October 13, 2015

George Brown

   As is often the case with early Texas settlers, little is known of George Brown's history. His enlistment records state that he came to Texas before May 2, 1835 and served in the Texian army as a musician from February 13 to August 13, 1836. He was with Captain Richard Roman's Company at San Jacinto as Drummer and Drum Major. Brown died at Houston on November 21, 1844 and was buried in the City Cemetery.

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. George Brown's is one of them.

Founders Memorial Park

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