|Death: ||Jun. 1, 1867|
The Grandview Cemetery of Johnson County, Texas
The Mystery Grave
On 31 May 1867, two strangers rode into Grandview, a young man and his female companion, both
believed to have been in their early twenties. The girl was reported to be small and very pretty with long
dark hair. She was dressed in an expensive red velvet riding habit with black trim and both she and the
young man rode well-groomed thoroughbred horses.
When the couple entered the general store to purchase supplies, the owner invited them to spend the night
in his home since a storm was approaching. The girl thanked him for his hospitality but said they were
prepared for any kind of weather.
The next morning the body of the pretty young woman was found in a field outside of town with a bullet
through her head and blood staining her red velvet riding habit.
Mathias "Uncle Matt" Hale built a crude pine coffin and Mrs. Johnnie Boyd sewed a dress for her to be
buried in so she wouldn't have to wear her "death clothes." She was buried in an unmarked grave at the
foot of an oak tree. Since the only clue to her identity was a dainty handkerchief she had carried with the
name "Annie" embroidered on the hem, her red velvet riding habit was hung from a limb on the tree,
hoping some passerby might recognize it and come forth to identify "the mystery girl."
Several months had passed when someone, in the dead of night, came to Annie's grave and placed two
large cone-shaped stones, not native to the Grandview area, deep into the ground at the head and foot of her
grave. Lettered in red on the headstone was the name "Annie."
In the 1960s a Grandview couple, the Langfords, donated a permanent marker for Annie, a simple granite
headstone. But Annie, the person, remains "the mystery girl."
Plot: Section D1
Created by: Judi W
Record added: Nov 04, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31141795