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Re: Roan's Chappel in Bryan?
Posted by: Bill Page (ID *****3418) Date: February 16, 2004 at 09:08:07
In Reply to: Roan's Chappel in Bryan? by Michelle Crowell of 334

The listings for this cemetery are included in:

Title: The Brazos County, Texas Cemeteries: List of Persons Interred in Brazos County, Texas to 1988 / compiled by members of the Brazos Genealogical Association.
Publisher: Bryan, TX : The Associaton, c1997.

This book is not available online, but if you email me, I will check on the persons' names you are researching.

I am white, but I am also a member of the African American National Heritage Society and have collected a fair amount of information concerning African Americans in Brazos County, and I will be happy to check those files for you, too.

Here is some background information on Roan's Chapel.

The source of the name of this chapel has not been identified, at least as far as I know. It may relate to the Ben ROAN (fmc) who married Sarah HAMILTON on 30 Mar. 1872. Their marriage ceremony was performed by Rev. F.L. LIGHTS, a local African American Baptist minister (Brazos Co. Marriage Records Book C, p.439).

Ben ROAN registered a brand on 18 Feb. 1876 (Brand and Mark Registrations for Brazos County, Texas 1849-1900, 1998, p.33).

Ben ROAN, aged 58 years, native of Va., was buried on 23 Aug. 1890 in the “F.M. Grounds” at Bryan City Cemetery; he died from “flux.” Mrs. Sarah ROAN, aged 55 years, also a native of Va., was buried on 2 Sept. 1890, also in the “F.M. Grounds” at Bryan City Cemetery; she died from “congestion.” (Bryan City Cemetery Brazos County Texas Books 1,2,3, &4).

Jessie ROAN, son of Ben ROAN, Sr., died on 22 Aug. 1917 and was buried at Roans Chapel Cemetery.

The 1880 Brazos Co., Tx. Census, p.273d, lists:
ROANE, Benjamin       50       farmer
       Sarah              45       wife
       Jane              20       daughter
       Rosanna        18       daughter
       Jemima        16       daughter
       Francis              12       daughter
       David               7       son
       Alic               3       son

Brazos Co. Deed Book 3, pp.597-598 (29 Oct. 1881): R.B. ALLCORN & his wife Mary ALLCORN sold 2 acres of land in the KEGANS league (about 9 miles from Bryan) to Billie BREWER, Judge Ed COLFORD and Jack NICHOLS, trustees of Roans Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.

“Judge COLFORD fmc registered a brand on 1 May 1874 (Brand and Mark Registrations for Brazos County, Texas 1849-1900, 1998, p.29). Billie BREWER registed a brand on 16 Nov. 1883 (Brand and Mark Registrations for Brazos County, Texas 1849-1900, 1998, p.69).

In 1889, Brazos Co. schools included in district no.7: Mt. Enterprise and Roans Chapel. See “Our Schools,” (weekly) Bryan Eagle, 21 Nov. 1889, p.4, col.3

“Emancipation Day,” Bryan Daily Eagle, 20 June 1908, p.2, col.4. Mentions Roan’s Chapel.

Brazos Co. Deed Book 37, p.536 (1912): Amon WILLIAMS sold Ephram SALARD, Sandy HENDERSON & Sam THOMPSON, trustees of “Rone’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church” land in the Mariah KEGAN league, next to the 2 acre tract of land sold by R.B. ALLCORN & wife in 1881 to the church.

Ephran SALARD (60 years old, died 16 Dec. 1926) is buried at Roan’s Chapel Cemetery.

Roans Chapel School was mentioned in “Negro Rural Teachers Discuss Year’s Work,” Bryan Weekly Eagle, 25 Sept. 1935, and in “Rosenwald Fund for Improvement of Negro Schools,” Bryan Weekly Eagle, 20 Feb. 1935, p.6.

Brazos Co. Deeds of Trust Book 52, pp.243-244 (1953): Clifton GREER, Kermit FORD & Alandrus A. PETERSON, church trustees, gave a deed of trust to Bryan Building and Loan. [Kermit FORD, born 2 Jan. 1912, died 17 July 1960, is buried at Roan’s Chapel Cemetery; Clifton GREAR, born 26 Sept. 1896, died 27 Sept. 1981, is also buried at Roan’s Chapel Cemetery.]

This cemetery was in use at least as early as January 1890 (See the grave of Henry JACKSON, 14 years old, died 20 Jan. 1890, buried at Roans Chapel Cemetery).

Good luck with your research.

Bill Page

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