberlain do?" And I have always known what Tom would do-he would do the RIGHT thing. If it took the hair off and the bone out.

"Boys and girls! Can you think of anything more beautiful or more desirable to crown an happy life in its old age than to be able to say as I can of Tom, that he never swore, never uttered ribald jokes, never drank or used tobacco, never gambled, and never did any act during life unworthy of a gentleman? That is Tom Chamberlain." --L. B. Russell in the Comanche Enterprise.

Goodbye, Uncle Tom--no more will the people of Burnet meet you and receive your cheery smile and kind greeting, but we all know where you are, and joy at the reward that is yours is mixed with the sorrow that we feel at your departure.

CHESNUT, Oscar K. - (1869 - 19 June 1936)

The Highlander, 4 July 1991, Aug 22, 1991, and Herman Brown Free Library resources. Abstracted by JoAnn Myers, Sept 2002

Oscar K. Chesnut was born June 15, 1869 and died June 19, 1936. He is buried in an isolated grave just off RR2341, near Lake Buchanan. Chesnut was an orphan who was found by a family as they crossed the Colorado River. They saw a box floating, and the child, Oscar, was inside.

As an adult, he is remembered as a "river character" , who quoted poetry, carried a gun, and scared a lot of people. He was tall, with pale eyes. He was never without a gun, usually keeping three: a pistol for men and snakes, a shotgun for birds, and a rifle for all else. He lived on the Burnet side of the river, up on the slope of the hills and east of White Bluff. He lived alone, apparently enjoying the isolation with his horses. He never married, but in his cabin were faded pictures of a slender woman, laughing, and riding with him in the hills.

When his mother died, he buried her in the river pasture between two big live oak trees. Later, when the waters of Lake Buchanan began to cover the spot, he refused to move the grave, reportedly saying, "Where a good tree falleth, there let it lay."

Another quote attributed to Chesnut was "Let not the sun set on your head owing any man." He lived by that line, making sure every man who ever worked for him was paid every day. Some people say he buried money at different places on his ranch. Others say he secretly gave money to families in need of it.

When he died he was buried beside the road on his ranch. Anyone driving on RR2341 has probably passed his grave, which is marked simply with his name, dates of birth and death, and the words, "In Memory of An Old Time Texas Cowboy."

COCKE, Bowman William, (1846 - 7 Oct 1925)

Burnet Bulletin, Oct 8, 1925

B. W. Cocke Dead

B. W. Cocke died at his home in Burnet Tuesday night, October 6th. The body was interred yesterday afternoon at the Odd Fellows Cemetery. He is survived by his wife and several children. Mr. Cocke had been ill for some time, and his death was not unexpected. He was an old Confederate veteran, and a gentleman of the old school of chivalry, whom every one respected and liked. The bereaved family has the sympathy of every one in their loss. A sketch of Mr. Cocke's life will be published in the next issue of the Bulletin.


Burnet Bulletin, Oct 15, 1925

B. W. Cocke Dead

The subject of this sketch was born May 28th, 1846, at Bayou Bouef, Assumption Parish Louisiana. He was called in death at his home in Burnet, Texas, Early Wednesday morning, October 7th, 1925, making him at the time of his death seventy-nine years, four months and nine days of age.

Mr. Cocke joined the Confederate army at the age of sixteen years and made a gallant soldier throughout that conflict. He belonged to the 26th Louisiana Regiment, St. Mary Cannoneers. He came to Texas in 1868. He made the trip to Texas on horseback, and was traveling alone until one day shortly after he departed from home he overtook a party of men enroute to Texas, and after he had passed greeting with them, and found out that they also were going to Texas, asked if they objected to him joining the party. They gladly welcomed him to their ranks and made the remainder of the trip to Texas together. The leader of the party overtaken by Mr. Cocke, was the late J. C. King, of Burnet, father of County attorney Ben L. King.

The years passed and 1902 came, when Mr. Cocke with his family moved to Burnet. One day shortly after they had become citizens of this place, a mutual acquaintance introduced Mr. Cocke and Mr. King. Mr. King had a wonderful memory, and although thirty-two years had passed since they had met, he at once remarked to Mr. Cocke that he believed they had met before, and related when and under what circumstances, which Mr. Cocke readily recalled, and a close friendship was formed between these two men that lasted until Mr. King's death a few years ago.

The writer has heard both men talk of this early incident in their lives, which they enjoyed recalling. The trip they made covered a distance of 500 miles, which took considerably longer to cover than by the present mode of travel. Mr. Cocke separated from Mr. King and companions at Columbus, Washington County, Texas, and settled at Flatonia, Fayette County, where he remained until 1885. At this place in 1869 he was united in marriage to Miss Araminta Jane Burke. To this happy union eight children were born, six of whom are still living, as follows: J. W. Cocke of Burnet, T. Cocke of Liberty Hill, Mrs. Mattie Renick of Burnet, Miss Susie Cocke of Burnet, Frank Cocke of Burnet, and Mrs. L. O. Walton of Houston. An other son, William, preceded his father in death by a period of only three weeks. The faithful wife and help meet also survives, and he is survived by a brother, R. W. Cocke of Ellendale, Louisiana.

Mr. Cocke with his family moved from Fayette County to Liberty Hill, Williamson County, in 1885, and in 1902 moved to Burnet, in which community they have since resided. Mr. Cocke was one of the most affable, courteous gentlemen that ever resided in this part of the State, and it was a pleasure to every one to meet and converse with him. He was born in days of Southern chivalry, and was incapable of a mean or low act. His ideals of what constituted a gentleman were of the highest order, and he endeavored always to live up to them. He was just as kind, courteous and forbearing towards little children as he was to older people, and as a result he had the respect and confidence of both old and young of this community.

Mr. Cocke's passing removed another of the old Confederates from our midst and there are few lift to tell of the thrilling days of that dark period in our history. The Bulletin some times thinks that we do not honor and show these old soldiers all the respect and love that is due them. They deserve the best in this land during their few remaining days and it is a shame that they are not more liberally provided for.

This writer joins other friends in extending condolence to Mrs. Cocke and family.

CONE, Andrew - 1926

Burnet Bulletin, July 1, 1926 - From Barry Caraway

Andrew Cone, many years ago when a young man, a resident of Burnet, recently died at his home in California. The body, accompanied by his wife and son, was brought to Burnet County for burial and interred Sunday morning in the Toby Cemetery. Many of our older citizens will remember Mr. Cone and will join with the Bulletin in extending condolence to the bereaved family.

CONE, Joe - April 1925

Burnet Bulletin, April 23, 1925; From Barry Caraway

Joe Cone Dead

Mr. Joe Cone died recently at his home in Cameron, following a long illness. He was a brother of Mrs. C. A. Edman of this place and survived by his wife and several children. For many years Mr. Cone was a resident of Burnet, and had numerous friends in this section, who deeply regret his death. He was an honest, upright man, a good husband and a loving father. He was an unusually friendly man and while a resident of this place numbered every citizens his friend. The same day that Mr. Cone died, Mrs. Edman also received a message of the death of a sister, in Oklahoma. The Bulletin joins other friends in extending sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

COON, John Marion - 12 Jul 1907

Burnet Bulletin, 25 July 1907


The subject of this brief sketch was born in South Carolina May 26th, 1834, and was therefore at his death past the 73rd mile post in life's journey, having passed away July 12, 1907.

More than fifty years ago, he with his parents came to Texas and settled in Burnet, and with the exception of a few years, has lived all these years at this place. He taught school at several places in this and Williamson county soon after he came here. Bob Poole of our town was one of his pupils. afterwards he engaged in the stock business and in the early seventies drove several heards of cattle up the trail to Kansas. His business prospered and he at one time was quite well to do.

In 1861 he married Miss Harriet Pogue who died in 1892. To them were born several children three of whom are yet living: Miss Mattie Coon of San Antonio, Mrs. Dave Berry, of Lampasas and George Coon of Wyoming.

Mr. Coon some fourteen years ago married again-his second wife being Mrs. Nannie Johnson, who survives him.

For many years he suffered with an acute stomach trouble which rendered him incapable of doing any kind of business, for this reason he spent an out door life and traded and raised cattle on a small scalle.

In his better business days, he was a public spirited citizen and was one of the few who employed Prof. Russell to teach the school at this place, which started the school upon its high road to success and prominence. My, my, how rapidly are these old pioneer citizens passing off the stage of action, how true, and how sad 'tis true. I like to sit down upon the stump of reflection, so to speak, and turn the tablets of my memory back to my boyhood days, and recall the scenes and lives of all those sturdy old pioneers who blazed out for us this splendid civilization we enjoy today, and while thus musing, a feeling of sadness mixed with reverence steals over me when I think of the many noble deeds done by those old pioneers, and I sigh at the thought that none seem to take their places. From my early booyhood days to the days of his death, I have many many times been in the home of my dead friend, and there is the place to judge of the heart that is in a man and by this test he would fill the measure.

He was a kind husband, a dutiful father and generous neighbor and friend. Many years ago he joined the Methodist Church and during all the succeeding years he lived the life of a quiet consistent Christian gentleman. You would always see him seated at each service in the church, a seat to the right of the pulpit. He will be missed from his accustomed place.

Xerxes assembled his army, the finest ever marshalled, over a million men and from an eminence, viewed that incomparable body of soldiers. At that moment when all thought be would be at the very summit of esctacy, he burst into tears, and when asked why, replied; "In an hundred years, not a man in this vast army will be alive." That was thousands of years ago, and yet, the same can truly be said of mankind today. Flitting, flitting, do our lives swing behind us, and ere we know it, we come to the mystic River Styx and take passage into that undiscovered country from whose "bourne no traveler ever returns."

There must be something in the Christian's religion, to see the calmness with which such a one's soul goes out to meet its God. It's a grand, sublime sight.

In the old cemetery in the family lot under the auspices of the Masonic order he was tenderly laid to rest.

Under the supervision of kind hearted Mrs. Dr. Cheatham, the grave was beautifully draped and literally covered with flowers. While out there I read the inscription upon his father's tomb, which showed that he was born in 1798, and thus, father and son stalked across three centuries. And so humanity moves along. mankind loves applause and the plaudits of their fellow creatures. We love power and influence, but when life has been stripped of her ornaments, what then? 'Tis then I ween, the life of the quiet consistent christian, will stand out in bold relief.

Such a life this man lived and truly with the poet can it be of him said:

"Somewhere the load is lifted, close by an open gate;
Somewhere the clouds are rifted, somewhere the Angels wait.
Somewhere, Somewhere, Beautiful Isle of Somewhere!
Land of the true, where we live anew,
Beautiful Isle of Somewhere."

CORKER, Lucy J. (1851-1925)

Burnet Bulletin, Oct 15, 1925, contributed by Barry Caraway

Mrs. L. J. Corker Dead

Word reached Burnet Tuesday that Mrs. L. J. Corker was dead. Her death occurred in Alabama and was unexpected. She was returning from Vermont where she had spent the summer with her son, Jack. She was returning home by way of Alabama and stopped off to visit relatives when the Death Angel called.

The body will be brought to Burnet for burial but at this writing it has not been ascertained when the body will arrive. Mrs. Corker was the wife of H. H. Corker, Deceased, who died several years ago. They were old settlers of Burnet County and held in high esteem by all who knew them. For the past several years Mrs. Corker has been residing in San Antonio. She is survived by one son and one daughter, Jack Corker of Vermont and Mrs. Sorell of San Antonio.

The Bulletin joins other friends in extending condolence to the bereaved relatives

COTTLE, Mrs. Carl - May 1923

Burnet Bulletin, May 3, 1923; From Barry Caraway

Death Removes Wife of City Commissioner

Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 3:30 o'clock at the family residence, 112 Seventh St., over the remains of Mrs. Carl Cottle, who died suddenly at her home Friday evening at 6:15, death being attributed to heart trouble augmented by grief over the recent death of her three day old son. Her death came as a shock to relatives and friends who had recently visited the Cottle home to learn that she was recovering rapidly.

COTTLE, Sherman C. - 14 Dec 1962

From the Burnet Bulletin, 19 Dec 1962

Sherman C. Cottle Died at Belton Friday Evening, Dec. 14th

Sherman C. Cottle, 54, prominent citizen of this section suffered a heart attack Friday night, December 14th while attending a meeting of the Masonic Lodge. He had been in poor health for several years, but his death was unexpected, and was a shock to his wife and other relatives and friends.

A former resident of Rochelle, he lived in Houston many years where he was employed as a city bus mechanic, then moved to five miles east of Briggs, where he and his wife have lived for the past ten years.

Funeral services, under the direction of the Briggs & Gamel Funeral Home of Lampasas, were held at 3:00 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Briggs Baptist Church with Minister Billy J. Franklin conducting the service. Masonic graveside services were held in the Mill Creek Cemetery.

Pall bearers were Clayton S. Morris, Raymond L. Morris, A. J. Smith, Clifford Wooten, K. W. Herring, and Jack Patterson.

Among his surviving relatives are his wife, Mrs. Dossie Cottle, a brother, Roland Cottle of Briggs, a son in California, and three sisters, five brothers, three half brothers and two grandchildren.

Friends of Mr. and Mrs. Cottle extend heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved relatives in this hour of sorrow.

COTTLE, Susie (Johnston) (1887 - Aug 1923)

Burnet Bulletin, Aug 26, 1923; From Barry Caraway

Mrs. Susie Cottle Dead

The sad news came from her home at Orange, Texas, last Friday that Mrs. Susie Cottle was dead. Before her marriage a few years ago, she was Miss Susie Johnston. The body was interred at Orange. Her mother, Mrs. Sue Johnston, was at her bedside when the end came, and her sister, Mrs. Lucy Baker, and brother, Ed and Tom of this section, and George of Llano, attended the funeral.

Deceased was 36 years of age, and is survived by her husband, her mother, Mrs. Sue Johnston. a sister, Mrs. Lucy Baker, and brothers, W. A. Ed, and Tom of Burnet County, and George of Llano. Mrs. Cottle was born and reared in Burnet County, and had a wide circle of admiring and devoted friends in this section. She was a woman far above the average in intelligence and favorably impressed all with whom she came in contact. Claimed by the Grim Reaper in the prime of her vigorous womanhood, her death leaves a heartbroken mother and husband and sorrowing sister and brothers. The Bulletin extends to them heart-felt sympathy in this hour of their bereavement.

COX, Christopher Columbus (16 Feb 1852- 4 April 1920)

Burnet Bulletin, July 22, 1920 - From Barry Caraway

In Memory Of C. C. Cox

Christopher Columbus Cox, son of Edmiston and Dorcas A. Cox, was born in Fannin County, Texas, February 16, 1852, and died April 4th, 1920, in Burnet, Burnet County, Texas, being at his death 68 years, 1 month and 18 days old.

He obeyed the Gospel at the age of 18 years under the preaching of Brother Harvey Dyre, thereby becoming a member of the church of Christ. He seemed to be earnest and devoted from the start, and in after life always acted as Elder and head in the church, being well respected by the brotherhood, and all who knew him.

He was married to Marty H. Gates November 24th, 1874. To this union were born three children, one son and two daughters, William E. Cox, now of Kemper, Texas, and Miss Mae Cox, and Mrs. Ethel Fry of Burnet.

He leaves to mourn his loss a wife, one son, two daughters, two brothers and two sisters, and a host of relatives and friends, but we sorrow not as those who have no hope, for if we live faithful as he did, we may hope to meet again where partings will be no more.

The funeral services were conducted by Brother R. T. Howell. His brothers and sisters, and all of the relatives, were present at the funeral, except the writer, who was sick at the time, and not able to be present.

His brother, G. Cox

COX, Mrs Emma - Dec 1904

Burnet Bulletin, 8 Dec 1904

Mrs. Emma Cox died at the home of her father, J. C. Gibson, last Friday morning, of pulmanory trouble, and was buried at the Odd Fellow's Cemetery, Rev. F. R. Keele officiating. The Bulletin extends condolence to the bereaved relatives.

Cox, Mary E. &endash; 29 Feb 1908
From the Burnet Bulletin, 19 Mar 1908

To the Memory of Mrs. Mary E. Cox

On Saturday night at 10:30 o'clock, Feb. 29, 1908, the Death Angel passed this way and took from our midst a true and noble woman, Mrs. Mary E. Cox, after a long illness of bodily pain and suffering. ÉDuring her sickness she often spoke of dying. She said, "I know I must go and if it be the Lord's will to take me, I am ready and willing to go. I only regret to leave my children." And, indeed, it was a painful thought that her children must be left in this world without either father or mother, her husband having crossed the chilly waters of death several years ago.

Mrs. Mary E. Cox was born in Burnet County May 14, 1860, was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Greer, Sr. On December 18, 1881 she was married to Mr. Andy Cox of Lampasas county. There was born into their union four children. They resided in Lampasas county during her lifetime, when left a widow she came to make her home with her parents.

Éshe leaves behind her to mourn her untimely death four children: Mrs. Dellie Eddie, and Wilson Cox of Beaumont, Texas, and Miss Alice and Tom Cox of Mahomet; five brothers and sisters, Mrs. Mattie McAndrew of Beaumont, Mrs. Alice Gipson of Hyton, J. C. Greer of Burnet, Mrs. I. J. Clark and James Greer of Mahomet, with a host of other relatives and many warm friends.

ÉDrs. Atkinson of Florence and Simmons of Liberty Hill did all in their power to arrest the disease but the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. ÉAt the Sycamore CemeteryÉshe was laid quietly to rest Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock.

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CRAWFORD, Mrs. R.M. , March 1903

Burnet Bulletin, 12 March, 1903, in Bertram Briefs

Mrs. R. M. Crawford, wife of W. G. Crawford of the Mt. Zion neighborhood died Friday night last of consumption of which she had been a sufferer for years.  Mrs. Crawford was 35 years of age, and the family had only resided here since Nov. last, coming to this section from Hunt county in hopes that she might regain her health.  The change proved of no benefit and she gradually grew worse until the end came.  She leaves a heart broken husband and 3 small children to mourn their great loss.

CROFT, A. M. (17 Oct 1824 - 22 July 1903)

Burnet Bulletin, July 30, 1903; From Barry Caraway

Mr. A. M. Croft of the Bluffton neighborhood, died at his home last Wednesday night. He was very old and an exceptionally good man. His body was interred with Masonic honors, and a number of Masons from this place assisted in the ceremony. His death marks the departure of another of our older citizens who are slowly but gradually passing away. A few more years and the last of them shall have passed to the great beyond. The Bulletin shall take pleasure in publishing an obituary of Mr. Croft, and we ask some of his friends to furnish same.

CROOKS, Maggie Alice - 1 March 1975

Burnet Bulletin, 6 March 1975

Mrs. Maggie Alice Crooks, 79, who resided near Bertram, died Saturday, March 1, 1975, at her home. Mrs. Crooks was born Nov. 13, 1895, in Burnet County. Her parents were Will and Mary Jane Glaspy. She was a lifelong resident of Burnet County, and a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Crooks was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Henry Crooks, who died July 10, 1944, and by two daughters, Mrs. Irene Ray, and Ada Katherine Crooks.

Services for Mrs. Crooks were held Monday, March 3, at the Clements Chapel with Dr. Robert M. Shelton officiating. Interment followed at the Mt. Zion Cemetery under the direction of Clements Funeral Home.

Survivors include two sons, Jack Crooks of Burnet, and James Crooks of Houston; five daughters, Margarete Williams of Houston, Mary Key of Florence, Nita Stetson of Walnut Creek, Calif., Ruth Johnson of Austin, and Dorothy Hallmark of Kingsland; four brothers, John Glaspy of Bertram; Wes Glaspy of Burnet; and Henry and Robert Glaspy, both of Austin; two sisters, Mrs. John Reeves of San Antonio, and Mrs. Maymie Griffin of Austin; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Milton Ruble, Bob Brewer, Stanley Ringstaff, Beauford Rowney, Charlie Bowmer, and Sam Taylor.

CROWNOVER, A. W. M. (25 March 1856 - 14 June 1926)

Burnet Bulletin, June 17, 1926 - From Barry Caraway

A. W. M. Crownover, a prominent citizen of Marble Falls, died at his home in that place Monday afternoon. He is survived by his widow and one child, by a former marriage, Mrs. A. Rankin Johnson of Pennsyivania, who reached her father's bedside before his death. Mr. Crownover was held in high esteem by all who knew him and his death is deeply regretted by numerous friends. The Bulletin joins in extending condolence to the bereaved relatives.

CULBERSON, Dr. A. J. (1836-1899)

Burnet Bulletin, May 11, 1899; From Barry Caraway

Dr. A. J. Culberson, an old citizen of Burnet, died at Bluffton, of a complication of diseases. He was about 68 years old. Dr. Culberson was a Missourian by birth, and had lived in Burnet county a long time in the practice of his profession. He was a man of rugged honesty, blunt in his manner, but full of the milk of human kindness. Some three or four years ago, he was confirmed in the Episcopal church, had been a Mason many years, and was buried with the honors of that order. So far as we know, he leaves but one child, Charley; his wife preceding him to the grave eight or ten years ago. Peace to the memory of an honest man!

CULTON, Amanda M. (1852 - 16 Dec 1925)

Burnet Bulletin, Dec 24, 1925, contributed by Barry Caraway

Mrs. N. Culton Called By Death.

Mrs. N. Culton died at this place last Wednesday night. December 16th, 1925. The body was interred Thursday in the Old Cemetery, Rev. Peak, Presbyterian minister from Austin, conducting the ceremony assisted by Rev. Prince of Llano, Rev. C. C. McKinney of Burnet and Rev. Truett Blaylock of Burnet. Mrs. Culton had been ill for a long time and her death was not unexpected. At the time of her death she was in her seventy-fourth year.

Mrs. Culton had been a resident of Burnet County for more than 50 years. The writer first knew this good woman when she resided in the Mt. Blanc community. When a boy I frequently visited in her home and always found her a loving mother to her children, a faithful wife, a kind and hospitable friend to her neighbors, and always pleasant and forbearing to little children. Mrs. Culton was a devout member of the Presbyterian Church and took a great interest in its welfare.

Deceased is survived by the following children: Mrs. Jesse Ellett of Burnet, Mrs. Doc Ellett of Burnet, Dave Culton of the Lake Victor community, Woods Culton of the Fairland community, Mrs. Mayfield of Ft Worth, Newton Culton of Burnet, Mrs. Stark of Luling and Charley Culton of the Burnet community. All of them are highly regarded in the community in which they reside. She is also survived by numerous other relatives and hundreds of friends in Burnet County.

The Bulletin joins others in extending sincere sympathy to the bereaved children in their sad loss.

Burnet Bulletin, Dec. 24, 1925 - Transcribed By Barry Caraway

In Memorium

Impressive funeral services for the late Mrs. Amanda M. Curry Culton, who died Wednesday, December the 16th at 10:20 p. m. were conducted at the Presbyterian Church Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. C. P. Peak, Presbyterian minister of Austin conducting the services. Reverend C. C. McKinney pastor of the Methodist church and Wesley Prince, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Llano, assisting in the services, with Reverend Mr. Blaylock, pastor of the Baptist Church and Miss Fan Chamberlain leading the song service

A splendid choir, composed of representatives of all the churches gave a beautiful song service, with Miss Kate Blackburn accompanist. A large number of relatives and friends were present attesting the high esteem in which deceased was held.

Mrs. Culton was born in Richmond, Virginia, April 2, 1850, and with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Curry, moved to Lexington Virginia, where they resided for eighteen years and where Mrs. Culton was graduated from a female Academy of that place. In 1872 the Curry family came to Texas and located in Burnet County.

In 1875 Mr. and Mrs. Culton were married and for years occupied the old home east of Burnet, where all their children were born and reared except the youngest son. Mr. Culton died in 1919.

Surviving relatives of Mrs. Culton are two sisters and two half brothers. One sister and brother reside in California and the other sister, Mrs. R. M. McMillan of Fredonia and Mr. J. A. Curry, brother, of Manchaca, Texas. Other relatives of her immediate family are nineteen grandchildren and four sons and four daughters as follows: Mrs. Jesse Ellett, Mrs. J. M. Mayfield of Ft. Worth, Mrs. Doc Ellett, Mrs. A. T. Stark of Seguin, the sons are Dave, Woods, Charles and Newt Culton all of Burnet county.

In the death of Mrs. Culton the community loses an exemplary Christian citizen, her sons and daughters a devoted Christian mother. Mrs. Culton united with the Southern Presbyterian Church in the early years of her young womanhood and up to the time of her death was actively engaged in church work, giving generously of her time and means for sustaining and the advancement of the little church she loved so well.

For years Mrs. Culton was a member of the Woman's Auxiliary of the Church, and the entire membership of the Society are deeply grieved and realize the distinct loss to their society. Her devoted sons and daughters were her constant attendants during the long weeks of suffering and cared for her with loving solicitude and in the years to come it will be a sacred memory to them, to know they had the sweet privilege of administering to her.

A few days before her death she said to the writer, "I have fought the good fight, I have kept the faith and I long to go home. " May all her loved ones meet her in that heavenly home.

The funeral services were concluded at the graveside, the new-made mound literally covered with flowers, and there beside the husband of her youth she rests till the resurrection day. Active pallbearers were Messrs. C. V. Perey, Jake Clements, Chas. Craddock, Joe Norris, James Tarver, honorary pallbearers were Capt. G. Sherraro; Messrs., W. C. Galloway, Sorrels, Richard, T. H. Hammond, Wllis Smith, G. A. Riggs, Mrs. C. C. McKinney and Blaylock and Dr. Williamson and Dr. Howell. A FRIEND

CUMMINGS, Isaac - 12 Feb 1927

Burnet Bulletin, 17 Feb 1927

Mr. Isaac Cummings died at his home in Dalhart, Texas, on Saturday night, Feb. 12. He had been seriously ill in a hospital since the 23rd of December.

Mr. Cummings was born and reared in Burnet County and lived in this section a good portion of his life, and had many friends who will deeply regret to hear of his death. He spent last winter in Burnet, hoping to be benefited in health.

Mr. Cummings was a noble Christian gentleman, a faithful husband and father and loving brother. The Bulletin joins other friends of the family in extending sympathy to the bereaved family.

CUMMINGS, Maud - 6 Feb 1938

Abstracted from the Burnet Bulletin, 17 Feb 1938

Maud Cummings died 6 Feb 1938. She is survived by her husband, Noel Cummings, three sons, Arrol and Littleton of Dalhart and Rufus of Wyoming; 2 brothers, Frank Gunn of San Marcos, Worth Gunn of Hoovers Valley; four sisters, Mrs. Frank Fluitt of Hoovers Valley, Mrs. Emma Faubion of Marble Falls, Mrs. Mabel Crow and Mrs. Lizzie Davis of South Texas.

CUMMINS, Adam Rankin - 18 Feb. 1959

Burnet Bulletin, 26 Feb 1959

Adam Rankin Cummins, 70, a resident of Agua Dulce for 40 years, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, after a short illness.

Funeral services were held at Agua Dulce at 9:30 a.m., Friday in the Moyer Mortuary Chapel in Alice. The Rev. David Robertson, minister of the Methodist Church in Agua Dulce, officiated. Masonic burial rites by the Burnet Masonic Lodge were held at the graveside in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery at 5:00 p.m. with the Edgar Funeral Home in charge of the burial.

Mr. Cummins was born at Burnet, October 27, 1888. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Cummins. He left Burnet when a young man. He was superintendent of the Agua Dulce schools for seven years. He served as City Secretary and Justice of the Peace at that place and was also manager of a cotton gin.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Nora Cummins of Agua Dulce, a son, A. R. Cummins, Jr., of Sinton; a daughter, Mrs. Reba Widran of Waukegan, Ill., three sisters, Mrs. Lillie Kinser, Mrs. Vivian Crow and Mrs. Wanda Foster all of Burnet.

Two grandchildren, Kathy and Adam Rankin, III, also survive.

CUMMINS, Lenora - 6 Nov 1975

Burnet Bulletin, 13 Nov 1975

Mrs. Lenora Bessie Cummins, 83, 820 E. Lewis Drive, Sinton, passed away Thursday afternoon, Nov. 6, 1975, at a Burnet nursing home. She was born March 4, 1892 in Burnet County.

She was a member of the Methodist Church, a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter in Alice, and a retired school teacher.

Mrs. Cummins is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Reba Cummins Widran of Kaneohe, Hawaii; one son, Adam Rankin Cummins, Jr., of Sinton; two sisters, Mrs. Willie Hereford of Manteca, Calif., and Mrs. Thelana Yena of Manteca, Calif.; two grand-children; and one great-grandchild.

Graveside services were held Friday afternoon, Nov. 7, at 2:30 p.m. in the Odd Fellows Cemetery with T. A. Fowler officiating. Interment was under the direction of the Edgar Funeral Directors.

Pallbearers were Clyde Debo, Lehman Jennings, Melvin Kincheloe, J. T. Clark, Bryan Kincheloe, and A. F. Foster.

DANE, Margaret Ann Benson - 10 March 1933

Marble Falls Messenger, 23 March 1933

Mrs. M. A. Dane died at the home of her son, Mose Benson, in Marble Falls, Texas, March 10, 1933. Her maiden name was Malinda Cordel. She was born near Click in Llano County in 1849. When she was about 10 years of age she was captured by Indians and held in captivity for 18 months. She was traded back to the government at Sherman, Texas, and later restored to her family, that had moved near Austin. She had many stories to relate of her experiences among the Indians.

She was married to J. M. Benson and to this union three children were born. Mose Benson is the only one of these living. Mrs. Dosey Benson who recently lived here was the wife of another son.

Later Mrs. Benson was married to Bill Madgling and one son, Henry, lives at Artesia Wells, Texas. Later married Will Dane who will be remembered by people of this section, but who has been dead for several years. Mrs. Dane had been blind for forty-eight years and had learned to do many things that were difficult for the blind. She was converted in early life and united with the Baptist Church and had held membership with the Marble Falls Baptist Church for several years. Loved the Lord's House and his work and was formerly a beautiful singer, it is said by those who knew her. She was a favorite with the people who knew her and will be greatly missed by her friends and relatives. She was buried in the Marble Falls Cemetery. Rev. E. S. Cornelius was assisted in the service by Rev. J. H. Thompson. May the Lord comfort those who sorrow and may the example of trust and faith that "Grandma" Dane, as she was known to her friends be an encouragement to all.

--E. S. Cornelius

DAUGHERTY, Agnes (Warren) - 17 Jan 1907

Source: Doris Johnston, 16 Nov 1998 (green text was updated Sept 2004)

"Agnes (Warren) Daugherty died January 17, 1907, age 88 years. Farewell, dear mother, sweet thy rest, Weary with years and worn with pain, Farewell, till in some happy place We shall behold thy face again. 'Tis ours to miss thee, all our years, And tender memories of thee keep Thine in the Lord to rest, for so, He giveth his beloved sleep." --from funeral card

Both Agnes and her husband Robert Hiram Daugherty are buried in the old part of Burnet's Odd Fellows Cemetery, according to Miss Maude Daughtery, daughter of William Jasper "Uncle Bill" Daughterty, in a letter dated 1965. A tombstone was placed on the site in 2001. An infant was buried with them. Maude did not know its name or age and said the family Bible was buried with Agnes. Maude was present when her grandma died at the home of her daughter Harriet Samford, where she had been staying for some weeks before her death. Uncle Bill and Aunt Kate sent Maude out to help Harriet just a few days before Grandma died, east of the Pebble Mound community; Maude was 18 years old. It is the house where Annie May Samford Cowan was born.

DAVIS, Clarissa L. - 4 June 1906

Burnet Bulletin, 21 June 1906

In Memorium. The decrees of God are founded in wisdom and from His judgements there is no appeal. The awful decree has gone forth sentencing to death all of Adam's race and all human experience bears testimony to its truth.

The subject of this sketch, Mrs. Clarissa L. Davis, daughter of Thomas and Catharine Farnaworth, was born on the 10th day of Feby. 1825 at Buckhannon, Upshur Co., W.Va. Joined the Methodist Church when 18 years of age, and was married to John Davis on the 20th day of June 1847, in her native town by Gideon Martin, minister of the M. E. Church--was the mother of eight children, four of whom survive her.

She had the satisfaction of living to see one of her sons, Philip Z. Davis, achieve national fame as a mechanical engineer and inventor. Mrs. Davis died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dave Barton, about 5 o'clock Monday morning, June the 4th, 1906, surrounded by her faithful devoted children. She was conscious to the last, and when she knew that the end was near, requested her children not to grieve for her and not to wear mourning when she was gone. She died in the full triumph of that faith which had been her unfailing support in all the trials and sorrows through whichy she had passed. She lived to the advanced age of 81 years, 3 m onths 24 days and the last 40 years of that time in Burnet County.

Grandma Davis, as everybody affectionately called her, was a woman of remarkable strength of character, her classic features and dignified demeanor marked her as a high bred woman. Her breadth of mind, accurate judgement and reverence for everything that is pure and good made her a safe counsellor for her children. The high esteem in which she was held was attested by the great concourse of people that assembled at Shady Grove to pay the last sad tribute of respect the the lifeless body as it was returned "to the dust as it was." The writer was acquainted with Mrs. Davis and her family for 37 years and therefore is able to say truthfully, that he never knew a woman to approach mm ore nearly to the ideal than did she. Yet she was not perfect--no flesh can be perfect. But her faults were so few and so little, when compared with her many virtues, they fade out of view like Pleiades before the glowing orb of day.

Now to the bereaved children and grandchildren let me say, the sublime character which is bequeathed to you is more inspiring than storied urn--more endearing than sculptured marble.

Peace to her ashes and honor to her memory.

J.T.M. Burnet Texas, June 11th, 1906

DAWSON, Alice Stinnett (1869 - 1 May 1947)

Burnet Bulletin, May 15, 1947 - From Barry Caraway(Nephew)

Mrs. Alice Dawson

Mrs. Alice Dawson died at her home at 64 Anthony St., Austin, on Thursday, May 1. She was born in Burnet County, December 12, 1869, the oldest daughter of George and Jane Stinnett. She was married to John Dawson, in 1885, and lived many years in various parts of Burnet county.

She is survived by two sons, Morris Dawson of Seguin and Ralph Dawson of Austin; six daughters, Mrs. F. A. Saxon, Mrs. A. W. Kinser, Mrs. William J. Tucker, Mrs. R. M. Johnson and Mrs. Tim Dorsett, all of Austin, and Mrs. Edwards Etter of Sherman; two brothers, Jim Stinnett of Hull, and John Stinnett of Odem; one sister, Mrs. Florence Lewis of Austin.

Funeral services were held at the Hyltin Funeral Home, Friday, May 2, at 10 a. m. with Walter McCaslin officiating. Pallbearers were: L. C. Fox, Dr. F. C. Lewis, Clark Jeffries, Alfred Saxon, Carol Cain, and Billy Tucker. Burial was in Memorial Park beside her husband who died last September 18th. A Niece, Mrs. L. C. Fox, 205 Caney St. Austin 22, Texas.

DAWSON, Henry Jefferson - Aug 1909

Marble Falls Messenger, Aug 26, 1909;

From Barry Caraway--(Henry Jefferson Dawson Is My GG Grandfather)

Another Landmark Gone.

H. J. Dawson, Esq., for many years a resident of this place was taken violently ill at the breakfast table last Sunday morning and died before the sun went down the same day. His remains were interred in the City Cemetery Monday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, in the presence of many sorrowing relatives and friends. Rev. Wagoner, pastor of the Christian church conducted the funeral services.

Mr. Dawson was born in Northern Alabama in 1835 and came to Texas in 1853. He was married to Miss Mary Peppers in 1857 who still survives him. Three children, Dr. I. J. and John Dawson and Mrs. W. P. Lester, are living.

Deceased served through the Confederate war in Governor Ireland's regiment. After the war he came to Burnet County and settled, and has lived here ever since. He was a consistent Christian and had been a member of the Baptist church some forty years or more. He was a good citizen, a kind father and a devoted husband.

Only last month he attended the Confederate Re-Union at Fredricksburg, but said then that he feared it would be his last. He stood the trip well and said he enjoyed the meeting. He was Quartermaster General of the Mountain Remnant Brigade at the time of his death.

The Messenger extends sympathy to the bereaved relatives and friends.

Burnet Bulletin, Sept 2, 1909

Henry Jefferson Dawson

H. J. Dawson Dead.

H. J. Dawson, a resident of this county for more than forty years, died very suddenly at his home in Marble Falls Sunday.

Mr. Dawson was well known in this section and very prominent in Confederate Reunion circles, He was a good man and highly regarded by all who knew him. The Bulletin extends condolence to the bereaved relatives.

DAWSON, Capt. Ira J. (2 May 1874 - 19 June 1926)

Marble Falls Messenger, June 24, 1926 - From Barry Caraway (Nephew)

Dr. Ira Dawson Dead

Friends in Marble Falls were shocked yesterday when the news came that Dr. Ira J. Dawson was dead. His death was due to an attack of appendicitis. Dr. Dawson was reared in Marble Falls and was loved by everybody. For several years he practiced medicine here and was regarded as one of the best physicians the town has ever had. He was a veteran of the Spanish-American War. At the time of his death he lived in Somerville. He is survived by his wife one daughter and one son. The funeral will be held at McDade tomorrow afternoon.

DEBO, Rev. C. - 20 Oct 1898

--from the microfilmed Burnet Bulletin, available at the Herman Brown Free Library

20 Oct 1898. Death of a Christian Gentleman.

With much sorrow this paper records the passing away, on last Sunday, after many weeks of suffering, of Rev. C. Debo, in the 53rd or 54th year of his age, from inflammation of the stomach and bowels. Seven or eight years ago, he received something like a sunstroke, and has never been well since. He met his death patiently and calmly, having lived a humble, consistent Christian life that left no room for fear of the future.

Mr. Debo was a preacher of the gospel as taught by the Methodist brethren; an eccentric man who did not court popularity, but a just, good man, husband, father and citizen.

When a mere boy, he enlisted as a Confederate soldier in the 26th Virginia Infantry, and was in nearly all of the terrible battles of the incomparable army from the First Manassas to the engagement a short while before the surrender--we think at Richmond--in which his foot was partially crushed by a shell. He had one or two brothers killed from his regiment. If written out, his experience of four years would read like a table and be a rich inheritance to his descendants. As he hobbled out of battle with his gun for a crutch, he met General Lee, who dropped some words of inquiry and sympathy, and that was the last he ever saw of the great commander. He has at times furnished this paper several interesting sketches of his army life, and often would tell the writer, he was afraid to give all his experience lest it might not be believed.

Rest, brave veteran! Your last roll-call will be in Heaven. God will care for thy widow and orphans.

DEGGES, Infant Boy - Oct 1882

Burnet Bulletin, Oct. 1882, contributed by Barry Caraway

We sympathize with Mr. W. H. Degges in the loss of his infant boy, age 11 months, of bowel disease. It died on the 2nd instant.

DENNIS, Etta Francis (20 May 1869 - 25 Dec 1946)

Source and Date Unknown; Submitted by Marcheta Ray Jones

Etta Francis Dennis was born May 20, 1869, at Falkville, Alabama, the daughter of John and Cynthia Francis. She came to Texas in 1881 and to Burnet County, in 1884 and lived in the Sunny Lane Community where on Dec. 24, 1889 she married Tom Dennis. One child was born to them, dying in infancy. They lived near Sunny Lane until 1906, when they moved to Burnet, where Mr. Dennis passed away, January 16, 1935. Mrs. Dennis' brother, Len Francis, made his home with her until his death, three years ago.

Mrs. Dennis was converted at an early age and united with the Methodist Church, to which faith she held firm to her death. Her husband, Tom, was Supt. of the Methodist Sunday School for a number of years and active in the church until his death.

She passed away suddenly, Dec. 25, 1946, and is survived by one sister, Mrs. Dick Berry, Hobart, Oklahoma, and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was held Dec. 26, at 2:00, with Rev. Manley conducting the services, with Denton Farquhar, John Kirkpatrick, Edwin Francis, Pate Dennis, and Joe Spradling active pallbearers.

She was laid to rest in the Cobble Cemetery. north of Burnet beside her beloved husband.

[Transcriber's Note: Mrs. Dick Berry is Sarah Elizabeth Francis Berry, wife of A. N. "Dick" Berry]

DENNIS, Robert Benjamin (1868 - 22 Dec 1941)

Burnet Bulletin, Jan 1, 1942; From Barry Caraway

R. B. Dennis Called By Death

R. B. Dennis, following a prolonged illness was called by death at his home in Burnet on December 22nd, 1941. The funeral service was held at the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. J. H. Estes, pastor of the Methodist church at this place, and Rev. J. E. Fuller, pastor of the Lampasas Methodist church and former pastor here. Miss Fan Chamberlain of San Angelo was in charge of the music. Burial was at Odd Fellows Cemetery, with the W. Northington Funeral Home in charge. The pallbearers were: Harry Galloway, Ballard Dorbandt, Earl Foulds, George Lamon, Dob Warden, Bill Chamberlain, V. P. Gibbs and Denton Farquhar. The flower girls were: Mrs. Joe Phillips, Mrs. Bill Hearne, Mrs. Pete Elliott and Mrs. Dick Huettel.

R. B. Dennis was born August 12, 1868, in Alabama, and in the same year moved with his family to Texas. In 1875 they moved to Burnet county from Williamson county and settled in the Sunny Lane community. He was united in marriage to Miss Hattie Belle Fletcher, and in 1893 they moved to the town of Burnet. Mrs. Dennis was called by death in 1917. Two children survive Mr. Dennis, Miss Hattie Belle of Burnet, and Curtis of Houston. He is also survived by three sisters, Mrs. Bettie Campbell of Lake Victor, Mrs. Lou Spradling of Lake Victor, and Mrs. Jim Farquhar of Lampasas.

Until illness forced his retirement a few months ago, Mr. Dennis, with the exception of M. G. Schnabel, had been in business in Burnet longer than any other citizen of the community-embracing a period of more than 48 years. During this time he built up a reputation for honesty and fair-dealing with his fellowmen that has never been surpassed by any other citizen. He was recognized as one of the pillars of the Methodist church here for more than two score years. Bob Dennis was a man of strong convictions and practiced what he preached. He did his own thinking and could not be shaken from that which he thought was right. He took the moral side of every issue and by word and deed championed his beliefs regardless of personal consequences. He had the spirit of our pioneer forefathers and had he lived in the days when men suffered martyrdom for their conscience sake, Bob Dennis would have been among that number.

The Bulletin joins many, many other friends in extending the fullest measure of sympathy to the bereaved daughter and son. Peace to his memory!

DENNIS, William Thomas - (1870 - 1935)

Burnet Bulletin, Date unknown; Contributed by Marcheta Ray Jones

W. T. Dennis was born September 28th, 1870, in Williamson County, Texas; died January 16th, 1935 at his home in Burnet.

The body was interred in the Cobble Cemetery, north of Lake Victor, Rev. Hester, pastor of the Burnet Methodist Church officiating. Northington - Gamel of this place had charge of the funeral arrangements. The pallbearers were: Ed Spradling, John Kirkpatrick, Dee Dennis, Joe Spradling, Will Spradling, and Denton Farquhar.

With his parents, Mr. Dennis moved to Burnet County in 1874. On December 24th, 1888, he was united in marriage to Miss Etta Francis, who survives him. He is also survived by three sisters, Mrs. B. F. Spradling and Mrs. J. S. Farquhar of Lake Victor, and Mrs. Betty Campbell of Briggs, and two brothers, W. S. Dennis of Naruna section and R. B. Dennis of Burnet.

Mrs. and Mrs. Dennis moved to the town of Burnet in 1906 and had lived continuously at this place until his death. He first started work for Badger-King Co., and remained with the firm through its various changes of ownership until it discontinued business a year or two ago. During this time he built up an enviable reputation for honesty and square dealing, having the confidence and friendship of every one in this section of Burnet County.

Mr. Dennis was a faithful and consistent member of the Methodist Church, and lived his religion as every one should do. He was absolutely honest and his word was as good as a bond. Not many men have lived at this place in whom the general public had such confidence as was held by Tom Dennis. Quiet and unobtrusive in his contact with his fellowmen, he lived a life and left a name that is respected and honored by all who know him.

The Bulletin joins in extending sympathy to the bereaved wife, sisters, and brothers.



It is now many years since I became acquainted with the Dennis family away back in 1888 or 1890, there about. We were new comers to this country and the impressions made on my mind of a new country, new ways and strange, still remain with me.

Our new home was about four miles from Sunny Lane so Sunny Lane was our post office, our church and our country store. At the church I got acquainted with the Dennis family. R. B. and Tom were young and unmarried, I remember their father very well for his earnest prayers and singing.

We moved from that neighborhood later, so did they.

When the Landon family moved to Burnet and I with them, I was delighted to find in our church family my former friends and old neighbors, one of them especially, my Sunday school pupil, Hattie Fletcher Dennis, wife of R. B. In Burnet I got more in touch with Tom in the store in which he served so faithfully and so long, but more especially in the church. He was such a good old stand by. He was a steward in our church and was Sunday School Superintendent for many years. He stood always for the pure and good, no off and on church attender, but always in his place. You knew where to find him. Personally I have lost a friend and we could ill spare him in the church.

Robbie Burns said, "An honest man is the noblest work of God", and Tom was that.

We are sorry for his wife and his home is so empty without him, but before so very long we expect to meet him and shake glad hands where there is no farewell spoken.

Rachel A. Smith [Apparently a family friend]

DICKERSON, G. A. (3 Aug 1869 - 2 July 1916)

Marble Falls Messenger, July 6, 1916; From Barry Caraway

G. A. Dickerson, a man about 40 years of age, died here last Monday. Deceased was a citizen of Marble Falls some years ago, but until recently had been making his home in Travis County. Mr. Dickerson had been in ill health for several months, having fallen a victim to tuberculosis following a hurt. Interment took place at the City Cemetery. Rev. W. Shook of Llano, a Primitive Baptist minister, conducted the funeral service. Deceased is survived by a wife, mother, sister and brother. The Messenger joins in extending sympathy to those who are left behind to mourn his demise.

DODD, Martha (Dodds) (1823 - 29 May 1901)

Burnet Bulletin, June 13, 1901; From Barry Caraway

Gone To Rest

Grandmother Dodd, consort of A. C. Dodd, passed from earth to her reward in heaven at 6 o'clock on the morning of May 29th, 1901. She was 78 years old. A devoted Christian, kind and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She had been a member of the Bethel Baptist church for a number of years.

Her sufferings were intense at times, for months, but she bore them all with Christian fortitude and patience to the end. During her last illness she said she was "tired and wanted to rest"; this weary life had lost all charms and she wished to "pass over the River and rest under the shade of the trees". We ought to be thankful to our God she is freed from all the trails, cares and perplexities of this life. Dear friends we should not weep as those who have no hope, but feel assured if we are children of God, we shall soon meet her in that home beyond where Christ is.



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