November 30, 2010

John Viven

   John Viven arrived in Texas in January, 1836, after enlisting in Captain Sidney Sherman's Company while living in Kentucky on December 18, 1835. He was a member of Captain William Wood's Company at San Jacinto and received 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. In 1849, he was a member of the Board of Land Commissioners of Harris County and working as a merchant. Viven died in Houston on October 26, 1856 and was buried in the City Cemetery #1.

Note: This is a cenotaph. Founders Memorial Park, originally founded in 1836 as Houston's first city cemetery, was rapidly filled due to a yellow fever epidemic and closed to further burials around 1840. The cemetery became neglected over a period of time, often vandalized and was heavily damaged by the 1900 hurricane. In 1936, despite a massive clean up effort, a century of neglect had taken its toll. The vast majority of grave markers were either destroyed or missing and poor record keeping prevented locating individual graves. Several cenotaphs were placed in random areas throughout the park in honor of the more high-profile citizens buried there, but a great number of graves go unmarked to this day.

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Founders Memorial Park

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