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Pedigo Cemetery
Pedigo Cemetery

Pedigo descendants and spouses inherit the privilege of being buried the Pedigo cemetery. In 1938, the Abram and Julia Pedigo's 11 children honored their parents' memory with a stone chapel in the family cemetery. The cemetery was begun in 1883 with the first two graves being those of Pedigo's daughter, Cornelia who died in childbirth along with her infant daughter (one of a set of twins).

Abram and Julia arrived in Texas in 1857 with their 11 children. They embodied a productive lifestyle and established a plantation, grist mill, cotton gin, and sugar mill. Abram was born in 1826 and died at the age of 79 in 1906. Born in 1833, Julia died in 1902 at the age of 69.  

The cemetery is located on Pedigo Loop and accessed from FM 92 in the Town Bluff community. The development of homesites along the Loop began in 1870 when Sara Hicks, a widow with six children, arrived from Georgia. Pedigo located his family plantation on the loop in 1880. The community was officially named for Pedigo in 1902 when that family established a Post Office in their home.  Population of Pedigo ranged from 150 at its peak in the 1920's down to 50 in the 1960's. The Post Office closed and mail was delivered in Woodville during the 1930's.

James Barnes Headstone
James Barnes Headstone

James Barnes was fondly referred to as The Pathfinder and was known by all as a modest and endearing man. He was born in 1781 in a fort in North Carolina and migrated first to Mississippi, then to the Republic of Texas in October of 1836. In 1863, he was laid to rest in Mt. Hope Cemetery near Chester.

His Mission:  To establish schools and churches in the farthest reaches of civilization.

His Advice:  Cultivate good soil, practice conservation, and remember - honest labor is always rewarded.

Cruse Cemetery
Cruse Cemetery

Squire Cruse was born in 1796 in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He migrated to Tennessee where he met Miss Piety Pruitt who became his bride in 1819. In 1833 Cruse loaded his wagon and set off for Texas with Miss Piety, their six children, two mules and a cow. While floating down the Mississippi River, their raft was destroyed by a treacherous storm. Five of the children drowned leaving oldest, Sam, to help his family restart the journey to Tejas. 

Cruse settled on Wolf Creek near the Neches River. He served in Sam Houston's army during Texas War for Independence and joined the forces fighting in the Mexican American War. Seven more children were born to Squire and Piety in Texas - bringing their total number of offspring to 13. At age 81, Cruse died in 1877 and was buried in what became the family cemetery near his beloved Wolf Creek.

A fitting epithet marks his grave - The Noblest Work of God, An Honest Man.

Magnolia Cemetery Displays Patriotism
Magnolia Cemetery Displays Patriotism

The idea for recognizing our local veterans on Memorial Day was born in Jackie Blakney's imagination more than 10 years ago when he visited a cemetery in Beaumont and noticed two American flags posted beside graves of veterans. Without fanfare - or for that matter, without permission - he invested his personal funds in 50 flags and placed them by veterans' graves in Magnolia cemetery. When the flags were observed by his sisters, Wanda Farrell and Joyce Wilson, they came to tell him about the wonderful display and insisted that he go with them to see it. Conversation soon revealed the truth that he was responsible for the flags. Through the years the sisters and many other local volunteers, like Nancy and James Rogers, stepped up to assist with and add to the memorial. Ultimately the project was picked up by the local Rotary Club whose members now place over 400 flags each year.

In addition to the cemetery in Woodville, Blakeney took on projects to decorate the Colmesneil Cemetery, the Camp Ground Cemetery, and the Bolivar Peninsula Cemetery. Those three locations have now been adopted by the City of Colmesneil, the Camp Ground Baptist Church, and the Bolivar Fire Department. No one can deny that Blakekey's generosity and humility have proven the old adage to be quite true:  There's no limit to the good a man can do if he doesn't care who gets the credit.

Fellowship Cemetery


Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church owns the cemetery where John Risinger and his leg are buried in separate plots. Legend has it that John was trying to defend a hog that was being chased by a bear. With the bear switching targets from the hog to himself, John tried to escape by climbing a nearby tree. He almost evaded the bear - alas, the leg was buried. According to notes in a Find A Grave website, Risinger was 26 years old in 1917 when he completed the required draft registration card. The card states that he was a single, self-employed farmer with his right leg missing. The final resting place for John Risinger's remaining remains is in a different section of the same cemetery.

Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 03 May 2021), memorial page for John Rodney “Rodney” Risinger (16 Nov 1890–13 Dec 1974), Find a Grave Memorial ID 46173341, citing Fellowship Baptist Cemetery, Warren, Tyler County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Carrol Risinger (contributor 47157734) .

Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church
Warren, Texas

The Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church was established in 1867.  There is a cemetery in the yard of the current Church buildng, with a single grave.  
Amanda Woolley, a former enslaved child, was brought to Tyler County in the early 1860s with family of David and Carolyn Woolley.  She joined the Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church in April 1878, and worshiped there throughout her life.  Amanda requested to be buried in the yard of the Church, and that request was honored. 

Click here earn more about Amanda Woolley.

Tyler County Historical Commission
P.O. Box 777
Woodville, TX 75979

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