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

Clark Cemetery

Clark Cemetery Texas Historical Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By QuesterMark, January 19, 2014
1. Clark Cemetery Texas Historical Marker
Historic Texas Cemetery
Inscription.  A common burial ground for early pioneer settlers who camped along the Clear Fork of the Trinity River, the Clark Cemetery consists of many burial sites from the 1830s. In December of 1853, Reverend John William Godfrey (1825-1897) and his wife, Anzaline (Barker) Godfrey (1831-1859), arrived in Parker County from Missouri. Godfrey established a Methodist Church in the Wright Community, northeast of Weatherford, where they lived. In 1859, Anzaline passed away and was buried in the Wright Community burial grounds. In 1880, Jim Clark and William Henry Ward formally established a permanent cemetery at the original location of Godfrey’s Chapel Methodist Church. In 1953, signed documents deeded tract no. 1 and no. 2 of the land as burial plot property. Additional land was added in 1958 and in 1999.

In addition to numerous pioneer families and farmers, Clark Cemetery is the final resting place of a founder of early Parker County Methodist Churches, an organizer of Jack County, a trustee of an early pioneer school and a county chief justice. The oldest marked headstone in the cemetery belongs to Anzaline Godfrey, although sixty-five unidentified
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burial sites from the pioneer era were discovered with ground penetrating radar. The connection to military service is represented by veterans of the Texas Rangers, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam and the Korean War. The landscape of the Clark Cemetery is traditional with live oak, elm and post oak trees with a limestone and steel entrance gate, restrooms and a covered pavilion. The Clark Cemetery Association continues to care for this historic cemetery.
Historic Texas Cemetery – 2011
Marker is property of the State of Texas

Erected 2011 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17320.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1853.
Location. 32° 50.716′ N, 97° 42.937′ W. Marker is in Weatherford, Texas, in Parker County. Marker is on Friendship Road, 1.3 miles south of Old Springtown Road, on the right when traveling south. Located well inside the cemetery gate. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1390 Friendship Road, Weatherford TX 76085, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Isaac Parker (approx. 4½ miles away); Veal's Station Cemetery (approx. 5.7 miles away); William and Elisabeth Woody Homestead
Clark Cemetery with Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By QuesterMark, January 19, 2014
2. Clark Cemetery with Marker
Marker visible through the cemetery gate.
(approx. 5.7 miles away); Texas Pythian Home (approx. 7 miles away); Lawson Daniel Gratz (approx. 7.1 miles away); Gustavus Adolphus Holland (approx. 7.2 miles away); Samuel Willis Tucker Lanham (approx. 7.2 miles away); Fred Rider Cotten (approx. 7.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weatherford.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 1, 2014, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 746 times since then and 120 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 1, 2014, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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