FRANKFORD CEMETERY ASSOCIATION
RULES & REGULATIONS
Adopted by Board of Directors
July 19, 2012
Revised May, 2013
Frankford is an historic cemetery where pioneers of this area are buried. Although burials at Frankford Cemetery are not restricted to descendants of these pioneers, we hope that you will join us in honoring their memory and preserving the quiet dignity of this sacred place. It is with this intention that we have written these rules and regulations for governing the cemetery.
FRANKFORD CEMETERY HISTORY
Frankford Cemetery is named for the early North Texas community of Frankford in far southwest Collin County. The community developed near the location of an everlasting springs on Halls Branch, a tributary of White Rock Creek. The Frankford site was on the Shawnee Trail, an Indian trail predating Columbus. Native Americans, soldiers, and trail drivers camped in the area west of the creek that is still referred to today as “the wagon yard.”
In 1872 the White Rock Masonic Lodge moved their “Hall” to what is now the northwest corner of the Cemetery. The Hall served as church, school, and community center for the tiny Frankford community. Soon after the Hall moved to Frankford, burials began to occur near the lodge building.
There are stories of Indian burials in the vicinity of present day Frankford Cemetery, and there are a few known burials of early settlers before the arrival of the lodge. The first known unmarked grave dates to 1862, while the first marked grave, near the location of the Hall, is dated 1872. Members of pioneer North Texas families are laid to rest at Frankford. Strolling through the Cemetery, one sees names of early Collin and Dallas County settlers who were instrumental in forming some of the earliest communities in the Dallas area.
In the 1880s the Cotton Belt Railroad bypassed Frankford for the nearby town of Addison. The population of Frankford began to decline, and in 1907 the Hall moved to Addison. Despite the decline of the town of Frankford, descendants continued to bury family members in the Cemetery. Today those pioneer families still remain the core of the Cemetery. Their descendants continue to bury their loved ones in this historic, tranquil place.
In 2012 the Texas Historical Commission designated Frankford Cemetery an Historic Texas Cemetery. This designation is an official state recognition of family and community graveyards that encourages preservation of historic cemeteries.
In accordance with the by-laws of the Frankford Cemetery Association, Inc. (the “Association”), the following rules and regulations have been adopted as a guide for the use and management of the historic Frankford Church, the Frankford Cemetery and surrounding grounds. The rules and regulations will help protect all who have an interest here. All owners of interment rights, visitors, and contractors performing work on the property are subject to these rules and regulations together with all amendments or alterations as shall be adopted by the Board of Directors of Frankford Cemetery Association from time to time.
Association: The Frankford Cemetery Association, Inc.
Board of Directors: The Board of Directors of the Association
Cemetery: a burial ground
Interment: a burial right
Intestacy: the quality or state of being or dying intestate
Intestate: having made no valid will
Lot: an area of eight (8) burial spaces
Monument: an upright grave marker, sometimes referred to as a headstone
Monument Company: sells Cemetery monuments
Owner(s): the person(s) to whom the Cemetery has conveyed interment rights; the person(s) who hold such rights by inheritance; the person(s) who have acquired such rights by transfer in accordance with the rules of the Association
Sepulture: the act of interment; burial
Site: includes the Cemetery, church, and any surrounding grounds owned by Frankford Cemetery Association, Inc
Space: one burial site
Urn: a container used for cremated remains
GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS
- The Board of Directors may, and it hereby expressly reserves the right to at any time, with or without notice to owners, adopt new rules and regulations or amend, alter and/or repeal any rule, regulations and/or article, section or paragraph in these Rules and Regulations. Special cases may arise in which a literal enforcement of the rule may impose unnecessary hardship. The Board of Directors, therefore, reserves the right, without notice, to make exceptions, suspensions or modifications of any of the Rules and Regulations when, in its sole judgment, such action appears advisable. Any such temporary exception, suspension or modification of the Rules & Regulations by the Board of Directors shall not be construed as affecting the general application of such Rules and Regulations.
- The Board of Directors retains, for the benefit of all interment right owners, full and complete supervision, control and management of the land, buildings, improvements, roads, walks, utilities, development, books and records, and the full and complete authority, rights and privileges to make, change, administer and enforce all rules and regulations and restrictions not inconsistent with the laws of the State of Texas. Notwithstanding the foregoing or anything to the contrary in these Rules and Regulations, the Frankford Cemetery is a non-perpetual care Cemetery.
- All burial spaces in the Cemetery shall be used in accordance with the provisions of the laws of the State of Texas and shall not be used for any other purpose than as a burial place for human remains.
- Visiting hours are from dawn to dusk every day. Any person who is found on the Cemetery grounds outside these hours, without prior authorization from the Board of Directors, will be considered a trespasser.
- Individual owners interested in selling their ownership of interment rights for their burial spaces can access the Association’s website at www.frankfordcemetery.org to add their contact information to a list on the website. The Board of Directors will not be involved in the listing, marketing or otherwise offering for sale or use of any privately owned Lot or Space at the Cemetery, other than the issuance of transfer of a Certificate of Right of Sepulture upon completion and verification of the transaction.
- Any assignment or transfer of burial space internment rights must be reported to the Board of Directors immediately. Duplication of ownership of internment rights is prohibited. Only one owner of interment rights per burial space is permitted at any one time.
- The Association issues a Certificate of Right of Sepulture to each owner of interment rights on its burial spaces describing the location and naming the owner or owners of said location. The naming of more than one owner is indicative of joint ownership in common with rights of survivorship.
The issuance of such certificate is the Association’s sole form of recognition of right of sepulture. Possession of the certificate by a person who is not listed on the certificate is not in itself evidence of right of sepulture.
The Association shall be free (but not obligated) to make public or otherwise disclose the names of the person(s) to whom any Certificate of Right of Sepulture has been issued and the burial space(s) specified in such Certificate of Right of Sepulture.
- Purchasers of burial spaces do not own the property but simply acquire the right of interment (sepulture) in that specified location.
- The owner of interment rights hereunder may dispose of same by will or, should the owner die intestate, such interment rights shall pass according to the laws of this State governing intestacy provided, however, the Association shall not be bound by such transfers unless and until an exemplification of record of same has been presented to it and such change has been recorded on the books and records of the Cemetery. Any lot or burial space in which there are no burials, entombments or inurnments may be transferred to a new owner, providing the original Certificate of Right of Sepulture is submitted to the Association, together with proper transfer agreement.
- In the event of loss or destruction of a Certificate of Right of Sepulture and upon the presentation of a written request, the Cemetery will prepare a duplicate certificate from its records. The request must include an indemnification for the Association and a properly executed affidavit which sets forth the circumstances of loss or destruction of the original certificate.
- All owners are required to notify the Association of any change of address. All notices required to be sent shall be sent to the last recorded address and such notices shall be deemed adequate.
- No person, other than agents of the Association, shall be allowed to perform any work within the Cemetery without permission of the Board of Directors.
- The Board of Directors shall direct all work and improvements within the grounds and upon all burial spaces before and after interments have been made.
- The Board of Directors will not be responsible for any loss, damage or injury occurring within or without the Cemetery.
- The use of the Cemetery and surrounding land as a thoroughfare is prohibited.
- Vehicles and equipment used to perform the business of the Cemetery shall take precedence over vehicles being driven by Cemetery visitors.
- The right to use automobiles in the Cemetery is authorized solely and exclusively for the purpose of transporting persons to visit burial plots. The speed limit within the Cemetery is five (5) miles per hour. Parking and/or driving on any gardens or grassy areas are prohibited for purposes other than those obtained from the Board of Directors.
- No form of recreation is permitted in the Cemetery. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult when visiting the Cemetery.
- Bicycles, skates, snowmobiles, motorcycles, horses, etc., may not be used in the Cemetery. Dogs are not permitted in the Cemetery.
- Bringing alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs into the Cemetery and/or site is strictly prohibited. Smoking is prohibited on entire site.
- The Board of Directors shall have the right to enter upon or use any adjoining burial space or lot to carry out its duties as to interments, placement of monuments, etc., without prior notice to the owner thereof.
- No signs, notices, or advertisements of any kind shall be allowed on the Frankford site unless placed by the Board of Directors.
- Peddling of any kind or soliciting the sale of any commodity, other than by the Board of Directors, is prohibited within the confines of the Frankford site.
INTERMENT & FUNERAL REGULATIONS
- All burials must be authorized by the Board of Directors.
- The Cemetery sexton will locate the burial space for the funeral home. The funeral home will pay the Association for this service and include it in the cost of the burial.
When locating a burial space the sexton will use the numbering system laid out and authorized by Frankford Cemetery Association. No other numbering systems will be used.
- 26. Interments into a burial space are restricted to those entitled to interment therein according to these rules and regulations. The Board of Directors strongly recommends using one of the following funeral homes:
Turrentine Jackson Morrow
Other funeral homes may be used if approved in advance by the Board of Directors or its agent.
- The Association shall be in no way liable for any delay in the interment of a body where a protest to the interment has been made or where the rules and regulations have not been complied with.
- The use of one grave space shall be limited to interments of one adult burial, two urns of cremated remains, or one adult burial with one urn of cremated remains in the casket.
- Because of environmental issues and concerns, no interment of a casket or urn can be made unless there has been provided an outer container with strength to resist deterioration. Outer burial containers must be constructed of reinforced steel concrete, stainless or galvanized steel not less than 13-gauge in thickness, copper, bronze or other approved materials. Outer burial containers strictly prohibited for use in the Cemetery are wooden boxes, 3-piece and 8-piece sectional concrete boxes and any other non-approved material. This requirement is standard procedure for the funeral industry.
- No disinterment will be allowed without permission of next of kin, the burial space owner, the Board of Directors, and the proper authorities.
- The scattering of cremated remains in the Cemetery is prohibited.
- Frankford Cemetery Association does not participate in funeral arrangements other than the location of burial spaces.
- FCA Board of Directors strongly recommends the following monument companies:
Spradling Monument Services, Inc.
Turrentine Jackson Morrow Funeral Home
These monument companies provide excellent products at a reasonable cost.
- The preferred material for monuments is high-quality granite of soft colors such as gray, rose, or beige. Monument bases on individual graves shall be no more than 3.5 feet long with the actual marker somewhat smaller. The height of individual headstones should be no taller than 3 feet. Slanted, but not flat, monuments with bases may be used.
- Double monuments should have a base no longer than 6.5 feet with the monument somewhat smaller and no taller than 3 feet. The thickness of both individual and double markers should be between 6 and 8 inches. All designs must be approved by the Board of Directors.
Flat footstones made of the same material as the monument are allowed.
- Honorary military flat markers of granite must be placed immediately behind the headstone monument.
Monuments shall be of simple design and decoration which will continue the historic traditions that Frankford Cemetery Association endeavors to preserve. All designs must be approved by the Board of Directors.
- The Board of Directors shall have the authority to prevent the placement of any monument that does not comply with these rules and regulations. The Board of Directors reserves the right to remove any monument or other objects that do not comply with the standards of the Cemetery.
- All monuments shall be placed only by employees or agents of the Association. A representative of the Board of Directors of the Association must be present for the placement of all monuments. The Cemetery Association will charge a fee for this service.
- Monuments shall be set in accordance with the general plan of the Cemetery. Only one headstone monument may be placed on a grave.
- All fees or encumbrances due on the burial space must be paid in full prior to the placement of a monument.
- In the event a monument is placed where it is necessary to temporarily remove it for an interment or disinterment, the Association will have the right to remove the monument without notice to the burial space owner. It will be reinstalled to its original position when work is completed.
- The Association may, at its own expense and without any liability, correct any error that may occur in the placing of a monument.
No photographs or porcelain material may be incorporated into any monument. No protective glass or breakable material of any kind will be allowed on the monument.
- The following rule of thumb determines what permanent items should be placed in the Cemetery: Materials selected must be able to endure the environment for one hundred years.
FLOWER & DECORATION REGULATIONS
- Fresh flower arrangements and potted plants are preferred; however, artificial arrangements may be used if placed in appropriate Cemetery flower arrangement containers.
- The Board of Directors reserves the right to remove all flowers, wreaths, or other decorations from burial spaces as soon as they become unsightly. The grounds will be cleared of decorations by the end of the first week in June and by the end of the first week in January and on an as needed basis.
- Granite benches purchased by the Association will be phased in as wooden, cement, and other type benches are phased out. Personal donation of a select granite bench is encouraged as the Association continues in its preservation and beautification efforts of the Cemetery grounds. Installation of select granite benches shall be approved and administered by the Association.
- Granite benches will ultimately be placed throughout the Cemetery. Placement of benches will be determined by the Board of Directors, or its agent. Other types of benches will be phased out and no longer allowed. If you are interested in donating a granite bench to the Cemetery, contact the Board for cost and details.
- Flags may be placed on graves on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Flag Day, and Veterans Day. Flags should be kept to 12” x 18” in size or smaller. Flags are subject to removal ten (10) days after the holiday.
- Trees and shrubs are placed throughout the Cemetery by the Association for overall beauty and serenity of the grounds. All landscaping, maintenance, and/or removal of any plants, bushes or trees will be under the supervision of the Board of Directors