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Collin County

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Collin County

Index to Locations

  • Allen Ridgeview Memorial Park
  • McKinney Pecan Grove Cemetery
  • Melissa Melissa Cemetery

    Ridgeview Memorial Park
    Allen, Collin County, Texas
    Politicians buried here:
      Connie Charles Armstong (1925-2007) — also known as Connie Armstong — of Plano, Collin County, Tex. Born in Longview, Gregg County, Tex., June 26, 1925. Republican. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1972; candidate for Texas state house of representatives, 1976; chair of Collin County Republican Party, 1979-83. Baptist. Member, Freemasons. Died August 11, 2007 (age 82 years, 46 days). Interment at Ridgeview Memorial Park.
      Relatives: Son of Connie Clifton Armstong (1900-1982) and Nora (Cornelius) Armstong (1905-1993); married 1950 to Harriet Jane Queener.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial

    Pecan Grove Cemetery
    McKinney, Collin County, Texas
    Politicians buried here:
      James Webb Throckmorton (1825-1894) — also known as James W. Throckmorton; "Old Leathercoat" — of Texas. Born in Sparta, White County, Tenn., February 1, 1825. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War; lawyer; law partner of Samuel A. Roberts and Thomas J. Brown; member of Texas state legislature, 1851; delegate to Texas secession convention, 1861; general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; delegate to Texas state constitutional convention, 1866; Governor of Texas, 1866-67; U.S. Representative from Texas, 1875-79, 1883-87 (3rd District 1875-79, 5th District 1883-87); delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1880, 1888. Slaveowner. Died April 21, 1894 (age 69 years, 79 days). Interment at Pecan Grove Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography
      Books about James W. Throckmorton: Kenneth Wayne Howell, Texas Confederate, Reconstruction Governor: James Webb Throckmorton
      Robert D. Allison (1810-1900) — of Gordonsville, Smith County, Tenn.; McKinney, Collin County, Tex. Born in Orange County, N.C., September 25, 1810. Colonel in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War; member of Tennessee state house of representatives, 1849-51; colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Died in McKinney, Collin County, Tex., December 5, 1900 (age 90 years, 71 days). Interment at Pecan Grove Cemetery.

    Melissa Cemetery
    Melissa, Collin County, Texas
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      Thornton Edgar Shirley (1849-1938) — also known as Thornton E. Shirley — of Melissa, Collin County, Tex. Born in Kentucky, July 16, 1849. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1880; alternate delegate to Gold Democrat National Convention from Texas, 1896. Died in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Ariz., June 22, 1938 (age 88 years, 341 days). Interment at Melissa Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Lewis Shirley (1785-1867) and Paulina (Kellar) Shirley; married, February 12, 1885, to Virginia Harriet Bean (1863-1918).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial

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