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Teague Cemetery is located in the woods and brush south
A little over a mile west of Rhome on Hwy 114, turn south on Cemetery Rd. Go past Aurora Cemetery and head south till the road dead ends. Take a right. This should be Brammer Dr. take it all the way until it dead ends into McGoodwin St. Take a left on McGoodwin all the way until it dead ends into Oates Creek Rd. Take it to the left (it looks like a driveway) all the way to the end. At the end of the road is a two story house on the right. If you look to the left you will see a barn. Go down that road and when it turns to the right the cemetery will be right there in front of you. In August of 2001 the cemetery was very grown up but there was a tall pipe arch at the gate that you could see. (Thank you to Wayne Huff for these directions.)(Go to the bottom of this page to see several pictures of the cemetery clean-up that was done in 2004)
On McGoodwin St. west of the cemetery there's a Historical Marker by the road. The text is as follows:
Named for John Teague, a veteran of the war with Mexico (1846-48) who came from Missouri with his family in 1858 and settled this land. Teague also served on the frontier during the Civil War. Teague’s mother, or a son, was possibly the first burial here. The earliest gravestone is that of the Rev. Jacob Moffett, who was killed by Indians on Sept 5, 1865. The cemetery contains about 30 graves, of which only 12 have inscribed tombstones. In 1885, Teague moved to Foard County, and the cemetery was no longer used, as other burial plots were opened in the area.
In August 2001 we found 11
headstones scattered in the brush. In Dec 2000 Homer Hodges of Azle found the additional
headstone of Elizabeth Smith #. In 1991 Benny and Linda Huff found and
photographed the headstones of Nathan, Rachel & James Huff and Jacob Craig
(#s 12, 13, 14 & 15).
In December 2004 Dale Ellison & Darrell Minter dug out and took a picture of the T.E. McCraw headstone, #17.
The information about John Teague was sent by Pete and Mary Ross of Colorado. Check (http://www.frontier.net/~pmross) for more information.
We have two good newspaper articles about this cemetery, and the Indian killings associated with it. They came from the Wise County Messenger and Fort Worth Star Telegram. The images below are thumbnails. Click on them to see them large enough to read.
In the Alphabetical Information Table below some headstones have several pictures. The pictures/jpg names with 2004 in them will be the newer pictures.
|#||Name||Born||Date of Death||Information Notes||Link to Headstone Picture|
|Not Found||Boyd, John G., Sr.||no dates||Teague-No Picture.jpg|
|15||Craig, Jacob||Dec 10, 1871||TX PVT 1 Frontier District Confederate States Army (Husband of Miranda H. Huff, daughter of Nathan)||Teague-15.jpg|
|15||Craig, Jacob||Additional Picture||Teague-15-2004.jpg|
|Not Found||Dawson, Mother||no dates||Teague-No Picture.jpg|
|10||Dawson, Nicholas H.||July 12, 1870||Aged 32 yrs, 6 mos, 9 dys - Killed and scalped by Indians - Headstone repaired by Ray & Freeda Ford Harlow Dec 21, 1970||Teague-10.jpg|
|10||Dawson, Nicholas H.||Additional Picture||Teague-10-2004.jpg|
|10||Dawson, Nicholas H.||Additional Picture||Teague-10a.jpg|
|10||Dawson, Nicholas H.||Additional Picture||Teague-10b.jpg|
|10||Dawson, Nicholas H.||Additional Picture||Teague-10c.jpg|
|10||Dawson, Nicholas H.||Additional Picture||Teague-10d.jpg|
|10||Dawson, Nicholas H.||Additional Picture||Teague-10e.jpg|
|10||Dawson, Nicholas H.||Additional Picture||Teague-10f.jpg|
|10||Dawson, Nicholas H.||Additional Picture||Teague-10g.jpg|
|Not Found||Dawson, Sr.||no dates||Teague-No Picture.jpg|
|Not Found||Hays, Infant||no dates||Teague-No Picture.jpg|
|Not Found||Hays, Martha Pachel||1875||Teague-No Picture.jpg|
|Not Found||Hays, Mary||no dates||Teague-No Picture.jpg|
|Not Found||Hays, Samuel||no dates||Teague-No Picture.jpg|
|7||Helm, Curtis||no dates||Teague-07.jpg|
|7||Helm, Curtis||Additional Picture||Teague-07-2004.jpg|
|2||Helm, Margaret E.||Mar 2, 1875||Aged 22 yrs. - Headstone with Cyntha J. Mullis and W.S., Mary A. & Lucy L. Oates||Teague-02.jpg|
|2||Helm, Margaret E.||Additional Picture||Teague-02-2004.jpg|
|2||Helm, Margaret E.||Additional Picture||Teague-02a.jpg|
|2||Helm, Margaret E.||Additional Picture||Teague-02b.jpg|
|Not Found||Huff, Andrew||no dates||Grandson of Nathan||Teague-No Picture.jpg|
|14||Huff, James N.||Dec 30, 1876||Sept 11, 1877||Son of N.H. & M.L. - (Info. Submitted by Benny Huff:) (Son of Nathan H. & Mary Lucetta Whitten Huff) ( Nathan H. Huff died Jan 26, 1918 in Boyd) (Grandson of Nathan P. & Rachel Radcliff Huff)||Teague-14.jpg|
|14||Huff, James N.||Additional Picture||Teague-14-2004.jpg|
|12||Huff, Nathan||Apr 19, 1804||Jan 25, 1877||(Picture taken in 1991 and sent in by Benny & Linda Huff) (3 of his daughters were married to Civil War Veterans) (3 of his sons, Charles R., Joshua F. & Samuel M., were Civil War Veterans - Samuel was killed in the war)||Teague-12.jpg|
|12||Huff, Nathan||Additional Picture||Teague-12-2004.jpg|
|13||Huff, Rachel||Jan 24, 1874||Aged 67 yrs 15 dys - Wife of Nathan - (Picture taken in 1991 and sent in by Benny & Linda Huff)||Teague-13.jpg|
|13||Huff, Rachel||Additional Picture||Teague-13-2004.jpg|
|17||McCraw, T.E.||Mar 1846||Aug 22, ?||right side is broken - found in 2004||Teague-17-2004.jpg|
|9||Moffett, Infant||Feb 25, 1876||Feb 25, 1876||Infant of J.C. & J.||Teague-09.jpg|
|9||Moffett, Infant||Additional Picture||Teague-09-2004.jpg|
|9||Moffett, Infant||Additional Picture||Teague-09a.jpg|
|9||Moffett, Infant||Additional Picture||Teague-09b.jpg|
|9||Moffett, Infant||Additional Picture||Teague-09c.jpg|
|11||Moffett, Jacob||Sept 4, 1865||Aged 44 yrs, 4 dys - Killed by Indians||Teague-11.jpg|
|11||Moffett, Jacob||Additional Picture||Teague-11-2004.jpg|
|11||Moffett, Jacob||Additional Picture||Teague-11a.jpg|
|11||Moffett, Jacob||Additional Picture||Teague-11b.jpg|
|11||Moffett, Jacob||Additional Picture||Teague-11c.jpg|
|11||Moffett, Jacob||Additional Picture||Teague-11d.jpg|
|3||Mullis, Cyntha J.||Apr 12, 1866||Aged 18 yrs. - Headstone with Margaret E. Helm and W.S., Mary A. & Lucy L. Oates||Teague-03.jpg|
|3||Mullis, Cyntha J.||Additional Picture||Teague-03-2004.jpg|
|3||Mullis, Cyntha J.||Additional Picture||Teague-03a.jpg|
|3||Mullis, Cyntha J.||Additional Picture||Teague-03a-2004.jpg|
|3||Mullis, Cyntha J.||Additional Picture||Teague-03b-2004.jpg|
|8||Mullis, Infant||no dates||Infant of J. & C.J.||Teague-08.jpg|
|8||Mullis, Infant||Additional Picture||Teague-08-2004.jpg|
|8||Mullis, Infant||Additional Picture||Teague-08a.jpg|
|Not Found||Nichols, Exay||no dates||Teague-No Picture.jpg|
|Not Found||Nichols, Ira||no dates||Teague-No Picture.jpg|
|6||Oates, Lucy L.||June 16, 1869||Aged 18 yrs. - Headstone with Margaret E. Helm, Cyntha J. Mullis and W.S. & Mary A. Oates||Teague-06.jpg|
|6||Oates, Lucy L.||Additional Picture||Teague-06-2004.jpg|
|6||Oates, Lucy L.||Additional Picture||Teague-06a.jpg|
|5||Oates, Mary A.||May 16, 1873||Aged 46 yrs. - Wife of W.S. - Headstone with Margaret E. Helm, Cyntha J. Mullis and W.S. & Lucy L. Oates||Teague-05.jpg|
|5||Oates, Mary A.||Additional Picture||Teague-05a.jpg|
|1||Oates, Mary Maude||May 27, 1883||Aged 9 mos. - Infant of M.T. & M.E.||Teague-01.jpg|
|1||Oates, Mary Maude||Additional Picture||Teague-01a.jpg|
|1||Oates, Mary Maude||Additional Picture||Teague-01b.jpg|
|4||Oates, W.S.||Mar 10, 1864||Aged 44 yrs. - Died at Buffalo Hospital I.T. - Headstone with Margaret E. Helm, Cyntha J. Mullis and Mary A. & Lucy L. Oates||Teague-04.jpg|
|4||Oates, W.S.||Additional Picture||Teague-04-2004.jpg|
|4||Oates, W.S.||Additional Picture||Teague-04a.jpg|
|4||Oates, W.S.||Additional Picture||Teague-04b.jpg|
|4||Oates, W.S.||Additional Picture||Teague-04c.jpg|
|16||Smith, Elizabeth H.||1829||1871||(Found in Dec 2000 by Homer Hodges, but not seen in Aug 2001, found again in 2004)||Teague-16-2004.jpg|
|Not Found||Teague, Infant||no dates||Son of Mary J. (Wife of John was Martha Anderson)||Teague-No Picture.jpg|
|Not Found||Teague, Sarah Killian||no dates||(1885)||(Mother of John-who was born in NC in 1825-moved to Missouri in 1840, Wise Co. in 1858, and Foard Co. in 1885) (Wife of Michael (? – 1840)) (Mother of Delilah and Suzannah who both married Farr’s)||Teague-No Picture.jpg|
|Not Found - information from an earlier listing at the Wise County Heritage Museum|
|Directions sent by Wayne Huff of Fort Worth email@example.com|
|Pictures of 12, 13, 14 & 15 taken in 1991 and sent in by Benny and Linda Huff of Henderson County firstname.lastname@example.org|
|John Teague info sent by Pete & Mary Ross of Colorado http://www.frontier.net/~pmross|
|Cemetery was cleaned up in 2004 and pictures were sent in then by Dale Ellison and Darrell Minter and Tammy Wilson|
|Tammy Wilson, 2813 Rosecliff Terrace, Grapevine, TX 76051, 817-903-1044 Cell, descendant of Helm/Oates family buried in Teague Cemetery email@example.com|
Below are 2 communications from Tammy Wilson who, along with Dale Ellison firstname.lastname@example.org, David Wilson, Darrell Minter, Don Dye and others cleaned up Teague Cemetey in 2004. Some pictures of their work are below.
Latest Update on cemetery work- 2004
Here are a few photos from today where there was more work going on at Teague. The stump grinder was rented and David Wilson used it for several hours today. Stumps were ground along the fence rows today to prepare for digging holes for the fence posts. Dale Ellison worked today probing for more possible headstones/markers. You will notice the trees that have been cut by Dale in the background of some of these photos. He has marked off areas and is probing to see if more buried stones can be found.
Thanks for all the help!
Picture of Dale Ellison with dead tree he cut down in the background. You can see a great view of the very back (east side) of the cemetery near the dirt road/creek as it looks today - cleared out!!! We found several buried rocks/markers that we think are graves since they are near the old live oaks that had previously been cut down.
Stump grinder in action! David Wilson using the stump grinder today near the northwest corner of the cemetery. It will look so much better and easier to maintain with those stumps gone!
Stumps that were ground near the Huff graves. There were some real big trees in front of the Huff graves and this will be where the front of the new fence will go so these stumps needed to be ground!
Clean-up December 2004
Our brush pile outside of Teague Cemetery is really GROWING! Take a look at the pictures (at bottom of page) taken by Dale Ellison this past weekend. Dale Ellison and Don Dye came out to the Teague Cemetery on Saturday and really worked hard!! We cleared out more of the area back behind the cemetery between the back fence and the dirt road near the creek. It was so thick with trees and what Dale calls green barb wire (the green stickery briar that grows thick in trees! yuk!) Dale Ellison came out by himself on Sunday and cleared out more trees in this same area and it looks so nice now! We left all the live oaks that were there and the old stumps of the big live oaks that were once there. We left some of the Osage Orange Tree (Bois d' Arc Trees) that Mrs. Pegues says in her Newark book that the Indians were afraid of since they thought they have evil spirits. This back area is now completely cleared out and it looks so nice now! It is really beginning to take shape and you can see great potential. I think a uniform fence will make all the difference in the world.
An employee of Devon Energy met me at the cemetery on Friday and they will deliver for us or I can pick up the pipe for the fence. I really appreciate this donation of pipe! I am excited about getting a good fence back up to protect the markers and headstones. I am applying for a new historic plague for this cemetery with the Texas Historical Commission. I could use some help with this if anyone is interested.
We will be doing more work at the cemetery between Christmas (after Christmas) and New Year's Day. I would like to get the fence up as soon as possible and then begin trying to restore what is left of any markers and some of the headstones that need repair and then paint the fence one uniform color.
I would like to put in some benches and make the cemetery look nice!! Eventually, I would like to put ONE NICE HEADSTONE with everyone's name on it that is buried in the cemetery with dates possibly. I may ask for donations to try to get this done. There are so many unmarked graves and graves that just have a rock (or crumbled rock) that I think it would be very nice to have one real nice marker in the cemetery with everyone's name on it.
I really feel this is a worthwhile project for all of us and I would like to contact more families of those buried in Teague and let them know what we are doing. I feel that these pioneers of Wise County now buried in Teague Cemetery deserve our efforts to preserve this beautiful setting that is now their place of rest.
Let me know if you would like to help.
2813 Rosecliff Terrace
Grapevine, TX 76051
descendant of Helm/Oates family buried in Teague Cemetery
Etta Pegues' poem about Jacob Moffett :
THE BIBLE AND THE ARROW
(Ballad of Parson Jacob Moffett)
The sky was blue that Sunday morning,
As Newark skies are bright
When air hangs feather-light with promise
With not a cloud in sight.
Parson Moffett rode alone,
His Bible for a mate,
As step by step he traveled west
To meet a dreadful fate.
The oriflame of ministry
Was borne with joy and pride
As he spread glad tiding of good news
Around the countryside.
He reached the Trinity Rivier
And stopped to rest a spell,
While he reviewed his sermon theme,
A test on grace and hell.
Comanches swooped down unaware
With murder in their heart,
They poised the bow and took their aim,
Let go to the poisoned dart.
His head was severed from his neck,
His scalp became their own...
No friend was there to weep for him
Or hear his dying groan.
The people on the hilltop heard
And were paralyzed with fear,
As hour by hour the terror grew,
So no one ventured near.
Until Sam Hyas, a friend indeed
Who raised a lustrous dome,
Though not alone, God went with him,
To haul the body home.
His wife placed a sapling at his grave
To form a canopy
Like a parson bowing long in prayer
In its lonely liturgy.
More than a century has passed
Since all the Indian raids,
But the tree still stands steadfast and strong
As the man whose grave it shades.
They searched the site where Jacob died
And froze at what they found:
An arrow pierced the sacred Book
And pinned it to the ground.
His congregation waits for him
In the regions of the sky,
Where murders will never ride
And arrows never fly.
By Etta Pegues
From Tammy Wilson:
Below are some pictures of the cemetery clean-up, December 2004:
Below are some of the new pictures taken of headstones after the clean-up in Dec 2004: