History of the Restoration Movement

Hubbard Melton Rawlins


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H.M. Rawlins was born in Iowa, the son of church minister, William Rawlins, Sr. He was a resident of Lancaster, Texas for most of his life. He was a leader in the Church of Christ which met in Lancaster. He died August 29, 1880, and is buried in the Rawlins plot in Rawlins Cemetery in Lancaster, Texas.

Gospel Advocate Obituary For Wife, Lydia

Died, in Dallas, Texas, June 12, 1886, Lydia Adaline Rawlins, She was born Sept. 25, 1827; was married to H. M. Rawlins Sept. 20, 1853. In 1842 she obeyed the gospel, and from that time to the day of her death she was a devoted Christian. She was quiet in her manners, hospitable in her home, true and determined in her Christian deportment. Her brother, J. M. Rawlins, of Thorp Spring, preceded her but a few days to the home of the redeemed. June 13th her remains were laid away in the beautiful cemetery near Ten Mile, by the side of her husband who died in 1880. A large number of family relatives and Christian friends were present to attest their love and Christian regard for the faithful one in Christ. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord."
H. Pangburn.
Gospel Advocate, July 7, 1886, page 424.

The Rawlins family were some of the earliest settlers in Texas. They lived and died just south of Dallas, Texas in the town of Lancaster. South of Dallas, take I-35E to exit 413 (W. Belt Line Road). Head east toward town and take the first right on Main St. The Rawlins Cemetery is located on Main Street, just west of town. Enter the cemetery through the gate and go to the first left. The road will make a hard turn to the right in the middle of the cemetery. After making the turn park and head to the left down through the cemetery to what will look like the oldest graves. The Rawlins plots are right in the middle. See photos below & GPS for accuracy.

GPS Location of the Grave
32°34'55.0"N 96°47'30.7"W
OR D.D. 32.581933, -96.791850
Grave Faces West

Rawlins Cemetery

L.A. Parks
Wife of H.M. Rawlins
Born Sep 29, 1827
Died Jun. 12, 1886

S.A. Burkes
Wife of
H.M. Rawlins
Died Dec. 25, 1852

H.M. Rawlins
Born May, 1821
Died Aug. 28, 1881*

H.M. Rawlins
Born May 1, 1821
Died Aug. 29, 1880*

*Date Difference. The early marker for H.M. Rawlins lists that he died on August 29, 1880. However the marker that has his inscription, that also has the inscription of his first and second wife, have him dying August 28, 1881. As this is a later marker, it would appear that a mistake was either made when adding the date, or a clarification/correction from the previous marker's inscription.

Special Thanks - A very special thanks goes to my good friend, Rich Berdan. In January, 2010, my wife, Jenny and I were out in the D-FW area for the Fort Worth Lectures. We stayed with our dear friends Rich and Barb. One morning Rich and I took off to locate graves of gospel preacher including the one on this site. Thanks again to Rich for all his help.

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