Bradley Cemetery

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Bradley Cemetery

Location
McKinney, Collin County, Texas, USA
Memorials 22 added (64% photographed)

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This cemetery is about 1 mile east of McKinney High School. At present there is no pullover for the cemetery and historical marker. The cemetery is shown on Plat map F-366 and is for .6 acres in the Park Place subdivision. It is not shown on Rand McNally maps.

The Bradley Cemetery is one of the first ones in the city of McKinney. It was started in 1855 with the burials of Edwin (Edward) Bradley and Milton Cooper. The cemetery is fenced and covers 150' x 200'. There are relatively few marked graves. It is said that there are about 100 graves. According to the historical marker, several graves were marked with wooden stakes and there was a slave cemetery in a wooded area with the graves marked by bois d'arc stakes. The land is referred to at various times as Kirkpatrick's pasture, Waide's pasture, and Schubert's pasture. The cemetery was neglected for many years, although cared for now.

In 1906 the Texas, New Mexico, and Pacific Railway was supposed to construct a track through the cemetery connecting McKinney with the west. Eleven bodies were exhumed. The railroad was never built. Four of the people who were moved were Milton Wilkerson, his daughter - Mrs. Laura Hocker, and 2 of his grandchildren - children of Mrs. Pack O'Brien. They were re-interred next to another daughter, Mrs. J. A. Massie, in Pecan Grove Memorial Park.

When Wilson Creek Parkway was built, several people met to try to determine the boundaries of the cemetery. It was unclear how large it was and there were no bois d'arc posts standing. Boundaries were established for the known part of the cemetery. The boundaries could not be determined and the city was given the go-ahead to build the Parkway.

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GPS Coordinates: 33.18586, -96.6233

  • Added: 20 Apr 2002
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #1220806