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Free Church Cemetery,  Deerfield Township,  Tioga County, Pennsylvania - 1970s and 2003

Photo by Donna Allen

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This is from Tioga County Cemetery Inscriptions, reprinted with permission of Rhoda ENGLISH Ladd 

The Free Church Cemetery lies immediately about the Church edifice to Southward. The older portions overrun with brambles. The first burials were in Knoxville on Troup's Creek. The first remains were exhumed and reburied in the Free Church about 1832 The land was on property of Jonathon Matteson. Burials began here 1832 according to Edwin A. Glover of Knoxville. One hundred and one burials reported in 1940., not counting the ones in Riverside Cemetery. Today, like the Quaker Cemetery, all markers have been removed and the borough maintains it as a park. From references of 'Old Deerfield' by Eugene A. Seelye, an unmarked grave holds Simon Rexford, Pioneer and Revolution soldier. I had typed records copied by Lola Franke of Wellsboro. Another list was brought in, prepared from records and history from deed - Norman B. Leslie to the borough of Knoxville, Volume 214, p. 365, by R.W. Edgcomb. As the latest list contains lot owners and more burials, I will copy this list. You will also find some of these in Quaker Cemetery in book 2 of our Cemetery records.
The following note is from Donna Allen September 2003: The lot is kept mowed and cleaned. There is no other evidence that a cemetery ever existed here.

SURNAME FIRST NAME BIRTH DATE DEATH DATE AGE NOTES LOT#
MATTESON Jonathon   Oct 30, 1859 79y 4mo 8d   1
MATTESON Lydia (Colvin)   May 29, 1849 62y 2mo 28da w/o Jonathan 1
MATTESON  David Mar 1, 1742     Albany Co. Military 6th Reg 1
MATTESON Mary (Sweet) Apr 29, 1752     w/o David and d/o Griffin Sweet 1
MATTESON Cummings Mar 31, 1814 Mar 3, 1877     13
MATTESON Saviah May 20, 1833 Aug 7, 1834   d/o C. and Delilah Matteson 13
MATTESON Lewis Feb 24, 1848 Dec 15, 1866   s/o C. and Delilah 13
ABBOTT Christopher   Mar 2, 1876 74y 15d   2
MANN Tommy W.   Dec 30, 1881 9mo 16da s/o T.J. and Y.G. Mann 2
MANN Willie   Jan 7, 1882 6yr 10mo 15da s/o T.J. and Y.G. Mann 2
MANN Lewis   Jan 6, 1882 2yr 8mo 12da s/o T.J. and Y.G. Mann 2
COLVIN Jos.       Rev. War 1777-1778 Capt. Samuel Walls Co. and Col. Archibald Kasson's Reg. 14
COLVIN Lucretia   May 9, 1838 7yr d/o Joseph and May Colvin 14
COLVIN C.   Jun 1, 1881 51y 13da   2
COLVIN B.   Jul 19, 1829 5mo   2
RIXFORD Almira   Aug 1, 1821 21y 4mo 9da w/o David Rixford 4
WAKLEY Albert Sep 15, 1865 21yr 7mo 3da     5
WAKLEE John   Mar 28, 1864 67yr 7mo 16da   5
WAKLEE Mary A.   Jun 5, 1870 53yr 29da w/o John Waklee 5
WAKLEE Joseph   Jul 7, 1854 35yr   5
WAKLEE John    Feb 4, 1839 59yr   5
WAKLEE Elizabeth C.   Jan 27, 1859 93y w/o John Waklee 5
WAKLEE Robert A.   1852   s/o John and Mary Waklee 6
WAKLEE Robert A.   Aug 5, 1834   s/o John and Dinah Waklee 6
WAKLEE Wm. W.   Oct 23, 1828 8yr s/o John and Dinah 6
WAKLEE Dinah   Apr 2, 1834 37yr w/o John Waklee 6
HODGE Barbara   Feb 17, 1844 49yr w/o Ephraim Hodge 18
WEAVER Juliett   Aug 13, 1811 16y d/o Jos. and Nancy Weaver 18
GILBERT Truman   Jan 23, 1878 41yr 1mo 2da 45th Pa. Vol. Civil War. Co. H. 7
GILBERT Mortamer   Aug 20, 1852 19y son of Hiram and Eunice 7
GILBERT Eunice   Mar 1, 1827 19yr 1mo 2da w/o Hiram Gilbert 7
GILBERT Eleanor   Aug 20, 1852 19yr 1mo 22da d/o Hiram & Eunice 7
GILBERT Hiram   Jun 10, 1871 75yr 3mo 4da   7
GILBERT Cora E. 1861 1863     7
ALBA Aaron   Apr 21, 1847 54yr 9mo 19da   19
ALBA Fanny   Dec 24, 1867 69yr 4mo 26da w/o Aaron 19
ALBA Sarah A.   Jun 21, 1839 19yr 7mo 16da   19
ALBA L. Maria   Feb 25, 1855 1yr 17mo 27da   19
ALBA Sarah A.   Jun 21, 1839 19yr 7mo 16da   19
ALBA Aaron A.    Jan 13, 1833 8yr 6mo 29da   19
DIMOCK Maria   Apr 3, 1849 26yr 3da w/o Wm. B. Dimock and d/o Aaron and Fanny Alba 19
POTTER Joseph   Jul 24, 1858 56yr 4mo 9da   8
POTTER Nancy J.   Jun 17, 1870 58yr 3mo 5da w/o Joseph 8
SPRING William   Feb 19, 1872 13yr s/o G.W. and M. 20
KNOX Archabald   Mar 4, 1851 57yr 9mo 1da   20
KNOX Caroline K.   Mar 20, 1855 58yr 8mo 11da w/o Arch. and d/o Luke & Chloe Scott 20
DUNHAM Bertie R.   Jun 1, 1875 2yr 8mo 3da s/o W.W. & Betsey 21
KING Stephen   Dec 12, 1841 55yr 9mo 23da   10
KING Mary   Nov 29, 1855 70yr 3mo 15da w/o Stephen 10
KING Abraham   Oct 20, 1846 30y 9mo 12da   10
WHITE John E. May 26, 1809 Jan 31, 1884     22
WHITE Minerva   Jun 18, 1849 40yr 1mo 2da w/o John E. and d/o Abisha & Martha Baker 22
WHITE Dolly   Apr 19, 1875 56yr 4mo 9da 2nd w/o John and d/o Wm. and Sally Knox 22
STEVENS Henry H.   Nov 7, 1870 44yr 10mo 24da   23
STEVENS Elizabeth   Apr 22, 1881 49yr w/o Henry Stevens 23
STEVENS Wm. W.   May 1, 1852 2yr 3mo s/o Henry and Eliz. 23
YARNALL Joseph   Jan 5, 1874 70yr 6mo 23da   23
YARNALL Sarah   Oct 21, 1839 42yr 5mo 27da w/o Joseph 23
QUACKENBUSH John T.   Apr 19, 1851 65yr 11mo 13da Capt. in War 1812 25
BRUSIE Cornelius   Feb 1, 1842 19yr 10mo 25da s/o Ephraim and Betsey 37
BILLINGS George L.   Sep 28, 1836   s/o Silas and Rosetta 27
BILLINGS Rosette   Mar 3, 1833   d/o Silas and Resette 27
BILLINGS Rosette   Dec 25, 1835 w/o Silas Billings 27
BILLINGS Nabbey   Feb 15, 1831 27yr w/o Silas Billings 27
BILLINGS Julia   Aug 18, 1839 1yr d/o Silas and Nabbey 27
BILLINGS Hellen B. May 30, 1872 Sep ?   d/o Chas. and Helena 27
BILLINGS Helena May 30, 1872 Sep ?   d/o Chas. and Helena 27
BILLINGS Charley   Oct 15, 1862 1yr s/o Chas. and Helena 27
KNOX Abigail   Sep 20, 1848 27yr 10mo 11da w/o Archibald D. and d/o Peter & Amelia Rushmore 39
KNOX     Feb 12, 1848 18da Twin daus. of Arch. and Julia 39
ABBOTT Moses no dates       28
ABBOTT Lydia   Jul 17, 1830 65yr 7mo w/o Moses 28
ABBOTT Eli D.   Jul 4, 1841 52yr 7mo 14da   28
TIFFANY Hannah   Jul 29, 1865 74yr 2mo 9da w/o Humphrey Tiffany 40
WEAVER Willard Thomas   Dec 13, 1881 1yr 2mo 24da s/o E.K. and M. 40
ANGELL Albert   Aug 12, 1854 1yr s/o Daniel & Mary Angell 40
SCOTT James   Oct 12, 1860 59yr 11m 12da   29
SCOTT Mehetable   Jun 8, 1848 56yr 12da w/o James Scott and d/o Theodore & Lydia Gilbert 29
SCOTT Theodore C.   Jan 15, 1882 48yr 8mo 3da   29
CRANDAL Sidny   Aug 7, 1831 8yr 6mo 6da s/o Joel and Philena 41
CUMMINGS Jocob P. Jr.   Spt 10, 1830 11mo   41
SEELY Henry   Mar 23, 1865 58yr 8mo 28da   30
SEELY Emily   Apr 7, 1851 35yr 8mo 22da w/o Henry & d/o Luman and Hannah Stephens 30
SEELY Emma   Jan 20, 1849 2yr 9mo 8da d/o Henry 30
SEELY Wm. H.   Jul 25, 1865 infant s/o Henry and Abigail 30
SEELY Giles S.   Feb 21, 1862 18yr 6mo 26da s/o Henry & Emily Seely, Sgt.Co.A. d. Camp Griffin, Va. 30
SEELY Albert   Jul 3, 1862 21yr 5mo 15da s/o Henry & Emily wounded at Gaines Hill Jun 27., d. Richmond prison 30
SEELY Herbert Ray   Dec 10, 1863 3yr only child of Luke and Maggie 30
SEELY M.F.   Dec 3, 1822 16yr   30
COSTLEY James   Jan 12 1834 37yr   42
INSCHO Moses Apr 29, 1792 Oct 1, 1848     31
INSCHO Mary Jan 21, 1793 Jan 11, 1872   w/o Moses Inscho 31
SEELYE Daniel R.   Jan 13, 1867 77yr 5mo 8da   43
BEACH G.T         44
BEACH Charlotte   Mar 29, 1849 29yr 8mo 27da w/o Wm. G. and d/o Wm.P. & Mary Giltner 44
BEACH Argenath   Apr 21, 1844 35yr 10mo w/o Nehemiah Beach 45
BEACH Caroline   Dec 12, 1847 26yr w/o Nehemiah 45
BEACH Ruth M.   1855   w/o Nehemiah 45
BROWN Wm. J.   Mar 1, 1854 12yr   45
FINKNER Larkin   Nov 7, 1855 20yr 1mo 22da   46

LOT OWNERS Sep 12, 1866

1. Jonathon Matteson 25. J.T. Quackenbush
2. S. Colvin 26. Silas Billings
3. John Matteson 27. Silas Billings
4. J. Freeman 28. E.D. Abbott
5. J. Waklee 29. James Scott
6. J. Waklee 30. Henry  Seely
7. Hiram Gilbert & 31. Moses Inscho
  L. Herick 32. David Beach
8.  Nancy J. Potter 33. Victor Case
9. Alonzo Lee 34. John Goodspeed
10. S. King 35. David Brown
11. C. Toles 37. Cristopher Schoonover
13. Cummings Matteson 38. Seamans Brazee
14. Joseph Colvin 39. A.D.  Knox
15. D. Rockwell 40. D.  Angell &
16. Gardner Matteson   Joel Crandall
17. J.  Weaver 41. L. Cummings
18. Aaron Alba 42. Nelson Costley
19. A. Knox 43. Hiram Freeborn
20. Jonathon Matteson 44. O. P.  Beach
21. Wm.  Dunham 45. N. Beach
22. J.E. White 46. Wm.  Finkner
23. Joseph Yarnall 47. Potters Field
24. J.T. Quackenbush      
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