Oak Dale Cemetery
Erath County

Tombstone Photographs


Huckabay, Texas on Hwy 180

Historical Marker text:

Founders of Oak Dale Community began arriving in 1867. They included: John R. Pickard; George Lidia, who became Pickard's son-in-law; the Rev. James M. Johnson, a Methodist minister; and William Jasper Mefferd. These men and their families, including Johnson's four sons, harvested timber along the Bosque River to build cabins and began farming the land. Samuel Johnson chose Oak Dale as the settlement's name for the abundance of the trees in the area.

By 1868, the wife of both John Pickard and James Johnson were interred here on Pickard's land; the graves are now unmarked. The first marked burial is that of two-day old Ruth Ann Johnson (d. 1877). Local residents established Oak Dale School, which consolidated with Stephenville in 1951. There were also a Baptist Church and a Methodist Church until the mid-20th Century, when they likewise moved to the county seat.

Today Oak Dale Cemetery is a link to the early settlement, which began to decline in population during the great depression and World War II. It is the final resting place of generations of area residents, including military veterans of conflicts dating to the Civil War.

Headstones

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Text & Description (Click this Link for Description, Photo Link for Image)Photo LinkDateSubmitter
Cemetery Entrance Photo Aug 2004 Nancy Martin Buzbee
Beauchamp, Andrew Hammel and Bertha O. Knowles Photo Aug 2004 Nancy Martin Buzbee
Beauchamp, Merril Photo Aug 2004 Nancy Martin Buzbee
Carr, William E. Photo Jan 2008 Jerry Carr
McLaughlin, Easther Fulgate Photo Nov 2009 Linda McLaughlin Hamner
McLaughlin, Nathan Photo Nov 2009 Linda McLaughlin Hamner
Sheffield, Charlie Y Photo Aug 2004 Nancy Martin Buzbee
Sheffield, John G B/td> Photo Aug 2004 Nancy Martin Buzbee
Sheffield, Thomas J and Ella Green Beauchamp Photo Aug 2004 Nancy Martin Buzbee
Swift, Emma Jane Beauchamp Photo Aug 2004 Nancy Martin Buzbee

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