OLDEST Recorded Grave in Duffau Cemetery - Duffau, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 32° 03.830 W 098° 00.467
14S E 593657 N 3547941
Quick Description: A 1997 Texas Historical Marker at Duffau Cemetery notes that the oldest grave in the cemetery is that of Nancy Shipman, who was buried here in 1865.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 1/16/2021 9:25:50 PM
Waymark Code: WM13NMP
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member model12
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Long Description:
Mrs. Shipman's marble headstone is broken, flat on its back, with some bits of it and its base underneath. The inscription reads:

Nancy E.

Wife of
J.M. Shipman.

Dec. 26, 1843.

Jan. 3, 1865.


The historical marker provides some background:

Francis T. Duffau was among the early settlers who arrived in the late 1850s to farm in this community. The Duffau post office was authorized in 1860. Duffau became a thriving trade center but later declined after suffering several disastrous fires and being bypassed by the railroad. The nearby Duffau mineral wells became a health resort, attracting people to the area. A separate post office was in operation at Duffau Wells in 1884. H. B. and Eliza Hollis sold land to the Duffau School District in 1884; the Duffau School merged with Hico schools in 1960. Church of Christ, Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches served the community for many years.

The oldest recorded grave in the Duffau Cemetery is that of Nancy Shipman in 1865. Jacob and N.E. McCarty deeded five acres of land for cemetery purposes in 1874. Among the more than 950 marked graves are those of veterans of the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Korean War, as well as members of a number of fraternal organizations.

The Duffau Cemetery Association was formed in 1958, and a trust fund was established in 1964 to help maintain the graveyard. The cemetery continues to serve Duffau and the surrounding communities.
FIRST - Classification Variable: Person or Group

Date of FIRST: 1/3/1865

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