January 12, 2016

John Beldin

Originally from New York, John Beldin (Belden) enlisted in Captain William J. Cook's Company of "New Orleans Greys," October 22, 1835 and arrived in Texas three days later. He was "dangerously wounded while in the act of spiking a cannon" during the Storming and Capture of Bexar (December 5-10, 1835) and discharged due to injury on December 16. Despite this, on April 21, 1836, he fought victoriously at San Jacinto as part of Captain Amasa Turner's Company. He was granted several land grants for his service, most of which he sold for cash, and settled in Houston. Belden married Francis Emeline Bartlett on October 24, 1839. He died in Houston on September 15, 1841 and buried under the auspices of Holland (Masonic) Lodge No. 1. His marker, if there ever was one, no longer exists.

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. John Beldin's is one of them.

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Founders Memorial Park

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