A common burial ground for early pioneer settlers who camped along the Clear Fork of the Trinity River, the Clark Cemetery consists of many burial sites from the 1830s. In December of 1853, Reverend John William Godfrey (1825-1897) and his wife, Anzaline (Barker) Godfrey (1831-1859), arrived in Parker County from Missouri. Godfrey established a Methodist Church in the Wright Community, northeast of Weatherford, where they lived. In 1859, Anzaline passed away and was buried in the Wright Community burial grounds. In 1880, Jim Clark and William Henry Ward formally established a permanent cemetery at the original location of Godfrey's Chapel Methodist Church. In 1953, signed documents deeded tract no. 1 and no. 2 of the land as burial plot property. Additional land was added in 1958 and in 1999.Historic Texas Cemetery - 2011
In addition to numerous pioneer families and farmers, Clark Cemetery is the final resting place of a founder of early Parker County Methodist Churches, an organizer of Jack County, a trustee of an early pioneer school and a county chief justice. The oldest marked headstone in the cemetery belongs to Anzaline Godfrey, although sixty-five unidentified burial sites from the pioneer era were discovered with ground penetrating radar. The connection to military service is represented by veterans of the Texas Rangers, the Civil War, World War i, World War ii, Vietnam and the Korean War. The landscape of the Clark Cemetery is traditional with live oak, elm and post oak trees with a limestone and steel entrance gate, restrooms and a covered pavilion. The Clark Cemetery Association continues to care for this historic cemetery.
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