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(Updated September 24, 2003)
New York Native, Warren Angus Ferris (1810 1873), spent six years as a trapper and chronicler of the American West before moving to the Republic of Texas in late 1836. As official surveyor for Nacogdoches County, he surveyed the Three Forks of the Trinity Area and helped set the boundaries for Dallas and other nearby counties. He wrote many articles for early Dallas newspapers.
In 1847, upon the death of his son, Warren Ferris, Jr., this cemetery was established on the family farm. Five Ferris children are buried in this family plot, as well as Warren Angus and his second wife, Frances Moore (d. 1869). Other early Dallas settlers interred in this cemetery are, Benjamin Dye (d. 1852) and his wife, Sarah (d. 1879); Wesley Chenault (d. 1886) and two of his wives, Elizabeth (d. 1858) and Lucy Sage (d. 1863). Many other members of the Sage family as well as the Atwood, Bell, Boyette, Chendell, Grace, Herndon, Kirby, Pemberton, Ryan, Tabor, and Tucker families are buried here.
One of the last interments was that of the Rev. R. F. Taylor in 1901. Due to vandalism, his gravestone was the only remaining marker by 1970. It is estimated that the cemetery contains over 100 graves.
Texas Historical Marker (1988)
FERRIS Cemetery is located just off the 1700 block of St. Francis Street, which is between the dead end of San Benito Street and Alex Sanger School in the Old Forest Hills Section of East Dallas, on a tributary of White Rock Creek (Ash Creek). (SW corner of intersection of St. Francis & San Leandro)
FERRIS, Warren Angus, Jr. d. 1847 First person buried here. FERRIS child (Emily, 1 year old in 1850 Dallas County
Census, not in 1860 Census)
b. 16 Aug 1848 d. 15 Apr 1853 (4 yr. old)
FERRIS child FERRIS child [Wm. (William) 9 year old, Charles (Drake)
7 year, Mary (Catherine) 6 year, Henry 5 year,
Robert 4 year, Louise (Louisa?) 3 year, Edward (P.)
1 year old]. These listed children are on the 1860 Census, Dallas County, TX. Wm. b. 13 Dec 1850 d. 12 Jul 1866 (15 yr. old)
[Charles (Drake) 18 year old, Mary C(atherine) 17 year, Henry
15 year, Robert (E.) 13 year, Louisa (J.) 12 year, Edward (P.)
9 year, (Sarah) Ellen (Ella) 5 year, "Fannie" (Frances Laura)
1 year old]. These listed children are on the 1870 Census,
Dallas County, TX.
(James 9/12 year old in 1850 Dallas County Census, 11 year old in 1860 Census) FERRIS child (Price F. is not in the 1860 or 1870 Census, Dallas County, Texas) b. 25 Mar 1862 d. 5 Jul 1867 (5 yr. old, kicked in the stomach by a mare) FERRIS child (Frances Laura "Fannie" b. 7 Mar 1869 d. 30 Sep 1875) (6 yr. old) is buried in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Smith County, TX FERRIS, Warren Angus
FERRIS, Frances MOORE d. 1869
Wife of W. A. FERRIS
Wife of Benjamin DYE
First wife of Wesley CHENAULT SAGE, Lucy d. 1863
Second wife of Wesley CHENAULT
SAGE family members ATWOOD family members BELL family members BOYETTE family members CHENDELL family members GRACE family members HERNDON family members KIRBY family members PEMBERTON family members RYAN family members TABOR family members TUCKER family members TAYLOR, R. F., Rev.
b. 22 Aug 1867 d. 11 Apr 1901
(The last standing marker in 1970)
All markers gone in October 1998.
(The preceding information from the Texas Historical Marker) Visited and Noted by Cecil Morgan on 7 Oct 1998
No grave markers are left in this cemetery.
Lost Known Markers in red. This info comes from "Early Dallas County Cemetery Records" by Willie Flowers Carlisle (Mrs. George F.) Additional information in blue) BOYETTE, G. T.
10 Jun xxxx 29 Jul xxxx
BOYETTE, Infant of G. T.
9 May 1820 12 Sep 1858
b. 1792 or 1793 in VA d. 20 Jul 1852
DYE, Sarah (Sally)
b. 1801 or 1802 in VA d. 24 May 1879
The DYE'S had 16 children (9 girls & 7 boys).
In 1892, four of their children were living in Dallas:
Jane DYE married Harrison GAGE, Miranda DYE married Dr. John MITCHELL, Adley DYE married Bill McDERMETT, Martha DYE married William Hunnicutt BEEMAN. Enoch DYE married Elvira A. KEEN,
daughter of Rev. Abner KEEN,
Benjamin DYE, Jr. never married, Wm. H. DYE never married and settled near Plano, Texas, Joseph F. DYE went to California in 1853, George DYE lived in Dallas but know nothing about him. HERNDON, Jennie Allis
24 Jul 1880 16 Jun 1899
25 Oct 1867 26 Jul 1899
xxxx xxxx Died 1860 TABOR, C. T.
10 Nov 1873 xx Oct xxxx
Son of xxxx
1850 Census, Dallas County, Federal Census
161 165 W A FERRIS 37 M farmer $2000 NY
Frances 21 F TN
Emily 1 F TX
James 9/12 M TX
Wm Laytham 70 M millright England
Timothy Colwell 21 M farmer ?
Nancy 16 F IL
201 206 Westley CHENAULT 32 m farmer $640 Va
Elizabeth 29 f PA
Ardelia 12 F ?
Janetta 11 F ?
John W 9 M ?
Mary E 7 F ?
Lucy M 4 F ?
Sarah 1 F TX
39 40 Benjn DYE 57 M farmer $640 VA
Sarah 52 F VA
Enoch 28 M carpenter VA
Benjn 21 M farmer KY
Joseph 19 M farmer KY
George 12 M KY
Ennis M 23 F VA
Sarah A 16 F KY
Meranda 14 F KY
Adilla K 11 F KY
William Dye 43 M farmer VA
403 418 Daniel SAGE 47 M farmer KY
Jane 34 F VA
Sarah E 13 F KY
Lucy J 11 F KY
Mary K 8 f KY
Hariett E 6 F KY
William H 4 M KY
Benjamin F 3 M KY
James A 1 M KY
404 419 Thomas DYE 44 M carpenter PA
Mary 41 F VA
John 18 M farmer VA
Elizabeth 14 F VA
Eliza J 12 F VA
Thomas 8 M KY
James R 3 M KY