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The Old Methodist Churchyard

Historical Marker reads: In Jan. 1839, the Rev. Isaac Strickland organized a Methodist Church whose members soon built a log meetinghouse on this site donated by founders of the town of Montgomery. The churchyard came into use of burials during the 1840's. When Pastor G.W. Rabb was dying in 1851, he requested burial beneath the altar of the frame chruch then being built to replace the log cabin. His grave and a monument commemorating pioneer circuit riders now mark the orginal Methodist church site. The church and the nearby parsonage, which is said to have been the first Methodist parsonage built in Texas, were relocated in 1908. A tabernacle later erected beside this cemetery has also been demolished. A stone in this cemetery commemorates a soldier of the American Revolution who helped settle this county and died here. Churchyard burials included veterans of the war of 1812, the Texas War for Indedpendence, Mexican War and Civil war, as well as many other pioneers, state and county officials, merchants, ministers and physicians. In some of the unmarked graves are travelers who died here among strangers. Although a new cemetery opening in 1868, this one was also used until no space remained..

Please note that the comments column contains my personal observations and things I thought would be helpful. Also, I recorded every marker, which means, one person may be recorded twice if they had two markers (i.e. a military marker in addition to their family marker). If you have any questions after viewing the list, please e-mail me at Letty Harrington.

This Cemetery is located in Montgomery County, Texas. This cemetery was transcribed by Letty Harrington on June 7, 2000. This transcription is not connected to the Methodist Church or the County of Montgomery. This information is a personal project only. The information herein is given freely for personal use and can not be linked to any commerical sites. *NOTE: This was transcribed using a digital camera. Single requests of headstone images (e-mail, no hard copy) will be fulfilled to the best of our ability.

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Name B. Date D. Date Inscription Comments
ARNOLD, Clarissa N. Jul. 1, 1805 Mar. 27, 1870   in Peel family plot
ARNOLD, EL, Sr. Dec. 26, 1804 Dec. 1, 1867 born in Conn. in Peel family plot
BAKER, Jane Jan. 20, 1832 Apr. 4, 1861 Wife of Isaac Baker, Jr.  
BAKER, Lucian May 15, 1853 Feb. 24, 1862 Son of Jane & Isaac Baker, Jr.  
BEVERS, Oscar Clarence Mar. 17, 1882 Apr. 13, 1968 Father Double stone with Sibyl
BEVERS, Sibyl Powell Sept. 15, 1880 Nov. 13, 1956 Mother Double stone with Oscar
BOBBITT, Random Robert   May 20, 1866 Son of George R. & E.C. Bobbitt-Age 10 mos, 12 days  
CHILTON, H.C. Jul. 30, 1808 Aug. 15, 1854 Born KY, Died among us-Reader pause you too must die, prepare to meet Thy God  
DAVIS, Mary February 10, 1905 April 27, 1905 dau of I.C. & Melissa Landrum Davis  
DEALY, Daniel Aug. 15, 1810 Jan. 24, 1888 Born County Kerry, Ireland 1854 (years served as a pioneer circuit rider for the church)
DEAN, Mrs. Clara   Jun. 17, 1881 Our beloved sister Aged 38 years  
FELDER, Mr. E.J. Jul. 6, 1801 Jan. 24, 1865    
FERGUSON, George Dec. 30, 1871 Apr. 20, 1907 Age 25 yrs., 3 mos., 20 days  
FRALICK, Mary V. Feb. 2, 1851 Jan. 29, 1853 ME & MA Fralick  
GARY, Fannie N. Dec. 3, 1871 Jun. 26, 1873 dau of JM & SE Gary  
GARY, Robert Lee     Infant son of JM & SE Gary - Age 12 mths 28 days  
GARY, Susan E. Oct. 11, 1836 Dec. 20,1875 Wife of J.M. Gary  
GAY, Appleton   Nov. 25, 1876 Brother of Judge Gree D. Gay - Age 70 years, I month-Elected County Clerk, Montgomery County, Texas Aug. 2, 1832 New stone
GAY, Mrs. Nancy   Feb. 17, 1866 In memory of my Mother by a devoted daughter, Aged 58 yrs Old stone
GAY, Nancy   Feb. 17, 1866 Wife of Appleton Gay- Aged 58 years New stone
GREENE, Mattie L. Jan. 1852 Jul. 12, 1877    
HANDER, R. Mozelle Mar. 7, 1919 Jan. 1, 1998 Forever in our hearts  
HERRING, Michele Oct. 8, 1953 Jan. 28, 1970 Beloved Daughter  
ILLEGIBLE Oct. 25, 1806 Nov. 25, 1876 Aged 70 yrs 1 mo. This is old stone of Appleton Gay
ILLEGIBLE     Son of ???? fenced in
JENKINS, Josephine B.   Sept. 9, 1876 dau of SM & GS Jenkins-Aged 6 years  
JOHNSON, Barbara A. Ruth Jul. 30, 1932 Jul. 14, 1974    
JONES, Tommy Feb. 22, 1824 Nov. 29, 1854 Born in ??? Co., N.C., Died Montgomery Co.  
LANDRUM, Zachariah January 12, 1905 February 10, 1905 Pvt. 17 Brig. Texas Militia, Confederate State Army Military Marker
LINTON, Eunice Carrie Apr. 12, 1854 Oct. 24, 1861 dau of E.A. & M.L. Linton Shares marker with Florence & Inf. Son
LINTON, Infant Son   Nov. 22, 1860 son of E.A. & M.L. Linton shares marker with Florence & Eunice
LINTON, J. Florence Mar. 18, 1830 Apr. 25, 1864 dau of E.A. & M. Linton - footstone J.F.L. shares marker with Eunice & Inf Son
LINTON, Mary Lewis Sept. 18, 1829 Dec. 9, 1871 Wife of E.A. Linton - footstone M.L.L. Children Eunice, Florence & Inf son on side of marker
LIPSCOMB, Carrie   Nov. 3, 1857 32 yrs., 4 mos, 16 days  
LOWELL, Wm. E. Jan. 4, 1815 Jul. 22, 1859 44 yrs, 6 mos., 18 days  
MARTIN, Clara Ann   Nov. 13, 1859 Dau of R.B. & Mary R. Martin In Martin family plot
MARTIN, Clarence Nov. 12, 1861 Jan. 1, 1881   Double stone with Jared-In Martin family plot
MARTIN, Jared P. Feb. 20, 1858 Nov. 7, 1880   Double stone Clarence-In Martin family plot
MARTIN, Mary R. Nov. 12, 1819 ? 2, 1888 Wife of R.B. Martin  
MARTIN, Robert Nov. 9, 1810 Jan ?, 1868   In Martin family plot
MCCOWAN, James Alexander December 9, 1904 January 28, 1905 Who developed the present town of Montgomery and gave land for the Methodist and Baptist Churches and the Public cemetery in 1836 On plaque with wife on a large brick tomb
MCCOWAN, Nancy A. December 21, 1904 February 14, 1905   On plaque with husband on a large brick tomb
MCKINNEY, Martha   Sept. 6, ???? dau of ??? Greene ???? Very hard to read
MCKINNEY, Mary J. broken seam Dec. 16, 1875 Wife of C. McKinney  
MINNO?K, Mr. Wm. A Feb. 12, 1822 Nov. 14, 1861    
MITCHELL, Miss Amanda M. Sept. 21, 1837 Oct. 31, 1859   birth year not very clear-not sure
MITCHELL, Mrs. Susan M. Sept. 2, 1817 Nov. 2, 1839    
MORRIS, Alfred W.   Sept. 29, 1866 Aged 45 yrs. 8 mos. & 18 days-Erected by his wife  
MORRIS, Matilda Mar. 28, 1828 Apr. 6, 1900 Sacred to the memory of  
Nannie   Apr. 24, 1868 wife of Lemcie (??) Aged 28 yrs, 5 mos., 16 days Shares stone with Wiley
NOBLES, Dr. Warren Dec. 27, 1802 Sept. 28, 1878 was born in Pitt Co. NC, died Montgomery Co., TX aged 75 yrs 9 mos 1 day mason
NOBLES, John W. Oct. 2, 1825 Nov. 8, 1857 Son of Dr. Warren & Catherine M. Nobles
NOBLES, Mary F.F. Mar. 22, 1838 Mar. 19, 1866 Dau of Dr. Warren & Catherine M. Nobles
PACE, William Temple Oct. 1, AD 1879 Jan. 10, AD 1881 Son of J. Edgar & Irene C. Pace  
PALMER, Frances Winifed Nov. 10, 1837 Jul. 4, 1864   Double stone with Reuben-fenced in
PALMER, Reuben J. Jan. 18, 1829 Mar. 20, 1868 Born in Appomattox County, VA., son of Reuben DeJarnette and Martha P. (Christian) Palmer; He was educated at Randolph-Macon College, moved to Texas in 1856. A montgomery Lawyer; served in 9th Legislature State of Texas and in secession convention 1861. Married Frances Winifred, the daughter of Robert G. and Agnes (Wood) Branch, had three children; Robert Guerrant, Cora Christian (Later Blanding) and Edward Gray. Double stone with Frances-fenced in
PEEL, Annie Arnold Jun. 13, 1846 Jan. 8, 1931 Foostone "mother" Double stone with Annie A.
PEEL, Bettie Wood Nov. 20, 1885 Feb. 3, 1975   Double stone with Lester
PEEL, Lester Arnold Apr. 10, 1870 Mar. 4, 1933   Double stone with Bettie
PEEL, Little Lester   Jul. 18, AD 1867 Inf son of A.A. & T.J. Peel-Age 1 yr 3 mo 23 da  
PEEL, T.J. Mar. 21, 1913 Sept. 6, 1996 There was a time when I wanted only death to separate us. H lived a life of love and service for his fellow man. This man had a good life and he loved life. Please, oh almighty God, forgive my sins that I may come into heaven. Etching of a man on a horse
PEEL, Thomas Jefferson Feb. 2, 1837 Oct. 31, 1901 Footstone "father" Double stone with Thomas J.
PEEL, Thomas Ray Mar. 20, 1883 Apr. 30, 1900 Son of T.J. & A.A. Peel  
PEEL, Valerie Stovall March 26, 1905 June 21, 1905   Funeral Home Marker
PEEL, William Edgar Feb. 26, 1876 Aug. 31, 1956    
PEYNGHAUS       Family plot marker
PEYNGHAUS, Fredrick W.     Jul. 8, 1835 One date, not sure if birth or death
PEYNGHAUS, Stella Dec. 3, 1883 Dec. 20, 1968    
PRICE, James H., Jr. ???, 1843 Oct. 26, 1859    
PRICE, June Virginia Oct. 14, 1871 Jul. 8, 1877    
PRICE, Mrs. Mary D. Jul. 5, 1783 Oct. 21, 1859    
RABB, George   Jan., 1851   1850-1851 (years served as a pioneer circuit rider for the church)
SHANNON, Owen     GA Troops Rev War - Rev Soldier 1775-1783 Military Marker
SHOEMAKER, Little Amanda   Mar. 12, 1870 Dau of ??? V. Shoemaker Not sure about last name-very hard to read
SIMONTON, Bettie   Sept. 22, 1865 dau of R.S. & S.D. Simonton-Aged 13 yrs  
SIMONTON, E.M. Apr. 15, 1815 Apr. 5, 1870 Footstone One of four side Simonton stone
SIMONTON, L.H. Sept. 10, 1846 Sept. 9, 1865 Footstone One of four side Simonton stone
SIMONTON, W.T. Dec. 10, 1852 Sept. 21, 1870 Footstone One of four side Simonton stone
SIMONTON, Wm. Dec. 12, 1796 Feb. 21, 1857 Footstone One of four side Simonton stone
SLIGH, N.B., Jr.   Sept. 16, 1878 Age 29 mos.  
SMITH       Family plot marker
SMITH, Baby Boy   Jun. 14, 1946    
SMITH, Bessie Teel May 18, 1906     Double stone with WJ
SMITH, Ella Bass     Jan. 21, 1921 One date, not sure if birth or death
SMITH, Little Willie Sept. 22, 1868 Sept. 22, 1868 Inf son of T.W. & M.H. Smith  
SMITH, T.W. Nov. 22, 1881 Sept. 3, 1906    
SMITH, Wesley Joseph Jul. 6, 1858 Jan. 31, 1905   no surname on stone, but in Smith plot
SMITH, WJ Jan. 5, 1903 Mar. 4, 1983   Double stone with Bessie
SPEER, Moses Sept. 29, 1768 Jul. 11, 1840 Born in Maryland, Died in Robinson Settlement 1839-1840 (years served as a pioneer circuit rider for the church)
TAYLOR, William S.   Feb. 2, 1869 A San Jacinto Veteran State of Texas marker
WALLACE, M.N. Jul. 20, 1867   Son of CW & MA Wallace  
Wiley   May 9, 1867 Our Father-Aged 57 yrs Shares stone with Nannie
WISE, Rebecca Cook Sept. 23, 1922 Jan. 2, 1983 footstone "Becky" Double stone with Sherwood
WISE, Sallie Price Jul. 10, 1876 Jul. 26, 1953    
WISE, Sherwood Price May 1, 1918 Oct. 31, 1984   Double stone with Rebecca
WISE, Sherwood Price May 1, 1918 Oct. 31, 1984 S Sgt US Army WWII Military Marker
WOOLDRIDGE, Thomas   Jun. 27, 1867   1867 (years served as a pioneer circuit rider for the church)

Last Updated on 6/11/00
By The Harringtons