Davidson Cemetary - Palo Pinto County, Texas

The Davidson Cemetary located east of Strawn on the old Johnson mine spur, is one of the largest and most picturesque family cemetaries in Texas.

Davidson started the cemetary in July 1864. It was on Davidson’s original farm and ranchland that a man by the name of James Reed was killed by the Indians. James Reed’s decendents placed a permanent marker on his grave in 1989.

The land was donated in 1862 by the Stuart and Strawn families who were early settlers of the area and friends of the Davidsonsons. The area was originally a trading post or fort called Davidson’s Fort. It was used as a hospitality center where travelers and prospectors were welcomed and entertained.

Davidson was a surveryor of the old Palo Pinto Land District and helped many settlers locate good land. He did the survey for them without thought of remuneration. Davidson died of pneumonia March 13, 1897.

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millieMillie Hughes-Fulford was born December 21, 1945, in Mineral Wells, Texas. She graduated from Mineral Wells High, in 1962, then received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Biology from Tarleton State University in 1968, and her Ph.D. from Texas Woman's University in 1972.

She is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society for Gravitational Science and Biology, American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, American Society for Cell Biology and the Association of Space Explorers.