List of Visible Graves in China Grove Cemetery

A concrete block wall encloses a portion of the cemetery. Most of the grave markers are located inside the wall and appear to be related by family.

Effie Warren standing next to marker for M.G. Matthews

Montgomery County, Cemeteries of TX

Submitted by Carey Staton

This cemetery was associated with China Grove Baptist Church (Primitive Baptist) in the "Teddy" area, which was later changed to "Byspot." The original church building, which no longer exists, sat in front of, and down hill towards the creek from the cemetery. The location of the cemetery was lost in the thick woods of private land for many years until its rediscovery in 2004 during development of a residential subdivision.

Driving directions as of 2004. From Willis, TX in Montgomery County, take County Line Rd east approx. 8 miles and turn left (north) on Cedar Ln. Loop at "Browder Community Center." Follow road down and to left as it loops back. You will find a new subdivision with sign "China Grove" which is under construction. Turn right (north) and follow the main road into the subdivision approx. 8/10 miles and turn right. Continue approx. 3/10 mile almost to end of road. The cemetery is located on the right and uphill under the old trees.

China Grove Baptist Church of Willis (SBC), which is located several miles from the original church and cemetery was given the deed to the old cemetery and will assist in maintaining the grounds.

A chain link fence encloses the cemetery. Future plans include a gate and historical marker.

It is questionably reported that there may be as many as 200 graves in this cemetery. It is also rumored that somebody took some of the gravestones and threw them in Peach Creek (about 1/4 1/2 mile away) so they could walk across when the water level is low.

The following list is copied from a document by: Mr. & Mrs. Bridges Browder, Mr. & Mrs. Horace Wright, Mrs. Melva Yates Whitehead dated October 8, 1978. With the exception of the "Smith" marker, the list is still accurate.

Smith

Died 194? (This marker can no longer be found and the late date of 194? is questionable)

Walker, Molton

Feb 25, 1906 June 25, 1907 (Infant)

Walker, Annie Lee

October 3, 1904 April 5 1906 (Infant)

Jones, W. H. (William Henry)

May 18, 1846 December 14, 1922

Jones, Mrs. W. H. (Martha Ann "Allie")

Mar 22, 1851 December 11, 1923

Martin, Ben

Co. E 15 Regt. CSA (Company E, 15 Regiment, Confederate States of America)

June 6, 1910

Matthews, M. G. (Moses Gordon)

Aug 24 1891 May 1892 (Infant)

(This is the son of Sherrod Moses Mathews & Margaret Elizabeth Martin who have pictures and biographical data in the Montgomery County History book.

Gunter

Jan 14, 1889 May 2, 1899 (Infant)

Son of ? & Izzie Gunter (The mother was Gehaza Martin, daughter of Ben W. Martin)

Approximately thirteen other gravesites marked with a large iron ore rock at head and smaller iron ore rock at foot.

Persons interested in the William Henry Jones and Ann Alley Jones Family may contact:

Shirley Meadows rsmeadows @cox.net

4019 Piney Meadows Dr.

Conroe, TX 77301