The Jollyville area was named after some of the first settlers to make their home here. John Grey Jolly set up a blacksmith shop and a store in the community that he founded in 1866. He also set aside land for a school and for this cemetery, where both he and his wife Isabel are buried.
The Highway 183 corridor has become so congested that the Jolly cemetery now sits smack in the middle of a huge collection of apartment buildings. A fence surrounds the cemetery, with a single entrance leading from a gravel trail extending from Spicewood Springs Road. Hanging from
a tree at the entrance is a sign that reads "Jolly Cemetary" (sic). An historical marker sits along Spicewood Springs.
Up to half of the grave sites here include either no headstone or an illegible one. The earliest legible stone reads 1872. The last burial to take place here occurred in 1929.
A Texas Historical Marker at this location reads:
I stopped by to make my visit official. Photos are from an earlier visit. The "Jolly Cemetary" sign is now gone. Not sure when it disappeared.