Mt. Hope Cemetery 
Wells Cherokee County, Texas
Cemeteries of Texas Coordinator: Dolores I. Bishop

Information provided by the State of Texas Atlas Site 

(2 mi. SE) US 69 at old Homer-Alto Road, 2.9 mi. NW of Wells 

James H. Bowman, a veteran of the Texas War for 
Independence from Mexico, offered 100 acres of land to the Rev. W. D.
Lewis to come to the Mt. Hope community and establish a Methodist 
church and cemetery. The Rev. Mr. Lewis agreed, and the congregation 
began in 1875. In November of that year Margaret (Ruby) Hicks was the
first person to be buried in the adjacent cemetery. Though the church 
congregation moved to nearby Wells after the arrival of the railroad in 1886, 
the cemetery continued to be a place of importance to the Mt. Hope and Wells
communities. Among the more than 1800 people of Wells, Mt. Hope and
other Cherokee County communities interred here, there are more than 200 
military veterans, including eight Confederate soldiers. The cemetery is a 
chronicle of the history of Cherokee County. (2000)