Saint Paul Cemetey, Collin County by Gloria B. Mayfield, Cemeteries of Texas

Saint Paul Cemetery

Saint Paul,

Collin Co Cemeteries of Texas

Photos by Gary Webb

Additional Information Submitted by Brenda Kellow

Charles C. Stibbens
(May 14, 1810 - March 31, 1879)

A Native of Maryland, Charles C. Stibbens came to Texas about 1835. He served in the Army during the Texas Revolution, participating in the Battle of San Jacinto. He settled in Anderson County soon after the war and worked as a farmer and shoemaker. Following the death of his first wife, Julie Ann Frost Slaughter, he was married in 1849 to Elizabeth Creekman. They eventually were the parents of eleven children. Charles and Elizabeth Stibbens moved to Saint Paul in 1870. He is the only veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto known to be buried in Collin County. (1992)

Charles C. Stibbens
Born May 14, 1810
Died Mar. 31, 1879
No pain no grief, no anxious fear, Can reach the peaceful sleeper here.
In Memory of Mary Ratican,
Jul. 15, 1857, Jan. 1883
Wife of Michael Ratican, Dau. of Jas. & Margaret O'Connor:Born in Co. Clare, Ireland.
Sacred to the memory of
John C. White
Born, Oct. 14, 1836
Died, Mar. 16, 1885
In memory of James Neilon Sr.
Born in R??? Co. Ireland
Died Feb. 27, 1904
Age 87 Years
Thomas H. Smith
Texas  Cook
165 Depot Brig.
August 18, 1957

 George Rogers, 1843-1918,
No pain no grief, no anxious fear,
Can reach the peaceful sleeper here.


by Brenda Kellow, B.A. (History), CG, CGI*



St. Paul Catholic Church and cemetery is located in the St. Paul Community in southeast Collin County just east of the intersection of Farm Road 2514 and St. Paul Road. St. Paul was the first catholic church to be formed in either Collin or Dallas Counties and predates by thirty-four years the establishment of the Dallas Diocese. The church is a landmark for the Catholic Church and for Collin County.

According to Sister Lois Bannon (deceased) at the Dallas Catholic Archives, the church was established as a mission in 1847 by local Irish farmers in the community.[1] It was operated as a mission by the Diocese of Galveston, whose jurisdiction composed all of the State of Texas east of the Colorado River. In the beginning there was no building. The parishioners in the St. Paul community met in each others homes. It was in one of these homes where the idea was formed to build a church!

According to Sister Loisís archival files, the acquisition of the land is recorded as follows: Aunt Ella Burns was washing clothes in the creek with another lady companion when they were frightened by a stranger approaching them on horseback. The gentleman introduced himself as James Gallagher . He told Aunt Ella he was searching for Andrew H. and Lucinda Burns . Gallagher said his mission was to ask them whether a parcel of their land could be purchased by the Galveston Catholic Diocese for the purpose of building a church for the small community. Mr. Gallagher appeared to be a gentleman who meant no harm. Aunt Ella recognized his name and evaluated the circumstances. After she told Gallagher where to locate Mr. and Mrs. Burns, Gallagher approached them and presented his proposal. They quickly agreed to sell a parcel of land to the church.

The legal transaction occurred in the fall of 1869. Andy and Lucinda Burns, both Baptists, sold the land for $1 to Bishop C. M. Dubius of Galveston for the use of  a catholic church. At that same time, on 27 November 1869, Emily Galleghar Harriet Emily Spurgin Gallagher, the wife of James Gallagher) sold to Bishop M. Dubius of the Galveston Catholic Diocese two acres on the waters of East Fork in St. Paul for a cemetery for the price of $10. [2]

 Father Thomas Henesey , from Nacogdoches, was the first circuit priest until St. Paul was built in 1856. At that time, Father Henesey became the permanent priest to the parish. The second clergyman was the Roman Catholic Priest, Father Joseph Martiniere , a native of France.[3] He became the priest in 1868. In 1872, Father Charles Martiniere joined Father Joseph Martiniere, his brother. Others to follow were:


                        1875                       Rev. Troncy

                                  1879                       Rev. A. Des Flaches

                                  1880                       Rev. Claude Martiniere[4]

                                  1881                       Rev. A. Des Flaches

                                  1882                       Rev. P. Garvey           

                                  1883                       St. Paul attended from Dallas

                                  1885                       Rev. R. F. Neale , buried at St. Paul

                                  1890                       Dallas Diocese established

                                  1891                       Rev. J. B. Lehne[5]

                                  1892                       Rev. P.M. Regan &

                                                                Rev. J. J. O'Riordan

                                  1893                       Rev. B. Pujos

                                  1894                       Rev. A. O'Hara           


According to the Collin County Census of 1880, Father Martiniere resided with the James Kirkland family on their farm outside Wylie.[6] Please note the various spellings of these French Priest's names. I have not corrected their spelling of names.

The Diocese records document the churchís destruction by a cyclone in 1871. It was rebuilt by church patrons with lumber hauled from Jefferson in wagons of local businessmen John Burns and Tom Brown . The patrons of the rebuilding are listed in the archives files as being fine people of Wylie. The original lumber bills, paint bills, etc., are all kept in the files of the Diocese Archives Library in Dallas, Texas.

The church was destroyed for a third time by fire. Rather than rebuild the church one more time, the parishioners decided to build the church closer to Wylie. This new church, St. Anthony Catholic Church, built in 1916, is still in operation and is located at 404 North Ballard.


*about the author.

Brenda Burns Kellow, a Certified Genealogist and a Certified Genealogical Instructor, grew up in Plano, in Collin County, Texas. She is the great-great granddaughter of Charles C. Stibbens, the only soldier of the Battle of San Jacinto to be buried in Collin County. He and his wife, Elizabeth Creekman, are buried in St. Paul Catholic Cemetery. A Texas Historical Marker stands by their graves. Brenda is the author of the award winning book, Charles C. Stibbens: Soldier of the Battle of San Jacinto, Citizen of the Republic of Texas.

[1] The records and history were graciously given to me to record by the late Sister Lois Bannon, Archivist,  on 21 July  1985. Sister Lois died of leukemia at St. Paul Medical  Center, age 75,  27 March 1991.

[2] Collin County Deed Book T, page 169, Register Deed of Emily Galleghar (Harriet Emily Spurgin Gallagher, the wife of James Gallagher) to Bishop C. M. Dubious, Signed 18 November 1869, recorded 16 March 1871. Collin County Clerks Office, McKinney, TX.

[3] Msgr. Joseph Martiniere, 8 Jan. 1841-3 April 1910, was buried in Ursuline Academy Cemetery, as is Rev. The remains were reentered  in Calvary Hill Cemetery on Lombardy Lane in Dallas in 1981.

[4] Rev. Claude Martiniere, 9 Aug. 1842-15 Oct. 1884, was buried in Ursuline Academy Cemetery. The remains were reentered in Calvary Hill Cemetery on Lombardy Lane in Dallas in 1981.

[5] Priests names and dates after 1890 given to Brenda Kellow by Sarah Y. Stibbens, 1313 Burns in Dallas, on 4 August 1991.

[6] 1880 U. S. TX Census, Collin Co. Supr. Dist. 3, enum. dist. 26, p. 5, dwel. 40, family 41, enumerated 3 June 1880.