Municipal Archives



​Frances James Cemetery Collection, 1965 -2018

​Collection 2019-010

Overview

Repository
Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
CreatorFrances James
TitleFrances James Cemetery Files Collection
Dates1965 -2018 and undated
Quantity6.25 linear feet
AbstractRecords documenting cemeteries in North Texas and local history
Identification 2019-010
Language Records are in English


Scope and Content

Collection documents primarily the historic preservation of North Texas cemeteries and the work of local historian Frances James. The collection focuses on cemeteries in Dallas and North Texas, many of them having a connection to Dallas government through ownership, litigation, or other issues.  While it is not comprehensive, the collection largely concerns endangered, neglected, and abandoned cemeteries.

Known as the "Cemetery Lady," James (1922-2019) spent her life during retirement not only by documenting cemeteries in North Texas and helping identify protect them, and but also by conducting research for state and local historical markers. Her research expanded to include genealogy and local history, and it is estimated she wrote more than fifty historical marker applications. James was a past president of the Dallas County Pioneer Association and served as a  commissioner on both the City of Dallas Landmark Commission and the Dallas County Historical Commission.

"Cemeteries are sacred places," said James. "I just want to see that they are taken care of."

Organization

The following three series comprise the collection, and each series is arranged in alphabetical order.  The maps are housed separately from the main collection; ask the archivist for the specific map needed.

Cemeteries
Biography
Subjects
Schools
Maps


Cemeteries often have multiple names, be they former, formal, or casual.  See the cemetery names list in Collection 2005-005 for a listing of known cemetery names.

Access

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from the Dallas Municipal Archives. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.

Citation

Frances James Cemetery Files Collection, 1965-2018 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related Materials

Collection 1992-003—Deeds, 1874-1968
Collection 1995-023—Dallas Department of Park and Recreation General Subject Files, 1911-1960
Collection 1996-034—Paupers Cemetery and the Henninger-Brewer Company, 1914
Collection 2005-005—Public Works Survey Division Cemetery Files, 1887-2005

Index Terms

Cemeteries -- Texas -- Dallas
Cemeteries -- Texas -- Dallas County
Dallas -- Texas -- History
Dallas (Tex.) -- Genealogy
Dallas County (Tex.) -- Genealogy

Container List

BoxFolderTitle, Date
11Cemeteries
2Agudas Achim (Scyene)
3Anderson Family (Garland)
4Antioch (Grand Prairie)
5Baccus (Collin County)
6Balch Springs
​7​Bear Creek
8Beatty (Oak Cliff)
9Beeman Memorial 1
10Beeman Memorial 2
11Beeman Memorial 3
21Bennett Family Gardens - Laurel Oaks Memorial
2Bethel Coppell
3Big A (Garland)
4Big Springs
5Blewett
6Brick Yard (Mesquite)
7Buckner 1
8Buckner 2
9Buckner 3
10Bullock (Coppell)
31Butler Nelson 1
2Butler Nelson 2
3Butler Nelson 3
4Butler Nelson 4
41Calvary 1
2Calvary 2
3Calvary 3
4Cameron Family
5Camposanto de Cemento Grande 1
6Camposanto de Cemento Grande 2
7Caruth 1
8Caruth 2
9Caruth 3
51Carver Abraham
2Carver Albert 1
3Carver Albert 2
4Coats
5Cochran Chapel
6Cockrell Wesley 1
7Cockrell Wesley 2
61Confederate
2Cory-Cox
3Cottonwood
4Cox 1
5Cox 2
6Cox 3
7Cox 4
8Cox 5
71Crawford
2Crown Hill
3Cumby-Webster-Bailey (Seagoville)
4Dallas-Fort Worth National
5Daniel (Danieldale)
6Daniel Family University Park
7Durrett
8Balis Edens (Grapeland, TX)
​9Edgewood 1 (Lancaster)
​10​Edgewood 2 (Lancaster)
​11​Edgewood 3 (Lancaster)
12Elam
13Elmwood Pleasant Mound
14Emanu - El
81Warren A. Ferris 1
2Warren A. Ferris 2
3Warren A. Ferris 3
4Warren A. Ferris 4
5Warren A. Ferris 5
6Warren A. Ferris 6
7Fields
91Fish Trap - La Reunion Colony 1
2Fish Trap - La Reunion Colony 2
3Fish Trap - La Reunion Colony 3
4Fish Trap - La Reunion Colony 4
5Fish Trap - La Reunion Colony 5
101Five Mile
2Fletcher 1
3Fletcher 2
4Fletcher 3
5Floyd
6Floyd-Taylor
7Frankford
111Freedman's 1
2Freedman's 2
3Freedman's 3
4Freedman's 4
5Freedman's 5
6Freedman's 6
7Freedman's 7
8Freedman's 8
9Freedman's 9
121Fugitt
2Garland Memorial
3Garvin 1
4Garvin 2
5Garvin 3
131Garvin 4
2Garvin 5
3Garvin 6 - African American inventory
4Garvin 7 - appraisal district
5Garvin 8 - archaeology
6Garvin 9 - clippings
7Garvin 10 - correspondence
8Garvin 10 - deeds
9Garvin 11 - Geo-Marine dig
10Garvin 12 - inventory
11Garvin 13 - Kelso - Daugherty
12Garvin 14 - landmark
13Garvin 15 - landmark application
14Garvin 16 - legal correspondence
15Garvin 17 - maps
16Garvin 18 - notes
17Garvin 19 - preservation criteria
18Garvin 20 - Smith Hall
19Garvin 21 - Sons of Confederate Veterans
141Garvin 22 - Swor 1
2Garvin 23 - Swor 2
3Garvin 24 –timeline
4Glover 1
5Glover 2 - correspondence
6Glover 3 - deeds
7Glover 4 - Garrett Family
8Glover 5 - Hunnicutt Family
151Gravel Slough
2Greenwood 1 - archaeological evaluation
​3​Greenwood 2 - archaeological evaluation
4Greenwood 3 - biographical clippings
5Greenwood 4 - case correspondence
6Greenwood 5 - Christopher Columbus Slaughter
7Greenwood 6 - Christopher Columbus Slaughter historical marker dedication
8Greenwood 7 - City of Dallas correspondence
​9Greenwood 8 - City Plan Commission notebook
​16​1​Greenwood 9 - Claude Albritton
​2Greenwood 10 - correspondence
​3​Greenwood 11 - correspondence
​4Greenwood 12 - correspondence
​5Greenwood 13 - correspondence
​6Greenwood 14 - correspondence
7Greenwood 15 - correspondence
​8​Greenwood 16 – correspondence - City of Dallas
​9​Greenwood 17 – correspondence - La Tour
​10​Greenwood 18 – correspondence - La Tour
​11​Greenwood 19 – correspondence - La Tour
​12​Greenwood 20 – correspondence - La Tour
​13​Greenwood 21 – correspondence - La Tour
​14​Greenwood 22 – correspondence - La Tour
​15​Greenwood 23 – correspondence - La Tour
​16​Greenwood 24 – correspondence - La Tour
​17​Greenwood 25 – correspondence - La Tour
​18​Greenwood 26 – correspondence - La Tour
171Greenwood 27 - decertification
2Greenwood 28 - deeds and ordinances
3Greenwood 29 - Don Henley
​4​Greenwood 30 - Friends of Greenwood
​5​Greenwood 31 - Friends of Greenwood
6Greenwood 32 - Friends of Greenwood fundraising
7Greenwood 33 - Friends of Greenwood - Orion Marketing
8​Greenwood 34 - Greenwood Cemetery Association
​9Greenwood 35 - Hunter family
10Greenwood 36 - John Williams/Post Properties
181Greenwood 37 - Kings Daughters
​2​Greenwood 38 - Kings Daughters
3Greenwood 39 - Kurtz & Company
4​Greenwood 40 - maps
​5​Greenwood 41 - maps
​6​Greenwood 42 - maps
7
Greenwood 43 - Photographic prints and slides
​8​Greenwood 44 - Photographic prints and slides
​9Greenwood 45 - Photographic prints and slides
​10Greenwood 46 - Photographic prints and slides
​11​Greenwood 47 - Photographic prints and slides
​12​Greenwood 48 - Photographic prints and slides
13​​Greenwood 49 - Photographic prints and slides
​14​Greenwood 50 - Photographic prints and slides
191Grove Hill 1
​2​Grove Hill 2 - Rowan Family
​3​Haley
​4​Harrington/Estelle
​5​Haught
​6​Honey Springs 1 - Homecoming binder
​7​Honey Springs 2 - loose pages
​8​Horton 1
9Horton 2
10Horton 3
11Horton 4
201Horton 5
2Housely/Myers 1
3Housely/Myers 2
5Hutchins - Atwell
6Jordan-Hight
7Keenan (Farmers Branch)
211Kinard/Smith
2Kit
3Kleberg 1
4Kleberg 2 - Glenn Hickory
5Lagow 1
6Lagow 2
​7​Lancaster - Edgewood 1
​8​Lancaster - Edgewood 2
​22​1​Lancaster - Edgewood 3
2Ledbetter
3Lee - Seagoville
4Letot 1
5Letot 2
6Letot 3 - Letot Family
7Lincoln Memorial
8Lisbon
9Little Bethel
10Long Creek 1
231Long Creek 2
2Long Creek 3
3Long Creek 4
4Long Creek 5
5Long Creek 6
241Long Creek 7
2Long Creek 8
3Long Creek 9
4Long Creek 10
5Long Creek 11
6Lumley
251Lyons
2McAdams
3McCombs
4McCree 1
5McCree 2
6McGarrah (Collin County)
7McKinney
8McShan (Rowlett)
9Marsh
10Merrell
11Mesquite
261Miller Family
2Mills
3Missionary Baptist Church/Haymarket
4Motley Family
5Mount Auburn - Opportunity
6Mount Calvary
271Oakland 1
2Oakland 2
3Oakland 3 - O'Connor Mausoleum
​4​Old Dallas Burial Ground
5Overton
6Parkland/Woodlawn 1 - clippings
7Parkland/Woodlawn 2 - correspondence, clippings
8Parkland/Woodlawn 3 - Hartnett
9Parkland/Woodlawn 4 - land 
10Parkland/Woodlawn 5 - landmark designation
11Parkland/Woodlawn 6 - planned development
12Parkland/Woodlawn 7 - problems at Parkland
281Parrish
2Patrick/Pruitt
3Pauper 1
4Pauper 2
5Pauper 3 (City - Shady Trail)
6Perry
7Pioneer Park 1
8Pioneer Park 2
9Pioneer Park 3
291Pioneer Park 4
2Pioneer Park 5
3Pioneer Park 6
4Pioneer Park 7
5Pioneer Park 8
6Pioneer Park 9
7Pioneer Park 10
8Pioneer Park 11
9Pioneer Park 12 - alphabetical interments
10Pioneer Park 13 - city landmark designation
11Pioneer Park 14 - city section
12Pioneer Park 15 - clippings and deeds
​30​1Pioneer Park 16 - Conger
2Pioneer Park 17 - correspondence
3Pioneer Park 18 - Geo-Marine environmental study
​4Pioneer Park 19 - Jewish section
5Pioneer Park 20 - Landmark Commission nomination
6Pioneer Park 21 - Jewish section
7Pioneer Park 22 - missing graves
​8Pioneer Park 23 - Odd Fellows section
9Pioneer Park 24 - Odd Fellows section
10Pioneer Park 25 - Odd Fellows/Elks
11Pioneer Park 26 - photographic prints
12Pioneer Park 27 - research notes
13Pioneer Park 28 - Willemet
14Pleasant Mound 1
311Pleasant Mound 2
2Pleasant Mound 3 - Park Department
3Pleasant Ridge
4Pleasant Valley - Cedar Hill
5Pleasant Valley - Sachse
6Porter
7Potter Family (Mesquite)
8Prospect Hill
9Rawlins
10Rhodes
11Ritter
12Robinson Family/Fish Creek
321Routh (Richardson)
​2​Rowlett 1 - First Christian Church
​3​Rowlett 2 - history
4Rylie
5Sachse
6Sacred Heart (Rowlett)
7Shady Grove (Grand Prairie)
8Shearith Israel
9Simpson Stuart
10Smith (Lewisville)
​11​Snyder - Kennedy
12Southland (Grand Prairie)
13Sowers
14Stadden (Wilmer)
15Stringfellow
16Tompkins Family
17Trees
18Trinity (Wilmer)
331Trinity Farms/Rancho Grande
2Vincent
3Warner
4Webb Chapel
5Western Heights 1
6Western Heights 2
7Western Heights 3
8Western Heights 4
9Western Heights 5
10Western Heights 6
​34​1​Western Heights 7
2Wheatland/Wesley Chapel
3Wolf Springs/Tennessee 1
4Wolf Springs/Tennessee 2
5Wolf Springs/Tennessee 3
6Wolf Springs/Tennessee 4
Biography
351Harold Abrams, William Abrams
2Joshua Addington
3Benjamin Dodson Atwell family
4Karl Axe family
5William D Baird
6Jerry Bartos
7Beeman and Gilbert descendants
8Hiram Bennett
9Robert and Electa Ann Bethurum
10John Henry Brown
11James Bracken Bryan (nephew to JNB)
12Chenault family
13Thomas Cheshire
14John Jacob Clark family
15James M Cochran
16Sarah and Alexander Cockrell - historical marker dedication, 1976
17Cole family - deeds to City of Dallas, 1940
18Hattie Crowder Connor
19John Cooper Cook
20Cox family
21Coyle family
22John Crockett
23Fred Cuny
24Pierre Dusseau
25Elam family
26Ernest T Fleming and Fleming Paper Mill
27Floyd family
28Thomas Flynn
29John J Good
30George Guess (10th mayor of Dallas)
31Alexander Harwood family
32Haught family
33Catherine Haughton
361TC Hawpe
2Thomas Lagow family
3John Lane
4Anthony M and Frances Brockman Leake family
5Arthur Ledbetter and starting Mesquite churches
6Amos McCommas
7John C McCoy
8Alice Moseley
9Major BC Nickelson family and A Brief Sketch of The Life of a Confederate Soldier and the Ups and Downs During Pioneer and Indian Warfare in Texas

10Dallas Sheriff Charles Nichols
​11​Bonnie Parker
12Tom Parmer
13James Martin Patterson
14John C Pelt Home 1
15John C Pelt Home 2
16John C Pelt Home 3
371William Henry Pippen
2Ermance Ryjibian - Brief History of Dallas
[pages missing]

3Christopher Columbus Slaughter - marker dedication
​4John Thomas family
​5​Mike Thomas family

7Viola Torbett
8Lucretia (Barker) and Charles Vinyard family
9Henderson Walker family
10Andrew Jackson Witt family
Subjects
11
AT&T and Dallas telephone history
12
Black Dallas Remembered
13
Boy Scouts cleanup
14
​Buckner Terrace
15
​Civilian Conservation Corps
16
Cemetery laws 1
17
​Cemetery laws 2
1
​Charles L Dexter and Company 100 Years
2
Churches
3
Compact Discs
[Are We There Yet? Voices of the Dream Oak Lawn United Methodist Church and Community Outreach Center, MVSU Class of 1962 50th Year Anniversary, MKL [sic] NAACP, Texas African American Veterans Recognition (Juanita Wallace, Jerry Chambers, Robert E. Davis, Ester Davis)]

​4
​Concave receivers patent
5
Correspondence 1
6
​Correspondence 2 - Diane Bumpas
7
Correspondence 3 - Charles Powers
8
Cultural and Natural Resources Contextual Guide to the White Rock Heritage District by Tim Dalbey
9
Dallas County
10
Dallas County  Appraisal District
11
Dallas County Pioneer Association
12
​Dallas Freemasons
13
Dallas parks
14
Dallas population
15
Dallas Public Library
16
Dallas streets
17
Denton County
1
Goats
2
Grave marker repair
3
​Historical locations address list
4
Hunter sawmill and bridge (Benjamin Hunter)
5
Irish in Dallas
6
Joseph Kovandovitch concrete house 1
7
Joseph Kovandovitch concrete house 2
8
​La Prada Drive Church of Christ
9
Legacies article
10
La Prada Drive Church of Christ marker
11
Lou Foote Flying School
12
Murphy/Locke House (2516 Maple)
13
Oak Cliff
1
Oral history interview resources
2
Peak and East Side Church of Christ
3
​Photographs
[Grave marker photographs of Louis and Armanda Lucas, "Daddy" R.E. Bob Griffin, Harry Feldman, JD and Hattie Mae McMakin, Tommy L King, Emma K. King, Robert Lee Smith, Jr.]

4
Sharrock-Niblo Cabin 1
5
Sharrock-Niblo Cabin 2
6
Texas senators of Dallas County
7
Town of Garland

8
White Rock Lake
9
WRR
10
Wylie, Texas
Schools

​11
​WH Adamson High School
12
Black Barber School

​13
​James Bowie Elementary School

​1
​Davy Crockett Elementary School
2
​Dallas High School (Crozier Tech) 1
3
​Dallas High School (Crozier Tech) 2
4
​Dallas High School (Crozier Tech) 3
5
Frederick Douglass Elementary

​6
​James Fannin Elementary School

​7
Forest (Madison) High School

​8
​Harllee Elementary School

​9
​Stephen J Hay Elementary School

​10
​​The Hockaday School

​1
The ​Jackson School

​2
​Lake Highlands Elementary School

​3
​William Lipscomb Elementary School

​4
​JL Long Middle School 1

5
​JL Long Middle School 2

​6
​North Dallas High School

​7
Reinhardt Elementary School

​8
​Richardson Independent School District

​9
School buses

10
​School names
11
Seagoville ISD

​12
​The Sowers School

​13
​Spence Middle School
14
​St Ann's School
​15
​St Mary of Carmel 1

1
​St Mary of Carmel 2
2
​St Mary of Carmel 3
3
​Sunset High School

4
​Terrell Flight School

5
Urban Park Elementary School PTA, 1982-83

​6
​Ursuline Academy

7
​Woodrow Wilson High School 1
8
Woodrow Wilson High School 2
9
Woodrow Wilson High School 3

​10
​Woodrow Wilson High School 4
Maps
1876 Insurance Map of Dallas (All Buildings Then in Town) from Time Herald, 2/25/1923
Beatty Cemetery, North Addition, Part of W5 Beatty Survey Abstract No 57; oldest cemetery in Dallas County 1844, 1892
City and County of Dallas Levee Improvement District Map [774D-1], undated
City of Dallas landmarks map, 1990
City of East Dallas map [6 copies], 1880s
Clyde Housing Urban Association near Greenwood Cemetery, housing plans [2 copies], 1997
Dallas Convention Center Expansion - master plan scheme, 1/22/1999
Dallas Convention Center Expansion - site definitions and constraints, 11/12/1998
Dallas County Plat Book Page 1595 - related to Long Creek Cemetery, 9/25/2001
Dallas County, 1893
Dallas County, undated
Dallas Floodway Extension Chain of Levees and Floodway Plan, 1996

East Dallas [4 copies], 1880s
Fair Park poster
Ferris Cemetery map
First Insurance Map of Dallas, Tex
Drawn for the use of Charles L Dexter and Company, 1876
General Land Office partial map of Peter's Colony Map [official copy], 1852
Geological Atlas of Texas, Dallas Sheet, Gayle Scott Memorial Edition, 1972
Greenwood Cemetery
Greenwood Cemetery topographic survey, Acrey Roberts Pierson Inc., Consulting Engineers, 1980
Highland Park First Installment Map, 1907
Horton Survey #246, Wesley Cockrell Survey [2 copies], undated
Hutchins Area Map, copied pages from a Bracey's Book, undated
Irving Heritage Society Early North Texas Trails poster [2 copies], 1990
JERL Properties, Interstate 30 Addition Number 4, 1985 copy [2 copies], undated
Jones and Murphy's Map of the City of Dallas, 1878
Jones and Murphy's Map of the City of Dallas, 1882
JW Lindsley and Company Map of Dallas County, Texas, 1930
L Butler Nelson aerial view, undated
Long Creek Cemetery # 2 map, undated
Long Creek Cemetery Northside #2, undated
Long Creek Cemetery Southside II map with names on plots [2 copies], undated

Map of Dallas - Cram, 1893
Map of La Réunion, Texas
Map of Reinhardt, Texas
Munger Place Addition, 1907
Plat of 21.92-acre tract purchased by the city from JL Proctor for the new pauper cemetery, City Engineer's Office [3 copies], 3/23/1929
Plat of Pauper's Cemetery Adjoining Greenwood Cemetery [2 copies], 1928
Post offices of Dallas County, 1846-1946
Sam Street's Map of Dallas County, Texas, 1900
Some part of Dallas County/Ellis County line map, undated
Stephen F Austin's Map of Texas published by HS Tanner, Philadelphia, 1836
Texas Electric Dallas Area map, undated
Trinity Heights First, Second, and Third Sections, Seay-Cranfill Company, 1913
United States, published by Charles DeSilver, Philadelphia, 1856
US Department of the Interior Geological Survey
USGS Dallas map, 1958
USGS Duncanville map, 1958
USGS Hutchins map, 1958
USGS Oak Cliff map, 1958
USGS White Rock map, 1958