Ceremony Celebrates Lives of Early Grayson Settlers

By Ken Gaidziunas

Staff Writer

The ceremony Saturday morning at Van Alstyne Cemetery, dedicating the tombstones of two early Grayson County settlers, was a step back in history and Southern heritage pageantry celebrating the lives of Lindsey Hamilton Scoggin and his wife, Julia Ann Lawrence.

Marshall Smith, a great grandson of the Scoggins, welcomed over 40 area residents who joined family descendants George Howard Scoggin, Earnest Scoggin, Harry Scogin, Nelda Scoggin Reynolds, Marilyn Scoggin Streetman, Diana Scoggin Ferguson and great grandson Lawrence Scoggin in the celebration.

The Scoggins arrived in Grayson County in November 1875 and lived on their farm near Elmont until their deaths.

Nelda Scoggin Reynolds gave the eulogy and Pastor Mark Fletcher of Elmont Baptist Church officiated. Marlon Stafford was the soloist.

Gary Bray, Commander of the Texas Division, 4th Brigade of Sons of Confederate Veterans, coinciding with the beginning of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, spoke about honoring those who lived and died here more than 100 years ago.

The history of the 35th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, in which Lindsey Scoggin served, was presented by Ross Baxter, Commander of the Stonewall Jackson Camp of the Texas Division 4th Brigade. The regiment was formed in October 1861 and fought in major battles of the Civil War.

The Black Rose Ceremony was performed by Wilda Tisdale and Judy Flowers, members of the Lucy Holcombe Pickens Chapter 2615 of United Daughters of the Confederacy. The ceremony portrays widows, dressed in black as they did in the 1860s, paying respect to the veteran by laying a red rose on the gravesite.

Lawrence Scoggin, a great grandson, accepted the folded Confederate flag on behalf of the family.

Under the leadership of John Gallahan, the Sons of the Confederacy gave a twenty-one gun salute accompanied by three cannon reports. The dedication ceremony ended with taps played by David Pedigo.

A book detailing the ancestors and descendants of Lindsey and Julia Scoggin was presented to the Sherman and Van Alstyne Public Libraries. The book includes information about Lindsey Scoggin's great grandfather who was a Revolutionary War patriot and his grandfather who served in the War of 1812.

The Scoggin family wishes to thank the Sherman Title Company, Love Monument Company, the Grayson County Courthouse workers and all of the many Grayson County residents who welcomed and supported their efforts to discover the story of their ancestors.