JOEL GREENWOOD CEMETERY

Go on Highway 1774 from Plantersville North on Anderson Road about 5 miles, almost opposite the Klein Catholic Church to what is now known as the Hamilton Place. After going into Hamilton Place, go West about 1 to 1 1/2 miles (over gullies) to a grove of oaks. The site lies beneath the highline that crosses the Hamilton Place. The post numbered #573 is almost on the spot.

This is a list of persons buried in the Joel Greenwood Cemetery.  There are no markers:

Joel Greenwood (1802-1841) He and wife came in the Greenwood migration to Texas. He was an Austin Colonist, coming in Stephen F. Austinís 2nd Colony.

Daughter Greenwood of Joel & Anna Greenwood, born in 1830ís and died as a child.

William Montgomery (1772/3 -1835) He was the father of Mrs. Franklin Jarvis Greenwood and Mrs Joel Greenwood and was an Austin Colonist receiving a land grant in 1831 in the same migration as Greenwood.

Major John Goodlow Warren "J.G.W." Pierson (15 Feb 1795-07 May 1849) He was a native of Union County, Kentucky. A colonist and surveyor of Sterling Robertsonís Colony, son-in-law of William Montgomery.

Isaac Pennington Pierson (08 Jul 1820-22 Jan 1843) Son of J.G.W. Pierson and Purity Ruffin Pennington Pierson who came to Texas with his father and 2nd wife Elizabeth Montgomery Pierson after his motherís death in Kentucky. He died in a horse race at his fatherís race track during the time J.G.W. is in Perote Prison after being captured in the Mier Expedition.

Son Pierson. Another of J.G.W.ís sons. Donít know from which of his 3 marriages.

Owen Shannon, brother-in-law of William Montgomery who married Williamís sister Margaret Montgomery in Wilkes County, Georgia, USA 22 Oct 1792. They moved to Pecan Point, Red River. Some records say his wife is not buried beside him because of the flooding of a creek in 1854.

Martha Dupree Stoneham Banks was the widow of Joseph Dillard Stoneham, Jr. She and her husband owned the Joel Stoneham place about Civil War time. Her husband was killed in the battle of Mansvield, Louisiana. After his death, she married a Mr. Banks, the overseer of the plantation.

Frank Stoneham was the son of Joseph and Martha Dupree Stoneham. He died as a child.

Son of Frank Stoneham, died as a child.

Son of Frank Stoneham, died as a child.

James Montgomery, brother of William Montgomery.

Julia Robinson was the first wife of John Montgomery (oldest son of William Montgomery)

 

Source:

From "Two Pioneer Cemeteries of Grimes County, Texas" by Louis L. Stoneham, 1980.

One of the oldest burial sites in the Stoneham-Plantersville area is the Joel Greenwood Cemetery. Not a single marker now stands of the approximately 25 persons who were buried in this area over the years.

The writer said that as of June 3, 1958, there was only one marker left in the cemetery, that of Henry Bailey Greenwood, the father of Joel Greenwood and that he was buried in 1835. The Greenwood marker was broken and in 1978, the descendants received permission to have it removed and placed in the Stoneham Cemetery where his son, Franklin Jarvis Greenwood and other Greenwood members are buried. For a while, it was thought by present members of the family that Mrs. H.G. Greenwood who died in 1836 was buried in the Greenwood Cemetery; but one of her descendants from Madison County told of her death. She had gone to her daughterís family in Madison County to help nurse sick members of the family. She contacted the illness herself, and died in a matter of a few days. When one of her sons went to bring her home, he was met on the road by a relative with the news her death and burial there.

The writer said that the Kench Saunders family lied on land very close to the Joel Greenwood Cemetery and does not know if they are buried there or not. Nearby, a an old chimney, rocks, and a china berry tree were found. According to Sebron L. Stoneham, who died in his 90ís in 1965, these could be ruins of the Saunders home. [Stoneham Cemetery LLS]

S. L. Stoneham also told this writer the body of a desperado was buried in the Joel Greenwood Cemetery. It was learned that the desperado was at the Kench Saunders house; so the Sheriff of Grimes County, a Mr. Garritt desguised himself and went there. He found the desperado; and the sheriff drew first and killed him. His body was buried in the cemetery.

Some information by Robin Montgomery 1975 LSS Montgomery County History.


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