Edward J.Carrington and his friend Samuel Lyle were both widowers with large families and
servants who came to Polk County from Cumberland County, Virginia in the Spring of 1856.
Mr. Carrington was a planter who settled near the present community of Seven Oaks with
10 of his 14 children, 83 servants, 12 cattle, 17 horses, 3 wagons, and a buggy. By 1858
he was the wealthiest man in Polk County. He had purchased 2,400 acres of land from
Robert Sherman and Demetrius Willis which was located on Mud Creek and Long King Creek.
Samuel Lyle with his son Samuel J. Lyle were successful Virginia merchants who settled in
Moscow, Texas and opened a large mercantile store. In 1858 Samuel Lyle died and E. J.
Carrington had him buried on a hill behind the Carrington plantation home. With later burials
of both families in this area, it became known as the Carrington-Lyle Cemetery. Mr. Carrington
was related to Dr. R. B. Jones and some members of the Jones family were also buried in this
cemetery. For over a half century the Carrington and Lyle families were well-known and well
respected pioneer citizens of Polk County.
The cemetery area is regularly mowed and is fairly large in size, but has few markers that have
survived over the years. There is no fence around the cemetery or any name identification sign in
the area. The cemetery is located on private property.
At the intersection of U. S. Highway 59 and Carrington Road in Seven Oaks, Texas, go East
on Carrington Road (paved) for one and a half miles to a brick residence on the right side of
the road. The cemetery is located behind the residence. Turn right on a road at the corner of
the yard and go .2 miles across a ravine to the cemetery. The cemetery is located on private
property and permission from the owner is needed to visit the cemetery.
Bergman, Virginia Pruett, born Apr 3, 1935 died May 26, 1986
Carrington, Edward Jones, Jr., born 1844 died Oct 1, 1880
Private, Co. F, Riley's Regiment, Green's Brigade, 4th Texas Cavalry, C.S.A.
(P.O.W.) (marker states year of death as 1865 which is an error.)
Carrington, William Thornton, born 1833 died 1875,
1st Lt., Co. F, Riley's Regiment, Green's Brigade, 4th Texas Cavalry, C.S.A.
Hackney, Thomas Lyle, born June 23, 1887 died Jan. 4, 1910,
son of George Washington Hackney and Sallie Lyle Hackney
Jones, Eliza, born Mar 13, 1805 died Nov 1, 1875, wife of Dr. R. B. Jones
Jones, R. B., M.D., born Apr 17, 1798 died Jan 3, 1873
Lyle, Louisa Carrington, born Sep 10, 1837 died Sep 6, 1918, wife of Samuel J. Lyle.
Married on Nov. 11, 1859.
Lyle, Samuel J., born Mar 10, 1830 died Aug 10, 1911,
Captain, Co. K, Clark's Regiment, 14th Texas Infantry, C.S.A.,
Royal Arch Chapter of Masonic (Unity) Blue Lodge, #102,
"None Knew Thee, But to Love Thee".
Lyle, Sarah Ann, born Jan 26, 1832 died Jan 16, 1916, Professor, Moscow Academy
Sharp, John F., born 1832 N.C. died Dec 3, 1862, Camp Nelson, Ark.,
1st Lt., Co. K, Clark's Regiment, 14th Texas Infantry, C.S.A.
Sharp, Josephine Carrington, born Feb. 16, 1831 died Jan 16, 1860,
wife of John F. Sharp, attorney, and Mother of John F. Sharp, Jr.
Smith, Walter Gordon, born Jun 23, 1900 died Aug 18, 1906, son of Mr. & Mrs. F. A. Smith
The following names are those who are buried without cemetery markers.
This list is based on extensive research from Polk County deeds, probate
records, Wills, tax records, family bible, and census records:
Carrington, Edward, born 1854 died 1859, son of Dr. Paul & Mary F. Carrington
Carrington, Edward Jones, Sr., born Jun 18, 1797 died Oct 16, 1865
Carrington, Elizabeth, born 1863 died 1864, infant daughter of
Edward J. Carrington, Sr. & Jane W. Chambers Carrington
Carrington, Lucy, born Feb. 1850 died 1869,
daughter of Edward J. Carrington, Sr. & Sarah A. A. Thornton Carrington
Johnson, Mary Catherine "Kitty" Carrington, born 1832 died 1890,
married on Mar 18, 1858 to William B. Johnson
Johnson, William B., born 1831 died July 1858
Lyle, Edward J., born 1865 died 1885, son of Samuel J. Lyle & Louisa Carrington Lyle
Lyle, Harriett, born 1840 died 1859, daughter of Samuel Lyle
Lyle, Mary Elizabeth, born 1878 died 1879,
daughter of Samuel J. Lyle & Louisa Carrington Lyle
Lyle, Samuel, born 1797 died 1858
Lyle, Samuel Freeman, born Dec 2, 1897 died 1928,
son of William M. Lyle & Ollie Freeman Lyle
Edward J. Carrington, Sr. first wife was Sarah A. A. Thornton Carrington who was buried in
Cumberland Co. Va. with two infant daughters, Patsy Carrington and Edmonia Carrington.
His second wife, Jane W. Chambers Carrington remarried in 1870 to Elisha P. Phelps.
His children not buried in this cemetery were:
Miss Octavia Carrington of Choctaw Co. Ala.;
Miss Virginia "Jenny" Carrington of New Orleans, La.;
Elizabeth Travis Thornton Carrington Venable of Dinwiddie Co.Va.;
Sarah Carrington Woods of Brown Co. Texas; and
Lucy Carrington Allen of Mobile Co. Ala.
Paul S. Carrington, M. D. of New Orleans, La.
(Dr. Carrington had served as a Private in Co. D, 1st Texas Infantry
Regiment, Texas State Troops, C.S.A. from Polk County).
Ida S. (Harding) Carrington, born: Apr 28, 1843 Va. died: Jun 12, 1914 Jackson/Hinds/Ms.
buried: Bolden Cemetery, Hinds Co. Ms., married: Mar.22, 1871 to E. J. Carrington, Jr.
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