FIRST Person Buried on This Site (Pleasant Grove Cemetery) - Climax, TX
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N 33° 12.335 W 096° 26.309
14S E 738761 N 3677001
Quick Description: A 1998 Texas Historical Marker at Pleasant Grove Cemetery notes that the first person buried on this site was Malissa (Dodson) Sides back in 1891.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 2/15/2021 10:47:45 PM
Waymark Code: WM13TCA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member model12
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Long Description:
Mrs. Sides is buried next to her husband, Henry, and her half-sister, Ellen Murphy, both of whom are mentioned on the historical marker. Her small marble headstone has a set of clasped hands at the top, and reads:

Malissa C.

Wife of H.L.
-(( Sides ))-

Aug. 19, 1830,

-( Died )-
Mar. 22, 1891.


The mother has died and gone
to rest.
She leaves her family and
friends for God to bless.


The historical marker provides some background:

Malissa (Dodson) Sides became the first person to be buried on this site in March 1891. Believed to have been half Native American, Mrs. Sides and her Cherokee half sister Ellen Murphy survived the U. S. government relocation of the tribe during their youth. The pair came to Collin County from Indian Territory with Malissa's husband Henry L. Sides.

In October 1891, charter Methodist church members Franklin J. and Nancy (Van Hues) Rominger donated an acre of land including Mrs. Sides' gravesite to the trustees of the Pleasant Grove Methodist Episcopal Church, South, to be used as a public burial ground. The Romingers, Henry Sides and Ellen Murphy are all interred in the cemetery, as are descendants of these and other pioneer families.

For many years cemetery trustees raised funds and maintained the grounds through stew suppers and annual decoration days. A 1996 count revealed more than 1,000 graves, most with markers of some kind. The graves of 141 infants in the old north section bear witness to the harsh conditions of pioneer life; 7 Confederate and 52 other veterans of U. S. and international conflicts are interred here. Pleasant Grove Cemetery continues to serve the area
FIRST - Classification Variable: Person or Group

Date of FIRST: 3/22/1891

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