|From Conroe, take Highway 105 West to Dobbin,
Texas and turn right. The cemetery is on right.
The following information on Jacob Shannon
Evergreen Cemetery is from
Slave burials. Approx. 200 graves, earliest about 1850s. 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.
Shannon Plantation. Freedmen burials. Rep. of Texas, Shannon family. THC
marker. WWI and WWII, Vietnam, CSA.
Historical Marker at
Jacob Shannon Evergreen