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Luker Family Cemetery History

 

"The graves of Captain and Mrs. Ewing were the first ones in the Luker Cemetery. No vital statistics were kept at that date in Comanche County. So we do not know whether Captain or Mrs. Ewing died first. The graves were placed on the land belonging to Captain Ewing.There is no record that he ever dedicated the land for cemetery use. In a few years the land became the property of Uncle John Luker, his son-in-law. Uncle John then set aside the land for cemetery purposes. So through the years the Luker families have buried their dead in this private cemetery. Two of the Ewing children are buried there beside their parents. Grannie Hale and two of her children lie at rest there.

In the early 1900's Grandma Luker collected donations from the Luker relatives to have the cemetery fenced, for the graves were in the pasture and stock grazed about them. As time went on the fence fell into decay. More recently, John Luker, grandson of Uncle John Luker and great grand-son of Captain and Mrs. Ewing secured a deed to the land for cemetery purposes. He erected a cyclone fence around the plot, put a nice metal name-plate over the double-gate entrance. He cleaned the brush and shrubbery from all the graves and placed a marker at each grave. Mama' oldest brother, Frank, identified a number of the graves for him. Uncle Frank had lived nearby and was well acquainted with the burials there. As a matter of fact, five of his children were buried there at that time. Today, the Luker Cemetery Association, made up of Luker relatives, maintains the cemetery. The relatives owe a deep debt of gratitude to John for his financial contribution and interest in maintenance of this sacred spot."

The Luker Cemetery is a lovely old country cemetery. Accessed by a winding, tree- canopied dirt lane, it is across the road from a creek. The graveyard has few trees, a couple or three old live oaks in one corner, and is mostly grass covered. A fence surrounds the cemetery. Old stones lay against the fence like remnants of days gone by. Confederate Flags adorn the graves of John Wade Luker and Capt. David Ewing.


Location:

USGS 7.5' x 7.5' Map: Proctor 315650N 0982551W County Road 328
Driving Directions:
From FM 1476 turn left onto CR 328 (about 3.6 miles from Baggett Creek Cemetery.)
Go about 1 mile and stay to the left when the road Y’s. You will pass a gate on the right.Go over an old iron grate bridge. Cemetery is on the left.

Family Members Buried in the Luker Cemetery2

BUCKLER, SUSAN LUKER (#9)
{~1836} {~1882}
---Luker, James B. -----Edwards, Elizabeth

LUKER, Benjamin Franklin (#14)
8 April 1868---7 July 1965
B. Frank Luker, G. W. Luker, Graham,, Frances Emma Henry , Louetta E.

CARLETON, Earl Roy (#5)
{1931-02-18)
Infant son of Lewis & Maymie Carleton

LUKER, Benjamin Franklin (#37)
{~1848-49} 1886-04-20
B. F. Age 37 Years, LUKER, James B., EDWARDS, Elizabeth; Williams, Mary "Molly" Charity EWING
CARLETON, Joseph Lewis (#4)
1903-09-13 to 1979-12-20
LUKER, DAVID (#45)
Texas 1 Cl PVT. Co. D 7 Inf.
5 March 1881--5 March 1960
Luker, Benjamin Franklin;Ewing Mollie; never married
CARLETON, Maymie Ross Luker (#3 )
1909-03-09 to 2002-09-20
---
dau of Benjamin Franklin Luker, Louetta E
---m. Joseph Lewis Carleton
LUKER, DESSIE E. (#26)
10 June 1892---30 October 1892
dau. of J.W. & S. H. LUKER
LUKER,John Wade; CASTLEBERRY, Sallie H.
CASTLEBERRY, Callie (#29)
1898-07-24 --- 1898-08-02
dau. Castleberry, T. J. & B.A.
LUKER, Esta (#18)
16 January 1894---16 February 1898
dau. of B. F. & L. E. LUKER
CASTLEBERRY, Carl (#30)
1898-07-24---1898-07-28
son of Castleberry, T. J. & B. A.
LUKER, Frances Emma Graham (6)
7 March 1845---17 September 1918
Frances E. Graham; Charles Pickett Knighton, Margaret Edna; Luker, G. W.
CASTLEBERRY, Eliza D. (#28)
1821-11-18---11901-08-23
Asleep in Jesus
LUKER, G. W. (#7)
22 October 1844---29 January 1937
Luker, James B.; Edwards , Elizabeth; Luker, Frances E.
EWING, Infant James F. (#35)
b. & d. March 1882
son of Ewing, Alexander N & Cinderilla

LUKER, JOHN T. (#39)
Inf. of B. F. & M. C. Luker
10 November 1882
4 December 1882
EWING, Saphronia (#32)
"daughter" (n.d.)
dau of Ewing, Capt. Wm. A., Mary
LUKER, John Wade (#24)
14 April 1841---23 May 1929
Luker, James B.,Edwards, Elizabeth; Ewing Sarah J.; Castleberry, Sallie H.
EWING, SARAH (#33)
"wife" - 1820 (n.d.)

LUKER, JOHN WILLIAM, JR. (#31)
10 september 1920---28 October 1971
son of John William Sr., Allene

 

EWING, Capt. Wm. Allen David (#34)
"husband" - 1811 (n.d.)
m. Mary (or Sarah)
LUKER, JULIA M. (#10)
29 April 1876---8 May 1929
Williams, Rev. Jno O., m. Luker, Will

GRAHAM, Ed (#47)
{~1878-1887}?
{Elijah Dempsey Graham}?
{ McMullen, Margaret Frances}?

LUKER, Levi Avril Jr (#_)
1929-10-31---2002-5-15
TM LUKER, LEVI AVRIL SR., GOODIN, IVA MAE; Shirley Rodgers

GRAHAM, Margaret Frances McMullen {1841}{1883}
{McMullen, William Read}?
{Agee. Emily Frances}? Dempsey Graham

LUKER, LOUETTA (#13)
14 January 1870---31 May 1957
Henry, Rv.W. H.,Fincham, Matilda, Luker, Benjamin Franklin

HALE, Joe (#48) LUKER, Mack A. (#22)
1884 -{04}--1945-06-11
sn of John Wade Luker and Sarah J. Ewing
HALE, Miss Emma
1858 - 1958

LUKER, MALISSA (#27)
2 July 1894---27 March 1900
dau. of J. W. & S.H. LUKER

HALE, Mrs. Nancy ( #50)

LUKER, MEDINA (#15)
b. 5 March 1911 d 1914-09
Age 3 Yrs., 6 mos.
dau. of Luker, Benjamin Franklin; Henry, Louetta E.

LUKER, Infant son of (#12)
G.W. & M. E. LUKER
b. & d. 26 june 1905

 

LUKER, SALLIE HARVEY (#23)
11 October 1852---3 April 1936
Castell, James Edward m. Jno Wade Luker
LUKER, Inf. son of (#8)
R. A. & BERTIE LUKER
b. & d. 31 December 1911
Luker, Robert Andrew Clemons, Birdie
LUKER, SARAH JANE (#25)
6 December 1845---24 October 1885
Ewing, Capt Wm. Allen; Mary (Sarah) Luker; m. Jno Wade Luker

LUKER, Infant son (#16)
of B. F. & Loretta (sic)
b. & d. 19 September 1913
LUKER, VOLITA E. (#11)
1 March 1901---21 February 1903
dau. of W. A. & JULIA M. LUKER
LUKER, Infant of (#19)
B. FRANK & L. E. LUKER
20 December 1890
21 December 1890

WILLIAMS, M. C. (#38)
21 January 1852---21 July 1926
dau of Ewing, Capt. Wm. Allen D., Ewing, Sarah
1st wife of B. F. LUKER
2nd wife of Rev. J.O. WILLIAMS

1Bradley, Willo M. and Robinson, Edith Lucille. Family Trails:Ancestral and Contemporary. Stephenville Printing Co., Inc., Stephenville, Tx. 1978. pp.103-104.

2Waring, Margaret T. and Samuel J. C. Comanche County Gravestone Inscriptions, v. 4. c 1983. pp. 108-110.

Mayfield, Gloria B., Cemeteries of Texas, Comanche County., http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Wtx/Comanche/ListComanche.html. Submission by Susan Luker.

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