“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Saginaw in Tarrant County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Saginaw Cemetery

Saginaw Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J Frye, March 18, 2020
1. Saginaw Cemetery Marker

In the 1890s, John Allebaugh Bowman led 19 people to Tarrant County on a three-week journey from Missouri. John and his brother, Frederick Kline Bowman, owned adjoining properties midway between Haslet and Saginaw. John founded Saginaw Cemetery Association to meet the needs of nearby residents. In 1899, the association incorporated under the laws of the state of Texas with trustees R.A. Barrow, S.A. Shelton, J. A. Bowman, Anderson Hunter, and H. L. Pierce.

John Allebaugh Bowman's son, John David, was the first person buried here on February 19, 1899. In the next six months, John A., his wife Susanna, and their other son, Roscoe, all died and were interred here, leaving nine young orphans in the Bowman family. At this time family plots were sold for $5.00 each, and spaces for $2.00. In 1900, W. L. Tate signed the deed to Saginaw Cemetery to H. L. Pierce for $50.00. The property was 300 by 200 feet measured from the southwest corner of the church and school lot. In March 1901, the first fence was erected around the cemetery. In July 1902, lots #132, 133, 150 and 151 were set aside for use as a potters field. A Mr. Worthington
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became the first paid caretaker in July 1903, receiving $2.00 each time he cleaned and cared for the entire graveyard. Around 1910, the cemetery expanded to the west to its current boundaries. The two sections can be distinguished by different grid systems. Most gravestones are limestone, granite, and concrete, and some family plots have concrete curbing. Military veterans from World War I to present are interred here. Most of the earliest records were destroyed in a 1925 fire. Saginaw Cemetery remains a chronicle of the history of the community and its people.
Historic Texas Cemetery – 2012
Erected 2012 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17777.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1899.
Location. 32° 51.574′ N, 97° 21.993′ W. Marker is in Saginaw, Texas, in Tarrant County. Marker is on McLeroy Boulevard west of S Hampshire Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Worth TX 76179, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Saginaw School (within shouting distance of this marker); Saginaw United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Meacham Field
Saginaw Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J Frye, March 18, 2020
2. Saginaw Cemetery Marker
(approx. 3.8 miles away); Peterson Family Cemetery (approx. 4 miles away); Woody-Kutch Livestock Commission Company (approx. 5 miles away); Thannisch Block Building (approx. 5 miles away); Fort Worth Stock Yards Entrance (approx. 5 miles away); The First Bulldogger (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saginaw.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 19, 2020, by J Frye of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 308 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 19, 2020, by J Frye of Fort Worth, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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