Williamson County
Texas History


  Avery Cemetery -
number one

Rice's Crossing Community
Williamson County, Texas
  Avery #1

There are 2 cemeteries listed under Avery -
also see Rice's Crossing
on the left is Mike Young - right side is John Christeson
Mike is in the processes of restoring the cemetery

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 From the intersection of FM-973 and FM-1660 continue east on FM-1660 until you see a mailbox with 16101 on it. Take the driveway north past the house and two large metal storage sheds to gate in the fence. One large gravestone with four names on it is just behind the shed to the west when you pass through the gate. There was once a fence around the gate which has been tranpled down by the cows pastured here over the years.
  this is the cemetery site of one of the Texas War of Independence fighters

Willis Avery

Family links: 
  Lucinda Kimbro (____ - 1897)*
  Melinda Avery (1831 - 1867)*
  William Thomas Avery (1836 - 1927)*
  Willis Avery (1840 - 1889)*
  Henry Avery (1841 - 1922)*
  John Calvin Avery (1843 - 1926)*
  Harriet Catherine Avery Christian (1845 - 1929)*
Elzina Avery (1818 - 1870)*

AVERY, WILLIS THOMAS (1809~1889) Willis Thomas Avery, Republic of Texas Veteran and Texas Ranger, was born in North Carolina on October 15, 1809, to Vincent and Catherine Overton Avery. After the death of his father, Avery's mother married William McCutcheon, Sr. and moved to Lincoln County, Missouri. The McCutcheons had one son, William.

While in Missouri, Avery met and married, Elzina Weeks, who was born on November 10, 1812. Together, they had nine children, Nancy, Malinda, Vincent, Willis, Lucinda, Henry, Calvin, Harriet, and W. T. On November 12, 1832, the Avery's arrived in what is now Bastrop County. In 1836, Avery's mother and her third husband, Gordon, or Joseph, Jennings, and their family joined the rest of the family in Texas.

During Texas' fight for independence, Avery's step-father, Jennings, was said to have perished at the siege of the Alamo, while Avery joined Captain Jesse Billingsley's Company of Mina (Bastrop) Volunteers on February 28, 1836. The Mina Volunteers eventually became Company C of General Edward Burleson's regiment, fought at the Battle of San Jacinto. Company C was made up of settlers who lived in and around Bastrop County.

Because of his service for Texas, Avery was issued, on May 22, 1838, 640 acres of land. On March 20, 1840, he also received another 320 acres for serving in the army from February 28 to June 1, 1836.
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Ultimately, the Avery's moved to Williamson County and settled on Brushy Creek, near Rice's Crossing, where Elzina died on March 1, 1870. Willis died on July 17, 1889, and both were buried in the family cemetery on their property. On July 3, 1938, the Avery's remains were moved to the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.

Information taken from biography compiled by Louis W. Kemp and the San Jacinto Monument website,

A member of
Captain Jesse Billingsley's
Company at San Jacinto
Born in North Carolina
October 15, 1809
Died in Williamson County, Texas
July 17, 1889

His Wife

Elzina (Weeks) Avery

Born in Missouri
November 10, 1812
Died in Williamson County, Texas
March 1, 1870

Erected by the State of Texas


(a special thanks to Margaret Ann Crislip for saving these slices of history for us to read) read about Margaret

also read Pioneers Settled at Rice's Crossing

and Avery History PDF is 12 megs

  Avery #1
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Avery #2 -
Rice's Crossing
Also known as Stiba Cemetery, Avery Cemetery,

and some time times mistakenly Kimbro Cemetery

Historical Markers in Williamson County