General Stephen Fuller Austin
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member jhuoni
N 28° 58.594 W 095° 28.381
15R E 259034 N 3207909
Quick Description: Entombed in Texas State Cemetery since October 18, 1910, "The Father of Texas" was originally laid to rest in a less famous cemetery.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 5/13/2017 2:08:47 PM
Waymark Code: WMVPCA
Views: 7

Long Description:
Gulf Prairie Cemetery is located near the Village of Jones Creek in Brazoria County, It appears to be a small cemetery, but actually has over one thousand interments. Amoung those was Stephen Fuller Austin.

A modest tomb with the inscription:

Genl Stephen Fuller Austin,
Eldest Son Of
Moses and Mary Austin,
Born 3rd, of November 1793,
In Austinville,
State of Virginia,
Departed This Life
On the 27th, of December A.D. 1836,
At Columbia,
Republic of Texas,
Age 43 years 1 month
and 24 days

A brass plaque attached to the lid of the burial vault states:

The State of Texas October 18, 1910,
Removed the remains of
General Stephen Fuller Austin,
to the Capital City of Austin,
Where they were reinterred in the
State Cemetery,
and a statue erected over the grave.

A 1967 Texas Historical Marker for Gulf Prairie Cemetery (visit link) reads:

Pioneer cemetery. Originally part of Peach Point Plantation.
Used by descendants of James Franklin Perry and wife, Emily Austin Bryan Perry, Stephen F. Austin's sister, and by the community since 1829. In 1836, Austin, the "Father of Texas," was buried here. His remains were reinterred in the state cemetery in the city of Austin in 1910.

Approximately 30 miles away in West Columbia (which served as the capital of the Republic of Texas from September to December 1836.), is a fenced in area with a large flagpole, a tablet that simply says: "Stephrn F. Austin Died Here", and a 1936 Texas Historical Marker (visit link) which reads:

Home Of George B. McKinstry

(1802 - 1837)
A member of Austin's colony, 1829. Soldier in the Battle of Velasco; delegate to the General Convention, 1832; chief justice of Brazoria County, 1836. In this home, built about 1830, Stephen F. Austin died, December 27, 1836
Although Stephen F. Austin is known as "The Father of Texas", it was his father, Moses Austin, who originally began the Anglo colonization of Texas.

Date of birth: 11/3/1793

Date of death: 12/27/1836

Area of notoriety: Historical Figure

Marker Type: Tomb (above ground)

Setting: Outdoor

Visiting Hours/Restrictions: Daylight hours, this is in a cemetery

Fee required?: No

Web site: Not listed

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