Fort Houston Cemetery
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuesterMark
N 31° 43.546 W 095° 39.091
15R E 248767 N 3513097
Quick Description: This post-mounted subject marker stands just inside the main gate at the south end of this long, narrow cemetery on Harcrow Road in Palestine.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 9/14/2021 8:18:47 PM
Waymark Code: WM14YZQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
Views: 1

Long Description:
Marker erected by the Texas Historical Commission.

Texas Historical Commission Atlas data:
Index Entry Fort Houston Cemetery
City Palestine
County Anderson
UTM Zone 15
UTM Easting 248729
UTM Northing 3513069
Subject Codes graveyards
Marker Year 1985
Marker Location Harcrow Road, west of Loop 256, Palestine
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Number: 8754

Marker Text:
In 1835, Joseph Jordan and William S. McDonald donated about 500 acres of land in this area for the town of Houston, later known as Fort Houston. An early map of the townsite shows a section designated as a "public burying ground." The infant child of the Rev. Peter Fullinwider, an early Protestant minister in Anderson County, is said to have been the first to be interred here. The oldest marked grave, that of Dr. James Hunter, is dated 1840.

The Fort Houston Cemetery is the only remaining physical evidence of the early frontier town, which was abandoned after Palestine was made Anderson County seat in 1846. Victims of diseases, Indian massacres, and other hardships that faced early Texas settlers are buried here. A special soldiers' plot, marked with a large boulder, contains the graves of soldiers of the Republic of Texas. Two veterans of the Battle of San Jacinto, John W. Carpenter and James Wilson, are buried in unmarked graves. The burial site of General Nathaniel Smith, a War of 1812 veteran, is also located in the soldiers' plot.

The Fort Houston Cemetery remains in use as a public burial ground and as a reminder of the early history of the area.

(1985)


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