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Waggoner Cemetery is north of Decatur. Go north out of town on Fm Rd 730. Turn left on CR 2360. There’s a Historical Marker by the gate on the left side of the road. The gate is locked and the cemetery is down the oil field road about a half of a mile. It’s on the left side as the road dead ends in a circle around an oil well.
The text on the Historical Marker at the gate is below.
Georgia natives the Rev. Henry Fullingim, his wife Martha, and their 17 children came to northeast Texas in 1849. Henry Fullingim served the area as a circuit-riding Methodist minister. Their son, Archibald, and their son-in-law, John Hale, came to Wise County in 1853 and were among the area’s first settlers. Hale became the first Wise County sheriff in 1856. This cemetery is named for John T. and Sarah Waggoner, on whose land it was established. Martha Fullingim’s burial in 1868 is the first recorded here. The Waggoners deeded the property to Wise County in 1885.
(Sesquicentennial of Texas statehood 1845 – 1995)
Thank you to Wendy Dolphay for helping us get to this cemetery. When we were there in December 2001 the county was having the cemetery surveyed with plans to fence it off from the pasture.
We found 12 headstones in December 2001, but there were several graves marked with rocks. The extra information in parenthesis was supplied by Wendy Dolphay. See the Fullingim family web page at http://www.angelfire.com/tx2/familycenter Also see the 2010 email from Mike Fullingim below the table of information.
|#||Name||Born||Date of Death||Information Notes||Link to Headstone Picture|
|12||Akins, F.P., Mrs. (Frances)||Apr 15, 1826||Dec 15, 1878||(Daughter of Henry & Martha Fullingim - Married first to Lewis Ruckman and lived in Hunt Co.)||Waggoner-12.jpg|
|9||Donald, Fannie A.||Apr 3, 18?||Sept 9, 1879||Headstone with Franklin B. - Infant of R.S. & M.D.||Waggoner-09.jpg|
|9||Donald, Fannie A.||Additional Picture||Waggoner-09a.jpg|
|9||Donald, Fannie A.||Additional Picture||Waggoner-09b.jpg|
|8||Donald, Franklin B.||May 8, 1877||Sept 18, 1877||Headstone with Fannie A. - Infant of R.S. & M.D.||Waggoner-08.jpg|
|8||Donald, Franklin B.||Additional Picture||Waggoner-08a.jpg|
|6||Fullingim, Charlie D.||July 8, 1875||Aged 4 yrs, 8 mos, 24 dys - Son of J.P. & Ann (Jesse & Margaret A. Donald Fullingim)||Waggoner-06.jpg|
|6||Fullingim, Charlie D.||Additional Picture||Waggoner-06a.jpg|
|6||Fullingim, Charlie D.||Additional Picture||Waggoner-06b.jpg|
|7||Fullingim, D.W. (David Wade)||Mar 6, 1881||Feb 15, 1885||Son of J.P. & M.A. (Jesse & Margaret A. Donald Fullingim)||Waggoner-07.jpg|
|7||Fullingim, D.W. (David Wade)||Additional Picture||Waggoner-07a.jpg|
|7||Fullingim, D.W. (David Wade)||Additional Picture||Waggoner-07b.jpg|
|7||Fullingim, D.W. (David Wade)||Additional Picture||Waggoner-07c.jpg|
|11||Fullingim, Fletcher (John Fletcher)||Oct 24, 1822||Apr 29, 1905||Headstone with Talitha C. (Son of Henry & Martha T. - Born in GA - Was a Confederate Veteran - Remarried in 1883 to Mrs. Matilda Roberts)||Waggoner-11.jpg|
|11||Fullingim, Fletcher (John Fletcher)||Additional Picture||Waggoner-11a.jpg|
|5||Fullingim, Martha T. (Martha Turpin Wade)||Additional Picture||Jan 16, 1868||Aged 69 yrs, 9 mos, 27 dys - Wife of Rev. H. - (Born in Georgia - Daughter of Peyton & Martha Perkins Wade - Moved from GA to AL in 1836 and then to TX in 1849 - Had 17 children. See family web page at http://www.angelfire.com/tx2/familycenter/pafg01.htm)||Waggoner-05.jpg|
|5||Fullingim, Martha T. (Martha Turpin Wade)||Additional Picture||Waggoner-05a.jpg|
|5||Fullingim, Martha T. (Martha Turpin Wade)||Additional Picture||Waggoner-05b.jpg|
|10||Fullingim, Talitha C. (Talitha Cumie Sykes)||Feb 14, 1825||May 31, 1880||Wife of Fletcher - (Married 1846 in Marshall Co., Miss.)||Waggoner-10.jpg|
|10||Fullingim, Talitha C. (Talitha Cumie Sykes)||Additional Picture||Waggoner-10a.jpg|
|10||Fullingim, Talitha C. (Talitha Cumie Sykes)||Additional Picture||Waggoner-10b.jpg|
|4||Pounds, K.W.||Nov 1839||Jan 5, 1919||Wife of L.K. - (Pounds family was charter member at Oak Grove Church)||Waggoner-04.jpg|
|3||Pounds, Lewis K.||Mar 10, 1846||Oct 9, 1916||Husband of K.W. - PVT CO H 16 MO INF Confederate States Army||Waggoner-03.jpg|
|3||Pounds, Lewis K.||Additional Picture||Waggoner-03a.jpg|
|3||Pounds, Lewis K.||Additional Picture||Waggoner-03b.jpg|
|2||Pounds, Mary C.||Dec 3, 1875||Dec 10, 1875||Daughter of L.K. & Catharine||Waggoner-02.jpg|
|2||Pounds, Mary C.||Additional Picture||Waggoner-02a.jpg|
|2||Pounds, Mary C.||Additional Picture||Waggoner-02b.jpg|
|1||Pounds, Othella May||Mar 11, 1907||Dec 16, 1907||Daughter of R.K. & Elsy||Waggoner-01.jpg|
|1||Pounds, Othella May||Additional Picture||Waggoner-01a.jpg|
|1||Pounds, Othella May||Additional Picture||Waggoner-01b.jpg|
|Wendy Dolphay, 108 PR 1308, Bridgeport, TX 76426 940-683-2682|
|Tommy Edwards - surveyer|
Aug 2010 – Email from Mike Fullingim - email@example.com
Just a note in regard to Waggoner Cemetery (north of Decatur), I have personally been trying to care for that cemetery since so many of my ancestors are interred there--namely my great great great grandmother (Martha T. Wade Fullingim) and may great great grandparents (John Fletcher and Talitha Cumi Fullingim). I have cut grass, weeds, and brush on many occasions and have carefully noted each stone-including rough cut and/or raw stones that were placed in the cemetery.
My distant cousin, Wm. E.
"Bill" Fullingim, and I worked diligently to acquire the Historical
Marker for the cemetery and erected it with ceremony near the gate to the
private property a number of years ago. We even formed a Waggoner Cemetery
Association, but because we all lived so far away and now many of those original
members have since died, the Association has gone awry! Bill met with the
Wise County Commissioners Court on several occasions, and there are minutes to
the effect that the County would conduct a proper survey of the Waggoner
Cemetery to re-establish the proper boundary of the cemetery that John T.
Waggoner had set aside and deeded to Wise County. Sadly, Bill Fullingim
died before seeing this survey completed and our Cemetery Association
constructing a much needed chain-link fence and proper gate around this small
cemetery. I really want to see this project completed in the near future
in honor of Bill Fullingim who is buried in the Oaklawn Cemetery. I
am holding ca. $1,500 thus far for this project--given in memoriam to him--and
will need to raise more I am sure, but my distance factor from Wise County
continues to be a major barrier. I am a professor at Oklahoma Wesleyan
University, and during my upcoming Fall break (21-24 October) I plan to make my
way down to Wise County for work in the cemetery and making contact with Wise
County authorities about this previous, officially-sanctioned survey.
My sincere thanks to you,
J. Michael Fullingim, Ph.D. (FAG# 47255008)
Prof., School of Religion and Philosophy
Oklahoma Wesleyan University
Bartlesville, OK 74006