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Laura Sykes Cemetery
Submitted by Cannon Pritchard, June 2004


Location:  At the intersection of US Highway 190 and Farm Road 350 go south on FR 350
for 4.9 miles to intersection with FR 3126. Go south on FR 3126 for 1.5 miles to a locked
gate on the right side of the road. A sign above the gate states "In Memory of R.S. & Laura Sykes".
The grave is about 100 yards north of the old Nelson house behind the gate. This property is heavily
wooded and is about .5 miles east of Lake Livingston.

       R. Schyler Sykes Family lived on property almost directly across the highway from the
Garner Prairie Chapel on Farm Road 3126.  R. Schyler Sykes, born in 1874, was the son
of Owen & Flora Sykes. He married Laura Qualls (Sykes), daughter of Henry Qualls &
Julia Jackson (Qualls) about 1909. The 1930 U. S. Census for Polk County shows they had
the following children:
John H. Sykes, b. 1910;  Novells Sykes, b. 1911;  Julia Sykes, b. 1913;
Estelle Sykes, b. 1916;  Arlee Sykes, b. 1918; and  Fineal Sykes, b. 1923.

About 100 yards north of the abandoned old homeplace is the burial marker for Laura Sykes:

Sykes, Laura,  born:  1887   died:  Jan. 5, 1932
 



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