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Near Woodson in Young County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Tyra Graveyard - Murray Community Cemetery

 
 
Tyra Graveyard - Murray Community Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2016
1. Tyra Graveyard - Murray Community Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Pioneer residents of this area called their community Fish Creek until 1880, when a U.S. post office was established and named for the local postmaster, J.J. Murray. This cemetery dates to May 6, 1884, when the infant child of Russell and Rosa Bell Hart Tyra died and was buried on land set aside by grandparents Jesse V. and Martha Jane Higgins Tyra. A few months later, the infant child of neighbors John W. and Leona Walsh died and was buried here with the Tyra baby. J.V. and Martha Tyra officially donated the acre of land surrounding the graves for a public neighborhood graveyard in 1898. In later years, descendants of the pioneer Price and Dozier families donated additional land to increase the size of the graveyard to two acres.
     Among the interments here are those of many early settlers of this area of Young County. A large number of deaths between 1900 and 1919 are believed to be due to the worldwide influenza epidemic of that time period. Also buried here are veterans of the Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, and Vietnam. Maintained by the Murray Community Cemetery Association, the graveyard remains as a visible reminder of the community’s heritage.
 
Erected 1992 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13745.)
 
Location.
Entrance to Tyra Graveyard - Murray Community Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2016
2. Entrance to Tyra Graveyard - Murray Community Cemetery
33° 1.67′ N, 98° 52.243′ W. Marker is near Woodson, Texas, in Young County. Marker is on Murray Cemetery Road 2.6 miles south of Farm to Market Road 209, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Graham TX 76450, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Murray Methodist Church (approx. 2˝ miles away); Proffitt Cemetery (approx. 10.7 miles away); In Memory of Proffitt, Carlton, and Johnson (approx. 10.7 miles away); Indian Raid on Elm Creek, C.S.A. (approx. 10.7 miles away); Proffitt Cemetery Veterans (approx. 10.8 miles away); Common Grave (approx. 10.8 miles away); Military Road (Fort Belknap - San Antonio) (approx. 11.3 miles away); Military Road (Fort Belknap - Fort Phantom Hill) (approx. 11.3 miles away).
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
View to North on Murray Cemetery Road image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2016
3. View to North on Murray Cemetery Road
Marker and cemetery are on left (west) side of road
Tyra Graveyard - Murray Community Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2016
4. Tyra Graveyard - Murray Community Cemetery
View to west from Murray Cemetery Road
Tyra Family Plot image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2016
5. Tyra Family Plot
Headstones and grave of Baby Tyra on right side
Headstones and Grave of Baby Tyra image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2016
6. Headstones and Grave of Baby Tyra
Died May 6, 1884
First burial in cemetery
Walsh Family Plot image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2016
7. Walsh Family Plot
Headstone and grave of Stella M. Walsh on right side
Headstone and Grave of Stella M. Walsh on Right image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2016
8. Headstone and Grave of Stella M. Walsh on Right
Died October 12, 1884
Second burial in cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 2, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 187 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on April 2, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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