Tombstone Tuesday – Albert Samsill

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How much of life how much of joy is buried with our darling boy” – this is the heartfelt epitaph on the grave stone of Albert Hathaway Samsill  –  a random grave stone in County Cemetery located in the Lubbock (Texas) County listing of cemeteries.  I picked County Cemetery randomly because it had only 19 internments, probably of people long forgotten.

I was initially intrigued before I saw the grave stone picture because Albert was so young when he died – I’m thinking there must be a story there.  Upon viewing the stone, I discovered three or four pieces of information without one extra keystroke or search.

Albert was the son of A.J. and Mary A. Samsill.  He was born April 24, 1903 (although the death certificate lists his d.o.b. as April 22, 1903) and he died on December 23, 1918 (the death certificate records a different date of December 24 for his death).  From the inscription on the stone one can infer he was a much-loved child.


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  1. Good job cuz…enjoyed the info

    • I thought it was a good story for my first tombstone… thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. I have a picture of a Mary Hale from Texas; however, she didn’t marry a Samsill.

    • I found a picture of Andrew and Mary, taken in 1895, with three of their children. Where did you find your picture?

      • My cousin sent it to me

      • Ok, I had to look her up
        Mary A. Hale b. Feb. 2, 1842 in Tennessee to Booker and Nancy M. Hale.
        m. John J. Justice in 1862
        d. June 25, 1894 in McKinney, TX

        Different Mary A. Hale
        I should have taken time to pull information yesterday

        Great post, thx

        • That is the frustrating part about ancestry research for sure. Sometimes the names are the same and even historical dates are similar — plus the fact that families tended to use the same names over and over. And then you find people who have copied information and not researched it thoroughly (just doing simple math can tell you whether or not their calculations are true in most cases).

          Glad you enjoyed the post. I have some other interesting stories coming up for Tombstone Tuesday… stay tuned.

  3. Are you related to the Samsills?

    Can I get your feed in my Facebook newsfeed?

    • No relation to the Samsills … the subjects of my Tombstone Tuesday articles are random and not someone related to me. Sometimes I look through a list of cemeteries in a certain area or at the suggestion of someone else. One recent tombstone I researched was at the suggestion of my hair stylist a couple of weeks ago. I found a fascinating story in Bailey County, Texas… stay tuned!



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