Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 8, Number 2, Fall, 1996 Page: 37
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John McClanahan Crockett (1816-1878) was a
Peters Colonist who procured land before he arrived in
North Texas in 1848. The attorney for the Mercer
Colony immediately south of the Peters Colony, he
worked for the State of Texas to arrange clear title for
settlers in that area. He was elected mayor of Dallas on
two occasions, lieutenant governor of Texas during
the Civil War, and an officer in the Dallas County
Pioneers Association when it organized in 1875.
Another attorney buried in Pioneer Cemetery is
Colonel B. Warren Stone (1817-1881), who moved to
Dallas in 1851. When the issue of secession arose, he
sided with Sam Houston in opposing it, but after
fighting began at Fort Sumter, he organized the 6th
Texas Cavalry Regiment, C.S.A., composed of Dallas
County men, and later the 2nd Texas Partisan Rangers.
He saw active duty for two years, and later returned to
Dallas to resume his law practice.27
Another Civil War veteran buried at Pioneer
Cemetery is John Jay Good (1827-1882), who commanded
a Confederate artillery battalion. He was later
appointed presiding judge of the Confederate military
courts of Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia with
rank of colonel. After the war he practiced law in
Dallas and was elected mayor in 1880.28 His widow,
Susan Floyd Good, lived with her daughter for many
years. When she died in 1912, her family had heard
there was a plan to obliterate the downtown cemetery,
so she was buried at Grove Hill Cemetery. Separated
in life due to circumstances beyond their control, they
were separated in death by rumors.29
These are just a few of the many, many stories
buried in the cemeteries of Dallas County. Each cemetery
has knowns and unknowns who are all equal in
the sight of the Lord. Amen.
'The Beeman family cemetery is behind Shearith Israel cemetery It can be
reached by turning east on Mingo off Dolphin Road, then turning right at Gault
and proceeding to the dead end There is a Texas Historical Marker in the
2Texas Historical Marker application, prepared by David Eisenlohr, 1985.
3The Congregation Agudas Achim closed in 1951. The cemetery has been
taken over by Congregation Tiferet Israel and is still in use.
4"Pieces of Dallas' past buried in cemetery," Dallas Times Herald, July 30,
1990; "Unearthing of Freed-Slave Cemetery May Put Dallas Road Project on
Hold," New York Times, August 13, 1990; "Hidden History. Long-abandoned
slaves' cemetery continues to yield, shield, secrets," The Dallas Morning News,
October 6, 1990
6The New Handbook of Texas, s.v., "Slaughter, Christopher Columbus."
Cemetery records have been computerized, but the original log is kept in the
archives at Temple Emanu-El. This log includes information on birthplace (if
known), which lot was used for the burial, who paid for the lot, and the cause of
death. If the deceased was a pauper, the congregation absorbed the expense.
'Some of this information was furnished by the descendants of Sarah Ellen
Ferris Cannon for the application for a Texas Historical Marker in 1988. Warren
Angus Ferris was the first surveyor in this area. See Susann Starling, "A
Surveyor's Saga," in Dallas Reconsidered, edited by Michael V. Hazel (DallasThree
Forks Press, 1995), 3-11.
9"Sheriffs of Dallas County," (pamphlet, 1986), researched by Deputy
Nancy Stout, written by Dick Hitt.
'Carter was a descendant of Rowland and Anna Huitt through their daughter
' Texas Historical Marker application, prepared by Mary Jackson Sutherland
'"Some of this information comes from an unpublished paper by Ann C.
Herring (1984) entitled, "Dallas and Its People in History "
"3Texas Historical Marker application, prepared by the late Earl Blewett
Harben in 1984-85
'4Texas Historical Marker application, prepared in 1990-91, and from
Barney Jones, a long-time employee and historian for the Trinity Portland
tTexas Historical Marker application, prepared by the author Useful
information was found in Industrial Properties Corporation. Our Sixty Years,
1928-1988, by Keith Baker The marker has been placed at the site by the
descendants of the people buried there
6Texas Historical Marker application, prepared by Marshall Caster.
'7Information compiled by the author at the request of some Bear Creek
"Most of this information was gathered by Juanita Williams and Mildred
Collins, great-granddaughters of Ellen Cole Tuggle.
'Dallas Landmark designation application, prepared by Kathy Hoover, who
had been hired by the Hughes family to market the mausoleum. The designation
was granted in 1990
2'Dallas Landmark designation application for the Knights of Pythias building,
and an article by Mary Barrineau, Dallas Times Herald, December 7, 1986.
2Information in a letter sent out by the Oakland Cemetery Association in
22The New Handbook of Texas, s.v., "Gano, Richard Montgomery"
23John William Rogers, The Lusty Texans of Dallas (New York: E. P. Dutton
and Company, 1951), 162-63.
24The New Handbook of Texas, s.v., "Latimer, James Wellington"
2SThe bell is on the grounds at St. Matthew's Cathedral at Ross and Garrett
26For insight into the Smith family, see "An Antebellum Chronicle" (the
diary of their daughter Frances Killen Smith), edited by Jackie McElhaney,
Legacies 1 (Spring 1989): 29-35, and 1 (Fall 1989)- 4-13
27The New Handbook of Texas, s.v, "Stone, Barton Warren, Jr"
2Ibid., s.v., "Good, John Jay"
29The wartime correspondence of John and Susan Good has been published
in Cannon Smoke, edited by Newton Fitzhugh (Hillsboro 1971)
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