Details for Jacob Shannon Evergreen Cemetery

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5339007899


Marker Number 7899
Atlas Number 5339007899
Marker Title Jacob Shannon Evergreen Cemetery
Index Entry Jacob Shannon Evergreen Cemetery
Address N. Mt. Mariah Rd.
City Dobbin
County Montgomery
UTM Zone 15
UTM Easting 231202
UTM Northing 3363012
Subject Codes cemetery; pioneers; African American topics
Marker Year 1986
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Marker Location Mt. Mariah Rd., E side 0.2 mi. N of Mock Ln. Marker placed 1986, HTC medallion added at entrance 2004.
Private Property No
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text Born in Georgia, Jacob Montgomery Shannon (1804-1878) came to Texas at the age of 17, while the region was under Mexican rule. He married Catherine "Kittie" Yoakum in 1823, and in 1831 Shannon received a league of land in this vicinity, where he built a home and settled with his family. The community that grew up near his plantation became known as Shannon's Prairie. The cemetery at this site was established about 1840 with the burial of Dock Providence in an unmarked grave. The two earliest marked graves bear the date 1854. They are for a child, Catherine Hemphill, and for Jacob Shannon's mother, Margaret Montgomery Shannon (b. 1772). The cemetery came to be used by other residents of the area, and in 1863, Jacob Shannon formally deeded 2 acres of his land for a public burial ground, school, and church. Many members of Shannon's family are buried here, as are some of his slaves and their descendants. The graveyard also contains the burials of several war veterans. The names on the tombstones in the Jacob Shannon Evergreen Cemetery help record some of the history of this area of Montgomery County. Texas Sesquicentennial 1836 - 1986. Historic Texas Cemetery - 2004

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