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Tioga Cemetery - Tioga, Texas

July 27, 2007
A handmade wooden heart adorns this grave

Infrared image of cemetery

An iron bicycle and flowers adorn this grave
Handmade wooden cross and a brick mark this final resting place

In November 1881, settlers established the community of Tioga on the eastern edge of the East Cross Timbers, and it incorporated as a city in 1906. For the first decades of Tioga's history, residents buried their loved ones on private land in family cemeteries.

In February 1906, W.R. and Sally J. Gillespie deeded five acres of their farmland to the local Woodmen of the World camp for use as a burial ground. The first grave dates to that year. Many of the early headstones are Woodmen of the World markers. The community continued using and imroving the cemetery over the years, adding a pavilion in 1924 for funeral services.

Today, the burial ground is a tie to generations of Tioga area residents, and is the final resting place for veterans of military conflicts dating to the Civil War, including both Unioin and Confederate soldiers. Other notable persons intered here are Texas senator Olin R. Van Zandt and the Rev. H.G. Ball, a primitive Baptist preacher who presided over the funeral service for U.S. Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn. An association maintains the burial ground for future generations.

Tioga Cemetery plaque
Steven Mark Canady headstone
Woodruff - 1840-1909
Rustic wood and iron cross for Max Wiseman
Infant R.S. Kitchens - 1890
J.M. Kitchens 1826-1876
Hand painted wooden cross and bird house.
Marker for America Hampton
A miniature smoker adorns this gravesite
Infrared overview of cemetery
Hand Made white PVC cross for baby boy 1922
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Home made wooden crosses and flowers adorn these headstones.
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