Joseph Gill
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Joseph Gill (1868 - 1920)

Joseph Gill
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Died in Loraine, Mitchell County, Texas, USAmap
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Joseph was born in 1868. He passed away in 1920.

He was Woodmen of the World - a fraternal benefit society.

A physical legacy of the organization are headstones in the shape of a tree stump. This was an early benefit of Woodmen of the World membership, and they are found in cemeteries nationwide. This program was abandoned in the late 1920s as it was too costly.

Typically the headstones would include a depiction of the WOW relics and symbols of the organization. These include most notably a stump or felled tree (inscribed into a more generic monument in some cases, rather than the more noticeable instances of the entire monument being in the shape of the log or tree-stump); the maul and wedge; an axe; and often a Dove of Peace with an olive branch. As Woodmen "do not lie", a common inscription was "Here rests a Woodman of the World".



  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 05 July 2019), memorial page for Joseph Gill (17 Dec 1868–30 Jul 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 77757868, citing Loraine Cemetery, Loraine, Mitchell County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Diane & John (contributor 46842343). 16:42, 5 July 2019 (UTC)

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