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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.



Wilson Creek Burials

Key to Sources Other Than the Marker
* 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





Adams, John Jr.

28 Jul 1923 01 Sep 1987




Allinice, Louis G.

21 Jun 1900 24 Sep 1961  

[Information from death certificate]


Alliniece, Eliza

unknown 25 Apr 1929  

[Information from death certificate]


Brown, Lucy

05 May 1905 06 Jan 1929  



Campbell, Annie Bell

15 Aug 1925 17 Dec 1992  



Campbell, Clinton, Jr.

23 Mar 1918 23 Nov 1992  



Deadrick, Inez Easter (w/o Charles H. Deadrick)

16 Jul 1919 04 Oct 1980



Dorsey, Mary

01 Jan 1879 28 Feb 1968  



Eaton, Doris Day Jackson

30 Jun 1936 27 Dec 1980




Edwards, Clifton

Age 85 03 Jul 2009      

Edwards, Jessie Mae Hadden

20 Nov 1931 31 Aug 1997  



Faniel, Infant
(d/o Frank & Dora Hadden Campbell Faniel)




Faniel, Dora Hadden Campbell
(w/o Frank Faniel)


d/o Jim and Easter Temple Hadden

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


Faniel, Frank

1896 1980




Faniel, Melvin

1934 2005




Farris, Rosa "Aunt Rosa"

bc Aug 1859% Sep 1899  

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


Gardner, Sabrina Day
(d/o Moses & Doris Day Gardner)

05 Sep 1955 20 Jan 1996  



Gordon, Ira, Sr.

23 Mar 1904 09 Aug 1976  

located to the S of Mr. Lacy


Hadden, Easter Temple Rivers

1862 1931




Hadden, John Henry

(s/o Jim and Easter Temple Hadden)

29 Jun 1889 18 Dec 1992  



Hadden-Adams, Edna Ruth

11 Dec 1927 22 Feb 2014  



Hasley, Ellen Temple

(w/o Ben Hasley)

01 Jan 1879* 09 Sep 1942*  

married Sep 24, 1874
(MC Book A p 229)


Jackson, Lesser

1904 1975




Jackson, Nathan O.

10 Feb 1943 27 Dec 2006 PIC



Jackson, Ryan Keith

1969 1987 PIC



Jones, Inez Gloria


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

(h/o Charlotte Temple Moore)

b c [Dec 1844]%    

married Aug 25, 1865
(MC Book A p 96)


Moore, Charlotte Temple

(w/o Anthony Moore)

  d 7 Oct 1903  

married Aug 25, 1865
(MC Book A p 96)


Morgan, Hester Annie Beverly
(d/o Sam & Emiley Lacey Beverly)

07 Jul 1913 30 Sep 1987 PIC



Morgan, Lester [Samuel]#

(s/o Hester Annie Beverly Morgan & Enoch Morgan-)

 [Jan 30, 1951]#    

 located to the N of Hester Morgan


Nelson, Rose

21 Nov 1895 21 Jan 1976  



Peters, Thomas McKinley

25 Jul 1911 17 Sep 1974 PIC



Rebector, Mary Hebert
(w/o Ira Gordon, Sr.)

05 Mar 1900 20 Apr 1997  

located at the foot of husband


Rivers, Emmitt

(b/o Dora Hadden Faniel)

09 May 1895 08 Sep 1976  



Rivers, Infant (d/o of Easter Temple Rivers)




Roberts, Florence
(d/o Joe Roberts & Mary Dorsey Roberts)

24 Jan 1906 05 Oct 1997  



Roberts, Joe J.

13 Jan 1879 16 Nov 1956 PIC



Thomas, Betty Temple




Thomas, Josiah




Waddle, Tyretha

28 May 1948 04 Jan 2007  



Ward, Charlie

15 Jan 1900* 15 Feb 1979  

Age 78 years & 11 months


Ways, Tom

28 Jul 1894* 07 Dec 1969  



Wilson, Lake

25 Dec 1906 24 Aug 1975  

[Information from death certificate]



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Dec. 2, 2004
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