Born in Fannin County, Texas, during the Republic of Texas period, John Parker Pennington (1840-1904), lived as a young man in Arizona territory. As a member of one of the first families to settle in the territory he survived several deadly encounters with the region's native Americans. He participated in the Civil War then moved his family to Texas in 1867. The first recorded burial was that of Pennington's sister, Margaret (Mag) Dennision, in 1872. John Pennington, his two wives, Emily J. McAllister (d.1880) and Isabelle Purcell (d.1916), and their descendants are interred here.