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Re: wife of David Epley d-1872
Posted by: Ann Mahoney (ID *****3414) Date: August 23, 2004 at 21:46:19
In Reply to: Re: wife of David Epley d-1872 by Dorothy Zumparelli (Winnicki) of 549

I have site information for the grave of Delilah Epley wife of David Epley as well as a photocopy of two pictures taken of the site. One picture is of the marker which reads "This historic grave has been documented on a State of Texas Archeological Site Data Form and given the State of Texas Site number 41BT50."

The site information states that the site consists of: "a grave stone, and cedar post border fence and grave outline." The site is described as being "intact and stable." The information came from the Texas Archeological Research Lab and is dated 9/17/80.

The stone reads, "In memory of D. Epley wife of David Epley--born 1829 - died 1872."

A writer friend's father-in-law took her to the grave. It was either on or near his property. She then wrote a fictional story about Delilah Epley and her isolated gravesite. She sent a copy of her story to Lady Bird Johnson suggesting that the site be made a historic site. Mrs. Johnson's secretary responded and the designation was made in 1980.

My friend's story was never published, but it found its way into the Burnet Library where an M Sowell, a great granddaughter of Delilah Epley, found it. She wrote to my friend sending her the information given above.

The information has made my friend (and now me) curious as to why Delilah would have been buried in such an isolated spot. Also, we are wondering where her husband David Epley's gravesite is.

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