As promised, we are back at the Newburg Cemetery once again. Last week on our Tombstone Tuesday we investigated two of the first graves you see in the cemetery when you walk in. Allan and Annie Cunningham and their son Ira have the 4th and 5th headstones on the left in the new section. I let you know that Allan Cunningham descends from Comanche County’s OTHER Cunninghams, so he is not directly related to us. But he does have his connections…
Directly beside Allan Cunningham is the Bumpas headstone. It is third headstone on that side.
This is the front, visible from the drive/walkway. The back has this:
Mary Bumpas and Allan Cunningham are brother and sister. She was born Mary Jane Cunningham (but from the OTHER Cunninghams, remember) and she married James Henry Bumpas.
To make this really confusing, but to get to OUR Cunningham connection… James Henry Bumpas is the grandson of Dave Cunningham of the original 12 children of the Cunningham family. He is a full-fledged Cunningham from OUR family.
Here’s young David Houston Cunningham:
I do not have any pictures of the Bumpases (or maybe I do, I just don’t know that they are in my group shots).
Immediately south of the Jim and Mary Bumpas is the Taber graves:
Mary E. Taber was born Mary Elizabeth Bumpas, called “Libby,” and she is the daughter of Jim and Mary. She married Miner Frederick Taber in the early ‘40s and he served in the U.S. Navy all through World War II and beyond and she lived in Comanche near her mother and dad and raised her children on her own.
And then one more grave to the south, the first grave you see on the left in the Newburg Cemetery, it the grave of John and Patsy Pylant. Patsy was born Patsy Bumpas and she is also the daughter of Jim and Mary Bumpas and the sister of Libby Taber.
There was one more sister in the Bumpas household. She is Elva Eugenia Bumpas and she married Leonard Carl Griffin, Sr. Like her sister Libby, she guarded the homefront while her husband served in the U.S. Navy. Their family has continued the Navy tradition and we will save their stories of 4 generations of Navy officers and a great grandson that, I believe, graduated from the Naval Academy last year. Elva and her husband are buried in Brownwood.
Next time you are entering the Newburg Cemetery, especially if you are acquainting someone with this beautiful resting place, you can confidently look to the left and say, “She is my cousin, she is my cousin, this is their dad and he is my cousin, and his wife was part of the OTHER Cunninghams and this is her brother, sister-in-law, and nephew.”
The descendants of this family: the Tabers, the Griffins, the Millers, the Autreys, and probably more I am missing are all occasional attendees of the reunion, so this history doesn’t seem so far back when you realize these are the parents and grandparents of your “friends/cousins.”