« back to album1840-1860 James J. and Miranda Grandberry Joyce moved from Mississippi to Texas in 1852 with their children, grandmother, a slave named Charlotte and her son, Dan. Courtesy of Joyce familyReverand John Allen Freeman, pictured here in his later years, and his wife, Nancy Harris Freeman, were part of the Missouri Colonist caravan that originated in Platte County, Missouri and arrived here in 1845.White's Chapel cemetery was established in 1851 when a family heading west buried their dead infant in an unmarked grave therePearl Foster O'Donnell wrote Trek to Texas, 1770-1870 prompted by the memories of "the neighbors, families and the ancestors of my father, (Charles) Ambrose Foster." She was a g-g-granddaughter of Missouri Colonist, Ambrose FosterLonesome Dove Baptist Church members in front of the church, circa 1860s. Courtesy of Joyce familyA number of charter members of Lonesome Dove Baptist Church and their descendants lie in the nearby historic cemetery. Readable headstones date from the 1860s, although the first graves were most likely dug in the 1840s.