History of Nus Cemetery
Original survey by Ray A. Walter
Directions to cemetery submitted by LaDonna Collett:
From Highway 164 between Mart and Groesbeck , go north on FM 339 about 1 mile until you see a large corral on the west side of the road. The cemetery is located behind the corral. The remaining markers are at the base of clumps of trees just behind the corral.
Written by Inez Folley
Sol Nussbaum owned a large tract Of land in Limestone County. He sold different acreage to many farmers. A small community of Nus was started. This name came from Mr. Nussbaum because he donated a small plot of land for a school and church. Then about one half mile farther north he gave a small plot for a cemetery.
Many of the old settlers were buried in this cemetery. There has never been a Ben Hur cemetery and at that time no Kirk cemetery. Nus was located between the two communities. This Nus cemetery was full of graves, and many markers were standing.
The Cobbs plot was fenced with railings and always kept nice and clean. As the families gradually moved away or died the cemetery was neglected. Mrs. Adkinson of Ben Hur was the last person buried in the Cobbs plot in the early 1930's.
Gradually the tombstones were either knocked down or trampled by cattle. Ray Folley moved his house near the cemetery. He put a good barbed wire fence around it. Today all that you can see of the cemetery from Farm to Market Road 339 is the fence and weeds and grass. You would not recognize it as a cemetery.
Although over a hundred people were buried there, very few relatives remain and they no longer live near. If you went inside the fenced area you may find a few broken pieces of the markers and the Cobbs' railing lying buried in mud and grass. Wild flowers peep through the weeds and grass every Spring to partially brighten the places where loving hearts once buried their dead. Otherwise the Nus cemetery is a forgotten place. It has totally been abandoned.
As a child I always heard my parents and grandparents speak of Mr. Nussbaum. I walked by the cemetery on the way to school. In the Spring we always stopped to gather a bouquet of wild flowers either for the teachers desk or our play house. Sometimes, on the way home, we would pause to read names and dates on the markers. Even then, most of the dates had faded with age.
|Young Elder Benjamin||9-7-1814||8-15-1898|
|Cobb, J. M.||2-10-1845||5-11-1897|
|Cobbs, A Houston||3-7-1853||3-12-1923|
|Cobbs, Sallie P.||1-15-1852||11-23-1909|
|Cobbs, Judith Mary Ann||1-8-1822||7-2-1900|
|Cobbs, Jessie Bradley||2-21-1822||12-15-1896|
|Bourland, James H.||9-13-1852||12-11-1919|
|Bourland, Sallie A.||9-28-1848||10-27-1919|
|Gant, Hester May
dau of H.J. & E.L.
|Hughes, Annie (Thomas) & unborn child|
|*Hughes, "Little Evie:|
|*Thomas, Aurthor||age 4|
|*Thomas, Ola (twin)||age 2|
|*Thomas, Ollie (twin)||age 2|
This was read one summer day in 1950. Many of these stones are destroyed.
Mrs. Wallace B. Duke submitted a survey of Nus cemetery which was taken from the Heart of Texas Quarterly, Vol XVI, winter 1973 #4. The name of Jessie Bradley Cobbs was added from this list.
Copyright c. 1996 - 2003 Harvey L. Cox. All rights reserved.
*The Thomas and Hughes were added by Debbie Kelley Jan. 10, 2006