Waggoner Cemetery is located approximately four (4) miles north of the Decatur Courthouse on N Trinity St, which becomes FM730. After going north on FM730, turn left onto Co Rd 2360 (aka Black Creek Lake Road) and proceed for about one quarter to one half mile to the Texas Historical Marker erected on the west side of the road. Because the cemetery is located on private property, and the gate remains locked, it is necessary to scale the gate and walk down the gas lease access road about 1/4 mile to the cemetery located among the trees off to the left at the upper reaches of Catlett Creek.
Approximately thirty-eight grave sites have been located to date in the cemetery (as of 22 Oct 2010), only twelve of which have full inscriptions of name and dates, ten of which have decipherable initials inscribed in the rough hewn stone markers, and the remainder of which were marked by rough stones only--either by a single headstone (sometimes plus a foot stone), or else by a pile of stones stacked in a 4' x 6' rectangular vault. Those graves that were also marked by foot stones give the researcher a clear indication whether the person interred was an adult or a child/infant.
According to the land platte map for Wise County, the 1.6 acre cemetery is in the shape of an East-West rectangle, the boundaries of which have yet to be definitively located by a county surveyor. The grave sites themselves are all situated on a 50º NE orientation (rather than a true 90º East orientation), and are situated in five or six rows. The rows have been arbitrarily numbered from Row One starting on the west (southwest) with only two graves, Row Two with nine graves, Row Two-A with one child's grave, Row Three with ten graves, Row Four with ten graves, and Rows five and six with two or three graves each (these last two rows were not cleaned, excavated, or photographed when this researcher conducted his documentation on 21-22 October 2010). Each grave site has been assigned a consecutive number for its Row, with #1 on the North. So the short-hand system of notation is as follows: R2W,G4N (to be read, "On Row 2 from the West side of the cemetery, Grave site #4 from the Northernmost stone on that Row.")
GPS Coordinates: 33.2962, -97.58661
- Added: 15 Mar 2010
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2345901
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