May 26, 2015

Michael Goheen

   Michael Goheen was born in Catawissa, Pennsylvania sometime in 1807 and arrived in Texas in 1834. He applied for a land grant in October 1835, but did not receive it. In September of that year, he enlisted in the Texas army and commanded a company at the Storming and Capture of Bexar (December 5-10), after which he left the service. He re-enlisted in March 1836 during the Texas Revolution as a member of James Gillaspie's company and fought with that unit at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21. During his enlistment, he served as postmaster of Electra and stayed in the army until November 20, 1836 when he was discharged. He was living in Grimes County in June 1850, but shortly thereafter moved to Harris County where he died some time prior to August 30, 1850.

Note: Unmarked. 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. Michael Goheen's is one of them.

Founders Memorial Park

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