I have a GG Grandmother (Cynthia Crockett-Rhymes,1859-1891) buried in the Ft. McKavett Cemetery who died in November of 1891.
I'm trying to figure out why she was there at that point in time, because her husband (George Willis Rhymes,1856-1919) and young family were well established in Bandera County.
They had five children ranging in age from four to twelve, and I imagine she probably stayed pretty close to home as did many women of that era. Using today's road distances, it's a 133 mile trip from Bandera County to Ft. McKavett - hardly close enough for a "day trip" for leisure purposes back in 1891.
I know that from 1868 to 1883, Ft. McKavett was a major supply depot providing food and provisions for most of the military campaigns, scientific and mapping explorations and other forts in West Texas. By 1875, hostilities in the area had been resolved, resulting in the mandatory relocation of Native Americans to reservations in Oklahoma, and Ft. McKavett was finally abandoned by Company D of the 16th Infantry Regiment in 1883. Soon after the Army left, settlers began to move into the vacant buildings and the town of Fort McKavett was born, with the last residents moving out of the original buildings in 1973.
I suppose it is possible that the family were residents of the "town" of Ft. McKavett, but by 1892 her widowed husband is once again found on the Bandera County Tax Roll.
Can anyone familiar with the area help me learn what was going on in and around the Fort in the year 1891?