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Dunken and the Lower Penasco/ Lost Grave

Dunken and the Lower Penasco/ Lost Grave

Posted: 1 Jul 2012 9:58PM GMT
Classification: Query
I am hunting for the grave of Walter Hampton "Hamp" Chandler who was killed at the "Seige of Juarez" on May 8, 1911...I made a memorial for him on findagrave at the "Dunken Cemetery"..but think he was buried on a ranch or somewhere nearby there. I know for sure he was buried at Dunken as his father stated so in a deposition when he was in the midst of a lawsuit with the Mexican Government for the accidental shooting of his son. Walter Hampton "Hamp" Chandler was born 7 Oct 1877 in Llano County, Texas. His uncle W. R. Chandler was a blacksmith at Dunken in 1910. His father, Albert Jerome "Rome" Chandler worked on a ranch. Another question I have is if anyone knows where "Lower Penasco" was located. I have seen a photo of the store there in 1911. Hamp's father stated that he hired an undertaker to take the body to Dunken, on the lower Penasco for burial. Thanks for any help.

Re: Dunken and the Lower Penasco/ Lost Grave

Posted: 8 Jul 2012 9:10PM GMT
Classification: Query
Perhaps I can shed some light on your inquiry. The Penasco
(pen-YAHS-ko)is a small river that starts in the Sacramento Mts. near Cloudcroft NM and flows eastward into the Pecos River near Artesia. Local people refer to the "Upper," "Middle," and "Lower" Penasco. The water in the stream disappears into sinkholes at the east end of the middle Penasco and re-emerges some twelve miles downstream to start the Lower Penasco, and flows on to the Pecos.
Dunken would not be in the Lower Penasco valley, as the terrain and roads branch off at the east end of the middle Penasco and leads southwest to Dunken. The "Lower Penasco Post Office" was located at the HQ of the Bar V Ranch, where Billy Mathews was the first postmaster in 1884. The building is still there, and is used as a barn.
It would be good if you could get hold of my book called "J. B. 'Billy' Mathews: Biography of a Lincoln County Deputy," published by Yucca Tree Press in 1999.
Best regards,
Elvis E. Fleming
Roswell NM
mefleming@dfn.com

Re: Dunken and the Lower Penasco/ Lost Grave

Posted: 8 Jul 2012 11:05PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you...I will do that...your book looks really interesting and I am sure I will love reading it. Thanks for trying to help clarify the difference between where Dunken is located and the Lower Penasco Valley. The father must have worked on a ranch in the lower Penasco Valley..but when stating where his son was buried, he said he brought him to Dunken, in Chavez County for burial....so good grief.. there has to be a lone grave somewhere...if there isn't a Dunken Cemetery. I had my son hunt last week..and he took lots of pictures and told me I sent him on a "wild goose chase"..LOL.

Re: Dunken and the Lower Penasco/ Lost Grave

Posted: 30 Aug 2013 12:57AM GMT
Classification: Query
I have a H.M GOUSHA road map of New Mexico published in 1993. It shows Lower Penasco as a town of under 1,000 that is located 6 miles east of Elk and 5 miles west of the intersection with NM 24 which is the road to Dunken.
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