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

Oakwood Cemetery

Oakwood Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Randal B. Gilbert, December 13, 2015
1. Oakwood Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Originally called Lollar's Cemetery and later City Cemetery, this burial ground was located on land purchased by John Lollar in 1846. Five acres were reserved for cemetery use when Lollar sold his land to John Madison Patterson in 1849. Burials began in the 1840s, but many early gravestones have been lost. The oldest marked grave is that of four-year-old P.M. Scott, who died in 1852. The graves of numerous Confederate soldiers, who died in the Civil War (1861-1865), are situated in a raised section east of Central Drive. In another separate portion is the Jewish Beth-El Cemetery, where the oldest grave is that of 19-year-old Rachel Wolinsky, who died in 1884.

In 1903, additional land was acquired and the cemetery renamed Oakwood. City officials hired William A. Woldert (1885-1937) to map the grounds, locate old graves, and lay out more walkways. Further improvements were made by WPA labor in the 1930s, when Oakwood was again enlarged. By the 1970s, the burial ground contained 19.5 acres with over 2,000 marked graves.

Many of Tyler's most prominent citizens are buried here, including Judge Stockton P. Donley (1821-1871), Texas Supreme Court Justice; and Governor Richard B. Hubbard (1832-1901), who also served as U.S. Ambassador to Japan.
Erected 1978 by Texas Historical
Oakwood Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Randal B. Gilbert, December 13, 2015
2. Oakwood Cemetery Marker
Commission. (Marker Number 7746.)
Location. 32° 21.2′ N, 95° 18.533′ W. Marker is in Tyler, Texas, in Smith County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West Line Street and North Ellis Avenue. Touch for map. The marker is approximately 260 feet west of the Line St gate. Marker is at or near this postal address: 700 West Line Street, Tyler TX 75702, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Richard Bennett Hubbard (within shouting distance of this marker); Judge Stockton P. Donley (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Baptist Church of Tyler (approx. 0.4 miles away); Marvin Methodist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Patterson Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); Christ Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Tyler Public Library (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hampson Boren Gary (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tyler.
Regarding Oakwood Cemetery. This is an old cemetery and the driveways are very narrow. The cemetery has electric gates that lock at dusk and open at dawn.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 19, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 13, 2015, by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 13, 2015, by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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