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South of the Border:"English Boy 1908:" a mysterious grave in the Whitlash Cemetery


April 24, 2019

This is a photo of a grave marker in the Whitlash Cemetery for "Englis Boy" who died in 1908. "Englis Boy" is on the grave marker and official plat sheet showing each grave site but in the official cemetery register the name is written "English Boy (?)." There are varied local explanations about who is buried in the grave and how they died. The Whitlash Cemetery is about a half mile west of town.

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Column No. 12

Columnist's note: Recently Betty Ann Wolery, secretary for the Liberty County Cemetery Board, stopped me in the library in Chester and asked if I knew about the "English Boy" grave in the Whitlash Cemetery. I'd heard one story that told the English Boy was a sheepherder from England who died in a blizzard. I had never seen the grave.

Betty Ann showed me the county cemetery register and a plat map of the grave sites in the Whitlash Cemetery. The first entry for names beginning with "E" was this: "English Boy (?)" and "1908" in the column for date of death...

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