Tombstone Tuesday: Measles Memorial Cemetery

MeaslesMemorialCemeteryThis cemetery was apparently a family cemetery on a plot of land owned by John W. Measles of Lavaca, Sebastian County, Arkansas since the first person buried there was John’s son Emil who died in 1891 at the age of twenty-two.  How long it remained a private cemetery is unclear since there are several other people buried there who may or may not be related to the Measles family.

At the entrance is a sign which reads “Measles Memorial Public Cemetery.”  The First Baptist Church of Lavaca is nearby and it appears that some of those interred in the cemetery were members of that congregation.  What caught my eye, of course, was the somewhat unusual cemetery name, specifically the surname “Measles.”

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