TO THE CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS OF
COLEMAN COUNTY, TEXAS
EXPLANATION AND ABBREVIATIONS
The records shown in this website were originally published in the a 3 volume set, Coleman County Cemeteries Inscriptions, and were copied and compiled by Vena Bob Gates, Judia Terry and Ralph Terry, and were published in 1988 by Terry Studio, P. O. Box 958, Coleman, Texas 76834, and was copyrighted in 1988 by Ralph Terry. All rights are reserved, including any reproduction for profit. Any updated cemeteries are indicated in the records of individual cemeteries. Copies of the published works, Coleman County Cemeteries Inscriptions (published in 1988) can be purchased from Ralph Terry at the above address.
We have used the format in presenting Coleman County cemetery inscriptions to make it easy to find surnames as quickly as possible. Surnames have been put in upper case at the left margin. The order used is surname, given name(s), sometimes maiden name, birth date, death date, and any other information on stone, observed or known in quotations or parenthesis. If the surname was not written on the stone or was found from other sources, it was placed in parenthesis. In the case of unknown graves, we used lower case without parenthesis. We have noted obvious unknown graves, but feel there are other unmarked graves in most cemeteries.
Every precaution has been taken to copy the names exactly as they appear, but no effort was made to mark unusual spellings. We felt whatever was inscribed should be used, but we have in some cases added corrected information in parenthesis. Epitaph verses were not copied unless they contained some genealogical information.
Any text that actually appeared on a stone is enclosed in quotations. Any text enclosed in parenthesis does not appear in the original inscriptions. This added information has come from field observation, obituaries, death certificates, funeral home records, or personal knowledge of someone who knew the deceased.
We sometimes combined information from two stones for one person, such as military stones. Usually a person having two stones was not noted. We have referred to grave markers as stones ... this is not always true. We have found information on quarried stone, rough field stones, cement, bricks, cast metal, on paper or aluminum inside funeral home markers, and probably other types that slip my mind at present. They have been carved, scratched, and painted. Normally one date on a stone indicates infant birth and death date. Sometimes an elderly person may be buried with a single date on the stone indicating the death date only.
Spaces were used to separate apparent family or individual plots.
Abbreviations Used in Coleman County, Texas Cemeteries
Names appearing on a common stone (a stone used to mark the graves of two or more people) have been marked at the right, "(CS)" with any additional information, such as marriage information, and is noted beside both names, even though this information appears only once on the tombstone. The surname, which usually appears on these stones only once, has been typed before each name for identification.
Abbreviations of military rank and service units were usually copied as on the stone and are not shown in the abbreviations list. Months of the year were also abbreviated as usually found on the stones.
Other abbreviations used in various cemeteries are:
b = born
d = died
dau(s) = daughter(s)
ca = about (circa)
mo(s), da(s), & yr(s) - month(s), day(s), & year(s)
(OD) = only date on stone
(FHM) = funeral home marker - possibly with only a part of marker remaining
- sometimes a marker was bought at a later date from a funeral home
which may not have been the funeral home in charge of the service
(IOOF) = was member of International Order of the Odd Fellows
(WOW) = was member of Woodman of the World, Woodman Circle, or other Woodman organization
(MASONIC) = was member of Masonic Lodge
(OES) = was member of Order of the Eastern Star
(REBEKAH) = was member of Daughters of Rebekah
(SAW) = Spanish American War
(WW) = World War
(UCV) = United Confederate Veterans
(DAR) = Daughters of the American Revolution
(PHOTO) = photograph on stone
(CSA) = Confederate States of America
(FCB) = Knights of Pythias
(PS) = Pythian Sisters
(KOTM) = Knights of the Maccabees
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