March 29, 2016

Jacob Maybee

As is often the case with early Texas settlers, little is known of Jacob Maybee's history; nearly everything is from his initial military papers. He came to Texas in 1835, and sometime afterward enlisted in Captain William S. Fisher's Company of "Velasco Blues." He was discharged on June 22, 1836 and made his way to Houston, where he settled. It was there that he died on February 8, 1838, and buried in the City Cemetery (now Founders Memorial Park).

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.

GPS Coordinates
29° 45.437, -095° 22.728

Founders Memorial Park

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