Bridges Cemetery

The Colony, Denton County, Cemeteries of Texas

Article Submitted by Sandra Miller

Bridges Cemetery, Bridges Settlement, named for the W. A. Bridges family and reportedly the oldest in Denton County. Began in 1843 and was a center of activity of the Peters Colony. This cemetery, on land granted to Bridges in 1850, dates to 1855, although illegible stones may be slightly older. Site of the burials of the Bridges and other early immigrant families. Stones here document graves of many children and Civil War soldiers, deeded to the county by F. M. and Sallie Bridges in 1899, the cemetery contains over one hundred sandstone and granite markers.

Boy Scouts restore historic cemetery
By B. Booklin
Special to The Leader
In a relatively young community like The Colony, historical landmark-s may be considered a treasure. They link the city to a frontier history and are the building blocks of a growing heritage.
One of the oldest landmarks in town is the Bridges Cemetery on Morningstar Drive. This 1.57-acre cemetery was established in 1857 and contains the remains of the earliest settlers of this area
Land for the cemetery was donated by the Bridges family, who settled at Office Creek in 1841, just south of the present location of The Colony High School. The cemetery contains the graves of Mildred Bridges and her sons as well as some distant relatives of President Eisenhower, among others. The cemetery has been closed since 1969, when a child was buried there by special permission. Many of the graves are unmarked from people being buried during a smallpox epidemic in the late 1800s.
The cemetery has been overgrown and in need of maintenance in recent years, but was cleaned up by Boy Scout Troop 281 with the help of many other volunteers including members of Boy Scout Troop 621 and The Colony High School JROTC.
Chaplain's aide Jacob Johnson of The Colony Boy Scout Troop 281 undertook this cleanup for his Eagle Scout project, and volunteers have devoted nearly 300 hours cleaning up the weeds, dead trees, and hauling trash. In addition, Jacob Johnson and Tim Tolleson, along with other Scouts, have been mapping the known graves and documenting their location for genealogical reference.
Since the cleanup, wildflowers and daffodils have been popping up, beautifying this historical landmark.


Bridges Cemetery

The Colony, Denton County, Cemeteries of Texas

Chesapeake and Morningstar

Gate is kept locked due to vandalism. 

Contact The Colony Parks and Recreation Department for admittance (972-625-1106)

 Survey: Bob Leahy, JUL 2006

Memorial Day 2008

Last Name

First Name

 DOB -- DOD

Inscription // notes

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???? 

// -- //

 // w/o A. B.; s/o W A and Mollie (as recorded by Ann Onstad

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Infant  

1969 -- 1969

 // no other info available

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Unknown  

//  -- 2/7/1910

 // broken stone in NE corner of cemetery (off by itself); year may be incorrect

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Unknown  

//  -- //

sandstone marker  // near G P Schultz

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Unknown  

//  -- //

brick covered crypt // near John Jennings

Akers

Abner  

10/26/1817 -- 1/4/1895

CSA // h/o Harriet Dunn

Akers

Ettie May 

5/1/1889 -- 8/11/1890

Sleep on sweet baby and take thy rest. God called thee home.  He thought it best. // d/o J M Akers and Amanda Ellis

Akers

Harriet  

3/17/1825 -- 6/13/1898

In love she lived, in peace she died. Her life was craved but God denied. // w/o Abner Akers

Akers

Sallie C.  

3/30/1854 -- 1/18/1910

Age 55Y 9M 18D / Yet again we hope to meet thee when the day of life is fled. And in heaven with joy to greet thee where no farewell tears are shed // d/o Abner Akers and Harriett Dunn

Ashlock

Besie L. 

12/27/1898 -- 4/1/1899

Sleep onů / broken stone // d/o Thomas A and R J Ashlock

Banks

Basil  

8/12/1902 -- 12/10/1903

Our darling one hath gone before to greet us on the blissful shore // Marcus Banks and Cora Sherrod

Boswell

Infant  

1920 -- 1920

 // probably child of John Andrew Boswell and Catherine Franklin

Boswell

Nora Lee (Ellis)

12/13/1902 -- //1918

 // w/o John Andrew Boswell

Bradley

Dr. E. G. 

5//1836 -- 7/16/1902

66 Y / Remember me as you pass by. As you are now so once was I. As I am now so you will be. Prepare for death and follow me. // h/o Mary MNU

Brady

Easter (Elizabeth) 

12/26/1871 -- 12/26/1933

Daughter / At rest // d/o D S and Catherine Brady

Brady

Susie Catherine 

4/26/1844 -- 6/20/1920

Mother / At rest // w/o D S Brady

Branaman

Easton Lee 

7/30/1908 -- 7/30/1908

Budded on earth to bloom in heaven // s/o James Aden Branaman and Anna Jennings

Bratton

Betty (Mary Elizabeth) (Ellis)

1848 -- 7//1891

 // w/o Robert L. Bratton

Bratton

Bob (Robert L.) 

1846 -- 7//1884

 // h/o Mary E. Ellis

Bratton

Unknown  

//  -- //

brick marker // with BRATTON scratched unto it

Bratton

Unknown  

//  -- //

funeral home marker // name and dates missing

Bridges

D.  C. (David) 

3/3/1830 -- 7/7/1862

 // brother of William A Bridges

Bridges

Elizabeth  

5/20/1854 -- 10/27/1860

 // d/o William Bridges and Rachel Cook

Bridges

Infant Daughter 

6/24/1884 -- 6/24/1884

 // d/o Francis M Bridges and  Sallie C Ashlock

Bridges

Louisa J. 

7/2/1859 -- 10/19/1860

In memory / Age 1Y 3M 17D (two markers) // d/o William Bridges and Rachel Cook

Bridges

Mildred  

9/5/1798 -- 7/8/1868

In memory (two markers--one broken) // m/o William A Bridges

Bridges

W.  A. (William) 

2/2/1827 -- 6/10/1862

 // h/o Rachel Cook

Cole

E. J. 

//1853 -- //1913

He shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day // 

Davis

Joe Cecil 

10/15/1889 -- 7/28/1890

 // d/o James W and Louisa Davis

Debord

Debra Sue 

3/8/1967 -- 3/26/1967

Our darling // d/o Emmett Terrell Debord and Frances Fay Gant

Donnell

Lizzie  

12/12/1864 -- 11/25/1890

 // w/o M J Donnell

Ellis

Adeline (Emily Adeline) (Gamble)

//1875 -- //1917

 // w/o John T. Ellis

Ellis

Ann Rebecca (Akers)

3/29/1842 -- 8/20/1935

 // w/o W. J. Ellis; married: 2 DEC 1868

Ellis

James  

6/14/1818 -- 6/28/1890

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, for there's (sic) is the Kingdom of Heaven // h/o Mary Parker

Ellis

John R. 

1/29/1853 -- 7/15/1881

 // s/o James Ellis and Mary Parker

Ellis

John Thomas 

12/6/1869 -- 2/6/1944

 // h/o Emily Adeline Gamble

Ellis

Mag (Margaret) 

//1850 -- //1929

 // d/o James Ellis and Mary Parker

Ellis

Maggie  (Margaret Jane) 

8/3/1872 -- 10/30/1936

 // d/o William Ellis and Rebecca Akers

Ellis

Mary  (Parker)

6/15/1819 -- 12/30/1902

Our darling one has gone before to greet us on the blissful shore // w/o James Ellis

Ellis

W.  J. (William) 

12/9/1840 -- 12/29/1909

Age 69Y 20D / A precious one from us has gone, A voice we loved is stilled, A place is vacant in our home which never can be filled // h/o Ann R Akers; married: 2 DEC 1868

F

W.  F 

//  -- //

 // near Lizzie Donnell; nothing else on marker

Fortman

Anna   

1809 -- 1887

 // wife of C. Fortman

Fouts

Nora Lee 

5/22/1879 -- 9/3/1881

 // d/o William Thomas Fouts and Patsy Vardaman

Gamble

Phoebe Ann (Felton

12/20/1828 -- //1910

 // w/o James Gamble

Gamble

Samuel Allen 

8/17/1847 -- 5/24/1897

 // s/o James and Phoebe Gamble

Hays

Lillie L. 

1/30/1896 -- 10/5/1898

Sacred to the memory of / long inscription at base of marker // 

Hays

Lucy K. 'Kitty' 

5/29/1866 -- 11/18/1950

 // w/o Thomas S. Hays

Hays

Maryetta  

1/31/1885 -- 2/14/1885

Budded on earth to bloom in Heaven // d/o James M Hays and M J 'Janie' Vardeman

Hays

Thomas S. 

2/20/1854 -- 2/25/1917

 // h/o Lucy K. 'Kitty' MNU

Herd

W.  M. 'Will' 

1839 -- 1915

 // listed as widower in 1910 Census; born TN

Howard

Robert W. 

11/25/1888 -- 8/14/1915

Our darling one has gone before to greet us on that blissful shore // perhaps h/o Bessie Song

Hughes

Hallie E. 

9/25/1892 -- 12/31/1896

 // 

Hughes

Reese P. 

1/11/1890 -- 5/10/1897

 // s/o F J and B L Hughes

J.

L. L. (or I.) 

//  -- //

 // DOD may be 3/18/1914

Jennings

John Pleasant 

4/30/1839 -- 2/3/1924

CSA  // h/o Nancy E. Nix

Jennings

Nancy  Ellen (Nix)

3/29/1843 -- 3/18/1914

long inscription // w/o John P. Jennings

Jones

Infant Son 

1/28/1904 -- 1/28/1904

Weep not he is at rest // child of Henry G and M C Jones

Jones

Infant Son 

11/14/1904 -- 11/14/1904

Weep not he is at rest // child of Henry G and M C Jones

Justiss

Della Fae 

10/4/1918 -- 12/30/1918

Budded on earth to bloom in heaven // d/o Rufus M. Justiss and Susie L. Joplin

Kemp

T. A. 

8/6/1822 -- 8/21/1891

In memory of our dear father // h/o N E MNU

King

Martin R. 

12/7/1888 -- 11/29/1891

2Y 11M 22D / Dear Martin gone but not forgotten // s/o H F and E King

Mayes

George P. 

5/3/1855 -- 11/1/1884

 // w/o Mary MNU

Mayes

Johnnie  

11/19/1882 -- 8/26/1892

 // s/o W C and W Mayes

Mayes

Maud  

9/10/1878 -- 1/10/1890

God in His wisdom has recalled the boon His love had givenů // d/o George P and Mary Mayes

Mayes

Myrtle  

6/1/1880 -- 11/1/1881

 // d/o George P. and Mary Mayes

McDaniel

J.  A. 

1/18/1842 -- 9/13/1922

Father // h/o Mary L. A. MNU

McDaniel

Mary L. A. 

2/13/1838 -- 3/5/1927

Mother // w/o J. A. McDaniel

McDaniel

Phoebe Ann (Gamble)

8/17/1881 -- 8/24/1904

Prepare to meet me in Heaven // w/o Arthur L. McDaniel

McWhorter

Polly (Mary) (Moore)

9/4/1797 -- 1/16/1887

 // w/o William P McWhorter

McWhorter

W.  P. (William) 

7/8/1799 -- 7/23/1874

 // h/o Mary 'Polly' Moore

Miles

Effie  

4/6/1892 -- 9/22/1894

broken stone // d/o Robert P Miles and Florence L Stover

Miles

Fred  

1896 -- 1900

 // d/o Robert P Miles and Florence L Stover

Morton

George A. 

3/21/1841 -- 11/12/1910

His toils are past, his work is done, he fought the fight the victory won // h/o Nora or Dora MNU

Nelson

Arthur G. 

9/15/1885 -- 10/16/1886

Remember me as you pass by. As you are now so once was I. As I am now so you will be. Prepare for death and follow me. // s/o Thomas Nelson and Cordelia Episbell

Nelson

Greene Berry 

3/2/1820 -- 8/29/1903

 // h/o Missouri Ann Forester

Nelson

Missouri Ann (Forester)

12/22/1828 -- 10/28/1912

Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit // w/o Greene Berry Nelson

Nelson

Thomas Decatur 

12/7/1862 -- 12/23/1888

 // h/o Cordelia Episbell

Newman

William Oliver 

4/25/1880 -- //1936

Father / Weep not he is at rest // h/o Alice MNU

Ogles

Jim  

10/20/1866 -- 3/28/1935

We will meet again // h/o Mary MNU

Ogles

Mary  

8/3/1863 -- 6/6/1932

We will meet again // w/o Jim Ogles

Portman

Leannah   (Riffe)

1804 -- 6/27/1887

Farewell / broken stone // w/o Jesse Coffey Portman

Schultz

G. B. (Burton) 

11/25/1841 -- 7/5/1883

Blessed be the Lord that hath given rest unto His people // h/o Mary MNU

Schultz

Kate M.   

1/28/1878 -- 4/13/1879

1Y 2 M 13D / A little flower of love that blossomed but to die.  Transplanted now above to bloom with God on high. // d/o G. B. 'Burton'  and Mary Schultz

Schultz

Mary J. 

7/23/1842 -- 7/6/1890

I was glad when they said unto me, let us go unto the house of the Lord.--Psalms 122:1 // w/o G. B. 'Burton' Schultz

Sevedge

Elizabeth A. 

6/9/1810 -- 12/13/1898

 // w/o William S. Sevedge

Sherrod

Joel E. 

12/22/1886 -- 1/15/1892

Gone but not forgotten // s/o Joel Thomas Sherrod and Frances Wolfe Stover

Sherrod

Walter F. 

1/1/1882 -- 2/14/1899

Another [??] I s broken in our [??] hand, but [??] better kind. // s/o Joel Thomas Sherrod and Frances Wolfe Stover

Slater

Infant Daughter 

4/5/1881 -- 4/5/1881

 // d/o Milo Slater and Susan Laird

Slater

Laura V. (Grant)

3/1/1861 -- 10/5/1883

He saw not the angels who met her there, the gates of the city we could not see, Over the river [??] my darling stands, watching and waiting for me // w/o John Wesley Slater

Slater

Milo (Joseph Milo) 

8/21/1829 -- 10/28/1885

56Y // h/o 1) Nancy Free 2) Susan Laird

Slater

Nellie H.   

2/20/1869 -- 5/26/1881

Gone but not forgotten // d/o Milo Slater and Susan Laird

Slater

Susan  

11/20/1839 -- 9/24/1913

She hath done what she could // w/o Joseph Slater

Stover

 'D'  

//  -- //

 // next to Christopher Stover

Stover

Abraham B. 

3/19/1829 -- 9/3/1877

48Y 5M 17D // h/o 1) Mary Ann Bradley 2) Margaret L. Bradley

Stover

Arthur  

8/29/1894 -- 4/19/1895

 // s/o John N. Stover and Margaret J. Adams

Stover

Christopher  

10/6/1870 -- 10/20/1891

 // s/o Isaac and S A Stover

Stover

Elisha (Charles Elisha) 

1838 -- 10/18/1872

[??] but a path that must be trod if man would ever pass to God // h/o Nancy MNU

Stover

Infant Son 

//  -- 11/30/1900

 // s/o M C and I B Stover

Stover

Isaac N.. 

4/9/1865 -- 2/13/1874

Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal // s/o Isaac and S A Stover

Stover

Joseph A. 

12/20/1856 -- 2/29/1904

beloved one farewell // s/o Isaac Stover and Lucretia Campbell

Stover

Joseph Alley 

11/19/1826 -- 2/6/1894

Aged 68Y 2M 18D // h/o 1) Emily Ann Cross 2) Elthea Jane Johnson

Stover

Letha Jane (Elethea Jane) (Johnson)

6/23/1823 -- 10/20/1896

Her happy soul has winged its way to one pure, bright eternal day // w/o Joseph Alley Stover

Stover

Margaret L. (Bradley)

8/3/1837 -- 6/26/1919

Her happy soul has winged its way to one pure, bright eternal day // 2nd w/o Abraham B. Stover

Stover

Nichlos V. 

2/7/1897 -- 2/22/1897

 // s/o William A. Stover and Mary Joe Kelsey

Stover

Nicholas E. 

12/20/1871 -- 2/3/1873

 // s/o Abraham B. Stover and Margaret L. Bradley

Stover

Sarah A. (Newton)

11/28/1833 -- 3/12/1868

Her happy soul has winged its way to one pure, bright eternal day // 1st w/o Isaac Stover

Stover

Silas  

//  -- 7/1/1876

broken stone // no other info available

Trout

Elizabeth  

4/1/1830 -- 10/12/1898

In memory of /  Gone but not forgotten // w/o John Henry Trout

Turner

Eliza   (Wallis)

10/8/1843 -- 6/22/1915

At rest / Her memory is blessed.  She was the sunshine of our home // w/o Francis Marion Turner

Vardeman

Hannah (Mary Hannah) (Portman)

1/7/1834 -- 10/21/1906

Born Cassey Cty, KY / 72Y 9M 14D / We miss the dear mother in our home // w/o Jesse Morgan Vardeman

Vardeman

Jesse Morgan

2/3/1830 -- 5/17/1903

Born Lincoln Cty, KY / 73Y 8M 14D / We miss thee dear father in our home // h/o Mary H. 'Hannah' Portman