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OLDEST Dated Headstone in Blum Cemetery - Blum, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 32° 08.202 W 097° 23.766
14S E 651281 N 3556714
Quick Description: A Texas Historical Marker at the front of Blum Cemetery indicates that the headstone of Robert E. Lee McCullough is the oldest dated headstone in the cemetery, although earlier burials are likely to exist.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 2/18/2015 7:26:08 AM
Waymark Code: WMND52
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Mark1962
Views: 1

Long Description:
There is a photo of Robert's intact headstone at the provided link on Findagrave, but unfortunately, since that photo was taken, the headstone has been broken, obscuring the death date information. Its original inscription is:

Robert E. Lee

Son of
A. & T.A.
McCullough

Born
Jan. 6, 1873,

Died
Oct. 21, 1882

The historical marker provides some background about the cemetery:

This burial ground was established about the time the town of Blum was formed in 1881 as a stop on the newly laid track of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway. A.J. Davis (1840-1912), a local landowner, is said to have gifted the land, specifying that burial lots would be free. The oldest dated stone is that of nine-year-old Robert E. Lee McCullough, who died in 1882, but earlier burials likely exist. Area pioneers and many local veterans are among those honored here. Descendants support a perpetual care fund and an association to oversee the care of this site that chronicles the heritage of the Blum Community.
FIRST - Classification Variable: Person or Group

Date of FIRST: 10/21/1882

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