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