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  1. In early 2018, construction at the site of Fort Bend ISD’s new James Reese Career and Technical Center unearthed a forgotten piece of Sugar Land’s past: a historic cemetery where 95 individuals were buried, believed to be a part of a convict-leasing program that began in the late 1800s. https://www.fortbendisd.com/sugarland95
  2. Any more information about this old cemetery called Bradshaw Cemetery? Sometimes referred to as Wheeler Cemetery. Here we go!! Very cool! HOUSTON- Family members whose ancestors are buried in a cemetery off Church Road in East Houston are worried their loved one's graves could be desecrated. The Bradshaw Family Cemetery is a historic African American cemetery that dates back to the 1800s; family members said there are slaves and soldiers buried there.
  3. Piwejimenez has added a photo to the pool: Houston's fathers and Mothers resting place. Houston's History Click here to view this photo at the HAIF Photo Pool on Flickr
  4. I got a physical copy of the small book called Truths, Myths, and Rumors about the City of Bellaire by J. Michael McCorkle. My book, Life and Times Around Bellaire, Texas 1909 - 2013. www.bellairebook.com Vanished Cemetery Although there is no official record of a cemetery ever located within the city limits, it is difficult to image that local burials never happened in the past. Rumor has it that there was a grave stone observed in the large open field on Pine Street prior to 1980. When Bellaire lot prices began to rise dramatically, the grave stone mysteriously disappeared. Subsequently, the property was--
  5. I'll admit I've only been aware of the park passing by it over the years on 59 and never have been to it. It is a Fort Bend County property. For those not familiar with the area, it's just southwest of Kendleton near the Lum Road exit, extending toward the San Bernard River. Thought it was interesting as over the past year, people have become more informed of the historical nature of the park as a number of individuals have become involved in raising awareness about the resting places of a number African-Americans of the mid and late 1800s and the deterioration of the grounds that are the burial sites. One of the most notable is Benjamin Franklin Williams - the first man of color to be recognized as a Methodist minister in the state, and a three-term state representative for Fort Bend County who was said to have been the first non-white person to have earned votes for the Speaker's position in that chamber. Former Congressman Pete Olson has been spearheading much of the efforts during this time and has gotten the Exchange Club of Sugar Land involved in making regular visits to the site and conducting several cleanups to remove overgrowth and debris and to keep it down. The Fort Bend Herald had an article on the most recent visit which occurred yesterday. One of the persons quoted mentioned a desire to turn the site into an educational and historical site not unlike the what happened with the Sugar Land 95. The grounds are also currently home to a small museum - the Fort Bend County Heritage Unlimited Museum, which focuses on the history and achievements of African-Americans in the County.
  6. Greater Houston Preservation Alliance Seeks Volunteers for Olivewood Cemetery Clean-up 9 a.m., Saturday, October 23, 2004 Greater Houston Preservation Alliance (GHPA) is cooperating with the First Ward Civic Council to help reclaim one of Houston
  7. Behind the stately old Weingarten Mansion and Estate on S MacGregor there is a large wooded area facing Roseneath that is listed as a Cemetery by HCAD. Do anyone have any information on this.
  8. http://books.tax.hct..._23-24_0066.jpg ...posted this for Cemetery Wolf and others who may be interested. I was looking for the property for "Delmonico", a name for a treed area in the East End, on the old ward maps. I mistakenly thought it was in this block book location. It was actually north of this area, closer to Harrisburg Rd. But I did run across a church and two references to two very small cemeteries, by Slaughter Pen bayou, think it was later called Country Club bayou. Anyway, notice now there is nothing at the end of Kemp St. Womder what happened to the grave sites, moved maybe? This land sits in the area of the Howard Hughes operations, close to Polk Ave. Imagine it changed quite a bit during the war effort, in the 1940's. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_wards_of_Houston two early ward maps
  9. Beth Yeshurun Cemetery at 3502 Allen Parkway Beth Yeshurun Cemetery on N. Post Oak is building a new chapel. Designed by Gensler. Sophia and Jack Bender Memorial Chapel.
  10. As someone who grew up in east Harris County, who thought he knew everything worth knowing about the San Jacinto Battleground, I am embarrassed to admit I did not know there is an "active" family cemetery right there in the big middle of it. By "active", I mean people are still being buried there. I learned this in an obituary I saw in the Pasadena Citizen online edition this week. It says Mrs Frances Shuttlesworth of Pasadena was buried alongside her husband the Rev. Bill Shuttlesworth in the Habermehl Cemetery on the San Jacinto Battleground. I Google searched that cemetery name, and learned, to my surprise, that it is right alongside the reflecting pool about halfway between the monument and the Battleship Texas. And it has been there since the late 1800s, some years before the Battleground State Historic Site was created around it in the early 1900s. I went to Google Earth, homed in on the Battleground, and there it is, a small cemetery, plain as day, a long par four from the monument. On the Habermehl Cemetery website we learn that the "I.W. Brashear family sold the land to Conrad Habermehl in 1860. This tract of land includes the central portion of the park and several rows of graves nearby. The Habermehls built a two-story home on their property. And near the graves there was once a stable and dairy shed. The vegetables and dairy products produced by the Habermehl's were often traded to the sailors of the ships which came up Buffalo Bayou, as well as sold in Lynchburg." The website also includes a listing of the people buried there. It shows the first person to be buried there was Caroline Habermehl, who died in 1890. The most recent burial, before Mrs Shuttlesworth, was in 1978.
  11. Hi All, I am wondering if any of you are familiar with the "Black Hope Curse", named for the "Black Hope" cemetery....... strange "paranormal activity"---hauntings in the area homes built upon this cemetery The sub name is "Newport" which was/is an upscale neighborhood in the Crosby, Texas area ( NE side--around Lake Houston) there was an Unsolved Mystery done about the area, a book called the Black Curse----and a movie---loosely based on this case ( Patty Duke stared in the movie--something with "Hilltop Drive" in the title ( boy, am I getting old---must be having a "senior moment" here, LOL!!! ) www.unsolvedmysteries.com/usm277410.html
  12. I recently had to show up at the city courts for jury duty, I was told to park in parking lot H just right across from the Memorial Dr. over pass. I walked across Memorial down Houston Ave. and saw these 3 graves that were fenced off and was wondering if this is a public cemetery or a family owned (private) one. see picture attached.
  13. This crypt is located under the Franklin Street bridge over the Buffalo Bayou. It was initially the burial site of the early 19th century settlers, the Donnellan family, until their remains were moved to another location. Last I heard, this was an abandoned site, but I've been warned that it may be owned by someone; is it, though?
  14. Passed an interesting little place on the way to lunch today. I'd never heard of it, but apparently it's made the rounds of Houston Press and Bayou History. At the corner of LongPoint and Pech, There is a small (1300 SF) cemetery located in the corner of an auto repair parking lot. Some history on it. The children have since sold most of their land. All the rest of Hillendahl's land, except for about 11 acres, were sold for the present site of Monarch Oaks, a residential subdivision. Part of the remaining land was leased to stores. Though stores, streets, and residential sections invaded the area, Hillendahl insisted that the family graves remain undisturbed. The 25 by 55 foot cemetery at the corner of Long Point and Pech contains the graves of his parents, grandparents, an infant daughter, and 15 other kin. From Flickr user cadillaccrack - http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3132/2303146726_ba2820831a.jpg
  15. From Cohen enewsletter Council approved the designation of District C’s Magnolia Cemetery as a historic landmark. Located at the intersection of Montrose Blvd and Allen Pkwy, Magnolia Cemetery was established in 1884 by members of First German Methodist Church of Houston (later known as Bering Memorial Methodist Church). The cemetery’s most well-known interments are Gus Wortham and his wife, Elizabeth Lyndall Finley, creators of the Wortham Foundation. This iconic institution supports cultural activities and the development of parks in the Houston area.
  16. You should check out the Glendale Cemetery. It's locked however a neighboring business has keys to the gate. Names you will run into include Milby, Deady, Briscoe, Allen, etc. It's a small cemetery but some of the neighboring businesses have made improvements including the fence so that its history will not be forgotten. Some of the graves date to the Republic of Texas days which is really unique. If you can't go out trying looking at findagrave.com for the cemetery. It's pretty well documented photographically.
  17. Hello Houston! I'm not sure if this is the correct section to ask this question but I'm hoping somebody out there can help me. My father was on the radio in Houston in the 50's (KNUZ, KLEE)and his name was Biff Collie. He and his wife, at the time, Marge Tillman, had a stillborn baby girl sometime between 1950-52. I'm trying to find out where this baby is buried. My uncle in San Antonio seems to think she was buried at an Infant/Children's cemetery in Houston. I've Googled til I'm Googled in the face and I'm not finding anything. Any of you longtime Houstonians have any idea which cemetery this could be? Dad is long gone as is Marge. I've written to the State Vital Records in Austin hoping to at least have a specific date. My uncle (in his 80's) describes the location as "right there as you go into Houston." I've visited Houston many times but do not know the city geography well enough to know where it could be. Anybody have any ideas or thoughts?
  18. My son and I went to downtown Houston today to seek out the Donnellan Grave Vault / Crypt. This crypt is located at the end of Franklin Street where it meets the bayou. It's actually underneath Franklin Street on the banks of Buffalo Bayou, under the parking lot for Chase Bank. Tim Donnellan was an early prominent Houston settler and he was buried in a large red brick vault in 1849 along the bayou's edge. Later, his wife and kids were buried there also. The crypt has surprisingly survived the initial Franklin Street wooden bridge, constructed in 1885, the later iron constructed Franklin Street bridge finished in 1907, and the later concrete constructed bridge in 1924. The remains of all the family members were moved to Glenwood Cemetary in the early 1900's, so there aren't any known remains buried there. This begs the question, why has there been so much effort through at least 4 bridge constructions to keep the crypt intact. The original brick wall and crypt door are still in place to this day just begging for deeper exploration. Like I said, the crypt is under the Franklin Street bridge at the Buffalo Bayou and is very tricky to get to because of the steep bayou walls here. I was able to get to it by going down the bridge embankment a block from Spagetti Warehouse and follow the bayou around from there. I would like to see folks here make a discussion about this vault or other such interesting spots around Houston. A complete write-up of the Donnellan Grave Vault by Louis F. Aulbach exists at http://www.hal-pc.org/~lfa/BB38.html. Here are the photos I took today: http://www.lighthouseproductions.com/storage/crypt/crypt1.jpg http://www.lighthouseproductions.com/storage/crypt/crypt2.jpg http://www.lighthouseproductions.com/storage/crypt/crypt3.jpg http://www.lighthouseproductions.com/storage/crypt/crypt4.jpg http://www.lighthouseproductions.com/storage/crypt/crypt5.jpg
  19. Cementary in West Oaks,I saw it as a kid in the 50s.At that time there were a number of head stones,one of prominance with the name Travis 0f 1800S,maybe 2 of children made of concreat,with the information scratched in,late on ground.Some has removed all.Has anyone else seen it,remember it when it could be recognized?There was a Houston Press story back in the 50s,a short mention of "lost cementary".Regards.Joe
  20. Looking for info or location of the old Dickinson Gun Plant site. Near there is or was the Galena Park,Cemetery? West of Clinton Dr, north of the Houston Ship Channel, about 200 yards from the old Dickinson Gun Plant site. The cemetery is surrounded by a 4 foot cement wall? Could this location be reach? Thanks for any info.
  21. This from an email I received-- there are quite a few that show up for Saturday volunteering but they need more------ 156 trees have been tagged at the cemetery in hopes we can nurture them into being long term residents.These tree's positions need to be recorded on our survey.They need water.Some of the trees need a hug. There have been several trees and limbs that have fallen victim (literally) to the drought in the past month. These need to be moved into ready mode for our next dumpster day. So there is some chain saw work available! I promise the temperature will be less than 156 degrees, all morning. The fence location has been staked using Laurel and Hardy survey techniques, but you can now get a good idea of what it will look like and where it is going. Garden hoses will be welcome, drinking water and sunscreen are recommended, and if you want to help preserve the "Park" at College Park your help is desperately needed this Saturday, August 13 from 8am to noon at 3525 West Dallas.
  22. I'm confused about where the house was. I know some people who've been in the area since the 60s and could ask them but I'd like to know just where it was. At the intersection you describe there wouldn't be room for a big house between S. Braeswood and the bayou north of S. Braeswood. The golf course is north of the bayou - Braeburn Country Club, I think. Riceville School Rd. and Gessner were not the same as far as I know. There is a short section of Riceville School Rd. that runs only from W. Bellfort south to the Beltway 8 feeder road about a 1/4 mile west of S. Gessner. On the other side of the BW it's known as Stafford Road but I'm not sure just where Riceville itself was. The Riceville Mt. Olive Baptist Church is on Gessner; the old facility, which may have been on the site of the original, was just north of W. Bellfort, the new facility is just south of W. Bellfort. There was also a Riceville Gardens garden center just south of there which may have had nothing at all to do with Riceville. I never knew the Riceville Cemetery was over there; I'll have to go over and check that out.
  23. I hit these two neighborhoods (one for the living, and one for the dead) on my new bicycle, took photos, talked to a resident (on the "living" side of Brays Bayou), was chased by dogs, and wrote about it on my blog. http://robertwboyd.blogspot.com/2009/10/houston-streets-16-idylwood.html#links http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww172/RWBoyd_2009/ForestParkHoustonSkyline.jpg One of the tombstones in Forest Park.
  24. We live inside the loop and for most people buying there, school is not a concern. If people want to keep their kids in public schools you can apply to any HISD school you want on a space available basis. Being inside the loop you have access to some really great private schools which most people opt for. Over in your area, there is Trinity Lutheran school that goes up to 8th grade. We always thought we would never be able to afford private school but after checking on tuition costs, it's actually less than we pay now for day care. For us anyway, location was number one--meaning we wanted the house on a quiet street without commercial buildings behind us and a sufficient yard for our dogs. We were looking at townhomes as well and something that I had to have was a private driveway so I could use my garage for other purposes and leave my vehicles parked in the driveway. If it had a shared driveway it was marked off the list. It also had to have a patch of grass somewhere that was fenced off for my dogs. They are inside dogs but I have to have a place for them to potty without being on a leash. The location also has to be far enough from the railroad tracks that my house doesn't shake. I'm over in Lazybrook north of W. 18th and I can still hear that stupid train that is further back towards I-10. I can't imagine anyone buying the townhomes over on Heights Blvd. south of I-10 across from Hickory Hollow. They are right on the tracks. Besides the noise, if that thing ever derails they are screwed.
  25. There is no cemetery UNDER the church ... The original church pastor, Rev. John W. Eichwurzel established a family cemetery on his land ... the church land also comes from his original land purchase in 1878 ... Mr. Shackelford is buried in the Eichwurzel Cemetery located on Enid ... His 1913 death certificate clearly states he is buried in the White Oak Cemetery ... not Brooke Cemetery ... This cemetery has also been known as: Eichwurzel Family Cemetery Little White Oak Bayou Cemetery Sylvester Road Cemetery White Oak Bayou Cemetery I guess there is some confusion with the church and cemetery as they are both located on the land originally owned by Rev. Eichwurzel ... but now under the cemetery ... See .... www.findagrave.com ... for more info on this cemetery ...
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