Compton Cemetery

Freestone County, Cemeteries of Texas

Submitted by Cathy Canterbury

Cemeteries of Texas Coordinator: Dolores I. Bishop

 Directions: From FM 489 & Hwy 75 intersection in Dew go north on 75 Approximately 8/10 of a mile. Look for signs. Cemetery Road is on the left.

 Historical Marker

 William Scott Compton (1805-1882), and his wife, Angelina Louise Gunn Ward (1806-1880) purchased over 3,000 acres here in the settlement of Avant Prairie (later Dew) in 1852. On this acreage the Comptons built a log home, barns and quarters for their slaves. An attorney and banker, William served as a county judge and state senator in Alabama before moving to Texas. This cemetery began in 1855 with the burial of the Comptons’ eldest daughter, Elizabeth Blackmon Compton Johnson. Also buried here are the Comptons’ sons Joseph (Jodie) and Felix Richard, both Confederate veterans of the Civil War and their granddaughter, Martha (Mattie) Jane and her Husband George Walton White, Texas State Legislator (1889 and 1891), Baptist minister and charter member of the Corinth Baptist Church in Dew, Texas. George White’s heirs formally set aside the cemetery property in 1943 and for the next 40 years the cemetery received modest care from family members residing in the original settlement home built by William and Angelina Compton. Descendants of the Compton and White families formed an association in 1983 for the purpose of maintaining the cemetery. Compton Cemetery represents a well-preserved example of a small family cemetery.


Last Name First Name Birth Date Death Date Comments
- - - - Stone: EBC
Airheart Amy Gaye Ayers Mar 08 1937 Feb 04 1990 -
Ayers August Dale Aug 08 1924 Aug 09 1924 -
Ayers Henry Wilton 1891 1974 -
Ayers Julia M. 1894 1973 -
Compton A.L. Apr 06 1806 Jun 17 1880 B: Morgan Co AL; She died as she lived, Trusting in God
Compton Felix Richard - - Co E 13 TX Cav CSA
Compton Infant (Twin) - - I/o WW & CA
Compton Infant (Twin) - - I/o WW & CA
Compton Joseph E. - - Co B 12 TX Cav CSA
Compton Susan Conway - - S/W Felix
Compton W.S. Jan 06 1805 Jun 25 1882 B: Davidson Co TN; H/o AL; Into thy hands I commend my spirit
Johnson Elizabeth B. (Mrs) Nov 02 1837 Jul 24 1855 D/o WS & AL Compton; A practical Christian She is not dead but sleepeth. Erected by her husband. A tall stone next to her says: Her Babe sleeps with her
Johnson     J.D. - - Pvt Co A Waul’s Legion CSA; FS: Dr Jim Johnson
Unmarked Grave - - -
White Alla Rae Dec 13 1909 Mar 27 1914 D/o GW & MJ; Sleep sweet babe and take thy rest, God called thee home He thought it best
White George Walton Mar 12 1849 Mar 11 1943 In Memory Of; H/o MC M: Feb 13 1881; Dear Father we will ever cherish thy precious memory I know that my Redeemer Liveth
White Mary Mar 12 1882 Mar 18 1882 D/o GW & MJ
White Mattie Compton Sep 10 1863 Mar 09 1912 W/o GW; M: Feb 13 1881; Dear Wife and Mother, we will cherish thy precious memory I know that my Redeemer Liveth
White Ray Apr 13 1899 Apr 23 1902 S/o GW & MJ