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Prospect Cemetery (a.k.a. Hope Cemetery)
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Joyce's Search Tip - December 2007 -
Do You Know that you can search just the 600 pages of Tioga County Cemetery Records on the site by using the Cemeteries -Tioga button in the Partitioned search engine at the bottom of the Current What's New Page? If you use that partition follow these steps to search just one cemetery
1. Choose Cemeteries - Tioga. 
2. Enter part of the cemetery name [ie Newbury or Furman] AND a surname. 
3. Choose the Find ALL Words option. Then it will find just the pages with that surname in the one cemetery you indicated. 
Cemetery Prospect Cemetery, earlier called Hope Cemetery
Read By Linda Reese, assisted by Joyce M. Tice
Typed By: Pat Smith Raymond
Date Read:   2005-2006
Location:  Mansfield Borough, Tioga County, PA. North Main Street
Additonal information, including own surnames of married women, added by Joyce M. Tice - Sullivan-Rutland Genealogy Project.
SRGP IDs in last column are reference numbers for Sullivan-Rutland Genealogy Project, an area population study

Section Numbers are assigned by the recorder. Tombstone readings are listed in burial order so that the user can determine who is buried next to whom for added information. Use the partitioned search engine at the bottom of the current What's New Page to search Tioga County Cemeteries only. 

Prospect Cemetery, earlier called Hope Cemetery, is one of only two cemeteries within the Borough of Mansfield. It is very confusing to people from outside the area when so many of the obituaries refer to cemeteries as being in Mansfield when they are in fact in townships outside and surrounding the Mansfield area. The confusion results from the ever expanding areas covered by fewer and fewer post offices and the loss of all the names of places that USPS denies the existence of.

Prospect Cemetery is located in the northern area of Mansfield on North Main Street. It is managed by the same board that manages Oakwood Cemetery, the only other cemetery within the borough. Prospect is by far the larger of the two, but it is nearly full, so more of the newer burials occur in Oakwood.

An abbreviated listing of this cemetery was recorded by Hilda Chance in the 1970s. Mary Kingsley did a thorough inventory in 1982/1983. We found stones buried under over six inches of soil that had been on the 1970s listing and not the 1982 indicating that they "went under" during that period. We also found some stones that were buried before either list was compiled. There are some stones on the 1982 listing that we were unable to locate. Cemetery office records are incomplete and some have been damaged beyond utilty. There are also obituaries on the obit pages indicating burial here for which no stone has ever been recorded., and I have found obituaries indicating burial in Oakwood Cemetery but actually in Prospect and visa versa.

1897 History - Hope Cemetery, situated west of Main street, on a hill north of Corey creek, has been a burial place since the earlier years of Mansfield’s history. Here rest the remains of many of the pioneers of the borough and the township, a number of those originally interred in private burial grounds. having been removed hither in more recent years. The old burial plot is now owned by the borough, and the vacant lots, or those that may became vacant by removals, are free. The additions made during later years are owned by Andrew Sherwood and Mrs. Jane M. Allen, from whose land they were taken.

Wellsboro Gazette, 20 January 1932
 The Prospect cemetery Association of Mansfield have elected the following trustees for the year: Wade W. Judge, George L. Palmer, W. A. Bates. Officers are: Lewis M. Palmer, president; A. H. Vosburg, vice-president; Elmer R. Briggs, secretary; First National Bank, treasurer.

Agitator, Wellsboro, Pa., 23 January 1935
New Officers Elected
Prospect Cemetery Association of Mansfield have elected the following directors: George L. Palmer, W. A. Bates and Wade W. Judge. The hold-over directors are: Frank Simmons, N. M. Beach, L. W. Hitchcock, A. H. Vosburg, R. M. Steele and E. C. Russell. Officers are: E. C. Russell, president; A. H. Vosburg, vice-president; E. R. Briggs, secretary; First National Bank, treasurer.

Be sure to check the Prospect Cemetery Obituary pages as well. All people on that listing are arranged by surname at birth, rather than surname at death. If you have obituaries for persons buried here that are not included please send them in to me [Joyce.] Also send photos of people buried here if you have them.

A 01 02 03 04 446
B 01 02 03 04 430
C 01 02 03 04 420
D 01 02 03 04 460
E 01 02 03 04 05 06
07 08 09 10 11 12 13 1280
Stones not located 72
Total Burials ca 3110
Tip From Joyce November 2007 : To search all of Prospect Cemetery, use the Cemeteries Tioga County partition of the PICO partitioned search engine. You'll find that at the BOTTOM of the Current What's New Page. Just type Prospect and the surname you are looking for, and it will show you which pages of this listing on which that name is found. Be sure to choose the Find ALL Words option. The Prospect Cemetery listing is presented  in order by tombstone so that we do not lose the information about who is buried next to whom. That can give you important clues. But if you are in a hurry take the search engine shortcut. Don't forget the limitations that a search engine has in alternate spellings. 

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