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Rufus Finerel McLemore

Rufus Finerel McLemore

Male 1886 - 1912  (26 years)

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  • Name Rufus Finerel McLemore  [1
    Born 11 Jul 1886  Hemphill, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 3 Oct 1912  Hemphill, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Gravel Hill Cemetery, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Rufus worked in the lumber yards, and in 1910, he was living in the Wilson Boarding house.

      He was killed accidentally by a cousin of when he was 26. They and some friends had been drinking, and it was said that they were chasing each other on horseback with guns. Grover Eddings, a brother-in-law of Vessie McLemore, lived nearby the scene of the tragedy, and remembers tending to Rufus's body while the crowd waited for his parents to arrive.

      Rufus's mother, Ruth White McLemore, was so overcome with bereavement that she kept her head bowed down for well over a year after his death.  A picture of the unveiling of his tomb exists. The marker indicated he was a member of the Woodsmen of the World. His tombstone is inscribed "Asleep In Jesus - A loving son awaiting in Heaven for Mama to come."
    Person ID I192  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father John F. "Finn" McLemore,   b. 28 Dec 1853, Decatur County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1924, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Rutha Triphene White,   b. 27 Dec 1859, Hemphill, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1939, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 11 Dec 1883  Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6
    Documents
    McLemore, Finn 1883 marriage to Ruth White
    McLemore, Finn 1883 marriage to Ruth White
    When Finn married Ruth White in 1883, he had already been twice widowed, his previous wives both dying in childbirth. Finn and Ruth went on to have a large family.
    Family ID F51  Group Sheet  |  Family chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Jul 1886 - Hemphill, Sabine County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Oct 1912 - Hemphill, Sabine County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Gravel Hill Cemetery, Sabine County, Texas Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    McLemore, Rufus Finerel ca 1910
    McLemore, Rufus Finerel ca 1910
    Son of Finn McLemore and Ruth White
    B. 1886 D. 1912 Sabine County, Texas
    McLemore, Rufus Memorial Service ca 1912, Sabine County, Texas
    McLemore, Rufus Memorial Service ca 1912, Sabine County, Texas
    The unveiling of the Rufus McLemore's tombstone. His tragic death at age 26 drew a large crowd to his funeral, with headstone being provided by the Woodmen of the World
    McLemore, Rufus Finerel Portrait
    McLemore, Rufus Finerel Portrait
    B. 1886 Texas D. 1912 Texas
    This concave portrait of Rufus was probably commissioned after his accidental death, likely sketched from a photo.

    Headstones
    McLemore, Rufus F.
    McLemore, Rufus F.
    Close-up
    McLemore, Rufus F.
    McLemore, Rufus F.
    Distant View

  • Sources 
    1. [S384] 1900 United States Federal Census [Ancestry.com database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004, (Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls. This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1900 United States Federal Census, the Twelfth Census of the United States. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, address, relationship to the head of household, color or race, sex, month and year of birth, age at last birthday, marital status, number of years married, the total number of children born of the mother, the number of those children living, birthplace, birthplace of father and mother, if the individual was foreign born, the year of immigration and the number of years in the United States, the citizenship status of foreign-born individuals over age twenty-one, occupation, and more. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1900 Federal Census.), Texas, Sabine County, Pr 1 Enumerated 5 Jun 1900 SD 8 ED 68 Sheet 2A Stamped 93 22-23 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S346] Sanders, J.B. "Index to Cemeteries of Sabine County, Texas 1836-1964", 1964, Nacogdoches, Texas.

    3. [S341] Sabine County, Texas, Marriage License.

    4. [S434] Toole, Blanche "Sabine County Marriages 1875-1900 1900-1910 Prior to 1875" c. 1983.

    5. [S416] Casagranda, Kathy "Sabine Parish The 1850 Census with added Family Information" (May, 1999: P.O. Box 2195, Palmer, Alaska 99645), p 95 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S1305] Clark, John W. "Some Descendants of William Clark of Sabine County, Texas" (American Reference Publishing Co., Ste. 262-250, Ridgleas Bank Building, Fort Worth, Texas 76116, c. 1971), (This book was complied by John William Clark, 1023 Harris Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73107 in honor of William Clark...information was obtained from family records and interviews with relatives having first hand knowledge of the facts; census records of South Carolina, Mississippi, and Texas; cemetery records and tombstone inscriptions; library books in Oklahoma City, Dallas, Austin, Hemphill, Lufkin and Nacogdoches, and letters from many interested people all over the country willing to help and be helped. A copy of this book was found by Trudy Cox at the Abilene Christina Unversity Brown Library and xeroxed by her, and a copy sent to Melinda McLemore Strong in San Antonio, Texas.), p. 45 (Reliability: 3).