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This is a little family cemetery along my gravel road in Texas. It is very old. A few years ago on a walk, I noticed a very overgrown gravestone off the road, buried in brush, under trees. It belonged to a woman named Nancy Apperson, and she died in the late 1800s. A few months after that the land was cleared. A family claimed to own this cemetery and they began to fix it up. There was only one gravestone at first. But they knew there were more bodies buried there. One of the relatives of the family members in this cemetery is a very well respected local douser. This douser claimed to be able to locate graves and bodies buried in the ground with her dousing rods. She also claimed to be able to identify the genders of the bodies that she found. Many people apparently believe she can really do this. She is quite elderly and spent many hours working in the cemetery. Over the next few months, the land was cleared and new gravestones were brought in and labeled simply "Male" and "Female." I have neighbors who live across the road from this cemetery. Out of the goodness of their hearts, they told the elderly douser that they wanted to take care of the cemetery for her. They change out the flowers with the seasons, and use their tractor to mow down new weeds. About a year ago, they even re-leveled the cemetery after a pack of wild hogs came in and made a horrendous mess of the place. There were ruts and holes everywhere, which was very eerie and odd to see. Each time we walk our dog down that way, we stop to consider the lives of those who would have been our neighbors if we lived here more than a hundred years ago. What did they die from? What stories did they tell while living on our lands? And I always say hello to Nancy whose remains occupy the only identified grave on this plat. My dog, River, was walking along the road with us on this particular day. And I think even River knows that this is a special place.
Also by linda woods
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