Wallisville, Chambers County, Texas
Cemeteries of Texas Coordinator: Dolores I. Bishop
Information provided by the State of Texas Atlas Site
on Wallisville-Turtle Bayou Rd., 1 mi. east of Old Wallisville
Early settler Albert Gallatin Van Pradelles (1808-1884) set aside
land at this site for the burial of his grandson, William M. "Willie"
Chambers, who died on his third birthday on December 10, 1878. the land
surrounding the grave was established as a legal cemetery in county deed r
ecords the following month. Field notes by county surveyor Daniel B. Wallis
along with other deed work set up a total of sixteen family lots in January 1879.
Several locally prominent families were among those who purchased the original
sixteen plots, including the van Pradelles, Chambers, Gordon, Wooten, Sisson,
Mayes, and LaFour families. In 1884 a. G. van Pradelles became the fourth known
burial in the cemetery he established. Among the stately monuments and shade
trees can be found the tombstones of numerous elected county officials and pioneer
settlers. The Wallisville Cemetery has been expanded several times since Van Pradelles
laid out the site in 1879. The cemetery land remained in the van Pradelles family for over
100 years until 1986, when a descendant entrusted it to the Wallisville Cemetery
Association for care and administration.