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Elmendorf Cemetery, Elmendorf, Bexar County

Grave of legendary Texas pioneer Edward Dixon Westfall, Elmendorf Cemetery. Follow this link for the story of E.D. Westfall on this website.

He was a veteran of the War With Mexico and for a time a Texas Ranger. He was a friend of Big Foot Wallace, another Texas legend, and was famous for the battles he had with the native American tribes in south-central Texas on the Nueces River area some thirty miles south of today's Uvalde.

E.D. Westfall was born in Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana on December 22, 1820, the eldest son of Abraham Westfall and Sarah Rumsour and great grandson of John Westfall and Sarah Vernoy of Hardy County, (West) Virginia. He died June 12, 1897 at the age of 76. After he retired to Elmendorf, near San Antonio, ending his days of fighting Indians, he married for the first time to Josephine Susan Dillion, thirty-seven years his junior, on June 5, 1881 in Bexar County. In his retirement he was a patron of the San Antonio Library, donating money to expand it. A wing of the library is dedicated to him.

Sarah Price Whitsett Webb lived in the tiny town of Thalia, Texas in Foard County, about sixty miles west of Wichita Falls. There is no cemetery there, so she may be buried in Vernon, Texas, the closest town of any size. She was the daughter of Wilson Whitsett and Elizabeth Price of Lauderdale County, Alabama, born there on October 17, 1841. She died in Texas on April 15, 1921. She married Thomas J. Webb on December 29, 1860 in Lauderdale County.

John Lee Whitsett was the son of James Simeon "Sim" Whitsett (1845-1928), one of Quantrill's Raiders during the Civil War, and Margaret Angelina Arnold (1848-1926). He was born in Jackson County, Missouri on February 27, 1886 and died January 23, 1980 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He is buried in the Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas next to his third wife Lena.

James Simeon Whitsett was born to John Rankin Whitsett and Eliza Leslie Oldham, who came to Missouri from Kentucky. Sim Whitsett was born March 19, 1845 in Hickman Mills, Jackson County, Missouri and died May 22, 1928 in Lee's Summit Missouri. After the Civil War he lived in Herdford, Deaf Smith County, Texas and remained there until the death of his second wife in 1926. He is buried in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri.
Ronald N. Wall
Added: 26 July 2020