Pecan Grove Memorial Park is one of the oldest cemeteries in North Texas. Located in McKinney, the county seat of Collin County, and 20 miles north of Dallas, Pecan Grove is the final resting place for many early Texas pioneers, from Governors to gunslingers. Heroes of the Texas Revolution are interred here, as are veterans of the Mexican War, the War for Southern Independence, and every war thereafter. Although it was formally incorporated in 1870, the earliest grave dates from 1854. The property, consisting of 57 acres, was granted to Samuel McFarland by the Republic of Texas in 1845. It is a rustic and peaceful setting, largely undisturbed by the progress around it.




In 1996, members of the William H. L. Wells Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, in nearby Plano, began the process of identifying and marking the graves of the many Confederate veterans buried there. Guided by the research of Mrs. Margaret West Hughston, and with the help of the resources of the Dallas Public Library Genealogy Department, the members of the Camp were able to document sufficiently 125 of the approximately 200 Confederate veterans, and mark their graves. Each grave was marked with a bronze plaque, 12" X 24", set into 160 lbs of concrete. Over the course of two years, members of the Camp poured 8.5 tons of concrete at Pecan Grove. The work continues.




Sources, as compiled by Margaret West Hughston:

Cemetery location descriptions by Bobby Hill

A History of Collin County, Texas, by Stambaugh

Collin County Cemetery Inscriptions by Alice Pitts

The Peters Colony of Texas by Seymour V. Connor

The Annals of Elder Horn by Bowyer and Thurman

R.C. Horn's list of Confederate Soldiers Buried in Pecan Grove Cemetery,
published June 4, 1925

Collin County, Pioneering in North Texas by Capt Ray F. Hall and
Helen Gibbard Hall

List of Confederate Veterans Buried in Pecan Grove, compiled by United
Daughters of the Confederacy, published April 24, 1913

The veterans are listed in alphabetical order:

A-E | F-M | N-Z

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