“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Irving in Dallas County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Old Kit Cemetery

Old Kit Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J Frye, March 6, 2020
1. Old Kit Cemetery Marker

Settlers came to this area near the Elm and west forks of the Trinity River in the mid-1800s. Isaac Henry “Ike” Story built a grocery store in what became the community of Gorbit (also known by similar spellings). Ike Story was the postmaster for “Gorbet” from 1888 until 1894, when the name was changed to Kit; Ike remained postmaster. In 1904, the Kit post office closed and moved to Irving. Ike Story is among the pioneers buried at Old Kit Cemetery.

This community burial ground began in 1896, when a family passing through stopped to care for their sick child. When the child died, they asked landowner David Chadwell Britain if they could bury their child in the grove of trees where they had camped. Britain donated land for a community cemetery. The child’s gravesite and the name of the family are now unknown. Britain also deeded one acre adjoining the cemetery to New Providence Baptist Church, stipulating that the land was to be used continuously for church purposes. Several congregations have occupied the site.

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Historic Texas Cemetery - 2010
Marker is property of the State of Texas

Erected 2010 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16724.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1896.
Location. 32° 48.555′ N, 96° 55.691′ W. Marker is in Irving, Texas, in Dallas County. Marker can be reached from E Irving Boulevard east of Balleywood Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1413 E Irving Boulevard, Irving TX 75060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kit Community (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Baptist Church of Irving (approx. 1.1 miles away); Joffre-Gilbert House (approx. 1.3 miles away); Schulze House (approx. 1.3 miles away); City of Irving (approx. 1.7 miles away); St. Luke Catholic Church (approx. 1.8 miles away); Union Bower Community (approx. 1.9 miles away); El Camposanto de Cemento Grande de la Compania Trinity Portland (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Irving.
Old Kit Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J Frye, March 6, 2020
2. Old Kit Cemetery Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on March 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 7, 2020, by J Frye of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 295 times since then and 110 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 7, 2020, by J Frye of Fort Worth, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Nov. 28, 2023