Information and Photos from Connie Webb
( May 2000)
Henry Jefferson Sears, b. Jan
26, 1817, Wilkinson Co. GA, d. Aug 20, 1897, Navarro Co., TX ( View |
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Rebecca Jane (Freeman) Sears, b. Sep
22, 1824, GA, d. Apr 17, 1890, Navarro Co., TX
Reverend Henry Jefferson Sears was the son of
Timothy and Jennie (Jane) White Sears of Wilkinson Co., GA. He married Rebecca
Jane Freeman, daughter of John Freeman in Walton Co., GA on Feb 6, 1843. He
helped establish the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Wilkinson Co. in 1849.
Henry and Rebecca Sears moved their family to
Randolph Co., AL between 1850 and 1853 and lived there until 1865, at which
time, they moved by covered wagon to Texas. Henry’s nephew, John Bryant Sears
and his family, also came at that time. The journey took about three months.
Henry and Rebecca lived for a short time in
Navarro Co. before settling at Thorp Springs, in Hood County. He often preached
at the old log meeting house in Thorp Springs, where he also owned a mill which
was damaged in 1872 when its boiler exploded, killing one man. It was about this
time that the Sears family returned to live in Navarro Co. They were the parents
of nine children. Only the youngest, David Crockett Sears (my ggrandfather) was
born in Texas.
The graves of Henry and Rebecca Sears are
surrounded by a cast iron fence. The markers are weather-worn and covered with
lichen, but are still easily read. Rebecca’s stone has come loose from its
base and is lying on the ground.
Timothy L. Sears, b.
1853 in Alabama, d. 1888, Navarro Co., TX
Adelaide (Addie) M.
Pevehouse Sears, b. Dec 7, 1854, d. Feb 25, 1930
Timothy and Addie were married Mar 4, 1874,
in Navarro Co., TX. They are buried at the foot of the graves of Henry J. and
Rebecca J. Sears. Their graves are also fenced, and the marker, a modern one, is
in very good shape.
D. M. Stewart, b. Haywood County, TN, 1881,
d. Feb 1, 1903, Navarro Co., TX.
I have been able to learn nothing of D. M.
Stewart. I had hoped to make a connection between him (or her) and my second set
of Navarro, Hill, Hood Co. g-g-grandparents, the elusive Robert H. and Sarah
Polk Jones Stewart, although they appear to have arrived in TX in the 1860s.
D. M. Stewart’s stone is in the far western
portion of Old Pevehouse Cemetery. It is leaning badly, weather-worn and lichen
covered, and I could barely make out the dates and "born in Haywood Co.,
TN. Both sides of the stone appear to have been covered with writing, but most
of it was too badly worn to read.
David Pevehouse, b. Dec 31, 1811, d. Apr 29,
Malinda Pevehouse, b.
22 Jul 1826, d. 31 Oct 1906
David A. Pevehouse and Malinda Pierce
Pevehouse were the parents of Addie Pevehouse Sears. Their stones are located
toward the center of the cemetery and are surrounded by a cast iron fence.
David’s stone is in good condition, but Malinda’s has been broken.
Tennie S., wife of
E.E. Ratcliffe, b. Jul 2, 1877, d. Oct 7, 1908? (Another
I have been unable to find any references to
Tennie or her husband. Her stone was in good condition. I believe it was in the
same enclosure as was David and Malinda Pevehouse.
There are five small
belonging to babies by the last name of Way. They are on the northern side of
the cemetery. It was beginning to rain by this time, so I was unable to check
them out any closer than this. I have been told that all but one were either
stillborn or died within a few hours of their births. The one only lived a few
Davie M., Son of J M
and W R Ritter, b. 8, d. Mar 21, 1890
Davie Ritter’s marker is separate from the
other markers thirty yards or so south of the Sears markers. I believe him to be
the son of John Melton Ritter and Willie R. Ritter, who show to be buried in
There is also a large square stone which
could have been a marker at one time, but no writing is visible on it. Since the
marked graves are widely spread with much empty space between them, I suspect
there are quite a few unmarked graves in the cemetery.