Old Denton Cemetery, Lamar County, TX

Old Denton Cemetery is located on Farm Market Rd. 137 west of Roxton, in the southwest quadrant of the county. The obituary of Viola B. Ingram Creed names it as 'Old Oak Ridge Cemetery.' It is in Block 45 of the Lamar County Road Map produced by American Drafting and Services revised December 1993. The cemetery contains 188 known burials including unmarked graves, and is sometimes referred to as Old Roxton. GPS coordinates are 33° 34' 32.42 N, 95° 43' 38.78 W.

Lamar County Deed Records, Book 76, p.310, '...that J. W. Denton, Sr. and wife Mary M. of the said county... for $5.00... paid by John W. Denton Jr.... one acre of land... about 500 yards west of Roxton... to be used for a graveyard.'

The oldest inscribed marker is that of Henry T. Denton who died 7 Dec 1876. However, Henry T. Denton is not buried there but is buried in Lee Roxton. See his record for an explanation. This then makes the tombstone of Eddie Glover, who died 24 Feb 1883, the oldest inscribed stone. It was told to Elizabeth Booth by Mrs. Drew Swearengen, in 1971, that Jim Denton was the first burial and that an Ashley child was the second person buried here.

 

 

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