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Ladonia Cemetery, Ladonia, Fannin County, Texas  
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 Ladonia Cemetery

This photo by Debby Crofford of the Old Presbyterian section
View Photographs by Beth Collyar of the Ladonia Cemetery
Photograph of the Ladonia Cemetery by Mary Helen Haines

By The 
Ladonia Historical Preservation Society

Presbyterian South Section 
Winter 2007
Photo by Debbie Crofford
View more Photographs of the Cemetery in Winter
      As we gathered material for a special tribute to all those who have left legacies that will continue to live on, our utmost appreciation goes out to the many who have helped in compiling information for this effort.
      We acknowledge  those who walked the cemetery recording every marker,relatives and friends, The Ladonia Cemetery Association, and those whose previous records were used.'
January 17, 2005

Everyone loaded up their hoes, rakes, shovels,"grubbin hoes", sickles, and worked on the graves all day.
At "dinnertime" everyone spread their enormous homegrown meals on boards and sawhorses for tables. John Fink remembered that the green english peas that had been planted in February were ready for this big feast the first Saturday in May. Arthur Reed Wishard would be satisfied to know that the chickens were hand caught, heads wrung, and wet plucked. Boy, was that good fried chicken !
The graveyard working has become more of a reunion, lunch, and business meeting, but for the many, it is still a time to reflect on the "good ole days". 
This census contains all the sections of the cemetery in one index.
 Ladonia Presbyterian & Ladonia Odd Fellows Cemetery 
After the names look for _
"P"  for Presbyterian Side & "IOOF" for Odd Fellows
Other letters denote the plot areas in the cemetery.
"McF" stands for the McFarland part of the cemetery
See Photographs, maps and notes on the sections below on this page.
View additions to the list.
Special Recognition of 
Persons buried in Ladonia Cemetery
City of Ladonia & its' History
Email additions 
1932 Newspaper Article about the Cemetery
Books about Ladonia
History of the Cemetery 
Land & Additions
Homes of Ladonia
In order to help locate graves easier, this sign designates how the Presbyterian, and Odd Fellows (IOOF) sections have been broken up. Please know your plot number and section in order to refer and use the map. This will narrow your search area if you are not sure where it is located. 

Photographs of the Sections of the Cemetery 
and the Plat Maps
 Photo by Debby Crofford
More Photographs of the Ladonia Cemetery

Photo by  by Debby Crofford

Historical Marker
In 1988, The Ladonia Cemetery Association in conjunction with the research done by Leroy Byers, and Muriel Burleson received a State Historical Marker for The Ladonia Cemetery. The marker is recognition by the state, for the role this area played in the developement of Texas.

Back of the Monument
The principal burial ground for members of the Ladonia community, this graveyard has historically been divided into two sections: The I.O.O.F. (Odd Fellows) Cemetery and the Presbyterian Cemetery. The oldest recorded grave, that of Joe Shelby Dale (d. 1866), infant daughter of J. E. and S. T. Dale, is located in the Presbyterian Cemetery section. Also in that section is the "Stranger's Tomb," marking the grave of an unknown traveler who died in October 1867. Another early burial is that of William Lovelace Foster (1830-1869), Civil War veteran and pastor of Ladonia's first Baptist church at the time of his death. The I.O.O.F. section of the cemetery was originally maintained by the local Odd Fellows Lodge. The earliest recorded grave there is that of Mrs. P. T. (Marie) Hockaday (1838-1881). The Lodge continued to care for its section of the cemetery until about 1902, when management of the two sections of the graveyard were merged. Those interred in the Ladonia Cemetery include veterans of the Civil War, World War I, and World War II, as well as early settlers of the area, Fannin County officials, and many generations of Ladonia citizens.

Odd Fellows side of Ladonia Cemetery

This cemetery is also included in the full census at top of page.

A - D
E - G
H - J
K - M
N - R
S - V
W - Z

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