Dimmit County, Texas
Texas Rangers Buried at
Mt. Hope, Carrizo Springs,
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (New Braunfels, Texas) July 14, 2002
On June, 2002, descendants of Capt. Peter Tumlinson and Harriett West Tumlinson met at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Carrizo Springs, Texas, to dedicate replacement headstones for Capt. Peter and Harriett Tumlinson, and their son, Joel Maurice Walker Tumlinson.
Bert Lee Bell, of Carrizo Springs, member of the Tumlinson Family Committee served as master of ceremonies. Other members of the Tumlinson Family Committee are Charlsie English Moore of New Braunfels, Mary Acord Reimschissel of San Antonio and Alfred R. "Buddy" Tumlinson of Corpus Christi. Also participating in the organization of this ceremony was the Dimmit Council Historical Society. A large group of Tumlinson family members donated money to replace the old stones, which had become unreadable. The Rev. Donald Tumlinson read a Memorial Tribute to Verner Lee Bell, Carrizo Springs historian and a member of the planning committee who died before the dedication. Rev. Tumlinson also conducted the dedication of the new headstones.
Immediately following the dedication, the Former Texas Ranger Association, assisted by the "Badlands Rangers" and a unit of the Mounted Border patrol, conducted the marking Ceremony of 17 Texas Rangers who are buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Retired Texas Ranger Rudy Rodriguez led the Riderless Horse. Family members unveiled the Texas Ranger markers, placed at the foot of the graves of their ancestors, as Retired Texas Ranger Ray Martinez of New Braunfels, president of the Former Texas Ranger Association read the Mt. Hope Texas Ranger Honor Roll. The Texas Rangers buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery are: Alonzo W. Allee and Capt. Alfred Y. Allee; George Bigford; Thomas Giles Brady; Jesse W. Campbell; George Washington Cavender; Capt. Levi English; John Silas Hay, Sr., James Patton McCarley and John Patton McCarley, Sr.; Andrew Maize Taylor; Ben T. Tumlinson, Joseph Tumlinson, and Capt. Peter Tumlinson; Otho Dee Vivian; D. C. "Jack" Webb and Lake Thomas Webb.
Retired Texas Ranger Joe Davis of Kerrville, president of the Former Texas Ranger Foundation, led the Ranger Prayer.
Approximately 200 people attended the impressive ceremonies.
Following the services at Mt. Hope Cemetery, the group assembled at the Veterans Park for a barbecue lunch catered by Masonic Lodge No. 566. Samuel Tumlinson, author of "Tumlinson, a Genealogy," spoke of John Jack Tumlinson and the Tumlinson family. Ray Martinez spoke about the Former Texas Ranger Association and eligibility requirements. Mrs. Helen Burleson Kelso, Daughters of the Republic of Texas retiring president general and editor of The Burleson Family Association Bulletin, spoke on the Burlesons who married into the Tumlinson, Bell, English, Roberts. McLaughlin and McCarley families. She also spoke on eligibility requirements for becoming a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
Mrs. Charlsie Moore, Descendants of Austin's Old Three Hundreds Registrar General, presented Bert Lee Bell with his Descendants of Austin's Old Three Hundreds membership certificate and told the Tumlinson descendants present that they were all eligible for membership in the organization and urged them to apply.
(submitted by Ida Maack Recu)
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