Tombstone Tuesday – S.A. Applin

I was at the hair salon chatting with my stylist about “Tombstone Tuesdays”.  She mentioned that there were some cemeteries in Muleshoe, Texas (Bailey County) that might be interesting.  So, I looked up Bailey County and clicked on one of the smaller cemeteries (60 marked graves).

I clicked on the very first name on the list, S.A. Applin – not knowing whether this was male or female because only initials were on the grave stone (hand-etched it appears).

Sarah Applin gravestoneI had to enlarge the first picture by clicking to another page and was finally able to read the etching.  There was only a birth year and death year… hmmm.  This makes it a bit challenging to find information, and again I wondered whether this was a man or a woman.

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  1. Did you submit information to the person who manages her grave on
    It would be nice to have updated information there, as well.

    Find A Grave Memorial# 10664377
    The creator’s email address is

  2. This brought back some memories. I can remember harvesting the crookneck grain that way. Although my family never used the can method for canning I did have some relatives who did. Guess they had better success with theirs as no one died!

    • That’s what I like about these articles … reminds us of simpler and better times.

  3. I think was thinking Grandma Hall was from Muleshoe, TX, but may have been White Flat, ask your dad.

    • It was White Flats. There are some graves around that area of ancestors.


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