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Clarendon Road

Clarendon Road
March 28, 2019 07:36PM
M.C., you mentioned in the thread on Alexander Cockrell that his property in the Cockrell Hill area was bounded on the east by Cockrell Hill Road, the north by W Davis, and the south by Clarendon Road. My best recollection of Clarendon Road in recent times is that it does cross Cockrell Hill Road, but ends only 3-4 blocks to the west. Of course, that doesn't mean that a track by that name did not go on further in early county history. However, my recollection is also that the name Clarendon Road is modern, and that the road was called Jimtown Pike up through the mid or at least the early 20th century. Was there a road that continued west for at least the mile that would have been required to complete the bound of Wesley Cockrell's one section head right, or are you extending Clarendon in order simply to explain where the property was in relation to the later town of Cockrell Hill? Could a portion of the land so bounded have later become a part of the Meriweather property? Meriweathers lived and raised sheep on a property in that area as late as the 1960s. Or maybe the Meriweather property I am remembering was south of Clarendon. Could those Meriweather's have been descendants of the pioneering family? I went to high school with Gail Meriweather, who lived on that property.

Dave McNeely
Re: Clarendon Road
March 28, 2019 11:03PM
The south line of Wesley Cockrell's mile square survey aligns with the line of Clarendon Drive if it extended further west from Cockrell Hill Road but it does not appear that ever did any more than now. You are correct it was originally called Jimtown Road, for Jim Bumpass who had a store where the road intersected with the Wheatland Road, which was later named Hampton. A descendant of Bumpass was once a frequent poster here. The name change to Clarendon, as I recall, was because residential developers on the eastern end wanted something more formal. I don't think anyone ever determined the source of the Clarendon name.

Enoch Horton, father of Sarah Cockrell, patented 640 acres, but it was split into two separate tracts, the larger being bounded by Wesley Cockrell on the east, but that tract was irregular in shape and did not extend a full mile south from Davis. Other surveys filled in and likely the separate ownership had some bearing on the later development of the lands at the end of Jimtown / Clarendon and the extension of the road. "Sarah" explains that her father only wanted flat land for farming so located his lands mostly below the escarpment.

If you mean Merrifield rather than Merriweather, they were early settlers but apparently not before 1848 as they did not receive a Peters Colony Grant. The elder, John Merrifield, settled on land on the southeast corner of Hampton and Jefferson, The cemetery there contains his headstone but many others were lost. His cabin, a few blocks south, survived until the 1930s. John Merrifield's daughters and granddaughters married 2nd and 3rd generation Bryan, Beeman and Hunnicutt descendants. Subsequent Merrifield generations drifted south toward Cedar Hill and many are buried in the Wheatland Cemetery.
Re: Clarendon Road
March 29, 2019 08:56AM
M.C. wrote: "If you mean Merrifield rather than Merriweather ... ."

M.C. My profound apologies to you, Dallas history, the Merrifields and especially to Gail Merrifield, whom I once knew well. As a politician of the U.S. once said, "It is terrible to waste your mind." That was a mangled quote on his part of another well known version, but applies here.

added in edit: As late as about 2010 the house that Gail Merrifield and family lived in on their sheep ranch on Cockrell Hill Road just south of Clarendon, a probably pre WWII dark (almost black) brick with a large front porch, was still standing but on a lot much reduced in size, surrounded by even smaller lots containing small houses.

Dave McNeely

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/29/2019 01:43PM by old man from dallas.
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