FIRST Grave in Barbee Cemetery - Edna Hill, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 31° 59.261 W 098° 19.792
14R E 563306 N 3539266
Quick Description: A small granite plaque stands at the base of the headstone marking the final resting place of Sydney Barbee, noting that his was the first grave in the cemetery, back in 1859.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 11/6/2020 9:20:01 PM
Waymark Code: WM13C9H
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member model12
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Long Description:
As noted by the cemetery sign, Sydney's father, Jones Barbee, established this cemetery in 1863. This was likely family land on which burials of family and friends or neighbors took place before Barbee actually decided to turn an informal burial ground into an actual cemetery. There are a few burials from 1861-1862, including a young man who was killed by the Comanche. While Sydney's burial took place in 1859, there's also a modern headstone for a Russell infant from around 1850, possibly moved here from elsewhere.

The cemetery's maintenance is outstanding, especially for a small community like Edna Hill, itself populated by only a few dozen people today, with the nearest big city being Dublin, with just a few thousand in population there. There are many older headstones like this one that have been worn by time and the elements, and the caretakers have placed these modern gray footstones to facilitate identification. Sydney Barbee's reads:

Sydney Barbee
First Grave in
Barbee Cemetery

Nov. 25, 1849
Dec. 5, 1859


This boy is buried in a row with his parents, Jones and Francis Barbee, and his headstone is still legible. "Gone Home" is above a hand which points Heavenward, and the inscription reads:


Son of
J. & F.

Nov. 25,
1849, Died
Dec 5, 1859.

FIRST - Classification Variable: Person or Group

Date of FIRST: 12/5/1859

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