September 20, 2016

Thomas Hogan

   Like many others who were recruited in New Orleans to fight for Texas independence, Thomas Hogan arrived at Velasco January 28, 1836, on the schooner Pennsylvania. He officially enlisted on February 13, 1836, for a period of two years, and began his service as a private in Amasa Turner's Company. He fought at the Battle of San Jacinto and afterward was transferred to Captain John Smith's Company. While stationed on Galveston Island, Thomas died of unknown causes on August 1, 1837 and buried in Houston.

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. Thomas Hogan's is one of them. There is a Thomas M. Hogan buried here with a marked grave, but it is not the same person.


Founders Memorial Park

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