Historic Old city cemetery now has protectors
october 12, 2014
The Plano Old City Cemetery Association (POCCA) is the new kid on the block, protecting the grounds and monuments, and identifying as many unmarked graves as possible! It will operate under the laws of the State of Texas 501 (c) (13) cemetery association requirements. It is a non-profit, non-perpetual care association founded by descendants of those buried within its boundaries and other interested parties.
The Mission is to preserve, restore and protect the three acres, gravesites, monuments and other appurtenances within the Plano Old city Cemetery located at 12th and H Streets in Plano. Any person who supports the mission of the Association is eligible for membership, which is by application and payment of dues.
It operated as a cemetery prior to 1848 after Joseph K. Klepper obtained his Peters Colony land grant and designated a portion of the property as a cemetery. The early plots were given to family or those in need but were later sold after 1882. They deeded a portion of the cemetery to the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1874.
The year1881 is the earliest death date recorded on tombstones in the cemetery. These belong to the Peter’s Colonists Samuel A. Peters, William J. Young, A. J. Barron, Sarah E. Barron, George T. Wright and Edna Byers and many others. There are other prominent pioneers, physicians, a mayor and a council member, and many African American Community Leaders and their relatives. For more on the history of this cemetery and a listing of those known burials, please visit http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/collin/cemeteries/oldplano.txt.
If you have relatives buried in the cemetery, or if you know of those buried there, please contact POCCA.
You can join the Cemetery Association by sending your application information and check to Plano Old city Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 861673, Plano, Texas 75086-1673. The dues are $25 for individuals and $40 for a family membership.
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Brenda Kellow has a bachelor's degree in history, teaches, and lectures on genealogy. Before retiring to publish her family’s histories in 2007, Brenda held certification as a Certified Genealogist and as a Certified Genealogical Instructor. Send reunion announcements, books to review, and genealogy queries to: firstname.lastname@example.org.