Dallas in Dallas County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Oak Cliff Cemetery
Kentucky native William S. Beaty came to Texas during its early days as a Republic and received a grant of 640 acres of land. He and his brother, Josiah, who arrived in 1836, settled along the Trinity River in what is now Dallas County. The settlement that developed around their property first was called Hord's Ridge and became known as Oak Cliff in 1887.
In 1846, William Beaty deeded 10 acres of his land for a public burial ground and indicated in the deed that his brother, Josiah, already had been interred on the site. The deed also specified that the cemetery should be subject to no one sect but should forever remain open to all. The oldest marked grave in the cemetery, that of Martha A. Wright, is dated 1844.
Many prominent Dallas County pioneers and citizens have been buried here, including Judge William Hord, for whom Hord's Ridge was named. Two former Dallas mayors, George Sergeant and George Sprague, and a son of Gen. Sam Houston, Col. William Rogers Houston, are buried here. Oak Cliff Cemetery remains a valuable and historic link to the early settlement of Dallas.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 32° 45.063′ N, 96° 48.308′ W. Marker is in Dallas, Texas, in Dallas County. Marker can be reached from North Denley Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1300 E 8th Street, Dallas TX 75203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tenth Street Historic District Freedman's Town (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oak Cliff United Methodist Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Colonel William G. Cooke (approx. ¾ mile away); Officer J.D. Tippit (approx. 0.8 miles away); Samuel David Dealey, Jr. (approx. one mile away); Frank Reaugh (approx. one mile away); W.H. Adamson High School (approx. one mile away); Trinity Presbyterian Church, USA (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dallas.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 26, 2020, by Kayla Harper of Dallas, Texas. This page has been viewed 68 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 26, 2020, by Kayla Harper of Dallas, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.