Grave marker designs and cemetery decoration represent a variety of cultural influences that helped shape the history of Texas.
The following are just a few of those who helped settle Texas and Eastland and are residents of the Eastland City Cemetery.
CHARLES ULRICH CONNELLEE, born 1851, died 1930. Founder of Eastland. Mr. Connellee, along with partners J.B. Ammerman and J.S. Daugherty, laid out the court house and city streets and had the county seat moved from Merriman to Eastland, as the city was named for the county.
JOSIAH G. "DOC" SCURLOCK, born January 11, 1850, died July 25, 1929. Rode with BILLY THE KID during the Lincoln County Wars in New Mexico. Josiah was born in Alabama and studied medicine, earning him the nickname "Doc". He later moved to New Mexico and hired on as a cow hand with an English nobleman cattle rancher named John Tunstall. Another of the more famous cow hands was Mr. William H. Bonney, better known as "Billy the Kid". Mr. Tunstall was murdered and thus started the Lincoln County War of New Mexico. After the end of the Lincoln County War, all involved were given a pardon by the governor, except for "the Kid". "Doc" gave away his guns, except for a squirrel gun, sold a gold mine for $500.00 (later sold for $75,000.00) and moved his family to Tuscola in the Texas panhandle. Later, he and family moved to Eastland, Texas where "Doc" lived until his death in 1929. "Doc" didn't speak much of his "outlaw" days due to the many who still wanted him dead. He worked for the highway department in Eastland and wrote book reports and book reviews for students at the University of Texas.
W.P. "WILLIAM PIKE" TINDALL, born March 4, 1818, died November 25, 1901. He came to Texas in January of 1836 at 17 years of age and turned 18 shortly after arriving from New Orleans. He joined with Sam Houston and fought at the battle of San Jacinto. He was part of the MIER MEXICO expedition and the BLACK BEAN drawing that saw Captain William Eastland, who the city and county of Eastland is named for, die. Tindall spent two years in a Mexican prison after the Black Bean drawing. He moved back to Alabama and served for 6 months in the Civil War with the C.S.A. He held county offices in Alabama before returning to Texas and settling in Eastland, Texas.
H.S. "HENRY" SCHMICK, NO DATES. First Sheriff of Eastland County and served with Co E. Arkansas Inf. of the C.S.A. He and his two brothers helped to map out the streets of the city of Eastland in its beginnings.
JESSE W. HARBIN, born March 3, 1820, died October 30, 1904. He was in the 1st Alabama Infantry during the Mexican War and was in the Co 1, 23rd Reg Ga. Inf C.S.A. during the Civil War. He has both military stones, one at his head and one at his feet.
REYNOLDS, born May 28, 1846, died March 2, 1937, was a
member of the UNION FORCES during the CIVIL WAR, with Co G, 3rd Ark Cav. He was probably
part of the "MOUNTAIN TROOPS" from Arkansas that did not want to be part of the
Confederacy and hid in the Arkansas mountains and later joined the Union Forces.
SAMUEL W. ARMSTRONG; NO DATES; CO. A
TEXAS INF, C.S.A.
S.M. CARTER; NO DATES; CO. F ALABAMA CAV, C.S.A.
THOMAS J. DRAKE; NO DATES; CO. B, PHILLIPS GEORGIA, C.S.A.
HORACE H. GRAY; NO DATES; 37th TEXAS CAV, C.S.A.
HENRY HALLUM; NO DATES; CO. K, TENNESSEE INF, C.S.A.
WILLIAM B. SAMFORD; born NOV 7, 1846 died MAR 5, 1926, CO. E, 10th VIRGINIA CAV, C.S.A.
JAMES K. SCHMICK; NO DATES; CO. K, ARKANSAS CAV, C.S.A.
DANIEL N. SCURLOCK; NO DATES; CO. A, 63rd ALABAMA INF, C.S.A.
F.M. SMITH; born JAN 13, 1828 died DEC 6, 1902, 15th ALABAMA INF, C.S.A.
JOHN L. TINDALL; NO DATES; 11th MISSISSIPPI CAV, CO. G, C.S.A.
SGT. WILLIAM P. TRULY; NO DATES; 1st ARKANSAS INF, CO. B, C.S.A.
Jame Rutherford Reeves CoC, 12 U.S. Inf. , born Feb. 23, 1826 died Nov 30, 1920
There are over 4000 people buried in the Eastland Cemetery and another 500 plus buried here with only a rock marking their burial.
There are many more interesting facts about the City of Eastland and the Eastland City Cemetery that can be learned by contacting Eastland City Cemetery.
A CEMETERY DIRECTORY IS ALSO AVAILABLE, cost of $25.00 , postage included.
"BEHOLD MY FRIEND
AS YOU PASS BY
YOU ARE NOW,
SO ONCE WAS I;
AS I AM NOW,
SO YOU WILL BE,
PREPARE FOR DEATH AND FOLLOW ME"
"Brave man shot in the back by a Coward"
"Born a Scotsman, Died a Texan"
Eastland Cemetery Interment Listing
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