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 Nathaniel Boone Burkett

Nathaniel Boone Burkett

Boone County, Missouri, USA
Death 16 May 1898 (aged 77)
Burial Lavaca County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 9432956 · View Source
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Nathaniel Boone Burkett

1820 Montgomery Co, MO
1898 Yoakum, DeWittCo, TX

Son of; David and Mary Ann Zumwalt Burket
Husband of; Catherine Bunting

Nathan Burkett was involved in pursuit of Cordova from Nacogdoches to the border in 1838. He served in Capt. Mathew Caldwell's Ranger Company and with Capt. Cameron's Victoria "Cowboys." He was with Cameron's troup at the confrontation with Gen. Canales at Lipantitlan in 1842. He fought in the Battle of Salado and was with Capts. Caldwell and Hays in the pursuit of Woll's army to the border and numerous other encounters with Indians.

In 1863, Burkett served as private with the Texas Troops, CSA under Capt. J.F. Spears. Family legend says that Nathan was one of the first two men to be baptized by immersion into the Baptist faith in the Guadalupe River.
A Good Man Gone to Rest.

DIED – At Yoakum, May 16th, 1898, Mr. Nathan Burkett, in the 78th year of his age.

How suddenly these summons come to many. This was true of our dear old friend. These sad tidings came with a crushing force, and we cannot yet realize that he is one from among us. It becomes a melancholy pleasure to offer this slight tribute to the memory of this noble and worthy gentleman.

He had gone on a visit from his home in Moulton to his two sons at the former place to spend a few days, unaccompanied by his wife. Well and lively, as usual, he retired at night. About 1 o'clock he was taken with a congestive chill.

He aroused the household and everything possible was done by loving hands and physicians summoned, but he never rallied, and at 8 a. m. his noble spirit, without a word, left the tenement ment [sic] of clay and put on the robe of immortality.

The weight of seventy-eight winters and ceaseless wear and tear on the tented field, on the track of the bloody savage, for he came here when this country was a wilderness, had completely exhausted all the powers of nature. The silver cord was loosed, the golden bowl broken.

This genuine old Texan's cheek never paled in the thickest of the battle, and he was ever ready to do or die for his country. He lived amid the bloody and exciting scenes of pioneer life without a stain, and died without a groan.

Oh! what a model for his sons, his relations and the youths of Texas. With a nation of such citizens as this our country would eclipse all others and shine on with ever increasing splendor until the stars grow dim.

For more than fifty years a consistent member of the Missionary Baptist church, he will be sadly missed from among them. The climax of his noble life was his Christian love. Amid all his duties and responsibilities, none were neglected.

His duty to his neighbors, to the sick and afflicted, always met with a ready response. Charity was the crowning chaplet of his Christian life. But his noble life is ended, his work on earth is done. The precious memories of such a life still remain to the loved ones left behind, and his virtues the inspiration that leads them on the shining path to the "Heavenly Rest."

He leaves an aged companion, ten children, all heads of families, and many grandchildren scattered all over the state, who, with many friends, deplore his death.

His remains were shipped from Yoakum and were interred in the family cemetery near his residence in the presence of a large assembly of weeping friends and relatives. The last sad rites were tendered by Bro. H. M. Rowland of Flatonia. We weep with those that weep.

Those eyes are closed, life's scene is ended.
Earth can claim their sight no more,
Fold his hands upon his bosom,
For his work and toll are o'er.
Hark! he hears the chorus now,
Faithful servant "enter thou."

Thou hast toiled from early dawn
To the very set of sun,
Tho' thy feet are worn and weary,
It is over now, "well done."
Heavy was the cross to bear,
Lay it down, there's resting here.

Nickel, Tex., May 27th, '98.
On the 8th of Januray, by James M. Baler, Esq., Mr. N. Burkitt, to Miss Catharine Bunting, of Gonzales county.TEXAS PRESBYTERIAN (Victoria, Texas)Saturday, February, 13, 1847. page 3/6.





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