Davis and Deyoe Family History

The Genealogy of Lester and Eleanor Davis

 Oak Hill Cemetery, Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia, USA


Latitude: 38.91262, Longitude: -77.05926

Notes:
Oak Hill Cemetery is located at 3001 R Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007.
In the center of Georgetown, lying along Rock Creek, a neighbor of Dumbarton Oaks (where John C. Calhoun lived while in the Senate) and of Evermay, is a 19th Century garden park cemetery rivaled only by Bostonís Mount Auburn Cemetery in graciousness and a sense of community.
The Oak Hill Cemetery was founded by Mr. W.W. Corcoran. Mr. Corcoran was a banker and founder of what is now The Riggs National Bank. He may have kept the Union Treasury solvent in the Mexican War by persuading the British to buy U.S. bonds. He was a man of many tastes and philanthropies (e.g. the Corcoran Gallery; the Louise Home). In 1848, Mr. Corcoran purchased 15 acres along Rock Creek from George Corbin Washington (a distinguished lawyer and a great nephew of the First President) and his son Lewis W. Washington. When the Cemetery Company was incorporated by Act of Congress on March 3, 1849, Mr. Corcoran contributed the land to the Company. Captain George F. de la Roche, a master engineer, supervised the grading, including the creation of a grand bank along Rock Creek, and the plotting. James Renwick, Jr., architect of the Smithsonian Building and of the original Corcoran Gallery which is now the Renwick Gallery, designed the iron enclosure and the Chapel (built in 1849) which is a representation of the finest English specimens of old Gothic chapels. The cemetery itself is a major example of the 19th Century Romantic movement, the natural and not formal English garden, an acceptance and blending of nature rather than a geometrical imposition. The greatest American proponent of the natural garden and its application to cemeteries was Andrew Jackson Downing, and there is evidence but no conclusive record that he did the landscape designs of Oak Hill Cemetery. Maintenance of the natural garden is the Cemeteryís greatest tenet.
Because of Oak Hillís age, its history is largely 19th Century, with emphasis on the great Civil War. The burials and monuments identified on the map are mostly for that period. All lots were sold long ago and, until recently, the only new interments possible were in the few spaces remaining in old family lots. Recently, a new project has been started to renovate the paths and walkways. This is being done by excavating and installing double depth concrete crypts over which new Buckingham slate walks are installed, with appropriate spaces on each side for memorial stones. In this manner, new interment spaces are being made available. Thus Oak Hill will be a neighborhood garden with a continuing history.


Cemetery Photos

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Cemetery image for Oak Hill Cemetery
Cemetery image for Oak Hill Cemetery
Located in Georgetown, Washington, District Of Columbia, USA
 

Headstones

 Thumb Description Status Location Name (Died/Buried)
Burial place for Anne Mary Radcliffe
Burial place for Anne Mary Radcliffe
Interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia USA.
 
Not yet located    Anne Mary RADCLIFFE (d. 14 Sep 1910)
 
Burial place for Benjamin Franklin Harper
Burial place for Benjamin Franklin Harper
Interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Georgetown, Washington, District Of Columbia, USA 
Not yet located    Benjamin Franklin HARPER (d. 14 Jan 1917)
 
Burial place for Charles Augustus Craig
Burial place for Charles Augustus Craig
Interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia USA.
 
Not yet located    Charles Augustus CRAIG (d. 18 Sep 1893)
 
Burial place for Eliza Parker
Burial place for Eliza Parker
Interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia USA. South Border, Lot 1, Site 60.
 
Not yet located    Eliza PARKER (d. 5 Aug 1876)
 
Burial place for Elizabeth Ann Foley
Burial place for Elizabeth Ann Foley
Interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Georgetown, Washington, District Of Columbia, USA 
Not yet located    Elizabeth Ann FOLEY (d. 29 Dec 1908)
 
Burial place for Elizabeth Jane Donaldson
Burial place for Elizabeth Jane Donaldson
Interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia, USA. 
Not yet located    Elizabeth Jane DONALDSON (d. 19 Sep 1897)
 
Burial place for Francis Adams Jones
Burial place for Francis Adams Jones
Interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia, USA 
Not yet located    Francis Adams JONES (d. 1 Sep 1879)
 
Burial place for Harry S. Davis
Burial place for Harry S. Davis
Interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Georgetown, Washington, District Of Columbia, USA 
Not yet located    Harry Stewart DAVIS (d. 13 Apr 1894)
 
Burial place for Harry Stewart Davis
Burial place for Harry Stewart Davis
Interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia USA.
 
Not yet located    Harry Stewart DAVIS (d. 13 Apr 1894)
 
Burial place for Indiana Simmons
Burial place for Indiana Simmons
Interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Georgetown, Washington, District Of Columbia, USA 
Not yet located    Indiana SIMMONS (d. 10 Nov 1880)
 
Burial place for John Arthur Harper
Burial place for John Arthur Harper
Interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Georgetown, Washington, District Of Columbia, USA 
Not yet located    John Arthur HARPER (d. 9 Jun 1879)
 
Burial place for Joseph Grafton Harper
Burial place for Joseph Grafton Harper
Interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Georgetown, Washington, District Of Columbia, USA 
Not yet located    Joseph Grafton HARPER (d. 9 Apr 1887)
 
Burial place for Joseph Grafton Harper
Burial place for Joseph Grafton Harper
Interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Georgetown, Washington, District Of Columbia, USA 
Not yet located    Joseph Grafton HARPER (d. 13 Mar 1933)
 
Burial place for Mary Virginia Ellis
Burial place for Mary Virginia Ellis
Interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Georgetown, Washington, District Of Columbia, USA 
Not yet located    Mary Virginia ELLIS (d. 2 Jul 1897)
 
Burial place for Stillborn Child Appell
Burial place for Stillborn Child Appell
Interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Georgetown, Washington, District Of Columbia, USA 
Not yet located    Stillborn Child APPELL (d. 30 Jun 1889)
 
Burial place for Unknown Decker
Burial place for Unknown Decker
Interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Georgetown, Washington, District Of Columbia, USA 
Not yet located    Unknown DECKER (d. 3 Dec 1891)
 

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