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Frost Settlement Cemetery, Covington Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania

Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA

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Obituaries & Clippings Collected from Scrapbooks by Joyce M. Tice
For her Sullivan-Rutland Genealogy Project.
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Frost Settlement Cemetery Listing 1970
Frost Settlement Cemetery Listing 2005

Reading a series of obituaries from a single cemetery, as they are presented here, is like reading the multi-generational history of a community. These people were the local populace at a particular time. The people buried here knew each other, were neighbors, relatives and school mates. They attended church together and engaged in "trade" or business.  All people are listed in alphabetic order by surname at BIRTH. Women identified by a married alias only and  for whom a birth surname can not be identified, are listed on the last page for the cemetery's obituaries.

BAITY, Annie (or Amy) - (SRGP 08038) Tioga Eagle - Oct. 24, 1849 issue: Died at Covington, on the 18th ist., Mrs. Odle, consort of Mr. Alexander Odle, aged about 35 years.  


BOLT Lewis [SRGP 78877]  - Lewis L. Bolt, 70, of Mansfield, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003, at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro. Born June 29, 1932 in Blossburg, he was the son of Glen A. & Caroline Frost Bolt. He was the husband of the late Beverly Bolt. He was a truck driver for many years. He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Bolt. Surviving are two brothers, Glen [Dorla] Bolt of Elmira, NY, and John [Sandy] Bolt of Millerton. Calling hours were held Monday, Jan. 20 at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, P.C., Mansfield.  Services followed the calling hours with the Rev. Cathy Stevenson officiating. Burial was made at State Road Cemetery, Sullivan Township, Tioga County. - Wellsboro Gazette, January 22, 2003

BUTLER - Mrs. Isabelle Walker [SRGP 13560]
In Covington township, December 23, 1876, Isabelle, relict of the late Lewis Walker, in the 72nd year of her age.  (Tuesday, January 2, 1877, The Wellsboro Agitator, Wellsboro, Tioga Co, Pa.)


CLEVELAND, Lewis – Lewis Cleveland, of Canoecamp, died at the Blossburg hospital Thursday, aged about 73 years.  He is survived by his widow and one son, A.M. Cleveland.  The funeral was held Sunday; burial in the Frost Settlement cemetery.   Wellsboro Agitator, 10 December 1919.


CLEVELAND Otis---- (unreadable copy)------ Canoe Camp --- Man---Accident. Canoe Camp, Pa. (Feb. 21) -- A very sad accident occurred about a mile west of this place on Friday afternoon, resulting in the instant death of Cleveland, youngest son of Mrs. Amasa Cleveland. Seven men were working in the woods belonging to A. M. Spencer, felling trees and sawing them up into logs. Otis and Mr. Gardner were engaged in sawing logs and nearby two other men were cutting down a tree. When the tree commenced to fall the choppers yelled to Otis and his companion, who ran to one side, but the falling tree changed it's direction and before he could escape Otis was struck on the head by the limb, which crushed his skull and caused immediate death. A large number of relatives and friends attended the funeral on Sunday at the home of the mother of the deceased near where the accident occurred. The remains were interred at Frost Settlement. Otis Cleveland was an upright, honest, industrious young man, highly esteemed by all his acquaintances. He was only sixteen years of age and attended the village school of this place up to the time of his death.

DEWEY - WALLACE DEWEY, aged 73 years, dies at his home in Sullivan Township, of heart disease, last Friday (Feb. 28, 1925). He was a son of the late Edwin Dewey and was one of a family of seven children. His entire life had been spent on the farm where he died. About 35 years ago he married Miss Emma Baity, of Frost Settlement, who survives him. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Charles Shaw, of Pine City. The funeral was held Monday afternoon at the Baptist church on the State road; burial in the Frost Settlement cemetery. ---- Wellsboro Gazette, 5 Mar. 1925, p.8

HILL - JOHN A. HILL – [SRGP 84401] Sorry, newspaper not known & no date attached to clipping.
WELLSBORO, Pa. – John A. Hill Sr., 81 of Crooked Creek, died Wednesday in soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital. He was born Oct. 24, 1887 in Tioga County, the son of Nathan and Ida Rogers Hill. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Tioga Baptist Church. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Grace Rogers Hill, at home; three daughters, Mrs. Jack Thornton of Elmira, N.Y., Mrs. Wallace (Ruby) Spencer of Westfield, and Mrs. Kenneth (Lois) Wagner of Wellsboro; three sons, James, John Jr. and Hildreth, all of Crooked Creek; a brother, Frank J. Cole of Endicott, N.Y.; a sister, Mrs. Jennie bockus, Big Flats; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Friends may call at the Tussey Funeral Home today 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Melvin Negley officiating. Burial will be in Frost Settlement Cemetery, Covington. Submitted by Wilma JOHNS Sakowsky


MILLER Hazel [SRGP 03533]

Wellsboro Gazette – March 11, 1918

Hazel Watkins, 72, of Palmetto, Fla., formerly of Canoe Camp, died Wednesday, March 4, 1981, in Florida. She was the widow of Dennis Watkins. Born May 26, 1908, at Corning, N.Y., she was a daughter of Ralph and Cecile Chambers Miller.  Surviving are a son, Ralph Sr., of Dunnellon, Fla.; a daughter, Mrs. William (Betty) Haggadorn, of Palmetto; three sisters, Miss Edna Miller, of Sarasota, Fla., Mrs. Edward (Wanda) Carberri, of El Calon, Fla., and Mrs. Al (Lillian) Bowser, of Lockport, N, Y., and 13 grandchildren. The funeral was held Sunday at the Kuhl Funeral Home, Mansfield. Burial was in Frost Settlement Cemetery, Covington.  The Rev. Deborah Casey, pastor of Canoe Camp Church of Christ, Disciples, officiated.  (Note:  She was the daughter of Harriet Cecil Blackwell and Ralph Emerson Miller)


PEFFER, Maxine - Maxine Wilcox, age 84, of Covington, PA, died Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Country Terrace, Wellsboro, PA. She was born March 4, 1932 in Bratton Twp., Mifflin County, PA, a daughter of Lloyd and Dolly (Diehl) Peffer. Maxine celebrated 65 years of marriage on October 22, 2015 with her husband, Alfred W. Wilcox, Jr. She was a homemaker and Secretary/Tax Collector for Covington Township. Maxine was a member of the Covington Church of Christ, enjoyed spending time with her family, doing upholstery, sewing, and flower gardens. Maxine is survived by her husband, Alfred; 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, George and Brenda Wilcox of Millville, PA, Samie Wilcox of Covington, PA; 5 grandchildren, Samantha (Jerry Ogden) Wilcox, Daniel (Stefania) Wilcox, Christie (Paul) Blackwell, Kasey (Joshua) Mastellar, Trisha Wilcox; 2 great grandchildren, Karah and Carly Blackwell; a brother and sister-in-law, Jay and Donna Peffer of Mainesburg, PA; a sister, Alice Gohn of TN. She was predeceased by a son, Arthur Lloyd Wilcox in Sept. 1986; daughter-in-law, Christine Wilcox and several brothers and sisters. A private graveside service will be held with Rev. Michele Somerville officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Country Terrace Activities Fund, 1919 Shumway Hill Rd., Wellsboro, PA 16901 or a Local Chapter of the American Cancer Society. Burial will be in Frost Settlement Cemetery. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield is assisting the family. - Mansfield Gazette, March 23, 2016


ROGERS - Charles Rogers [SRGP 84132]

died at his home in Covington after several months' illness. He was 72 years of age. He was born in Ohio and when he was four years old came to Pennsylvania with his parents. He married Betsy Mae Cleveland, who died 29 years ago. In 1911 he married Miss Ida May Cole, of Sayre. He is survived by his widow and six children, James Roger of Blossburg; Mrs. Grace Hill of Frost Settlement; Mrs. Jennie Backus of Holiday; Frank Cole of Endicott; and a brother, John of Painted Post. Burial was in Frost Settlement. - Wellsboro Agitator, July 13, 1932

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: C:\TC\~srgp\new\100.gifROGERS - Grace A. Hill, 100, [SRGP 84400] of the Broad Acres Nursing Home, Wellsboro, died on Tuesday, Oct. 24,1989 at the nursing home. Born on Oct. 12,1889 in Covington, she was the daughter of Charles and Mae Cleveland Rogers. She made a home for many foster children in Tioga County. Preceding her in death were her husband, John A. Hill in 1969, one son, Harry Hill, in 1915, and several nieces and nephews. Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, . Dorothy and Jack Thornton of Elmira, N.Y., Ruby and Mario Davilas of Sebring, Fla., and Lois and Robert Corwin of Lawrenceville; three sons and daughters-in-law, James and Sue Hill of RD2 Wellsboro, John and Clara Hill Jr. of RD2 Wellsboro, and Uildreth C. Hill of Lawrenceville; 21 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren; 10 great greatgrandchildren. Services were held on Friday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. The Rev. John Truax of Tyrone officiated. Burial was made at the Frost Settlement cemetery in Covington.

WALKER - Mr. Samuel Stratton Walker, [SRGP 51622] one of the old residents of Covington township, died at the residence of Mr. L.R. Walker, at Frost Settlement, on the 12th instant. The deceased was born in New Hampshire in 1801. When Stratton, as he was called, was 12 years old his father moved his family of twelve children into the woods in Covington township, settling on the farm now owned by Charles Howland, At that time the county was pretty much a wilderness and the settlers were forced to go either to Williamsport or Painted Post to mill, carrying their grist's on a pack horse. About the year 1827 Stratton and his brother Lewis settled in Frost Settlement on the farm now owned by L.R. and Milton Walker. Of the large family of children who came to Covington in 1813 but four are now living -- Asabel Walker, now a resident of Illinois, James W. Walker, of Blossburg, Lydia, wife of Everett Bloss, of Covington, and Cynthia, wife of Moses Wheeler, living in Illinois. Stratton Walker, was afflicted with a slight lameness all his adult life, but he was nevertheless a very ambitious and effective worker. He was never married. - The Agitator, February 24, 1880


WATKINS Dennis E [SRGP 03532]

Wellsboro Gazette – October 17, 1974

Dennis E Watkins, 71, of Palmetto, Fla , a native of Mansfield, died Thursday, Oct 10, 1974, at his home. He was born April 16, 1903, a son of Orlando and Betty Watkins.  He was a member of the Covington Church of Christ,  Disciples.  Mr. Watkins was a retired electrician, having worked at Mansfield State College for many years.  He owned and operated the family homestead farm on Canoe Camp Road.  Surviving are his wife, the former Hazel Miller, a son, Ralph, of Mansfield, a daughter, Mrs. Bettie Stevenson, of Mansfield, a brother, Lyle of Ellenton, Fla., a sister, Mrs. Vera Watkins, of Fort Meyers, Fla., 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.   


 Lynn D. Watkins, age 44, of RD 1, Covington, died Friday, July 20, 1973.  Funeral services were held Sunday at 1:30 pm at the Kuhl Funeral Home, Mansfield with the Rev. Kermit Clickner officiating.  Interment, Frost Settlement Cemetery. He is survived by parents, Dennis and Hazel Watkins of Palamento, Florida and Covington; sister Mrs. Bettie Stevenson of RD 1, Mansfield; brother Ralph O. Watkins of RD 1, Covington. Mr. Watkins was an employee at the Corning Plant of the Corning Glass Works.  He was born April 27, 1929.

 Orlando W. Watkins, aged 68 years, died Wednesday evening at his home at Covington.  He is survived by his widow, Emma, and the following children: Edson F., of Covington; Lyle O., of Nichols; Mrs. Vera Gillette, of Elmira; Dennis E., at home.  The funeral was held Saturday.  Rev. H.L. Maltman, pastor of Christ church, officiating; interment in the Frost Settlement cemetery.  (The Agitator: Wellsboro, PA, Wednesday, November 21, 1928)

ALFRED W. WILCOX JR., age 93, of Covington, PA, died Friday, November 9, 2018 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. He was born May 18, 1925 in Covington, PA to Alfred Sr. and Mabel (Wood) Wilcox. Alfred was the husband of the late Maxine Wilcox with whom he celebrated 65 years of marriage. He was a member of the Covington Church of Christ. Alfred is survived by 2 sons, George (Brenda) Wilcox of Millville, PA, Samie (Sharon Kendrick) Wilcox of Covington, PA, 5 grandchildren Samantha (Jerry Ogden) Wilcox, Daniel (Stefania) Wilcox, Christie (Paul) Blackwell, Kasey (Joshua) Mastellar, Trisha Wilcox. He was preceded in death by his wife on March 16, 2016, a son Arthur Lloyd Wilcox on September 14, 1986 and a daughter in-law Christine Wilcox on April 11, 2015. A private graveside service will be held in Frost Settlement Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. 637 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA. –Funeral home obit

COVINGTON--Arthur L. Wilcox, 24, of Columbia, Tenn., a former local resident, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 1986, in Maury County Hospital, Columbia, where he was admitted following a one-car crash earlier yesterday in Maury County, Tennessee. Born in Yuma, Ariz., Feb. 6, 1962, he was a son of Alfred W. and Maxine Peffer Wilcox. He was a member of Covington Church of Christ. Mr. Wilcox was a graduate of North Penn High School, Blossburg, and the Pennsylvania State University.  At the time of his death, he was a graduate student at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. He received numerous awards for scholastic and athletic achievements while in high school, where he also was awarded the Presidential Physical Fitness Award five consecutive years. Mr. Wilcox was a member of the Penn State Alumni Assn. and the Pennsylvania Mechanical Engineers Assn. In 1984, he was named to the Tau Beta Pi Society, a national engineering honor society. Mr. Wilcox had worked for General Electric Corp. in Cleveland, Ohio, Plainfield, Conn., Columbia, Tenn., and San Hermana, Puerto Rico. Mr. Wilcox was engaged to be married to Miss Carla Pigg, of Columbia, Tenn. Surviving, besides his parents, of Covington, are two brothers, George, of Bloomsburg, and Samie, at home; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Dolly Peffer, of Wellsboro, and paternal grandmother, Mrs. Mabel Wilcox, also of Covington. The funeral will be at 3:30 pm Thursday at Scureman's, 130 South Main Street, Mansfield.  Burial will be in Frost Settlement Cemetery, Covington Twp., Tioga County. The Rev. Ira Hindman, his pastor, will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm Wednesday

Mrs. Mary WILKINS Baity, (SRGP 03490) 75, OF Covington RD, Thursday, Mar. 11, 1948. Survived by sons, Jessie and Edson of Covington; daughters, Mrs. Anna Smith of Mainesburg; Mrs. Mildred York of Covington; brother, George Wilkins of Mansfield, 12 grandchildren, one great grandchild, several nieces and nephews. Body is at the Shaw Funeral Home, Mansfield, and Saturday afternoon will be removed to family home, where funeral will be held Sunday, 2 p. m. Rev. David Griffiths. Frost Settlement Cemetery. 

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Published On Tri-Counties Site On 07 NOV 2004
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