Gideon Lincecum

Gideon Lincecum (HM1RE7)

Location: Burton, TX 77835 Washington County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 14.122', W 96° 31.824'

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As a boy Gideon Lincecum moved with his father to various frontier sites in his native Georgia and in Mississippi. It was during this time that he developed insights about natural habitats and cultivated an understanding of Indian culture which later characterized his various scientific and social achievements.

He participated in the War of 1812, and in 1814 married Sarah Bryan. After settling near here in 1848 the self-taught Lincecum opened a medical practice. He gained a reputation for rejecting commonly-used contemporary medicines and dispensing herbal remedies instead.

As a naturalist Lincecum recorded detailed observations of a variety of flora and fauna in Texas and achieved international recognition for a long-term study of an agricultural ant common to the state. He conducted scientific research in numerous fields and for many years maintained records of the weather in Washington County for the Smithsonian Institution.

Except for a 5-year stay in Mexico during Reconstruction Lincecum lived and worked in Washington County where he completed his autobiography. Initially buried in nearby Mt. Zion Cemetery, his remains were later removed and reinterred in the Stephen F. Austin lot in the State Cemetery in Austin in 1936.
HM NumberHM1RE7
Marker Number8363
Year Placed1993
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, April 1st, 2016 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 737659 N 3347446
Decimal Degrees30.23536667, -96.53040000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 14.122', W 96° 31.824'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 14' 7.32" N, 96° 31' 49.44" W
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Area Code(s)979
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4142-4330 Farm to Market Rd 390, Burton TX 77835, US
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