August 19, 2016

John Richardson

Richardson arrived in Texas in 1834 and shortly afterward involved himself in the Texas Revolution. He served in Captain Silas M. Parker's Ranging Company from October 23, 1835 to January 25, 1836, then re-enlisted in the army from March 1 through May 30, 1836. During that time he was a member of Captain James Gillaspie's Company and fought in the Battle of San Jacinto. He died in Harris County on May 25, 1840 and was buried in the City Cemetery in Houston.

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° 45.431, -095° 22.757

Founders Memorial Park

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