Sorry, We're Closed.

This blog is essentially no more. Though I have left posts here, in most cases just for the sake of genealogy, there will be no more updates. Those posts I chose to move can now be found between two of my other blogs:

Southern Graves --

Stephlin's Mountain --

28 October 2009

Sam Zumwalt's Death Certificate

I found Sam Zumwalt's death certificate at this morning. The only information I had on him prior to finding this was his name as well as the names of his parents (only his mother's first name). Working backwards pays dividends again!

Samuel A. Zumwalt died at the Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso, Texas 21 June 1969. Cause of death was bronchopneumonia. El Paso was the city Sam had lived in for 49 years. His usual place of residence was 811 West Sunset Drive.

Sam was married, and he was retired from "Southwestern Cem."

Sam was born 1 October 1884 in Lavaca County, Texas to Robert Dowling Zumwalt and Amanda Floyd.

The informant given for the above information was Eva Zumwalt. This quite possibly was Sam's wife.

Samuel A. Zumwalt was interred at Restlawn Memorial Park in El Paso, Texas 23 June 1969.

25 October 2009

Wildy Zumwalt's Hunting Accident

While searching through FindAGrave, I found a memorial (#28962256) for Wildy Zumwalt. He was a son of Thomas Zumwalt and Pauline Paul. Wildy was listed as being buried in Angus Cemetery in Alto, Lincoln County, New Mexico. His death date was 13 December 1914. I knew Wildy was born about 1896, so what caused his life to be cut short? Included on Wildy's memorial was an image of a newspaper article. Neither the name of the newspaper, nor date of the article was given. I'll have to try and locate that information. Nonetheless, here is a transcription of the article:

"Twenty-third Hunting Accident
Santa Fe, Dec 12 -- The twenty-third serious gunning accident in New Mexico this fall, resulted in the death of Wildy Zumwalt in the Capitan mountains, the fatal bullet being fired accidentally by Harry Little. The two young men while out gunning separated and coming around a little knoll Little saw what he supposed to be game moving among the pinyon brush. He discharged his gun and Zumwalt fell dead."

I've submitted a tombstone photo request.

24 October 2009

Tracy Prine Fletcher, a Grand Aunt She Was

We lost my Grand Aunt Trace a few days ago. She was the daughter of Sam and Cora Watts Prine, and the wife of Raymond Fletcher. Her funeral was scheduled for this afternoon.

Most of my few visits with Aunt Trace were when I was younger. She left an imprint on my heart, however. I remember a strong woman who said what she meant, meant what she said, and didn't mind sharing her opinion. I also remember a loving and hard-working woman who took care of her own, and did it well.

She was a well-liked fixture in her hometown of Ava, Missouri and will be missed by many.

We love you, Aunt Trace! Please give hugs and kisses to Cindy for me.

16 October 2009

Isaac & Elver Zumwalt

My death record focus is already starting to pay off. I have found information and sources for Isaac and Elver Zumwalt. The photo here is from their gravestone found at Nichols Cemetery in Ingram, Kerr County, Texas. Aren't they a cute couple? My thanks to Kelli Smythe who took the photos, posted them to FindAGrave, and gave me permission to post them here.

According to the gravestone, Elver was born 23 April 1891 and died 5 December 1980. Isaac was born 24 October 1886 and died 10 October 1965, a little more than 44 years ago. These death dates are further bolstered by the Social Security Death Index.

I also found Isaac's death certificate at From that, I gleaned several items: Isaac's full name was Isaac William Zumwalt. He was born 24 October 1886 in Lavaca County, Texas to William C. Zumwalt and Susan Miller. Before his death, Isaac was a rancher and resided in Ingram, Kerr County, Texas. He died at 8:50AM, 10 October 1965 at the Kerrville State Hospital in Kerr County, Texas. The cause of death was arteriosclerosis heart disease. Isaac was buried 12 October 1965 in Nichols Cemetery; Ingram, Kerr County, Texas. W. A. Plummer of the Plummer-Smith Funeral Home was the funeral director. Finally, the informant listed for all of the above was Kerrville State Hospital Records.

Well, I think that's a good start. All of the above information was found free of charge on the Internet. I think I found an obituary for Elver on NewspaperArchive. I will have to subscribe soon and review it. I've been wanting to give them a try, but was waiting for a search to provide likely fruitful results.

By the way, I am not directly related to Isaac and Elver. They are, however, part of a collateral line intertwined in my family history.

One final thing, I added to Isaac Zumwalt's page at Footnote.
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