The earliest recollection of this area, which lies about seven miles south of Granbury, is that it was known as Bald Knob. The name was used because there was a small hill on the “old Snelson place” where, on the upper-most part, nothing grew. Due to a drought in 1886 and 1887, farmers had to go to Johnson County to get corn for their stock. Some were able to grow only a few “nubbins” of corn. Therefore, Bald Knob was known as “Nubbin Ridge”.
April 21, 1878, George Edens, nine-day old son of F.M. and Mary Edens passed away.[i] With no cemetery in the area, Thomas Love Burns, a neighbor, donated land for the burial. He came to Texas with his father. Thomas was a well-known Methodist Preacher and rode the circuit on horseback.[ii] In 1870 he came to Hood County and in 1880 when Burns died, he was the second person to be buried in the cemetery.[iii] Both graves are covered with solid rock; coffin shaped tombstones, the lettering still legible.[iv] Burns has a Texas marker “Citizen of the Republic of Texas.”
F.M. Edens is buried at Nubbin Ridge. The Edens raised their family at Nubbin Ridge. F. M. respected education so much that he sent all his eleven children to school, sons and daughters alike. He also served his civil duties as a selected juror in 1875. In 1876, he was elected a delegate to vote on the adoption of the Texas Constitution. He voted to ratify it.[v]
John T. Price, early citizen of Hood County, served as County Commissioner, Precinct Two. His descendants have a copy of the certificate from the State of Texas, dated December 14, 1912, verifying his holding this office. He, his wife, and many of his descendants are buried at Nubbin Ridge. His brother-in-law, J.J. Brewer, is the only Civil War veteran identified by a military stone bearing the inscription, “Corp. 5 Ala. Bri Hillards Legion, CSA”. Veterans from World War I and II, Korea and Vietnam also are identified by an assortment of military stones and markers. Members of the Masons, Eastern Star, and Woodmen of the World also are well represented in this cemetery.
Originally a fence of barbed wire was used as the cemetery perimeter, more recently cyclone fencing was installed on the south and west sides. In recent years, an arch was installed at the entrance. Picnic tables were built and a pavilion is currently being constructed.
Although regular services are no longer held in the small white church nearby, it still stands and is maintained for special events. The cemetery association meets the third Saturday of May each year to clean the cemetery and make decisions for the year to come.
This rural cemetery is one of several in southeastern Hood County, representing a way of life far different from that of today.