OLDEST Documented Grave at Tidwell Cemetery - Limestone County, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 31° 25.767 W 096° 37.415
14R E 725874 N 3479640
Quick Description: A 2001 Texas Historical Marker at Tidwell Cemetery indicates that the oldest documented grave in the cemetery is that of Nancy Hogan, from 1858.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 3/24/2022 5:37:45 PM
Waymark Code: WM15YPT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member model12
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Long Description:
Mrs. Hogan is buried with her family, whose headstones have been spared the damage done to her own. The marble headstone is in fragments, the victim of vandals, cattle, or maybe even Mother Nature and a tree. "Mother's Grave" is at the top, above a finger pointing Heavenward, and what we can make out of the inscription is "Nancy", "Wife of" and bits of "Hogan". The other pieces are face down, best left alone, and Findagrave (see below) comes to the rescue to provide Mr. Hogan's first initial (J.) along with "Died Feb. 5, 1858" and "Aged". If Findagrave is correct about her birthdate, she died just a few months before her 33rd birthday.

The historical marker provides some background:

Settlement in this area along Steele Creek began in the 1850s. Known by several names over the years -- including Steele Creek, Tidwell, Shady Grove and Pleasant Grove -- the community centered around a Methodist church named for the Rev. David J. Tidwell (1802-1883) who settled here with his family in 1853. A post office was established in 1856 with David Tidwell as postmaster, and soon the settlement included two general stores, the church, homes and a school.

Although burials in the community cemetery probably began earlier, the oldest documented grave here is that of Nancy Hogan, wife of J.M. Hogan, who died in February 1858. The cemetery includes about 175 marked graves, and an unknown number of unmarked ones. Inscriptions on the gravestones provide a testament to the sometimes harsh living conditions in frontier Texas and document a large number of infant and child deaths, as well as apparent epidemics that took the lives of several members of individual families. Located on land formerly owned by the Chisum family, the four-acre graveyard was deeded to the citizens living along Steele Creek by Mary Chisum, widow of J.R Chisum, in 1886. Initially known as Steele Creek Cemetery, it eventually took on the Tidwell name. Records indicate that burials ceased to occur here in the 1930s, and the site was largely abandoned until members of an association of Tidwell community descendants was formed in the 1980s to assume maintenance of the site.
FIRST - Classification Variable: Person or Group

Date of FIRST: 2/5/1858

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