TX Cemetery visits, Labor Day Weekend 2021, Bosque County, TX

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Pvt. William H. Findley, Co. A, 18th Texas Infantry. 7fold3 pages. He enlisted and mustered-in at age 19 on April 5, 1862 for 3 years. There are gaps in his records. He was "Present" on the Sept/Oct 1862 Company Muster Roll and "On extra duty May 5 Teamster". He was "Present" on the Jan/Feb 1864 CMR and "On extra duty Ord. Dept.". "Present" as a Teamster on the November and December 1862 Regimental Returns. "Present" on the April 1865 RR "On Extra or Daily Duty: Brig. Teamster 24 Feb/'65 S.O. No. 16". I have 2 collateral ancestors in Co. K, 18th Texas Infantry. He might've known them. He filed a Pension Application on August 31, 1909, approved same day. In it he said he "Fell off a horse on the way to work in April 1906 and broke his right hip and was on crutches". He died on August 28, 1915. His widow filed a Pension Application on Oct. 9, 1915, approved Oct. 11, 1915. He and their youngest child are buried there. There are 15 "Findley"s buried there.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/18034770/william-holmes-findley


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Pvt. Samuel H. Bowen, Co. I, 4th Regiment South Carolina Infantry. 10 fold3 pages. He enlisted at age 20 on April 14, 1861 for 1 year. He mustered-in on June 7, 1861 at Columbia, SC. He is "Present" on the April - October 1861 Company Muster Rolls. He was hospitalized for anemia and discharged on a Surgeon's Certificate of Disability in January 1, 1862..."incapable of performing the duties of a soldier because of anemia..." According to NPS, the regiment was formed in 1862 so I'm not sure what action he may or may not have seen. He and wife are on the 1900 and 1910 Census in Bosque County, with he being a farmer. He died in 1918. I couldn't find a Pension Application for he or his wife. They are both buried there and no kinfolk of either are apparently buried there. He had 4 brothers who served in other SC regiments. Had to take a pic of his gravestone at an angle to keep my shadow out of it.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8878304/samuel-hunt-bowen


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James. McCabe, Co. A, 2nd Frontier District Texas. At least that's what it says on his FindAGrave memorial. I found nothing in fold3, Ancestry or NPS on his military service. He was only 14 when the war began. I know there were 3 Frontier Districts. One veteran of the 2nd Frontier District is buried in Meridian Cemetery, Bosque County which I visited last year. Here is what TSHA has on the Frontier Districts:

https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/frontier-organization

He died in 1870 at age 24. His parents and 5 siblings are also buried there. Even knowing what section of the cemetery he is buried in, his gravestone was still hard to find. It had been repaired since the picture of it on his FindAGrave memorial was taken. I need to go back and spray it. He had a brother in the 1st Texas Heavy Artillery who is buried at Bethlehem Cemetery, Whitney, Hill County. I visited his gravesite in August 2020.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/31038504/james-mccabe


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Pvt. William H. Findley, Co. A, 18th Texas Infantry. 7fold3 pages. He enlisted and mustered-in at age 19 on April 5, 1862 for 3 years. There are gaps in his records. He was "Present" on the Sept/Oct 1862 Company Muster Roll and "On extra duty May 5 Teamster". He was "Present" on the Jan/Feb 1864 CMR and "On extra duty Ord. Dept.". "Present" as a Teamster on the November and December 1862 Regimental Returns. "Present" on the April 1865 RR "On Extra or Daily Duty: Brig. Teamster 24 Feb/'65 S.O. No. 16". I have 2 collateral ancestors in Co. K, 18th Texas Infantry. he might've known them. He filed a Pension Application on August 31, 1909, approved same day. In it he said he "Fell off a horse on the way to work in April 1906 and broke his right hip and was on crutches". He died on August 28, 1915. His widow filed a Pension Application on Oct. 9, 1915, approved Oct. 11, 1915. He and their youngest child are buried there. There are 15 "Findley"s buried there.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/18034770/william-holmes-findley


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I went to high school in Waco in the early 1960's with a Richard Findley. He said the had been in Texas "forever." I wonder ...
 

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A few more pictures I took at Smith Bend-Coon Creek Cemetery. The times on my first and last pictures show that I was there for 1 hour and 40 minutes. It was 9:00am when I rolled out. That Sunday was my family's last full day together at Lake Whitney for this year and the weather was supposed to be real good all day and I needed to get back to them. That cemetery is fairly close to the one in Hill County I visited on July 4th weekend and it will be easy to make a quick pass through both on future trips to check on gravesites and spray gravestones. Thanks for looking.


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