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Comanche in Comanche County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Oakwood Cemetery

 
 
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By James Hulse, September 4, 2020
1. Oakwood Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  

Reconfiguration of Comanche County by the State in 1858 led to a relocation of its county seat. In 1859 local land developer Captain John Duncan donated 200 acres here for a townsite to serve as Comanche County seat. Duncan's deed specified that sufficient portions of the donated acreage be set aside for a graveyard, churches, and schools. A cemetery consisting of about 5.5 acres was established and named Oakwood for the impressive oak trees which graced the site.

The earliest marked grave is that of one-year-old John Neely, who died in January 1861. Since its establishment the cemetery has been the property of the City of Comanche and has served as a community graveyard. Parcels of land orginally owned by John Duncan and conveyed to William and Sue (Shortridge) Martin in 1895 were added to the cemetery over the years and represent a majority of its acreage.

The cemetery contains the interments of numerous veterans of conflicts ranging from the Republic of Texas era to the present, including both Union and Confederate soldiers from the Civil War. Also buried here are pioneers of this area and their descendants, state and
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By James Hulse, September 4, 2020
2. Oakwood Cemetery and Marker
national politicians, local civic leaders, and members of various fraternal organizations.
 
Erected 1994 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3660.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites.
 
Location. 31° 54.444′ N, 98° 36.048′ W. Marker is in Comanche, Texas, in Comanche County. Marker is on Bryan Street near East Cedar Avenue, on the right when traveling north. The marker is in front of the Cemetery Directory on Bryan Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Comanche TX 76442, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. M.R. (Boss) Greene (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington Gentry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of John Wesley Hardin's Murder of Deputy Sheriff Charles Webb (approx. 0.6 miles away); Jo G. Hardin and Cousins (approx. 0.7 miles away); Texas Longhorn (approx. 0.7 miles away); John Wesley Hardin (approx. 0.7 miles away); Preacher Hardin Family (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Comanche Chief (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Comanche.
 
Also see . . .  Comanche Texas History. TexasEscapes.com (Submitted on October 16, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
Oakwood Cemetery Sign image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, September 4, 2020
3. Oakwood Cemetery Sign
This entrance is at Green and East Cedar Streets.
First marked grave in Oakwood Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, September 4, 2020
4. First marked grave in Oakwood Cemetery
John C. Neely died 1861, one year old
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By James Hulse, September 4, 2020
5. Oakwood Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 16, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 22 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 16, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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