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

Hillcrest Cemetery

Hillcrest Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rheba Bybee, June 26, 2016
1. Hillcrest Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  After the community of Brooklyn was relocated and renamed Forney when the Texas and Pacific Railroad was built through here in 1873, its early burial ground was no longer convenient to the town. In 1878, a committee of civic leaders organized the Forney Graveyard Company and purchased a 5-acre tract of land. The earliest documented burials are those of Blanch Ivey and Isaac Sorey, both of whom died in 1879. The problem of irregular maintenance was first addressed in 1911, about the same time it became known as "Hill Crest Cemetery." A perpetual care endowment was established in 1976. Many veterans of U.S. and foreign wars are interred here, including more than 46 veterans of the Civil War. The cemetery continues to be a chronicle of Forney settlers.
Erected 1998 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11987.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites.
Location. 32° 45.187′ N, 96° 28.382′ W. Marker is in Forney, Texas, in Kaufman County. Marker is on West
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Broad Street (Farm to Market Road 688) 0.1 miles west of Pinson Road, on the left when traveling west. Near the main front entrance. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Forney TX 75126, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Forney Messenger (approx. ¼ mile away); Dixie Overland Highway (approx. 0.4 miles away); Brooklyn Lodge No. 386, A.F. & A.M. (approx. 0.4 miles away); Forney (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1899 Automobile Trip (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dick P. Moore House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Walter Dickson Adams and the Adams Drugstore (approx. 0.4 miles away); William Madison McDonald (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forney.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 13, 2016, by Rheba Bybee of Seagoville, Texas. This page has been viewed 382 times since then and 79 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 13, 2016, by Rheba Bybee of Seagoville, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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Dec. 6, 2023