Mark Calendars for Oct. 22 Veteran Ceremony

The dedication of the historical cemetery headstone for a Civil War veteran who is an ancestor of WCGSTX member Vi Shirey is scheduled for Oct. 22 this fall.

Vi sent us the following information to share with the membership and the public:

” Just wanted to bring you up-to-date on the dedication of the Civil War stone for John T. Potter, on Oct 22 (his 164th birthday), at Shady Grove Cemetery, Winnsboro, TX, at 10 a.m..”

“The program is set. Participating in the ceremony will be a g granddaughter, a gg granddaughter and a gg grandson, and two ggg grandsons. In addition, the names of the ten Civil War veterans buried in Shady Grove will be read with appropiate gun salute.”

“Probably five veterans’ units will be participating–furnishing honor guards, flag bearers, musketry, and bugler for “Taps.”
American flags will be placed on all veterans’ graves other than the ten Civil War veterans. A Confederate flag will be placed on their graves.”

“We feel this will be an impressive ceremony and would like to invite all of the members of the Wood County Genealogy Society and their relatives and friends to this ceremony. It is a time in history that will probably never be repeated.”

She added she would appreciate us spreading the word about the dedication.

It would be a generous gesture to one of our loyal members who lives away from East Texas for us to attend the ceremony and help honor her ancestor. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.

3 Responses

  1. Thanks to the sponsors of this event. Ancestors buried at Shady Grove are the Browning family. Will be there on the 22 nd.

    Thanks Again

    Don Gross

  2. John T. Potter is my gg Grandfather.
    My grandfather is John Woody TALBERT who is the son of Clarence Marion Tolbert and Della Estelle Potter.
    My Mother is Helen Mae TALBERT SORENSEN, the daughter of John Woody (Woodie) TALBERT and Nancy Dick Mitchell TALBERT. I am very interested in obtaining any source documents concerning this service. Is it in the Newspaper and if so which one? I would love to be in contact with any cousins who are willing. Thank you so much!

  3. I am Margaret Sorensen Andrews from St. Johnsbury, Vermont. John T. Potter is my GG Grandfather. My G Grandmother is Della Estelle Potter who married Clarence Marion Tolbert. (Talbert). Their Son, John “Woodie” Talbert is my Grandfather, His daughter, Helen Mae Talbert Sorensen, is my Mother. I am excited to find this and wish I could have attended. Thanks for any shared information.

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