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Cemetery Listings - Tioga County, Pennsylvania
Wellsboro  Cemetery, Wellsboro, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 2008
Cemetery recorded 2008

Wellsboro Cemetery 2008 - By Section
Recorded by Linda CORNELL Reese with some small help and a great deal of encouragement from Joyce M.Tice
This listing also includes unmarked burials by section from the caretaker's office records.
Total Number of identifiable burials as close as we can make it =  8925
A 1080 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 Oa 127
B 1254 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 Ob 129
C 36 C D 178 D1 D2   E 464 E1 E2 E3 E4 E5 Oc-e 97 F 117 F
G 250 G1 G2 G3 H 33 H J 113 J Of-j K 873 K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 K8 O-k 141
L 360 L1 L2 L3 M 678 M1 M2 M3 M4 M5 M6 N 795 N1 N2 N3 N4 N5 N6 N7 O l-s 226
O 449 O1 O2 O3 O4 P 774 P1 P2 P3 P4 P5 P6 P7
R 564 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 S 82 S1 T 95 T1 U 10 U

Chapel is in Section E

The following list is part of the Tioga County Cemetery Inscriptions– Volume 6. The cemetery was read in the 1970s by Rhoda ENGLISH Ladd and her husband William LADD and Mildred and Victor TINKHAM. RePrinted by permission of Rhoda ENGLISH Ladd It was retyped 1997 by Carol Banduccie of Erie PA
WELLSBORO CEMETERY 1970s alphabetic
Wellsboro, TIOGA COUNTY, PA. 

As told by My Great Grandfather Robert Carl ( R.C.) Siemens : When the cemetery was started by William Bache, he bought the land and laid out the roads, set the trees, and sold what lots were needed. He then went on to beautify the cemetery. He later turned it over to the Wellsboro Cemetery Company, and when it was nearly sold they realized there had been no provisions made for perpetual care. Everyone was expected to care for their own lots, and many of the people did. But in a few years, most of the early lot holders were dead, and there was no one to keep up the lots. The Cemetery Company had tried up until this time, to use the money from the lots sold for care. However they never promised to do the upkeep when the lots were sold. The time finally came when the Cemetery Company. realized it could no longer continue the care and that at the time of purchase, provisions would have to be made for perpetual care. They also would stop mowing the grass and and other work as it costs more than the last year (1887) for the work than received for lots sold, opening graves and the sale of vaults. Expenses were coming up as in fencing at the rear of the new part of the cemetery, layout of the new roads, trees and shrubs as well as the layout of lots. The money from the sale of the lots is all that enables the Cemetery Company to accomplish these things. Their thoughts were that if everyone that had a lot would pay something toward a fund, that the interest could be used fro upkeep, and the cemetery would always remain beautiful. There as of now (1887) more people buried there than there are alive in Wellsboro.

This story was put to writing by Eleanor Siemens Stork as told to here by her father R.C.Siemens.

Tioga Agitator
October 25, 1865
The Wellsboro Cemetery Company
It has been said that the degree of civilization and refinement employed by a community may be known on view of its burial place.  We believe the t??? to be a just one; and so believing presume that a few words touching the efforts of our Cemetery Company to give Wellsboro and vicinity a good name among men, will not be misplaced.
The Company was incorporated by act of Assembly, approved April , 1849, but nothing was done until the passage of the supplemental act of April 1855, substituting Messrs. Chester Robinson, Wm. Bache, Geo. McLeod, S.F. Wilson. S.E. Ensworth, James I. Jackson, Joseph Riberolle, and Levi I. Nichols, in lieu of the persons named as corporators in the original act. In July, following, the Company organized by electing L.I. Nichols President, James T. Jackson Secretary, and J.L. Robinson Treasurer.  A committee on location was also appointed, which made a final report on the 7th of September, and the Board decided to purchase the present site, then owned by S.F. Wilson, containing 9 ½ acres.  The price paid was $476.
In November, following, the ground was cleared, plowed and laid down, and considerable progress made in improving the grounds under the superintendence of Mr. B.F. Hathaway, of Flushing, L.I.  The price of lots was at first fixed at 8 and 10 cents per foot; but in June 1868, the minimum price was fixed at 6 cents per foot and a sale by public outcry ordered for the 18th of August.
A Board of Managers was elected September 1 of that year, as follows:  Messers. Chester Robinson, Wm. Bache, Geo. McLeod, S.F. Wilson, S.E. Ensworth, James L. Jackson, Joseph Riberolle, L.I. Nichols, and Peter Green.  The Managers encountered many obstacles (for work of civilization is never light), but by dint of steady perseverance they triumphed over apathy and prejudice.  By issue of scrip, for the redemption of which the proceeds of future sales of lots was pledged, the Company carried on the work of improvement steadily, and the number of lot holders measurably increased.
In October, 1856,  Mr. William Bache was elected President of the Company, and Messrs. Jackson, and Robinson, were re-elected Secretary, and Treasurer, respectively.  The Board remained unchanged up to last September, when M.H. Cobb was elected Secretary, vice James I. Jackson, resigned.  The original Board of Managers, with the exception of Messrs. Robert Campbell and Wm. P. Shumway. Elected in place of Messrs. McLeod and C. Robinson in 1862, and still continues.
At a meeting of the Board on the 16th ultimo, the President reported one-fourth of the lots sold, and the virtual extinction of the corporation indebtedness.  The work of improving and beautifying the grounds will now be steadily prosecuted.  The Co., is now preparing to enlarge the premises by purchase of lands adjoining, and it is to be hoped that negotiations to that end may not meet with unusual hindrance.  Already the improvements reflect credit upon management.  Trees have been planted, the sloughs reclaimed, and roadways improved by labor and the lapse of time.  The enterprise has emerged from its embarrassments, and seconded by a generous and appreciating public can now essay a larger measure of improvement.  All should remember that the stranger will make our Cemetery the test of our culture and progress in civilization.  Every head of every family in this region should hasten to identify himself with this effort to render the place of the dead as pleasing to the eye as the grounds which surround the homes of the living.

Published on Tri-Counties  13 DEC 1997