Porter Springs Cemetery

Houston Co. Cemeteries of TX

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Information and Photo submitted by June Cook

Texas Historical Commission - 1995

Porter Springs Community and Cemetery

         Several Republic of Texas Land Grants were acquired in this area

         during the 1830's.  Elisha Clapp's burial in a nearby cemetery (1mi.SE) in

        1856 and other census records indicate area settlement  in the 1850's. 

        The community was originally called Porter's Springs for earlier settler

       James M. Porter and naturally occurring area Springs.  In 1862 Gould's

        Confederate Battalion was organized here.   A school was opened in 1870

        and in 1875 a Post Office was established.   The towns name was changed

to Porter Springs in 1895. 

    Porter Springs, which contained a Brick Factory, Cotton Gin, several

   Churches, Doctors, and School System until 1965.  Established a

Community Center in 1978.  Today its residents, many of whom are

descendants of early area settlers, primarily engage in farm and

ranch activities.

This cemetery, originally known as White Cemetery, was established as a

family Graveyard on land acquired by William H. White in 1838.  The first

recorded burial was that of White's Son, James D., in 1863.  White' s heirs

deeded 2.41 acres here to the local Methodist and Baptist Churches in 1899 and

it became known as Porter Springs Cemetery.   The Cemetery is maintained by

an Association established in 1941.  It has been enlarged over the years

and continues to serve the community.

Last Name First Name Birth Death Comments
Cook Martha A. Jun 04 1833 Aug 06 1894 w/o Wilson Alexander Cook
Cook Wilson Alexander Dec 12 1822 Dec 15 1894 h/o Martha Ann Corder M: 1845, 10 children