September 9, 2016

Jethro Russell Bancroft

Jethro Bancroft came to Texas in 1830 and settled near Harrisburg. He participated in the Storming and Capture of Bexar, December 5 to 10, 1835, as part of the Texian army and after being discharged, moved to Lynchburg. On March 8, 1836, he re-enlisted as a member of Captain Thomas M. McIntire’s Company and fought at San Jacinto on April 21. He was discharged on June 8 and returned home. Bancroft died on January 7, 1848 while living in Harris County, and was buried in Houston's city cemetery.

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° 45.445, -095° 22.765

Founders Memorial Park

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