Walking through the Bear Creek Cemetery gate is like opening a window of history. The cemetery is the final resting place for many early Tarrant County pioneers. Many of them were Peters Colonists, as were Isham Crowley and his sons, Benjamin and Richard. The Crowleys obtained patents to adjoining properties and the area became known as the "Crowley Prairie." In 1853, as Major Ripley Arnold was vacating the camp known as Fort Worth, a small group of Baptists formed a church located near Bear Creek, the present location of the cemetery. Isham Crowley donated some of his land for this church and cemetery.
George T. Crowley, Jr. transcribed the Bear Creek Missionary Baptist Church minutes dated from 1853 to 1875. He also compiled a database which includes over 400 names of members and other persons who had a connection to the church. The database and excerpts from the minutes are available online. Please click here to access the information. A small number of copies of George's manuscript were printed and distributed to family members. Copies were also presented to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth Public Library Genealogy Department, and the Heritage Room of Tarrant County College Northeast.
Evelyn D'Arcy Cushman's book Cemeteries of Northeast Tarrant County Texas, contains a record of all known grave sites in Bear Creek Cemetery from 1853-1981. This is an invaluable resource for individuals seeking information about their ancestors buried in Bear Creek Cemetery.
Please click here to visit the Bear Creek Cemetery Association's official web site. If you are a BCCA member and your mailing address has changed, please notify Alan Egerton, BCCA President. It is imperative that he has your correct address, in order to avoid any unecessary expense for postage.and to ensure that all members receive the newsletter in a timely manner.
Bear Creek Cemetery Location:
100 Bear Creek Cemetery Road
Euless, TX 76039
P.O. BOX 414
Euless, TX 76039
Bear Creek Cemetery Association Officers:
- President- Alan Egerton
- Vice President- Leon Wambsganss
- Secretary- Edward Jones
- Treasurer- Susan Egerton
The current BCCA newsletter is available online at the BCCA web site. The webmaster has also created a picture section which includes beautiful photographs of the improved cemetery grounds and entrance.
The following documents are online for your perusal:
History of Bear Creek Cemetery Association
Transcription of the Bear Creek Cemetery Texas Historical Marker
Transcription of the Bear Creek Cemetery THM Dedication Ceremony
Announcements are occassionally posted on The Bear Creek Cemetery Message Forum.
The forum also offers an opportunity for dicussions about the cemetery and its history.
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The Crowley Heritage Pages are dedicated to and maintained in memory of:
George T. Crowley, Jr.
January 2, 1931 - May 19, 2014
If you have suggestions concerning this web site,
please contact Pat Crowley.
©1998 to present by Pat Crowley
Updated July 12, 2015