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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Taylor Cemetery, Osceola Township, Tioga County PA
Obituary Notices
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
Osceola Township Page
Taylor Cemetery Listing 1970s
Holden Brook /Taylor Family Cemetery 2010
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.

If you have obituaries for people buried in this burial ground, please type them up and email to
Thanks, JMT

Wellsboro Agitator, Tioga, PA - Wed., June 14, 1911, Pg 5
Mrs. Roby Tubbs, aged 37 years, died of tuberculosis Thursday morning at 6:30 o'clock [6/8/1911] at her home in Charleston near the County Home. She was a daughter of J. B. and Susanna Madison [Mattison perhaps)] Button and is survived by her husband and one son, her father, J. B. Button; one brother, Marion Button of Mills, PA; one half-sister, Mrs. John Jones of Wellsboro and three half-brothers, Dallas, Dilson and Lawrence Button, all of Woodhull, NY.

Wellsboro Agitator - February 27, 1929
Daniel Conver Sr., died at his home in this place, Friday Feb. 22, after two days illness of pneumonia. Mr. Conver is survived by his wife and a large family of
children. The funeral was held at the M. E. church at 10 a: m., Rev. Peter Van Duren. officiating; interment was made in the Taylor cemetery at Osceola.

Wellsboro Gazette - May 13, 1981
Need info on Daniel Covert, b 1863 and Ella Mead b. 1880 lived in the Elkland area. Ella was a daughter of Eli and Betsey Mead: Eli was a son of
Abraham and Susan Mead. Need maiden name of Betsey and Susan.  Please send all answers to Rhoda. Tioga County Historical Society. Box 724. Wellsboro. 16901

Wellsboro Gazette - July 12, 1973
Samuel Gardner, 47, of Mansfield, died at St. Joseph's Hospital, Elmira, last Tuesday morning as a result of injuries received when his car was struck by a tractor trailer on Rt. 15, in Lawrenceville.  Lawrenceville police said Gardner was traveling north on Rt. 15 when he was struck in the rear by a tractor trailer driven by Nicholas Ballo, 56, of Buffalo.  Gardner was attempting to turn into a parking lot at the time of the accident.  Funeral and committal services were held at the Charles L. Kenyon Funeral Home in Elkland, on Friday, at 2 p.m.  Burial was in the Taylor Cemetery, Osceola, Pa.  He is survived by two sons, Samuel and Roger, both of Westfield; two brothers, Raymond Gardner of Mansfield and James Gardner of Elmira Heights; four sisters, Mrs. Walter (Jeanette) Tubbs, of  Wellsboro, and Mrs. Harold (Jean) Rider of Lewisburg and several nieces and nephews.

JEFFERY Ervin Dewey
Wellsboro Agitator - March 19, 1924
Elkland, March 15 - Erwin Dewey Jeffery died at his home on Coates street Thursday morning, March 11, aged 27 years, after a two weeks' illness of typhoid pneumonia.  Mr. Jeffery was born in Osceola township in 1897 and had spent practically all his life in this vicinity.  The funeral was held at 2 o'clock, Rev. C. C. Crippen officiating; interment in the Taylor cemetery near Osceola.  He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Jeffery; two sisters, Mrs. Geo. Gardiner, of this place, and Mrs. Louis Park, of Wellsboro, and three half-sisters, Mrs. Harvey Houghtaling, of this place; Mrs. Eugene Baker, of Knoxville, and Mrs. Edward Allen, and a half-brother, Arthur McCaslin, of Corning.

Wellsboro Gazette - February 13, 1964
Mrs. Nellie Gardner, 71, of Mansfield, died in Blossburg Thursday. Born in Osceola, December 4, 1892, she was the daughter of Sam and Emeline Mead Jeffers (Jeffery).  She is survived by three sons, Raymond of Covington, Sam and James, both of Attica, N. Y.; daughters, Mrs. Jennie Tubbs and Mrs. Ann Tillinghast of Mansfield, Mrs. Jean Love of Wellsboro and Mrs. Mary Gill of Middlebury Center; a sister, Mrs. Cinda Parks of Wellsboro; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held from Kenyon Funeral Home, February 10, 1964, the Rev James Haisley officiating. Interment in Taylor Cemetery, Osceola.

Wellsboro Agitator - November 19, 1930
The funeral of Samuel Jeffery, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Gardner Wednesday, was held Friday at the Methodist Church at Osceola, Rev. Mr.VanDuren, pastor of the M.E. church officiating; burial in the Taylor cemetery. Those from out of town attending the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Stevens, of Campbell; Mr. and Mrs. Edward Truax and granddaughter, of Andover; Mrs. Martha Robbins and daughter, of Geneva; Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, of Cortland and Mr. and Mrs. Lou Parks, of Wellsboro.  Mr. Jeffery was born in Addison, July 12, 1865, son of Anderson and Martha Butler Jeffery and had lived all his life in the vicinity of Osceola.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Emmaline Jeffery and by his children, Mrs. Lou Parks, of Wellsboro, and Mrs. George Gardner of Elkland, two sisters and one brother, Mrs. Sarah Gee, of Osceola; Mrs. Jane Truax, of Geneva and Thomas Jeffery, of St.Cloud, Florida.

Wellsboro Agitator, Tioga, PA -- Wednesday, March 23, 1898
Mr. Eli Mead died last week, Sunday at his home near Osceola, of cancer in the face. His two sons were killed a few days before on the railroad track near Addison, NY, while they were walking home to see their father.

Elkland Journal - 1898 17-Mar D Mead, Eli - Eli Mead died Saturday night at eight o'clock, at his residence on Holden street, aged 73 years.

Wellsboro Agitator - August 5, 1931
Mrs. Daniel Coovert (Covert), of Elkland, who was injured near Academy Corners recently, when the wagon in which she was riding was hit by an automobile, died at the Blossburg hospital. Mrs. Coovert was 57 years of age and is survived by several children.  The funeral was held at the Elkland M.E. church, Rev. Peter VanDuren officiating; interment in the Taylor cemetery at Osceola.  (Listed as Ella Covert on the 1910, 1920 in Osceola and 1930 census in Elkland, Tioga, PA - born in May 1880 on the 1900 census, married 8 years, mother of 3 children)  (Ella was a daughter of Eli and Betsey Mead)

Wellsboro Agitator - July 29, 1931
A sedan owned by Dr. Clark of Knoxville, driven by his son, Roswell, had a collision with a lumber wagon  in front of the Ludlum farm house near Academy
Corners. The wagon was occupied by Mrs. Daniel Coovert and children, of Elkland, who were driving the woods to camp out and pick berries.  The wagon was demolished and Mrs. Coovert sustained a fractured collar bone and numerous bruises. The children were not seriously injured.

MEAD Emeline
Wellsboro Agitator, Tioga, PA -Thurs., May 28, 1953, Pg 2
Mrs. Emaline Jeffers (Jeffery) of Osceola died at the age of 103, Monday, May 25, 1953. The oldest Osceola resident and one of the oldest in Tioga County and the state, she would have been 104 on July 7. She was born at Osceola in 1849, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Meade and had resided there her entire life. Funeral services will be held today at 2 pm at her home, where she died. The Rev Frank Russell will officiate. Burial will be in Taylor Cemetery, Osceola RD. Mrs. Jeffers(Jeffery) was a member of the Elkland Free Methodist Church. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Cora Baker and Mrs. Nellie Gardner, both of Osceola, and Mrs. Cinda Park of Wellsboro; 17 grandchildren and several gr-grandchildren.  (Note: According to the 1900 census she was born in Jul 1859 so would not be a centenarian.)

Wellsboro Agitator - March 9, 1898
Three Men Crushed Under the Cars
Two brothers, Albert and Lewis Meade, of Osceola, while walking on the Erie west bound track last Saturday night at Addison, were struck by train No. 9.  Albert, aged twenty and single, was instantly killed, his head being mutilated in a horrible manner, and Lewis was so badly injured that he died on Sunday.  Their father, Eli Meade, who resides in a small hamlet known as Holden Brook, two miles from Osceola, now lies at the point of death. His two sons, who were employed on a farm near Erwin, N.Y., in response to a telegram notifying them of their father's condition had started to walk home as there was no train by which they could reach Osceola before morning.

OBIT for Lewis and Albert Mead:
A Frightful Casualty. Two Young Men Killed by the Cars.
One of the saddest and most horrible railroad accidents that has occurred in this vicinity for some time was the one Saturday night at about 7:35 o'clock when Lewis and Albert Meade met their untimely death. The two young men were employed on a farm near Presho and they were notified by a telegram Saturday afternoon of the critical condition of their father who was at the point of death at his home near Osceola, PA, and as there was no trains running that would take them to Osceola before Monday morning, they decided to walk to Osceola and started up the track for Addison. When near the Suspension bridge in the eastern part of this village they stepped from the east-bound track over to the west-bound track to allow a freight train to pass and by so doing stepped directly in front of west-bound train No. 79, in charge of Conductor George Norton and Engineer Eugene Brink of Hornellsville, and both of the young men were struck by the engine. Albert, the younger brother, aged twenty years, was instantly killed and before the train could be stopped the engine and fifteen cars passed over him, mutilating his head and body in a horrible manner. His remains were picked up and removed to the undertaking rooms of S D MacDowell. Lewis, the older brother, a young man 26 years of age, was still alive when found and he was carried to the Commercial hotel, where Erie Surgeon, Dr. M B Hubbs, assisted by Drs. Chittenden, Stewart and Blades, rendered medical assistance and made him as comfortable as possible, but no operation was attempted as they knew it would be useless as he had but a short time to live, both legs being severed from the body, one below and the other just above the knee, his left arm broken and he was also injured internally. He died Sunday morning at seven o'clock, and his parents, wife and two young children were notified. Their remains were taken to their home at Osceola Monday morning and the funeral was held at one o'clock the same day. Superintendent W. W. Atwood, of the Addison & Pennsylvania railway, transported the bodies over his road free of charge and they were buried by the charitable people of Osceola. Coroner J W Blades, of Cameron Mills, was notified, and upon his arrival at this place he empaneled a jury as follows: J D Foland, A P Hill, John O'Connell, W B Clark, Floyd Bronson, W B Lunger, Charles Saxbury, Daniel Colbert, Floyd Castle, G R Waterman, L C Bravo and R P Jones, who after viewing the remains adjourned to meet at the office of W B Clark, Wednesday at 10 o'clock. The jury after taking all the evidence in the case rendered the following verdict: "That Albert Meade came to his death by being struck and run over by engine No 1165 of the Erie Railroad company in the village of Addison, on the 5th day of March, 1897 (1898), while walking on the track of said company and said Louis Meade came to his death by injuries received at the same time and place, from which he died the 6th day of March 1898, and said Erie Railroad company are fully exonerated from any and all blame."  Obit supplied by Jackie Bettinger to Shirley Corp @

Mansfield Advertiser - 1898 9 Mar D(ied) Meade, Albert, and Lewis d(ied). on railroad near Erwin, Ny. "last Sat.", Albert age 22, unmarried; Lewis left 2 children; sons of Eli Meade of Osceola

Mansfield Advertiser - 1898 30 Mar M(arried) Meade, Mrs. Lewis and John Mosher m(arried) Elkland Mar 10th, she widow of man who d(ied) at Addison Mar 6th on railroad.

Wellsboro Agitator - Wednesday, March 23, 1898
The Elkland Journal last week chronicled the following chapter of rapidly succeeding events, all of which occurred in five short days: March 5 - Lewis Meade left his wife to get work; same day injured by cars;  "March 6 - He died at Addison, NY; March 7 - He was buried -widow wept aloud; March 10 - His widow married John Mosher, wife, widow, bride."

TAFT Emma Blanchard
Wellsboro Agitator, Tioga, PA-Wednesday, October 18, 1911
Mrs. Emma Taft Blanchwood (Blanchard), aged 40 years, wife of Hiram Blanchwood, of Osceola, died recently. She was born in 1871 and was married in 1886. Her husband and 3 children, Myra, Byron and Myron survive her, besides her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Taft of Nelson; 7 sisters and 4 brothers--Mrs. G H Heysham, Mrs. Thomas Jeffery of Florida; Mrs. Hiram Resue, Fenner, Daniel, Frank and Herman Taft, Mrs. Eugene Tousley, Mrs. Jesse Steadman, Mrs. Melvin Smith and Mrs. Victor Finch.

Wellsboro Agitator - September 29, 1920
Mark Taylor, aged 72 years, died suddenly at the Taylor homestead farm near Osceola, Sept. 20.  He is survived by his widow and one grandson, Ray Coats, of Knoxville.  Funeral services were held Thursday at 10 o'clock; burial in the Taylor cemetery.

Wellsboro Agitator - March 9, 1904
Osceola, March 8 - Linns Toles died at his home on Tuscarora street on February 29th, after having been in poor health for some time.  His funeral was held from his home last Wednesday.  Burial in Taylor cemetery.  He is survived by his wife and a son, Ira, of Lawrenceville.

Wellsboro Agitator - July 1, 1903
--Mr. John H. Tubbs, aged 68, of the town of Woodhull, Steuben county, N.Y., died recently of apoplexy.  He was born in Elkland and was a son of Mr. Benjamin Tubbs.  Besides his parents, he is survived by one son, Charles, of Middlebury, and by his wife, a daughter of Charles Taylor, of Osceola.  Mr. Samuel Tubbs, of Osceola, is one of his three surviving brothers.

TUBBS Permelia
Elkland Journal - 1898 31-Mar D Taylor, Pernelia Permelia Taylor, nee Tubbs, widow of the late Phillip S. Taylor, died at her home on Holden street Saturday night. Buried Taylor cemetery on Holden Brook

? Lilley M O'BRYAN - Mrs. George O'Bryan
Wellsboro Agitator - May 3, 1905
The funeral of Mrs. George O'Bryan, who died in the Blossburg hospital on Sunday, April 23d, was held in the M. E. church at two o'clock on Tuesday.  Interment in Taylor cemetery.  She is survived by her husband and two sons. (Listed as Lilley M., born Dec 1872, married 9 years, two children on the 1900 Osceola, Tioga, PA census)

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Published On Tri-Counties Site On 04 JUL 2006
By Joyce M. Tice