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Near Burton in Washington County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Gideon Lincecum

(1793-1874)

 
 
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By Gregory Walker, June 20, 2015
1. Gideon Lincecum Marker
Inscription. As a boy Gideon Lincecum moved with his father to various frontier sites in his native Georgia and in Mississippi. It was during this time that he developed insights about natural habitats and cultivated an understanding of Indian culture which later characterized his various scientific and social achievements.

He participated in the War of 1812, and in 1814 married Sarah Bryan. After settling near here in 1848 the self-taught Lincecum opened a medical practice. He gained a reputation for rejecting commonly-used contemporary medicines and dispensing herbal remedies instead.

As a naturalist Lincecum recorded detailed observations of a variety of flora and fauna in Texas and achieved international recognition for a long-term study of an agricultural ant common to the state. He conducted scientific research in numerous fields and for many years maintained records of the weather in Washington County for the Smithsonian Institution.

Except for a 5-year stay in Mexico during Reconstruction Lincecum lived and worked in Washington County where he completed his autobiography. Initially buried in nearby Mt. Zion Cemetery, his remains were later removed and reinterred in the Stephen F. Austin lot in the State Cemetery in Austin in 1936.
 
Erected 1993 by Texas Historical
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By Gregory Walker, June 20, 2015
2. Location of Gideon Lincecum Marker
Commission. (Marker Number 8363.)
 
Location. 30° 14.122′ N, 96° 31.824′ W. Marker is near Burton, Texas, in Washington County. Marker is on Farm to Market Road 390 south of Longpoint Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Burton TX 77835, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Waul's Texas Legion Campsite (approx. 2.6 miles away); Glenblythe Plantation, Home of Thomas Affleck (approx. 3.2 miles away); Thomas Affleck (approx. 3.6 miles away); La Bahia Road (approx. 4.2 miles away); Robert Starke Armistead (approx. 5.3 miles away); Yegua Creek (approx. 6.3 miles away); James W. Lauderdale (approx. 7.7 miles away); Somerville (approx. 7.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Gideon Lincecum article in Handbook of Texas Online. (Submitted on April 1, 2016, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.)
2. Gideon Lincecum article in Wikipedia. (Submitted on April 1, 2016, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.)
 
Categories. Science & MedicineSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2016, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 179 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 1, 2016, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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