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The Wilson Creek Cemetery is located on private property
behind a locked gate in the Wilson Creek Community.






St. Mary's Baptist Church

The Wilson Creek Church and School Building
St. Mary's Missionary Baptist Church

The Wilson Creek church and school building erected in 1891 on Wilson Creek Road in Matagorda County was named Chief St. Mary's Baptist Church. The early history of the black community in the locality and the part that the church had in the religious and educational influence on its people, prompted members of the Matagorda County Historical Society to commit their efforts in restoring and preserving the important bit of black history for future generations.

Antone (Anthony) Deadrick, a Frenchman who came to America before the Civil War, made his way to Matagorda County, found work on the Grimes Ranch and married Martha Robinson, a black woman. In 1882, Antone acquired 48 acres from A. H. and J. E. Pierce on Wilson Creek. He donated an acre of land for the church and school which was built in 1891. Antone made sure the small school had qualified teachers to educate the black children in the Wilson Creek and Ashby area.

St. Mary's Baptist Church on Wilson Creek Road was given to the Matagorda County Historical Society by owners David and Vickie Garcia on condition that the Society would move the building. The building had originally been erected northwest of the Moore Cemetery and was later moved to Wilson Creek Road. The Society accepted the offer and took on the project to move the church one half mile back to the Moore Cemetery property.

Roosevelt Reeves, whose father was once a minister of St. Mary's Church, agreed to move the church for $3600. The church was relocated east of the  cemetery that is still used by the black community. Most of the people buried in the cemetery are descendants of Antone Deadrick and attended St. Mary's Church and School. After the move the roof, windows and doors were replaced. The marble marker that once was part of the front of the church could not be found. It was hoped that the church building would be less vulnerable to vandalism in the more isolated area.

Ben Hadden, pastor of Free Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Blessing, and his brother, Ercel, with the help of their members agreed to maintain the small historic church. The plan was to use the church for funeral services and other gatherings. Hadden planned to contact the District Association to have St. Mary's church reinstated.

Thelma Smith, the marker chairman of the Matagorda County Historical Commission researched the history of the church and planned to submit an application for a Texas Historical Commission historical marker. Later, rather than submitting an application only for the Wilson Creek community, an application was submitted and approved for Ashby and Wilson Creek.

Unfortunately, the church building was not safe from local teenage vandals who broke out all of the windows. Attempts to protect the building were futile and soon it was left to deteriorate. The landowner used the building for storage and later demolished it.

The cemetery still remains as a testament to the lives of the members of St. Mary's  Missionary Baptist Church and the Wilson Creek area.


Inez Deadrick, July 16, 1909 - Oct. 4, 1980  
Mary Dorsey, Jan. 1, 1879
- Died Feb. 28, 1968
In Loving Memory of Our Mother And Grandmother  

Thomas McKinley Peters, Pvt U. S. Army
Jul 25, 1911 - Died Sep 17, 1974  

Doris Day Jackson  Eaton
June 30, 1936 - December 27, 1980  

Joe J. Roberts Jan. 13, 1879 - Nov. 16, 1956
(Father of Inez Deadrick)

Frank Faniel
Pvt US Army, World War I  1896 - 1980

Hester Annie Beverly Morgan
July 7, 1913 - Sept. 30, 1987
d/o Sam & Emiley Lacey Beverly
gd/o Louis & Hester Beverly & James & Jane Lacey
w/o Enoch Morgan
m/o Enoch, Jr.; Lester Samuel; Robert Louis

Easter Temple Rivers Hadden
1862 - 1931


John Adams Jr., AS US Navy, World War II
[Jul 28], 1923 - [Sep 1],1987
(h/o Edna Ruth Adams)

Lesser Jackson
1904 - 1975  

Melvin Faniel 1934 -2005
(Son of Frank and Dora Faniel)

Mary Rebector, 1900 - 1997

Ryan Keith Jackson  1969 - 1987
Grandson of Lesser Jackson

Nathan O. Jackson
Feb. 10, 1943 - Dec. 27, 2006

Tyretha Waddle
[May 28] 1948 - [Jan 4] 2007

Hadden-Adams, Edna Ruth Dec 11, 1927 - Feb 22, 2014

Unmarked Graves at Wilson Creek Cemetery

* Information in brackets from the Social Security Death Index
+ Information in brackets from the Texas Death Index
# Information in brackets from the Texas Birth Index
% Matagorda County 1900 Federal Census

Brown, Lucy May 5, 1905 - January 6, 1929

Campbell, Annie Bell Aug 15, 1925 - Dec 17, 1992

Campbell, Clinton, Jr. Mar 23, 1918 - Nov 23, 1992

Edwards, Jessie Mae Hadden Nov 20, 1931 - Aug 31, 1997

Faniel, Dora Hadden Campbell  Apr 4, 1900 - Oct 7, 1988
d/o Jim and Easter Temple Hadden

w/o Frank Faniel
m/o Clinton Campbell, Jr.
m/o Melvin Faniel
m/o Infant daughter Faniel

Faniel, Infant daughter of Frank & Dora Hadden Campbell Faniel

Farris, Rosa "Aunt Rosa" b c [Aug 1859]% died Sep 1899 [obit]

married Thomas "Tom" Farris on Jan 11, 1890 (MC Book B p68)
Rosa is listed at Rosetta Grice

Gardner, Sabrina Day - Sep 5, 1955 - Jan 20, 1996

d/o Moses & Doris Day Gardner


Gordon, Ira, Sr., [Mar. 23],1904 - [Aug. 9, 1976] - located to the S of Mr. Lacy


Hadden, John Henry Jul 29, 1889 - Dec 18, 1992

s/o Jim and Easter Temple Hadden

Hasley, Ellen Temple b 01 Jan 1870* - 09 Sep 1942*

s/o Ben Hasley - married Sep 24, 1874 (MC Book A p 229)


Kincheloe, Christina Temple


Lacy, Mr. _____ - located to the S of Mary Rebector

Lacy, Althea

Lacy, Emily, child of Jane Temple Lacy
Lacy, Henrietta, child of Jane Temple Lacy
Lacy, Herbert, child of Jane Temple Lacy

Lacy, Jane Temple  

Lacy, Jenkins, child of Jane Temple Lacy

Lacy, Mattie, child of Jane Temple Lacy

Lacy, Rose

Moore, Anthony b c [Dec 1844]%

h/o Charlotte Temple Moore - married Aug 25, 1865 - (MC Book A p 96)

Moore, Charlotte Temple d 7 Oct 1903

w/o Anthony Moore - married Aug 25, 1865 - (MC Book A p 96)

Morgan, Hester  Jul 7, 1913 - Sep 30, 1987
d/o Sam & Emiley Lacey Beverly

Morgan, Lester [Samuel]#  [Jan 30, 1951]#

s/o Hester Annie Beverly Morgan & Enoch Morgan- located to the N of Hester Morgan

Nelson, Rose, Nov 21, 1895 - Jan 21, 1976


Rebector, Mary Hebert Mar 5, 1900 - Apr 20, 1997

w/o Ira Gordon, Sr. - located at the foot of husband

Rivers, Emmitt, May 9, 1895 - Sep 8, 1976

b/o Dora Hadden Faniel

Rivers, Infant daughter of Easter Temple Rivers

Roberts, Florence Jan 24, 1906 - Oct 5, 1997

d/o Joe Roberts & Mary Dorsey Roberts

Thomas, Betty Temple

Thomas, Josiah

Ward, Charlie, [Jan 15, 1900]* - Feb 15, 1979 , Age 78 years & 11 months  

Ways, Tom, [Jul 28, 1894]* -  Dec 7, 1969  

Tornado Swooped Down on District Near Bay City

BAY CITY, Jan. 5.--Five persons were known to have been killed and 14 injured by a tornado which struck about five miles south of Bay City last night.

Four of the dead were white persons and one a negro girl.

The while persons killed were: Berdine Wiley, 12; Claude Wiley, 17, brothers, their uncle, Townsend Wiley, 45, and Dave Mayer, 40.

Members of the Wiley family were killed when wind demolished their home.

Mayer was struck by a flying piece of timber and died on his way to Bay City for treatment.

The dead negro girl was named Brown. Her first name was not known. Other members of her family were injured.

The storm struck about 8 p. m. It seemed to swoop toward the ground, demolishing everything in its path, and then to swerve upward. Its path was traced for several miles.

Not a house was left standing in the stricken area. So violent was the force of the wind that in some places heavy blocks, foundations of houses, were torn from the ground.

"About 7 o'clock it began to blow and the sky changed to a queer color," Justice of the Peace D. E. Capes, who held the inquests over the storm victims, said. "Everybody thought something was going to happen but they did not know what. It got steadily worse later."

Justice Capes said that communication had not been established with all parts of the country yet and that the life and property toll might rise.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wiley were injured about the head, and a daughter suffered bruises. Bill Fondern's back and arm were broken, while his wife received a broken leg. A Mr. and Mrs. Kadeska also were hurt, but not severely.

About an hour after the storm struck, crashing down from the southwest, a relief caravan was sent from Bay City to the neighborhood.

Although several houses were blown away, it was believed the storm struck only the one community.

The dead were brought to a morgue here and about ten others were taken to a hospital. Several negroes were reported seriously injured, and a number of negro houses in the path of the storm were demolished.

The tornado cut a swath about 150 yards wide between Bay City and Wadsworth. The Wileys were killed when a house was destroyed and Mayer died en route to a hospital after having been struck on the head by a piece of timber.

Some damage was reported in the vicinity of El Maton.

Corsicana Semi-Weekly, January 8, 1929


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