This cemetery is located near Sargent in the area of Chambliss Road. There are  two larger markers, two foot markers and several indentions which indicate unmarked graves.

Kenner Cemetery at Find-a-Grave

Kenner Information

Sargent Cemetery

Sargent Family

Smith Family

Photos courtesy of Ray Horton


Elizabeth H. Smith
July 18, 1823 - August 4, 1897

Side of Elizabeth Smith's marker listing three of her children,
Jacob Smith, Lewis A. Smith and Bell Smith


Foot stone of Lewis A. Smith

Footstone of Bell [Isabella] Smith

In loving remembrance of

Mrs. James Vanderpool
[Emily Hobbs Bell Vanderpool]


November 26, 1830 - October 27, 1891
Aged 60 yrs, 11 mos,
and 1 day

Our precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.

Jacob Smith (September 16, 1842 - October 30, 1859), son of Jacob and Elizabeth Sargent Smith is buried in the Sargent Cemetery.
Most of the children of Jacob and Elizabeth H. Sargent Smith are buried in Matagorda Cemetery.
Evidence indicates that Lewis A. and Bell [Isabella] Smith also died before their mother.
They are both evidently buried with their mother as their names appear on her marker and they have foot stones.

Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Smith, wife of Jacob Smith, died at her home on lower Caney on last Wednesday night, at the age of nearly four score years. Grandma Smith was one of the pioneers of the county, highly respected and honored by all who knew her and the BREEZE joins the large circle of friends in extending sympathy.--The Bay City Breeze, August 7, 1897

Jacob Smith

Jacob Smith, another Texas Veteran, passed away at the ripe old age of 84 years, Sunday night, after a lingering illness at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. C. Bruce. He was taken to Kenner for interment in the family burying ground. He leaves a large family to mourn him. They have the sympathy of their friends.

Matagorda County Tribune, July 24, 1903 

Jacob Smith

The remains of Uncle Jacob Smith were brought up from Matagorda last Monday evening and intered in the Kenner cemetery. Another old land mark has passed away. Uncle Jacob has spent more than three score years in this immediate neighborhood and has many friends who mourn his death. He will be greatly missed, not only by his family, but the entire community who sympathize with the sorrowing ones to this sad bereavement.

Matagorda County Tribune, August 7, 1903

Elizabeth Ann Sargent Smith
July 8, 1823 – August 4, 1897

Daughter of George Sargent

Elizabeth married Jacob Smith (c 1818 - c 1903) on November 18, 1841

Jacob Smith was a Private in Suggs' Company, Texas , CSA. He was born c 1818. --information from Matagorda County marriage records and Historic Matagorda County Volume 1.

Their children were:

1. Jacob Smith (September 16, 1843 – October 30, 1859) – buried at Sargent Cemetery

2. Mary Ann Smith (Dec 22, 1845 - November 2, 1932) married Arthur Cleveland Bruce December 27, 1866; Mary died Nov 2, 1932 and is buried in Matagorda Cemetery - eight children

3. Millie Adelaide Smith  (November 16, 1848 – December 26, 1923)  buried in Matagorda Cemetery

4. Cornelia Smith (December 5, 1851 - March 27, 1883) - married Henry H. Freeman March 8, 1869 - buried in Sargent Cemetery - five children

5. Lewis Smith (b c 1855 – d before 1894) name is on Elizabeth’s marker – living with parents in 1880 – married Mary Murdock  May 23, 1881 – Mary Murdock Smith married William Burke May 28, 1894. Obituary of Mary Murdock says Lewis died when the children were young and she married Burke several years later.

Children of Lewis Smith & Mary Murdock Smith Burke
Gussie Smith (September 16, 1882 - October 22, 1918) buried in Matagorda Cemetery
Roland Smith (December 31, 1884 – February 13, 1959)  buried in Matagorda Cemetery
Minnie Belle Smith (September 17, 1888 – December 21, 1944) m Ed Zipprian & Howard Slataper  buried in Matagorda Cemetery

6. Augustus George Smith (April 7, 1857 – June 19, 1936) married Mrs. Sallie Walker, widow of Henry Walker of Flatonia - buried in Matagorda Cemetery
Children of Augustus George Smith and Mrs. Sallie Walker Smith
Jacob Smith - married Josephine Sargent
Belle Smith - married Clifford Lawhon - children: Jane and Joe
Guy Smith - married Cottie Savage

7. Isabella Smith (b c Aug-Sep 1859 - ????) – name is on Elizabeth’s marker – living with parents in 1880
                A Bell Smith married Thomas Burke   May 28, 1894 the same day that Mary, the widow of Louis Smith, married William Burke. - one child

8. John Morgan Smith (May 25, 1862 – July 29, 1938) [marker dates are May 25, 1861 - July 29, 1937] - married Winnie Holt buried in Matagorda Cemetery
Children of John Morgan Smith and Winnie Holt Smith
Frank Smith
Siras Smith
Valerie Smith
Velma Smith married ? W. R. Rogers December 18, 1926

Emily Hobbs Bell Vanderpool

November 26, 1830 – October 27, 1891

Buried in Kenner Cemetery

Wife of James Vanderpool b c 1825 in Kentucky d c 1876 Matagorda County, Texas

James and Mrs. Emily Hobbs Bell married June 12, 1866 in Matagorda County, Texas

1860 Census – James was living in the household of George Sargent at Kenner Prairie and working as a laborer

1870 Census – James, Emily, John and Mary Vanderpool and Emily's children, Wesley, Elizabeth, William and Peter E. Bell were living on Matagorda Peninsula.

James died between 1870 and 1880

1880 – Emily, John, James, and Francis Vanderpool, John and Peter Bell were living near Jacob Smith

Children of James & Emily Hobbs Bell Vanderpool

John Vanderpool b c 1867
Mary Vanderpool b Feb 1870
James  E. Vanderpool  December 12, 1871 – July 31, 1838 buried in Fulton, Texas

Emily Hobbs was first married to Stephen Wesley Bell (c1834 - c 1865) and their children were:
Stephen Wesley Bell
Catherine Elizabeth Bell - Married George Fred August Weber (children: George Frederick, William Edward, James Oliver, John August, Louis Edwin, Sophie Elizabeth, Oscar Arthur & Lottie Z. Weber)
William Mathew Bell married:
     1. Ada Alice Bounell (children: Maggie, Richard Osceola & Ada Alice Bell)
     2. Sarah Virginia Gove (children: Frank Edwin, William Humphrey, Charles Keller, Ira Thomas & Marshall M. Bell)
Peter Edward Bell (January 8, 1859 - September 20, 1927)

Bell family moved to Texas from Alabama c 1855. They were listed on the 1860 Texas census in Wharton County.
Written page 11
S. Bell  29 M Farmer AL
E. Bell  28 F  AL
S. W. Bell 7 M AL
C. E. Bell 6 F TX
W. M. Bell 3 M TX
P. E. Bell 1 M TX

George Fred August Weber Family
Fulton, Texas 1896
A Seamaster's Family

Back row:
"Fred" George Fred Weber, 1873-1941
John A. Weber, 1878-1963
"Jim" James Oliver Weber, 1878-1955
Charles T. Weber, 1882-1936
William Edward Weber, 1875-1933
Ed Louis Edwin Weber, 1880-1942
Front row:
"Bud" Oscar Arthur Weber, 1887-1965
George Fred August Weber, 1844-1925
Sophie Weber, 1884-1969
Catherine Bell Weber, 1854-1943
Lottie Zelpha Weber, 1890-1982

Photo courtesy of John Phillips

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