Dedication of long-lost grave Saturday

A brief ceremony will be held on May 20 at 1 p.m. following the annual meeting of the Barbee Cemetery Association to dedicate the new marble marker recently placed in honor of Sam Houston Kuykendall.

Kuykendall came from a distinguished and adventurous lineage. One of his ancestors, Abraham Kuykendall, was said to be a member of the guard that detained the British while Geroge Washington and his men crossed the Delaware. Kuykendall Fort is listed in George Washington’s official papers at least five times. His parents, Mary Haden Lindley and Abraham H. Kuykendall, came in with Moses Austin’s first Texas colony. 

Kuykendall was born in 1836 and the family moved to Erath County sometime between the 1850 census and 1860, when he was attacked by Comanches.

Kuykendall and another man named Splann were searching for lost oxen in Hamilton and returning home when they were attacked and Kuykendall was killed. 

It is thought that Kuykendall was the third person buried in the Barbee Cemetery but his gravestone had been lost to time.

Janella Hendon had been searching for the grave for a while. In 2015, a group was dowsing for graves and found one near an old worn, limestone rock.

The man leading the project made out the name Sam. Hendon photographed the marker in several different kinds of light and used water to make out more of the lettering. As word spread, they were informed by someone who cleaned the grave that the person buried there was killed by Indians.

After meeting with a family member and examining their history, they determined the grave was Sam’s. The placement of the marker will ensure that his memory and place in history are preserved for future generations. 

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