For inscriptions see: * Abilene City Cemetery
Location: N. 10th and Cottonwood, Abilene, Texas.
Abilene Municipal Cemetery
is composed of five different burial grounds. The oldest
documented grave is that of Florence Phillips, who was buried
in the Masonic section in 1881 shortly before the establishment
of the local Masonic Lodge in 1882. Among the notables buried
here are Mary Houston Morrow, Abilene postmistress and daughter
of General Sam Houston, and C. W. Merchant, who gave land for
the burial ground and helped establish Abilene. The oldest recorded
burial in the city cemetery, that of Oliver Bailey, occurred
in 1882. Another grave of interest is that of Dr. W. H. Butler,
an African American physician. The first deed verifying the establishment
of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Cemetery
was dated August 1906. Several early Abilene businessmen including
James Radford and H. O. Wooten are interred here, as is Mrs. Jewel
Scarborough, a prominent citizen and active woman suffragist.
The city of Abilene purchased the 20-acre Cedar Hill Cemetery
in 1920. The Cedar Hill Cemetery Association bought it from the
city in 1923. The city took over care of the Masonic and IOOF
cemeteries in 1928 and the Cedar Hill Cemetery in 1934. Abilene
founder K. K. Legett and railroad legend Morgan Jones, as well
as veterans of major American and international wars and conflicts,
are interred here. In 1945 the city bought an additional tract
of land; the first burial in Cedar Hill Flats was in 1969.
More than 26,000 people are believed to be buried in the graveyard.
A chronicle of the city's past, Abilene Municipal Cemetery continues
to serve the area. (1998)
If you have loved ones interned here and they are not listed or do not have markers, please contact me by email: Gloria