• Family Stories They Do Matter!

    Okay, okay! I realize a lot of you hate the G word…you know, genealogy. For some reason, just the word is a turn off for a lot of people, and I don’t really understand it since genealogy is nothing more than family stories, and who doesn’t like to hear those wonderful old family stories? I know I do, and recently it was a family story told to me years ago that put a puzzle piece together for the Comanche County Genealogical Society as well as generations to come.

    Rose and Linda, trying to identify a grave

    I’ve told you that volunteers from the group are identifying every grave in the county, recording them and finding a death certificate whenever possible. But what about those unmarked graves that dot the county? If you have information on an unmarked grave, please let us know and we will get the message to the right people.

    Now, back to my story, it just so happened that I know where there is an unmarked grave in the Antioch Cemetery so when Rose Taylor and Linda Frank were ready to record Antioch, I met them at the cemetery. When I arrived, Rose had her rods, and she was “dousing” for unmarked graves.

    Wondering if she actually knew what she was doing, I pointed to Rickey’s great-grandmother’s (Carrie Brinson Lane) headstone and said, “I know there is a baby here, but I’m not sure on which side.”

    Rose grabbed her rods and checked one side of the stone and found no grave. She then went to the other side, found the grave, and noted that it was a baby girl…both absolutely correct! I must say that I was very impressed.

    Trying to discover graves outside the fence at Antioch

    And back to my original point about family stories. Rickey’s great-uncle, Rob Lane, took me to Antioch years ago and showed me the site of his sister’s* unmarked grave. Had he not taken the time to do that, no one would ever know that once there was a baby girl who was carried to the Antioch Cemetery in Comanche County, Texas.

    I suppose in the overall scheme of life that might not seem too important to people today, but to me, a life and a resting place is always worth remembering.

    *The baby girl is the daughter of Joe Neely Lane, who is buried in Big Spring.  There is no question about that. However, I believe that she is not Carrie’s daughter but of the second wife, “Lizzy.” I have no doubt that is what Rob told me, but there is always a chance that I am wrong. The reason that it has stuck with me all of these years is that I thought that it was odd that one wife’s baby was buried with the other wife.

    Today, that does not seem strange to me at all. No one wants to bury a baby by itself, and I’m sure there was at least some comfort in having Carrie beside the little girl.

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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