MAPSCO REFERENCE: 55B
View the PDF map of the cemetery.
Reading over the notes of Mr. William Merrick Miller, Jr. it seems that a ledger was kept beginning around 1905 or so. We were able to determine that cards were also kept (perhaps for each lot) to record burial information. In the late 1950s Mr. Miller made a new ledger book, recording the inscriptions and making a new set of cards. The ledger book Mr. Miller compiled has survived, but we understand the rest of the records (the old book and cards) were destroyed by fire in the 1970s. For more detailed information about the records in Mr. Miller’s own words, see the Appendix on page 236.
In the summer of 1993, the Dallas Genealogical Society embarked on this project intending to record all of the inscriptions on this ten acre site. As we recorded the approximately 2,500 marked graves, it became obvious that there were hundreds of unmarked graves. The project has taken several years and has been updated through March 1997.
The Oak Cliff Cemetery Association was kind enough to loan the ledger that Mr. Miller made, to these editors. We literally went through the ledger page by page and gathered all information that could be gleaned for individuals interred that did not have markers. By doing this, we accounted for approximately 2,500 to 3,000 additional interments for which there were no markers. Although the earliest burials in the cemetery date from the 1840s, the burial records did not start until the early part the twentieth century, therefore there are many individuals buried in this cemetery for which there is no record of interment. If it had not been for Mr. Millers efforts the interments of many individuals with unmarked graves would be lost forever.
After all the data was gathered, the editors arranged it order by sections and lots starting with the marked graves. At this stage we found many discrepancies between the actual and the recorded locations. There were also discrepancies in the spelling of many names, as well as, transposing of given and surname. With the sources available (Texas Death Certificate Index, etc.) we were able to identify and correct the data for many individuals.
Mr. Miller had drawn a rough draft of the layout of the cemetery. Using this as a guide, a new map was drawn correcting conflicting information. At the beginning of this book on page 2, we have used a map showing the location of the sections in the cemetery. There is a detailed map of each section at the beginning of the inventory of that section.
In the text it is indicated if there is a marker (MARKER) or if the grave has no marker (NO MARKER). For those having no marker, the information is from the Oak Cliff Cemetery Burial records (OCCB:) unless otherwise indicated. The date given is usually date of burial rather than date of death. For entries having a marker, the date of burial is added in brackets if recorded in the Oak Cliff Cemetery Burial records. Any additional information from the burial records is added in brackets to the entry.
We can ascertain that Mr. Miller was proud of the work he did and perhaps felt very rewarded as do the editors. This has been a major task and a most rewarding one.!
Many Dallas Genealogical Society volunteers spent countless hours searching and copying the inscription information for this volumne, while others helped proof read the typed version. A massive project such as this one could never be finished if it were not for volunteers working together as a team.
Dorothy Odom Bruce, Bernard M. Coffey, Leslie Collier, Pattie Perkins Darnell, Rubyann T. Darnel, Chan Edmondson, Nat Harris, Sue Harris, Nancy Wilson Humphrey, Adrienne Bird Jamieson, Sammie Townsend Lee, Francis A. Lindell, Helen Mason Lu, Jan McFarland, Joyce Martin Murray, Lillie S. Page, Margret H. Pearce, Harry Stevenson, Markaleeta Stevenson, Betty B. Street, Laurie G. WhartonWe also wish to thank the Oak Cliff Cemetery Association and its president, David O. Eisenlohr, for the use of their records and their continued support in our endeavor.
In 1846, William BEATY deeded 10 acres of his land for a public burial ground and indicated in the deed that his brother, Josiah, already had been interred on the site. The deed also specified that the cemetery should be subject to no one sect but should forever remain open to all. The oldest marked grave in the cemetery, that of Martha A. WRIGHT, is dated 1844.
Many prominent Dallas County pioneers and citizens have been buried here, including Judge William HORD, for whom Hord’s Ridge was named. Two former Dallas Mayors, George SERGEANT and George SPRAGUE, and a son of Gen. Sam. HOUSTON, Col. William Rogers HOUSTON, are buried here.
Oak Cliff Cemetery remains a valuable and historic link to the early settlement of Dallas. (Dedicated 1985)
Old Cem Sec 1 Lot 1 W.P. being the Flemming lot.
Old Cem Sec 1 Lot 30 W.P. being the Donnell lot.
Old Cem Sec 2 Lot 1 D.W. included in the Briggs Lot 55.
Old Cem Sec 2 Lot 15 D.W. being the Simmons lot.
Old Cem Sections 1-2-3 South Drive Way.
Old Cem Sec 1 Additional Space – Tiers and Graves
New Add Sec 1 Lot 1 S.P. being the London lot.
New Add Sec 1 Lot 20 W.P. being the Fallon lot.
New Add Sec 2 Lot 1 D.W. Sub-divided into tiers.
New Add Sec 2 Lot 15 D.W. being the Keith lot.In 1913 the adjoining North Addition was dedicated and a different system of nomenclature was inaugurated; being divided into to sections, separated by the 8th Street entrance street, subdivided into 36 Blocks, 7 of which border on 8th Street, each one of which contains 6 lots; the other 29 Blocks contain only 4 lots each. Probably at this time the Old Out-skirt D. Way was abandoned and the former road-way was utilized for additional graves.
The 1st Burial Service held in the Old Beatty Cemetery was in 1844 over 125 years ago; being that of infant Martha Wright, daughter of James and Sarah Wright, who was born in 1844 and died in 1844, buried on lot 7 Sec 1 Old Cemetery, one of whose relatives: Mrs. Jefferson Davis Wright is still living at the age of 102 years. [Editor’s note: This is the earliest marked grave in the cemetery, however, it is believed earlier interments had taken place.]
During this lapse of time the maintenance of an accurate and concise record of the over 6000 decedents, now buried there has been regrettably and inadequately handled resulting in a conglomerated record of individual grave locations. In making an effort to revamp this make-shift record, you are confronted with the chaotic factors that cause confusion and inaccuracy, such as illegible penmanship, phonetic incorrect spelling, juxta position of the first and last names, omissions, ambiguous and obscure field-notes, etc., coupled with lack of perception the part of the recorder vendors a perfect record out of question; however a poor record is better than no record and accordingly the following one is dedicated to the deceased in mates of the Old Oak Cliff Cemetery at large.
“Mr. Conley: Am sorry that I did not live to finish the book and the card system. The unchecked names in the old book signify that they are not recorded in the new book. After the unfinished listing of all names not already listed in the new book, but are listed in the Old Book, it will be necessary to make an alphabetical chronological index. The numeral in front of the name listed is the no. of the card on which the listed name will appear.
“‘Note’ Unable to find original death record for the period from Nov. 16th 1916 to Jan. 1, 1918, consequently this 1917 record is not complete.”
- TIER 1 – Second row west of the east fence; grave numbers run from N to S
- TIER 2 – First row west of the east fence; grave numbers run from N to S
* Joint marker (look for additional name/names)
a or aa designation used to distinguish lots having same #
A-A African American section
A2C Airman 2nd Class
AAF Army Air Force
AC Air Corps
ACMM Aviation Chief Machinist’s Mate
AF & AM Ancient Free & Accepted Masons
b/d born & died
b/o brother of
BM & PIU Bricklayers, Masons and Plasterers Independent Union
BOM Base Operation Manager
BSA Boy Scouts of America
BSM Bronze Star Medal
c/o child of
CAC Coast Artillery Corps
CEM Chief Electrician’s Mate
ch child or children
Co Company or County
CRT Children of the Republic of Texas
CSA Confederate States of America
CWO Chief Warrant Officer
d/o daughter of
DAR Daughters of the American Revolution
DFC Distinguished Flying Cross
DGS Dallas Genealogical Society
DWL Driveway lot
ES or OES Order of Eastern Star
f/o father of
FA (Navy) Fireman Apprentice
FA Field Artillery
FCB abbreviation not identified
FLT abbreviation not identified
h/o husband of
HA Hospital Apprentice
IBEW International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
inf/o infant of
IOF Independent Order of Foresters
IOOF Independent Order of Odd Fellows
K of P Knights of Pythias
KOTM abbreviation not identified
LA Light Artillery
LU Local Union
M/M Mr. & Mrs.
Mason Masonic emblem
MM Machinist’s Mate
m/o mother of
MSGT Master Sergeant
MTD Rifles Mounted Rifles
MWA Modern Woodman of the World
N1 North Addition, Section 1
N2 North Addition, Section 2
N Add’n North Addition
NCM Navy Commendation Medal
NCUCV abbreviation not identified
New 1 New Addition, Section 1
New 2 New Addition, Section 2
New 3 New Addition, Section 3
New 4 New Addition, Section 4
NG National Guard
NO MARKER All information from Oak Cliff Cemetery burial records
NPL abbreviation not identified
NSUSD National Society United States Daughters War of 1812
OCCB Oak Cliff Cemetery burial records
OES Order of Eastern Star
OLC Oak Leaf Cluster(s)
Old 1 Old Cemetery, Section 1
Old 2 Old Cemetery, Section 2
Old 3 Old Cemetery, Section 3
P.I. Philippine Insurrection
PFC/Pfc Private First Class
PH Purple Heart
QM/QMC Quartermasters Corps
RDM (Navy WW2) Unidentified
s/o son of
S1 Seaman First Class
S2 Seaman Second Class
SA Spanish American War
SFW Supreme Forest Woodman
SP4 Specialist 4th Class
SSGT/SSgt Staff Sergeant
TSGT/TSgt Technical Sergeant
UBW abbreviation not identified
UCV United Confederate Veteran
UDC United Daughters of the Confederacy
U of NA abbreviation not identified
US Army United States Army
USAAF United States Army Air Force
USAF United States Air Force
USCG United States Coast Guard
USMC United States Marine Corps
USMCR United States Marine Corps Reserve
USN United States Navy
USNR United States Naval Reserve
USV United States Volunteer
w/o wife of WAGR Wagoner
WOW Woodman of the World
WOWC Woodman of the World Circle
WW World War